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Subject: Any suggestions for gym-class-at-home books?
Date Posted: 8/18/2008 4:56 PM ET
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Last year we went through several gym class programs here in the area, but I still just haven't found one I like well enough to justify the cost...I'm trying to figure out what to do for the phys ed requirement this year, and I've considered soccer leagues, swim lessons, and the homeschool gym. Each cost about $50 per child (or more...) and they run for about 6 to 8 weeks.  There just has to be a better way.  And gee, I think I'm able to tell my kids to go run around in a circle and kick a ball. Especially since they're just 6 and 4, I have trouble justifying that kind of expense. Besides...I adhere to the philosophy that I don't farm out any education that I could provide myself. :-)

Does anyone know of any good books geared to teaching phys ed to your own kids? (Or better yet, online - free - resources for this?)

Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 6:24 PM ET
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Not a book or online but today my kidlets came across a little half hour show on PBS called Kid Fitness or something like that. It was interactive (like Blues Clues or Dora) and had them doing exercises.

It was cute.

ETA: Here's a link to the site http://www.kidfitnesstv.com/tv_show.htm

 What ever happened to Mr. GoodBody?



Last Edited on: 8/18/08 6:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:50 AM ET
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I would check out the fitness videos at the local library and/or rental store. If you are a member of swapaDVD you can probably find a ton of different ones over there. 

I'd make PE a half hour every other day -- start with stretching and explain why it's important! then do 10-15 minutes of something structured (like a video) then 10-15 of fun activity like hopscotch or tag or hide and seek.  Some of those boys/girls "handy" books have instructions for a lot of old fashioned games like they used to play on playgrounds. 

PE should be the easiest class of all for parents to teach!  :-)

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Fit Kids is a great book, IMO.  I found mine at Christian Book Distributors a year or so ago. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:08 PM ET
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Tonya,

Do you happen to know the author of the Fit Kids book? I just did a library search for that book and found several books with the same title, different authors.

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone!! :)


Debby

Subject: Re: Any suggestions for gym-class-at-home books?
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:12 AM ET
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I love the book, "We Win", by Alexander D. Marini.  It is a complete non-competitive physical education program for the entire family!  I am actually organizing a PE class for our homeschool group based off of this book.  I'm very excited, for it is something I've wanted to do for years.

 

Kandi

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:54 PM ET
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Thanks Kandi!

I just found that book on abebooks.com and orderded it. It sounds exactly like what I was looking for!! (I just wish my library would have had it so I could preview it first, but no luck.) Oh well, it was only $5 with shipping at abebooks, so that's pretty good. :)

Debby

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:26 PM ET
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0805418784

K. Cooper is the author. :-)