Bringing Physical Education Home
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.
-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
-Include stretching exercises that may be done as part of TV
-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.
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?