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Bring Physical Education Home:
Grades K-12

Overview: Extend physical education to include regular exercise in the home, and present proper sleeping, eating and exercise habits as part of a larger picture of personal wellbeing.
Teacher Preparation: Prepare handouts of various exercises.
Procedure Ideas:

  • Talk regularly about the relationship of exercise to health, productivity, even economics.
  • Discuss various health problems that can be eliminated or minimized by regular exercises or stretching.
  • Students invent their own exercises, focusing on certain parts of the body or muscle groups, or...
  • Pick from existing exercises already used in class.
  • Students can teach exercises to adults at home.
  • Have kids figure out an exercise regimen they can undertake at home.
  • Include stretching exercises that may be done as part of TV watching
  • Children can talk with their parents about their physical activity as children, and why they do or don't exercise now.
  • Students can keep a chart of exercises performed nightly by themselves and their parents.
  • Write about results of their teaching experience.
  • Can have adults help them check and record their heart rate before and after exercise.

Options/Variations: Posing a question recently to our own high school age children of "how many of your friends DON'T smoke?" resulted in the answer: "none." Need we say more?