Families each handle physical education (P.E.) for homeschool in their own ways. In a previous post, I discussed 2 ways to look at awarding P.E. credit, each involving the program and materials of your choice. This takes a little more time and tracking, but is a great way to create a customized program for every member of the family.
But, sometimes, having somebody else do the research and write out all the lessons is easier than constructing a program by yourself! So, today, we’ll look at ready-made P.E. lesson plans (curriculum) for homeschoolers.
The Family Time Fitness program is an option used by many families. It isn’t free, but offers an entire K-8 curriculum for about the same price as one new textbook. Though the lessons are written for students, they’re great for the whole family to enjoy together, too.
The Ace Council on Fitness Operation Fitkids program is free, and covers not just fitness, but contains units on nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and lots more. This one is a great option for homeschool groups and co-ops, too, since kids can learn and play together.
Spark research-based P.E. lesson plans are also free, and offered in grade-appropriate modules for Kindergarten all the way thru high school. They’re easy to download, and easy to follow as well. (UPDATE: Spark research downloads are still available, but are now limited to certain lessons, not the entire curriculum.)
Don’t be limited by just searching for “fitness” products, either. Years ago, our family used a cross-curriculum approach to P.E. by combining a nature-themed study with our physical education. We completed all of the lessons (and I earned the certification, another plus) and we also played all of the nature-themed games outside with other kids in our group. That program, called ProjectWILD, has long since expanded to include many more options than when my children were little. It is still free, and even more worth examining today.
To your health and fitness!