Unschooling philosophy would have the child - live and what exercise they got woud be fine. Scheduling in a specific exercise regimine would go against the concept unless it was at her request. BUT that is theory, you live in real life. If you think your children would enjoy in and benefit from it, go for it.
What do we do - we are not unschoolers but a bit of everything, I've given up trying to label us. We have a gym / park day once a week. They both participate in local recreation i.e. baseball, basketball. They ride their bikes / scooters on a daily basis in the spring through fall and play in the snow in the winter. We hike several times a month and then in the summer top that off with swimming. Dd also likes to do Yoga with me when I get motivated enough to get to it.
I mean unschoolers - and I don't mean some kind of up at 7 military drill. I mean we do it together to start our day. I mean it as just another thing like brushing our teeth - because, in my mind, it's just as important as brushing as our teeth. I'm not asking if it's unschooling or not. I was just wondering what all of you do.
My son is really active so I don't do anything special with him beside the occasional walk... but we'll probably set some plan because he needs to grow muscles to get back on the gym team... (his wish)
My dd is a bookworm... she takes dance class in the winter but have nothing in the summer (well, this year she'll go to a two days dance camp). I try to remind her that she have a bike and she can use it... but it's not really effective
I need to do my own exercice plan more regularly... then I could be an inspiration and maybe they will join me in the morning (well, dreaming is still free, isn't it?
I did type up a great reply, and then the computer ate it or something...
So, the short version is that I don't plan anything *for* my child, although I plan some stuff *with* my child, but because we're unschooling it's her choice, and I have concerns that simply adding something to a routine can give children the impression that they don't have a choice about it.
Rain has done a lot of team sports, mostly soccer, spring and fall until about a year ago. Then she took up dance claases, 1-3 times a week. We also like to bowl, and we both walk the dogs together sometimes. She actually just wrote up her own exercise plan for her dance hiatus this summer - we'll see if she sticks to it. Oh, and she loves to swim.
I wonder if daily morning exercises would help me perk up in the am a bit...
I have my kids excercise at least four times a week. HOW they excercise is up to them . They are happier mentally after they've been excercising. Bike ride , hike , climb trees , jump rope , yoga , bellydancing , walk around the block , digging in the dirt ,etc.. The eldest and I take TaeKwonDo three/four times a week.
well, we do plan things. We belong to the Y and once a week(mostly!) dh takes them to a preschool sports class there. Also, my oldest is taking a climbing class twice a week there. And we try to get there to swim once a week. My middle son is taking clogging. My youngest goes to toddler gym once or twice a week. We also go out hiking several times a week in the evening as a family. ANd I just take them outside to run around and kick the exercise ball and roll around on it. This summer my oldest is going to take track and field.
Yes, we do unschool. These are all activities that my children loev to do
I don't schedule. My 5yo is a big bike rider, so any nice day she rides her bike up at the neighborhood park. We also hike on trails and the kids play on the playground. We go out in all sorts of weather... figure that's enough exercise for now.
I try to keep my kids busy. I don't look at it as an education thing but as a health thing. My oldest is in tae kwon do 3 times a week and my other two will start in 18 months (the baby will only go 2 times a week until she is 5 or 6 and only half an hour at a time). they also constantly are riding thier bikes and playing in the pool. we have videos for yoga, ballet and arobics. my oldest has some dumb bells thatshe lifts with me to tone her arms, and we are going to get resisitance bands to work onher legs (so she can kick better :LOL) and someone pointed out what toned muscles she had the other day and how much better her push ups were than everyone elses (because we are always late and she is always spacing in class so she ends up getting lots of practice :LOL)
if they are board the can spin the activitiy wheel. two pices of posterboard cut into matching circles. devid into 12 sections. on the other peice cut out one sectionslap them together with a brad thingy. write activities/excercises on it and whenever they say they are boired I say "spin the wheel honey " I am sure the novelty will wear off soon but for now it is a good way to keep them moving. Dr. Sears book L.E.A.N. kids has some really good ideas for motivating kids also.
Does Iris like to ride her bike or walk? We usually bike or walk my younger dd to school. My older dd will be hsing this fall so I imagine she'll be walking or riding with us. Both my girls take dance classes and gymnastics and love to swim and rollerblade and if they're home they are usually playing on the swing set, climbing onto the garage roof or something else active. For them, there's not enough time in the day for all the active type things they like to do.
I think morning excersices or yoga would be a great way to start your day. What about a morning walk? Would she be into that? When my kids were younger and I wanted to all get out for a walk, I'd suggest an adventure walk, which would include taking a bag and collecting stuff along the way. They were really into that. And at times we've gotten into the habit of a family walk after dinner.
What kind of stuff does Iris like to do? Maybe you can go from there.
I also am not one to schedule anything for my children. They have always been involved in some sort of physical activity by their request (classes such as gymnastics, karate, even just the games they play at youth group) along the way. And at home they have always either rode bikes, skated, played basketball or whatever. We live in the country and they are often out just running around with the animals too. My older kids are 12 and 15 and I'm quite sure get way more exercise than most children out there.
I think of it as a part of living...sortof like breathing.
If it's something that's really important to you and not a natural occurance with your child (although I find all children to be naturally physically active) then I think the best way to go about it is by modeling it yourself and not really instructing the child to do it. If she sees that you are doing something and it's fun, there's a good chance she will want to join in.
Yoga or a dance video seems like it would be your best bet. it is low impact and fun enough that she probably wont fight it. cheap enough to give it whirl and trade it here if she doesn't. If you are looking for just basic healthy habits try the whole "we get up eat a health breakfast, clean ourselves up, brush or teeth do our yoga and start the day. . . " I don't think it is unreasonable for even for an unschooler. SOme people let everything go when they homeschool, the reasoning is "if they don't like getting cavities filled then they will learn to brush thier teeth" which is taking things a little to far. there is a reason we don't release our young into the wild to take care of themselves. math can weight, healthy habits that will keep you strong and healthy enough to learn the other stuff can't.
I don't plan in a sense, any exercise for my kids. We an active family where everyone does something. I play soccer and softball, so my kids have taken up those same sports. DH is into walking and biking, so the kids are also interested in those. We do things as a family when we can like walking to a local restaurant, or going on hikes. My kids naturally play outside A LOT, which makes me very thankful for our large yard. Our community swimming pool is a 15 min walk, and we have summer passes. Also DS will be playing football this fall, which I know will keep him extremely active.
With all these activities just part of our regular daily life, I don't even see a need for me to encourage them to get active, they already do it on their own.
Morning exercise sounds like a great way to start the day! Have fun!
When my daughter was your daughter's age, I would do yoga and she would do it with me (or crawl under me, or around me, or climb over me while I attempted to do yoga!). If mommy was doing it, she thought it looked pretty fun and joined right in.
My son did a little bit of yoga with me, but he really liked the Pilates exercises better for some reason, so we would do those together. But I didn't say, "O.K., now it's time for yoga/Pilates" - I just did it and they were free to do it with me or not. Now at 7 and 9 y.o., they are involved in lots of activities (dance, martial arts, swimming, etc.), and they play outside quite a bit. I would say it's *all* their own choice, but I must admit, when it's a beautiful day outside, and the two of them have been inside all morning and are starting to get rowdy, I do send them outside sometimes!
I think the walk after dinner sounds wonderful! We live out in the country, but very hilly country, so walking is out - hiking is in, and somehow I just don't feel like going for a strenuous hike after dinner! LOL!
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