Homeschool Fitness: Blending Fitness with Academics
This post is sponsored by Fitivities. All thoughts and words are my own.
I remember one class I took as an Elementary Education undergraduate encouraged us future teachers to get our students moving during the school day. The thought behind it was that movement enhanced the way students learned. The students who were given the opportunity to incorporate brain breaks, recess, etc. had a greater chance of retaining knowledge. They also experienced less restlessness. I've noticed not only in my daughters, but also in myself that random bouts of movement can give us more energy to make it through the next task. I'm also finding that regular movement throughout the day isn't just for the little ones, but also for our older children. You may also enjoy A Few Good Reasons to Be Active in Your Homeschool.
The Fitivities Task cards make this really easy. I don't have to come with exercises off the top of my head. I can simply pull out the deck and scatter them about if that's what I chose to do. The Instagram post below shows just that. I placed cards from the Fitivities set on the floor with our SuperSkillsBox Vocabulary cards. My daughters selected a starting word of their choosing and did the exercise that was paired with it. After they did the exercise, they moved on to find the corresponding definition. Once they found and recited the definition, they did the exercise that was paired with the definition. They continued on until they had matched all of the words to their correct definition. Not only did they practice their vocabulary, but they also were able to get their heart pumping more.
More Ways to Blend Physical Activity with Fitness
- Teach young learners how to spell their names with the alphabet cards that come with the task cards. Young learners can do the exercises that are paired with each letter in their names.
- The Fitivities task cards not only work for vocabulary, but they are also great for practicing spelling words. Your kiddos can spell the words for some or all of their spelling words by pairing the task cards with the alphabet cards and having your child do the exercise for each letter. You may also consider always pairing the same letter with the same exercise to help with muscle memory. If your child gets stuck, he might be able recall the next letter by remembering the exercise he was doing.
- Use the cards for brain breaks. There are some lessons that require us to sit in order to complete the work such as typing a report or reading a history lesson. After completing seat work, you can chose a card or two do in between transitioning to the next lesson or subject.
How do you incorporate physical activity into your academics? Share your tips in the comments.