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Subject: Homeschooler-to-be has a question
Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:00 PM ET
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FIrst of all, it's not a stupid question.  Secondly, it's one that probably all of us have asked at one time or another!

I have 2 kids (3rd and 5th grades), and they do a lot of different things for P.E.  They ride their bikes, roller skate, walk the dog, bowl, and swim.  None of these are classes, just everyday activities that exercise their bodies.  We did participate in a homeschoolers' P.E. class a few years ago, but we decided not to spend the money to do that any more. 

If your daughter takes dance classes, or karate, or gymnastics, that can count as P.E., too.


Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:03 PM ET
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I have ordered videos for my girls dance mostely they like the ballet, tap, Jazz but they have so many diff types of videos. we also have a trampoline and pleanty of property for the kids to walk around and play on.

here are the sites i used for videos





Date Posted: 3/24/2008 10:28 PM ET
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My (10 year old) son does gymnastics, tae kwon do, hip hop dancing, plays basketball with friends outside, rides his bike, runs around playing tag, etc.  Anything that has them moving and ideally having fun counts.  :)

And there are no dumb questions, so ask any and all that you have!  We're here for you!

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 2:41 AM ET
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Also check your state's standards to see if there is a certain amount of time per day they have to be active.

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 9:12 AM ET
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My daughter is on a community soccer team so she gets plenty of running there. She also swims at the Y. Other than that, she rides her bike alot and our Lab can run her quite a bit in the backyard, lol!

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 10:16 AM ET
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It's not a dumb question, especially if your state requires it!

When we started, my son was barely 5.  For PE he attended HS PE classes at the YMCA.  Then he took HS swimming lessons there.  We eventually purchased a membership and he'd workout in the kid's weight room while I did my thing.

We moved to a new state when he was 7 and this area, while a much, much smaller city, has a LOT of HS'ers and activities.  It also has more sports programs for all ages in the general community.  So my son started doing 5K races.  Then he joined the track (indoor & outdoor) and cross country teams sponsored by the parks & rec department.  At the same time, our HS co-op started which includes at least one "active" class per hour.  He took Karate for a year and is now doing HS PE - they're working on the Presidential Fitness program.

At home he has indoor carpet skates (we have short berber carpet - perfect for it!), runs laps in our basement (70 feet X 20 ft room that includes our schoolroom), and does a lot outside.  The neighbor kids have play gyms, swings, and a trampoline that's sort of our neighborhood "park".  My son has a disc swing that is different than the rest, so the kids migrate to our home at times also.  There is lots of snow and a retired couple on our cul-de-sac allow the kids to sled down their huge hill.

My son also roller blades, rides his bike, and runs laps around the cul-de-sac.  We attend weekly HS'ing ice skating and HS bowling.

So there are a lot of opportunities for us.  If you start digging in your community, you might find out there is a lot for HS'ers.  If not, then perhaps you can help get something started!  Many of the HS'ed kids here are on the local swim team at the Y.  Running is my son's thing, and he hates swimming, so that's why he chose track & CC.

I hope you find some things to do - either just at home, in your neighborhood, or in the community!


HS'ing for the past 5+ yrs

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 11:32 AM ET
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