Friday, September 14, 2012

Family Time Fitness

From their website:

The Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum allows homeschool parents to teach physical education without previous knowledge of physical education and athletic development. Our program, designed by experts in fitness training, nutrition and body movement, is designed to suit every age and ability level while affordably fitting into your budget. Our program combines flexibility and fun with a comprehensive curriculum to give your children a foundation for strong bodies and minds.

Fitness 4 Homeschool Core 1 Curriculum for K-8 for $57 or upgrade to the Platinum package for $137. They do offer a free 2 day trial so you can see for yourself what it is like.
(Take my advice - skip the "happy meal", this will be much more fun, and a lot better for their health!)

Maybe you think ... I don't need a Fitness/Physical Education Program for my homeschool. Take a look at this picture of Brain Activity after only 20 minutes of walking! What do you think the brain activity will be after 30-45 minutes of a professionally planned physical education lesson?

The Bentz Test Laboratory has some very physically active children, and some "not-so-much" types.  I know we need to be more intentional in making sure everyone (even mom!) is getting the proper amount of exercise around here. 

Right off, we learned that phyiscal activity is not the same thing as physical education (PE).  Family Time Fitness is expertly designed program that has been created to maximize the benefits of spatial awareness, body awareness, environmental awareness, enhanced neurological development, mind-body coordination, stress reduction, social engagement, poise and confidence.  It's not enough to just "go play outside for awhile", our students need the benefits of a systematic approach to teaching these skills.

I was blown away by the level of detail and instruction included in this program.  You will NOT find a better thought out, easy to implement PE program.  I've been searching for years...

 Here's what you get:
Startup/Training Guide - The Startup Guide is a guide for parents and includes an introduction to physical education, information on what to expect from the program, safety information, how to integrate physical education into your curriculum, teaching tips and equipment information.
Lesson Plans – Each of the 260 professionally planned lessons arrives in PDF format and includes a List of Supplies, Warm-Up, Activity, Cool Down and Suggested Outdoor Activity. Each exercise is described in a detailed, user-friendly format for easy access. Each lesson provides 30-45 Minutes of physical activity. If you do all the activites that is over 7800 Minutes of activity a year! If you do the suggested outdoor acitivy you get an additional 10-15 of physcial activity.
1-Page Summaries– Each lesson has a One-Page Summary to facilitate easy printing and portability. The summaries keep you from printing all 900+ Pages of Lesson Plans.
Video Demonstrations – Each exercise includes a demonstration video with real kids doing the exercises. There are over 200 instructional video demonstrations available to you with this curriculum, and you are guaranteed lifetime access to these videos as we update them.
Assessment Tools – We provide tools to help track progress of the basic fundamental movements. Other downloadable tools include nutritional logs and meal planners for a comprehensive fitness approach.
Encouragement Emails – During the first year of your course, we send you reminder emails each week day to keep you and your children motivated on your fitness journey. We also always include nutritional and fitness tips in the emails.
Online Webinars – You have access to our regular online webinars and our webinar archive for further in-depth instruction and tips on the curriculum.

I love that this program is designed for the homeschool FAMILY!  All my children were able to participate together, and it did not require special equipment or space.  It walked me through the entire program hand in hand.   This is what I've been searching for!  A program that we can actually DO! 

You will want to investigate their website - it's full of informational articles you don't want to miss, like "Team Sports as Physical Education", "Creating a Healthy Home Environment", and "10 Reasons Why you Need a Physical Education Curriculum"

Family Time Fitness also offers:

High School Fitness/PE
Learning the Language of Fitness and Nutrition Activity Workbooks
Basketball Sports Development Module
Online High School Health Class
Co-op Programs 

See what the the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

Disclaimer -
I was sent a complimentary subscription in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


1 comment:

  1. Physical activity is not the same as PE - that is so true and a very good point! We loved reviewing this also :)