Saturday, January 1, 2011

Elementary Homeschool Sports

If you’re a homeschooling parent of elementary aged children, letting them play in the backyard or with their friends in the neighborhood, left to their own imaginations, is probably enough exercise for them. As long as you’re minimizing how much TV they watch, and “screen time” in general, there’s very little else that can keep kids sedentary. They’ll be up and moving without another thought because they won’t be able to stop themselves!

If you’re looking for a more formal physical education program, you can sometimes find homeschool gym classes in your community. They usually meet for an hour or two per week, and often involve group sports like soccer or basketball, and games such as kickball, flag football, and tag. The kids can also benefit from the use of the facility where the classes are held, like running on an indoor track, playing on the soccer field, or using a climbing wall, for example. Check with your community rec center or YMCA for these homeschool gym classes.

Another option for getting your child some exposure to organized sports would include things like Little League baseball, or Pee Wee football leagues. Many towns have softball teams for kids, or cheerleading, or any number of other options. Just because they’re homeschooled doesn’t mean they need to miss out on sports and fun!

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