Physical Fitness aka PE is a beneficial part of homeschool but also can be difficult to plan. If your family is like mine then you have children of various ages and abilities which mean different levels of physical ability. Planning games and activities that include everyone can be a challenge so I have come up with a list of ways to work physical fitness into your homeschool.
Physical Fitness at the Playgound
Playgrounds offer many ways for children to play and burn off energy. Younger children may enjoy climbing the play structures while older children may enjoy a game of tag. Most children enjoy swings or being pushing on a swing if younger. You can meet another family or two at the park to play a few simple games. If your playground is located in a large park then you might have access to tennis or pickleball courts as well. Here are a whole bunch of reasons playground play is awesome.
Physical Fitness at Local Parks
Parks are great locations to get in some physical fitness depending on what facilities your park offers. We live near a Skate Park, Bike Path and various hiking trails. Our children have enjoyed the skate park with scooters and bikes but the cost of protective equipment can get pricey. Any of our local paved bike path’s allow walking, scooters, skates, and bikes. We keep an eye out at garage sales and thrift stores for scooters and skates so each child can have something to keep them rolling.
Physical Fitness at Community College
If you live near a Community College like we do then check out what facilities they have to offer to the community. Our local college offers disc golf, tennis courts, basketball hoops and a fitness station outdoors. The college even offers discs to borrow if you stop in when the building is open for classes. Community Colleges often offer basketball courts and exercise rooms indoors which can be used year round.
Physical Fitness at State Parks
State Parks offer a lot more opportunities to play and explore depending on what climate and where you live. We have found State Parks that offer canoeing, kayaking, fossil hunting, archery, fishing, and lots of nature trails. A few other’s offer things like mountain bike or horse trails and cross country skiing or sledding.
Many of these physical fitness ideas are great for homeschool families because of our flexible schedules. Most of these activities are free or can be done at a very nominal cost. If you can borrow equipment or buy some items used then your family can get outside and enjoy physical fitness all year long.