We’re just on the other side of winter here in New Zealand, gladly. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that I don’t have to send my children off to school knowing that in the middle of winter they won’t be huddled in a corner by the jungle gyms during lunch hour, shivering in their inadequate school uniforms, or doing the infamous PE class run around the block in bare feet and shorts. (20 year old memories are flooding back as I write).
It also means that we have to make exercise intentional around here if we’re going to be spending more time indoors. If you’re housebound for whatever reason (eg. having a baby around can make it tougher to get out and about) you might like to write up a plan so you have some intentionality about keeping fitness on the radar with your children.
This last winter, I purchase a Hi-5 DVD which the girls danced to first thing in the morning for about 20m a few times a week. We also have these exercise cards of simple exercises we can do inside. Some of these ideas are from Homeschool Family Fitness, an excellent book to add to your homeschool resources.
If you are able to get out, you might like to sign your children up to do:
- indoor athletics
- indoor swimming (use these free resources as a skills checklist)
- dance classes
- music and movement sessions with younger ones
- indoor team sports
How about incorporating learning into exercise. How about learning times tables while doing star jumps? Or counting backwards instead of forwards? Or skip counting in 2’s or 3’s?
Does anyone else have any ideas for staying fit through the winter?