Even though I hated Physical Education myself as a student in Finland, it is an important part of our homeschool. Looking back now I realize how enriching and versatile my PE experience was. We tried everything from cross-country skiing, ice-skating to bowling, gymnastics and various (all?) team sports. (If any of my Finnish readers would like to add some of the PE classes they took to my comments, I'd really appreciate it!). My boys especially listen in awe when I tell them the various PE classes we had in Finland. But I was a bookworm, and unfortunately seemed to get PE teachers who discouraged those of us who weren't athletically talented, instead of encouraging us to find an enjoyable sport, and teaching us to love sports.
Mondays and Tuesdays have been our biggest PE days here in New England. The kids have homeschool ski lessons at a mountain nearby on Mondays, where they get free skiing (meaning non-structured ski time, it still costs $ :) and lessons with their homeschool friends. A full day of PE! Yesterday Mr. D & Mr. T also had their first Archery Class here in New England. They took lessons in Florida, and were excited to continue up here, also. (No pics though, as 5ennie was home sick with sick Mr. A - so more on that in a couple of weeks.)
Today we woke up to a couple of inches of fresh snow, so Mr. A & Mr. D went out with shovels to clean our ice skating rink (so we can have more PE throughout the week). They spent maybe 45 minutes shoveling, then another 45 minutes or so sledding with their siblings. As they enjoyed outdoors I realized we weren't going to get in a full day of school, but decided to let them enjoy the fresh air and snow. And sure enough, we only got a half a day of Monarch in. Which is fine, PE is important, too.
After lunch we headed out to our monthly Homeschool Nerf Club. We also have Homeschool Gym Club twice a week with the same group. You can read more here.
Little Miss is too young to attend Nerf Club, but my 6th Graders love it, even Missy! They certainly get a lot of exercise running around the gym for the 1.5 hrs we are there.
In addition to Nerf and Gym Clubs, skiing & sledding, we do snowmobiling, ice skating & hiking for our PE here in New England. Last year the kids got to try cross-country skiing & sailing, also! When in Florida we also ice skate, swim, snorkel, scuba-dive, do archery, play games and walk a lot. Mr. T has also joined local basketball teams and flag football teams for PE in the past. And this Mama isn't afraid to call snow shoveling or raking PE ;-)
Our goal is to spend time outside every day, no matter what the weather is like, no matter what the activity is. And to have fun while at it - all that activity and oxygen helps the brain work better doing all the rest of the schoolwork!
My hope had been to link up to Home Is Where You Start From-blog's L.E.N.S. Physical Education Photo Challenge, but I missed the deadline. You can still hop over there to check out Homeschool PE at other homeschools!
I am linking this post to Homeschool Village (for the first time):
Meillä oli eilen koko päivä kotikoululiikuntaa: ensin laskettelua paikallisen kotikouluryhmän kanssa laskettelurinteessä, sitten ensimmäinen jousiammuntatunti täällä Uudessa Englannissa. Paitsi Mr. A:lla, joka valitettavasti joutui jäämään kipeänä kotiin kipeän äidin kanssa. Tänään me molemmat voimme sen verran paremmin, että pystyimme menemään kuukausittaiseen Nerf-Klubiin. Aamulla kaksi poikaa myös loivat lumet luisteluradalta, että saamme lisää luistelu-liikuntatunteja kotikoulua varten.
Vaikka itse inhosin liikuntaa Suomessa koulussa, nyt näen kuinka monipuolista ja rikastuttavaa se oli. Harmi kun moni liikunnan opettajista ei opettanut tykkäämään liikasta, vaan päin vastoin... Pojat varsinkin kuuntelevat kateellisena mitä kaikkea sain kokeilla liikuntatunneilla lapsena :) Olisi hienoa, jos voisitte lisätä kommentteihin mitä kaikkea Suomen liikuntatunneilla tehdään. Ja mitä on suunnistus englanniksi?
Liikunta on iso osa meidän kotikouluamme. Se vaan saattaa näyttää vähän erilaiselta :) Liikunnaksi lasketaan lumenluonti ja haravointi, moottorikelkkailu ja pulkkamäki, kuin myös tavallisemmat liikuntalajit. Yritämme mennä ulos joka päivä, oli keli millainen vaan.