Teaching homeschool PE to your own kids can be quite a challenge! It’s hard to know exactly what to do. We’ve got a great solution for you today! We’re chatting with Jody Token from The Great Flip to learn how we can teach martial arts in homeschool PE.
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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #175 of the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast!
As a former classroom teacher, now homeschooling mom of five, I love to equip and encourage other homeschooling families.
On the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast our goal is to inspire and encourage you with actionable strategies to take you from overwhelmed to confident in your homeschool adventure. Listen to interviews with amazing influencers in the homeschool world and beyond.
What should be taught in a PE class?
PE, or physical education, can be thought of in two broad categories. PE instruction can be health based or skill based. If you think of these aspects, it will be more clear as to what you can plan to teach in a homeschool PE class.
Of course, PE includes things like:
- developing motor skills
- learning sportsmanship
- physical fitness
- working up endurance
- growing coordination, speed, and strength
Sometimes it is easiest to have your kids join a local sports team to “cover” homeschool PE easily. Other times, your child might enjoy a more independent sport, like ice skating or gymnastics. Many high school boys enjoy weight lifting to fulfill their homeschool PE requirement.
For many years, we joined the homeschool gym and swim class at our local YMCA to have that organized “gym class” time with other kids and then to enjoy a splash in the pool.
How to teach Homeschool P.E.
Of course, when you think of the aspects of health and skills that homeschool PE targets, you can also just do homeschool PE in your backyard.
You can set up obstacle courses and have your kids work to improve their time. Go on family bike rides to increase motor skills and endurance. Organize a weekly kick ball game with your homeschool co-op. All of these things are easy ways to teach homeschool PE.
Another simple way to teach homeschool PE is to find online fitness videos to use in your own home with your kids.
Homeschool PE Ideas
Think of the team sports that your children might join as they grow older. Now work on individual skills related to those team sports.
For example, if your kids might like to join a basketball team, figure out the foundational skills they need to learn and use your homeschool PE time to practice things like dribbling, shooting lay-ups, passing the ball, and such.
Homeschool PE Curriculum
I know that sometimes it’s just easier to already have a homeschool PE curriculum planned out for you. That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to today’s guest on episode 175 of the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast.
Jody Token is the creator and coach of an online curriculum for girls called The Great Flip, online self-defense, safety and faith. Homeschool and Christian school families subscribe to her online training videos and learn fun, playful and empowering self-defense skills.
The Great Flip is part of the National Program Alliance with American Heritage Girls.
Listen to my conversation with Jody on episode 175 of the HWM Podcast.
How do you do PE in homeschool?
Jody’s program comes with easy-to-follow lesson plans that you can use at home with your immediate family. Or gather other families from your local homeschool group and use the video lessons together. Another great idea that Jody shared on today’s episode was for your older teen girls to work through the lessons on their own and then use Jody’s plans to teach the curriculum to the younger girls.
Of course, your boys can join in The Great Flip program too even though it was originally created specifically for girls.
How to teach martial arts in Homeschool PE
Learn more about The Great Flip and watch some of Jody’s videos to get a feel for how you could teach martial arts and self-defense in homeschool PE.
Self-defense not only is a great skill for your girls (and boys!) to learn, but working in a Christian worldview into the curriculum is what sets Jody’s program apart from others. If this is important to you in your homeschool, you’ll love The Great Flip.