Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching Health and PE


Another wonderful aspect of homeschooling is the fact that Health and PE (among other supposedly “less important” subjects) can be thoroughly maximized and enjoyed by the homeschool student. In fact, fulfilling a Health and PE requirement in high school has endless possibilities. However, the first stop in determining your Health and PE course of study is to check with your state. Each has their own state specific guidelines as to how many Health and PE credit hours are required for graduation.

Full PE Directory

Create Your Goals

Homeschoolers are pretty much free to choose which topics they wish to study for Health and PE. However, within this framework parents will need to decide if they will require the state minimum or raise the bar a little higher. Most homeschoolers incorporate a PE requirement for each year of highschool instead of the average requirement of one credit. Yet, within the basic requirement guidelines the homeschooler is pretty much free to determine which Health and PE subject matter fits their lifestyle. For many, this is a great opportunity to set habits of good nutrition, healthy living, and physical exercise that can last a lifetime. Take into consideration setting goals to participate in major milestones such as a local charity runs or competitions.

Take Advantage of Your Options

homeschool PESince homeschoolers can use a wide variety of activities for their PE requirement, it’s great to encourage your highschooler to explore their interests. Participation in team sports is a great way to fulfill a highschool PE requirement while providing socialization and building other life skills. Good examples for PE courses include participation in volleyball, basketball, swimming, baseball, football, lacrosse, yoga courses, zumba, soccer, raquetball, surfing, tennis, and even rock climbing. For those teens that really hate the outdoors but love technology, try mixing the two. Using something like the WiiFit to fulfill PE requirements could get a techie teen a bit more motivated.

Don’t Forget Health

Many homeschooling families use this course to tackle a variety of life skills. This might include nutrition, daily living, character building, drugs and alcohol, relationships, anxiety, stress, and even human sexuality. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for parents to give their high schooler a  foundation in these areas without peer pressure.

Free (Cheap) PE courses and Resources

Teen Health – Food and Fitness

PE – Fitness Training Principles

Basic Exercise and Activity Tracker

PE Central – Great resources

The Homeschool PE Game Book (cost of a book)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free (Cheap) Health Courses

Kid’s Health

GA Virtual Learning Health Course

Glencoe Health

Human Health Diet and Nutrition

Health and Human Development

Global Health Issues

DSST test – Health Guidelines

Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness

Total Health High School (cost of a book)

Take a CPR class – (register 120+ hours)

About 

Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 9-15) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. Jamie is also a contributing author at Online Education for Kids and MomSCHOOL


February 21, 2014

Comments

  1. Robin says:
    Posted February 23, 2014 3:32 am

    These are great ideas! :)

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