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post #21 of 53
It's been a very rainy month so we haven't been going outside much, but my kids definitely are still getting excersize. They invented a game that involves chasing each other at high speeds up and down the hallway. I am so thankful that our downstairs neighbor has two children and understands the noise.

There is a playground at our apt. complex, so when we do get outside we frequently walk down to there. We also like to take walks around the neighborhood.

We also have a Pilates dvd that the kids think is a hoot ~ they love to put it in and try to do the workouts. Dancing is another fun indoor excersize ~ put in a cd and break it on down together.
post #22 of 53
we live in thr tropics and don't have a car. we're less than a 10 min walk to the pool. dd1 also takes gymnastics 2 hrs a week, and tennis 1 hr a week.

year-round warm wather does make it easier to go outside spontaneously.

although, to be fair, we just got bacj from vacation in a cool climate, and it was so neat, that that was the most tomr we;d spent outide in a while. vur i'm from a place with cjanging seasoons, so iknow the novelty wears off,

pkease rxcuse typos. nak

wow there are a lot
post #23 of 53
We have park day and a huge backyard so that helps we go for family evening walks weather allowing!

Alexis is in Dance and Karate
post #24 of 53
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Yeah - we are very very blessed that way. I love where we live.
I know I am a broken record but have you hooked up wtih a homeschool group locally? They may have some ideas or activities to offer.

Karen
Yes I have joined a local NFL message board where there are some homeschoolers who organize group activities like daytime swimming lessons and gymnastics (although no new activities on the horizon for now). I also have the phone number (from the OFTP website) for a lady who heads a different group--I'm not sure if this one is still "operational" but I'm planning on calling her next week.

Jessielove I had thought of putting in a CD and dancing with the kids--I'm sure they would find it HILARIOUS to see their ol' mum "break it down."

Thanks everyone for all the great ideas--I'm sure now that I won't have any problems keeping the kids active.
post #25 of 53
Exercise is not a problem for my 4 year old. Sitting still for 5 minutes is. If he were in school they would be drugging him for sure just to get him to sit still. He runs and jumps and does cartwheels and somersaults all the time.

Kathi
post #26 of 53
My daughter dances 5 days a week. She also cheers at games a couple weekends per month. In the spring or summer she'll likely pick up gymnastics again when we have more $$.

Both the kids do a homeschool swim and gym class once a week through the Y. I suggest looking into your local Y or community center if you need something for your kids to do.
post #27 of 53
We go to a homeschool gymnastics class once a week (next week is the last week until January....<sigh>

I agree that with winter coming we Canadians have a tendancy to hibernate LOL so I decided to get a paper route for my 4.5 year old this year. I am actually the one "in charge" of the route obviously but he and his little sister go with me every day when we do papers and Rhys delivers the ones that he is actually able to reach. It means that we have to go outside for a walk every day for about 45 minutes (its only 18 papers but kids walk slower than adults LOL).

Overall I must say that it has been a very positive experience. Rhys gets a small amount of spending money every week and the other half we put into a savings account for him. The savings account money isn't ever touched until you get married or go to school or apprenticeship or training of some sort (that is how DHs parents did it and I really liked that idea).

So its a win/win...plus no matter how yucky it is outside I know we *have* to go for a walk each and every day!

Steph
post #28 of 53
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I was just wondering what you moms do with your kids for exercise. In my mind, the absence of gym class is one drawback to homeschooling which I'm not sure how to overcome.

I guess the obvious answer would be "take a walk to the park," but as winter is quickly approaching I have to admit, we won't be going to the park as often. Canadian winters can be very cold!

I am probably going to check out the nearest community centre next week and see if they have any activities my daughter might be interested in (martial arts, dance maybe) but if they don't have anything inexpensive that's feasible for us I'm not sure what I'll do.

