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    Do you all teach P.E. or just consider your children playing outside, riding bikes, etc to be enough? If you do teach P.E. more formally, what do you use? Thank you!

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    HI Sarah.

    I never formally included PE until high school. My kids played outside, were part of summer league baseball/softball teams, took swimming lessons, and for a while my son ran 5Ks with me.

    For high school, we did a more formal PE/health semester class, since our state requires it for brick-and-mortar school students. We could have probably skipped it since Indiana views homeschools as private schools that can set their own curriculum. I let each of my kids determine what activities they wanted to pursue and then documented it.

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    My son, hates playing outdoors, so we do formal PE. When it is an actually scheduled class, he is more likely to do it. He does yoga, mostly, but I would be happy with any kind of exercise.

    If he exercised on his own, I wouldn't do it as a class.

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    We are required by our charter to “do” PE... a “brisk” 30 minute daily walk with Dad is what Ive logged and been deemed acceptable for the last several years. If by formal curriculum you mean it counts when I tell them “go play in the backyard for a while”, I suppose we do.
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    I have "exercise" on the checklist on our daily routine because if it was not there, my daughter would probably not do anything. She would much prefer to sit and read all day. She has a list of things that she knows she can do (yoga, pilates, biking, walk the dog etc.) that count. So I don't really "teach PE" but I make sure she gets exercise each day.

    I use outside classes either regularly after school, or one-offs for a term or during the holidays/school breaks for her to do more traditional PE sports. She does dance all year round, and then I take her along to things like tennis, ice skating, gymnastics, athletics, orienteering, soccer, basketball, and cricket as one-offs. I also enroll both my kids for 2 weeks of daily (10 lessons) swim lessons each year because that is what they would get as part of the provisions in the NZ school system.

    For health, we do a unit study once or twice a year and I just get books out from the library about nutrition, body changes, exercise etc.

    When I started homeschooling and was researching curricula, I wrote down this curriculum called Our Whole Lives as a possibility for health, but we have never actually used it so I don't know what it is like. It is from a Unitarian Universalist group but can apparently be used as a secular curriculum.
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    Thanks. My kids are 7 and 10 and we don't have requirements for what homeschoolers teach in our state. So far, I've just figured being active kids is enough. Maybe in a couple of years I'll add something a bit more formal or planned.

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    Until about 7th grade, I didn't need to do anything for it because they were so active. Then one of my boys started to get more sedentary so I started requiring something. Just anything he chose to do once a week. He tried parkour, diving, and a couple of other things. Now he's on to martial arts and he's trying a new class for that next year (high school). The other one dances, so he gets plenty at dance.
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    We don't do formal PE, but our family is active.

    We have done a few health based unit studies - A&P and nutrition. We used Crash Course as a spine and I made up the rest.

    If your kiddos are fairly active (playing, bike riding) I think you have PE covered. However, during some seasons (be it actual seasons, or age based), formal goal setting can be helpful.
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    It depends. Usually, we sign up for swimming or homeschool PE classes through our local Y. This year, my oldest asked to train for running and bike races instead. He is 10, and I figured he could handle the training so we run and bike together 3 times a week. Sometimes we rent a kayak or hike so I count those as well. I will probably sign him up for a program through our local Parks & Rec this winter.

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    The state we live in requires both PE and health to be taught "regularly and thoroughly". We have done a variety of things. Sometimes it's been co-op PE which varied from free-range to structured activities. Sometimes I have counted just the normal outside time of bike-riding, roller-skating, etc. For awhile DH planned weekly lessons about the rules, professional teams, and basic skills of a particular sport. For this semester (and all of last year), DS is participating in a weekly class doing parkour.

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