But when you commit to homeschool, you commit to stretching yourself and going out of your comfort zone, just to better your family! God blessed me with 3 boys for a reason - and praise GOD he gave me an extra dose of Mom energy to keep up with them all.
With the help of my mother-in-law (which taught elementary PE), we came up with some great ideas to incorporate instructional PE into our homeschooling day. And this one - I just have to share with you!!!
Obstacle Courses - also known as American Ninja Warrior around this house...LOL!
(Which starts back up in May!
This is our New backyard - a boys dream, right? SO much room, so many trees and so many perfect ways to create an obstacle course!
We started on Day 1 with just jumping from paver to paver...which takes some coordination!
"Watch out for the alligators swimming in the grassy swamp!"
Day 2 - We added balancing along the logs that line that paved area towards the back.
"Don't fall off into the quick sand!!"
Day 3 - By this day, they HAD it! I handed off the creative torch!
Before I knew it, these 2 had created one sweet PE masterpiece! They added a buzzer button onto of the top of their slide, incorporated their web swing and a few plastic chairs.
We pulled out the iPhone to time ourselves - using technology...check! And yes I even was timed and challenged!
This was working and was becoming so much fun!!!
Learning, imaginative play, and PE class rolled all into 1 = awesome!
While the boys were taking a good water break, I rolled out a piece of chart paper and threw down a few writing tools.
I showed them how to sketch out a quick map of the backyard starting with our fence, where our house set and so on. I handed the pen to J and asked him to draw up the tree with the swing while Nix worked on the circle pavers (age appropriate, right?)
Once we had our backyard penciled out, we rein-acted our obstacle course with 2 plastic spacemen. This was a comprehension check to see if they remembered what happened first, next, and last in their course.
To my surprise...they did this over and over...and then "in reverse!".
"Now that's Homeschooling!"