Does anyone know of any kids' workout videos? Yoga maybe? Any ideas would be appreciated.
PS doesn't have gym class anymore so I don't see this as something I need to replace. Just the fact that my kids are allowed out of their seat and to move around when they want is more "exercise than PS kids get around here. Anything else is just extra. I don't push exercise. I encourage them to be active and allow them to interpret how they wish. I would prefer they grow up being active than being taught the MUST exercise.
post #29 of 53
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Jessielove I had thought of putting in a CD and dancing with the kids--I'm sure they would find it HILARIOUS to see their ol' mum "break it down."
Oh, it is. All of us usually end up in a big heap on the floor, giggling. It's so much fun.
post #30 of 53
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Wow, where do you live that they removed gym class from school? That's pretty bad...:
post #31 of 53
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Wow, where do you live that they removed gym class from school? That's pretty bad...:
They have PE for 30 minutes once every 7 days. That's it. No recess. There's no time for it. Heck, they only get 10 minutes for lunch. If they don't have time to eat, they definately don't have time to play.
post #32 of 53
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That's terrible. Gym only once every 7 days, and 10 minutes for lunch? That's just mean.
post #33 of 53
We go to the park, for walks, play and run in the yard, etc. We try to go a few times a month during the winter to an open gym - there are several locations here with all types of equipment for all ages. There is a Climbing Gym close by, and my 3 year old goes once a week - he climbs with a harness and can scale to over 20 feet now. He LOVES it!!!! Great for mental focus and problem solving too. Hmmm. Some Sunday mornings in the winter we grab some bagels and OJ and go walk around the mall (before they open). They can run a bit, and we can visit the bookstore (and their train tables) as we are leaving. We are going to be doing ice skating classes soon (january) which should be fun. Sledding is great exercise ... climbing back up those hills ... We hope to do some skiing and snowboarding this winter too.

Denise
post #34 of 53
The only workout video that I can get all three boys to do (ages 13, 11, and 8 1/2 ) is Tae Bo - they love it - the girls as well.
We go outside nearly everyday too. My husband has made up a daily physical education program - such as obstacle course, jogging, basketball, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, etc.

Warm wishes,
Tonya - Simple Living Mom of 5 and Natural Fiber Artist
post #35 of 53
We live in an apartment with a Gym, basketball court, indoor and outdoor pools and raquetball court. There is also a playground and a prk a couple blocks from me. On nice days, we go for a nature walk or play at the playground. On the not so nice days, we go to the basketball court and play ball or frisbee or tag. MY DS is only 3, so he has TONS of energy. He can never sit still. Of course, there are those days when I don't feel like leaving the house so we have a dance party.
post #36 of 53
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Wow, where do you live that they removed gym class from school? That's pretty bad...:

It is not unusual and has been in the news quit a bit about things like sports, gym class, recess, arts, etc being cut.
post #37 of 53
Lots of sports. Older ds plays soccer, baseball, football, swimming, basketball & he's going to try karate in a few weeks. This isn't all at once of course,lol. Swimming is ongoing 1X a week lesson and then we want to try and go swimming more (indoors!).

For at home, when it's cold outside, we put up a rock climbing wall in the playroom/family room and it's a big enough room anyways for them to run around or play basketball with a mini hoop. They're always moving it seems.
post #38 of 53
My kids do or have done all of the following:
- Community center gym (KinderSport Schule in Germany)
- Tae Kwon Do or Dance classes
- Weekly park days (weather permitting)
- Also in Germany, we had a slide/climber in the livingroom

Also, my husband wrestles with the kids a couple of times a week, and the kids have been really into dancing lately (just putting in a CD and going crazy dancing).
post #39 of 53
We used to live in Hawkesbury, Ontario. What about ice skating, cross country skiing, or sledding?

Some things really depend on how far north you are and what is available in your town. We were far enough north that there was always snow on the ground and every park had an outdoor skate rink. I think it is almost easier to be active outside in that sort of situation than a little further south, where it is often cold and crappy but not cold enough for winter sports.
post #40 of 53
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We used to live in Hawkesbury, Ontario. What about ice skating, cross country skiing, or sledding?

Some things really depend on how far north you are and what is available in your town. We were far enough north that there was always snow on the ground and every park had an outdoor skate rink. I think it is almost easier to be active outside in that sort of situation than a little further south, where it is often cold and crappy but not cold enough for winter sports.
That describes my city (Windsor) exactly. The winters are cold, but not cold enough for good winter spots, more like crappy, often slushy. We get a lot of freezing rain. There are some indoor rinks in town though, I think skating might be fun for my daughter to do with her dad.

I grew up in Ottawa, which was much colder and I remember cross-country skiing with my sisters in behind our house. Now that was good exercise!
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