There are so many ways to use traveling for PE. Physical education is considered one of those “extra” subjects but it’s just as important as all of the others. It’s also a “subject” that most kids don’t need much help with doing, but it helps for us to intentionally provide them with the space to do it. Keep reading for a few ways we make sure PE is part of our children’s traveling homeschooling experience.
3 Ways to Use Traveling for PE
Physical education is known as psychomotor learning by using play and movement exploration to promote health and physical fitness. This was one of my favorite “classes” in elementary school and loved recess time, too. Although the public school setting would you have think this is a privilege, physical movement is a natural part of life!
Visit local parks.
If we don’t do much of anything when we’re traveling to each location, we be sure to visit some local parks. That’s one thing that is sure to be an abundance of, even in small towns. Depending on where you’re visiting, you can find parks of all shapes and sizes.
In Tallahassee, we noticed that just about every park also had trails, fields for sports-related activities, and pavilions. This can make PE that much more fun and creative for kids.
Take nature walks.
Nature walks are another way to work in some physical education without having to do too much planning. While on a walk, you can have your kids hop, skip, jump, run, gallop like a horse, or even bear crawl. They can also get a full body workout by looking for certain things to collect along their walk. The bending over, reaching up, and squatting down are all simple movements that use lots of body parts and functions at once.
Play where you’re at.
When it comes to letting your kids get their energy out or just move their bodies in general, you don’t necessarily need a fancy park or walking trail. Instead, you can always use the area where you’re currently visiting. Let them explore the front and back yards and play some games from your childhood. My hubby and I get a kick out of teaching our kids games like Red Light, Green Light, Mother May I, and freeze tag.
What does PE look like in your homeschool?
I don’t want to make it sound like we are always getting out and about every single day, because we don’t. There are times when we’d rather stay home, but the kiddos still need to do some energy releasing activities. When I say, “Time for music and movement!” the kids know that I’m about to put some music on and they can dance, dance, dance.
We also have a few tried and true YouTube channels that have some of those good ol’ circle time songs and workout videos for kids. The Floor is Lava always gets my kids going and they like working out alongside this family.
What does PE look like for your homeschooling family? Let me know in the comments below!
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