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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling by Subject

PE, Health & Safety and Driver's Ed
by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

A sampling of resources available to homeschoolers

PE Programs fro Homeschoolers:

For individual and team sports opportunities, check the offerings of your
local YMCA, City Park and Recreation Departments, County Parks,
Aquatic Centers, private homeschool sports leagues, homeschool
learning co-ops, and local school districts (some districts allow
homeschoolers to participate, others do not).  Also consider involvement
in "life-long" sports, such as hiking, golf, tennis, bicycling, skiing, skating,
skateboarding, running, or swimming.  Exercising as a family, on a walk
or bicycle ride, can provide time for talking, learning, and enjoying each
other's company, as well as counting toward your PE goals.

The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book  by Guy
Bailey -- covers games that can be played by 2 - 4 players, such as red
light/green light, kick ball, tether ball, etc

President’s Challenge  -- a version of the President's Physical Fitness
Challenge that can be used by homeschool families.

Balance First -- by Discovery, in partnership with the
President's Council on Physical Fitness, a health curriculum that address
healthy eating and the need for exercise

Homeschool SportsNet -- a national organization, includesTEAMFIND
to help locate homeschool sports groups in your area -- a fun website sponsored by the US Dept of Health and
Human Services, lots of sports related activities, create animated clips
that represent your own level of activity, generate new game ideas, watch
short video clips of kids giving tips on how to do things in various sports  

Dance, Dance, Revolution Mario Mix for Nintendo Game Box and
Dance, Dance, Revolution for PlayStation -- two games that require  
movement to play them!  Both games come with a floor mat that is
controlled with foot movements, instead of a hand-held game controller.  
Both are great aerobic exercise that parents can join in on. :-)

The original PlayStation game is geared toward teens, plays teen-type
music, and the screen figures are more teen-looking as they dance.  
There are several other more recent versions available, including a
Strawberry Shortcake version, search game websites for others

The Nintendo game is more kid-friendly, the music is like that found in
children's video games, including "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (the
easiest song to learn the game on), the "dancing" is more like hop-scotch
than dancing, there is also an actual Mario game included that is played
by foot movements on the mat.

Martial Arts Videos -- martial arts are a great way for homeschoolers to
stay fit, check your yellow pages for training centers (dojos) near you, if
you aren't able to locate, travel to, or afford a martial arts class you can
help your child learn karate from these instructional videos

Also consider The Performing Arts as a way to get exercise

Also consider that chasing after
paper airplanes is great
exercise! ;-)

Health and Hygiene Resources for Homeschoolers:

There are dozens of books available at public libraries and thru major
book sellers.  Buying your own copy means that you can remove the
chapters from the binding, staple or put them in a separate folder, and
give them to your student as you feel he or she is ready for each chapter.
(just as you would dispense any other curriculum resource)

NUTRITION DETECTIVES® "Teaching Kids to Make Healthy
Choices" -- a curriculum by Drs. David and Catherine Katz

Nutrition and Fitness: 50 Lessons and Exercises -- for any age

US National Institute of Health Curriculum Supplements -- (K - 12)  
free learning modules for various topics in health and biology, online web
version or paper copy (one per homeschool) are available

Food and Nutrition -- an extensive website that discusses all aspects of
food, nutrition, food processing, the food industry, food additives, and
agriculture, from the University of Saskatchewan

The 5 a Day Program from Dole -- free lesson plans, downloads and

Values, Emotions, and Respect from the U of Illinois

Literature That Teaches Kids Values from Mrs. Rushton's Spectacular
Second Grade -- a nice list of books by topic

Henry the Hand -- fun but solid info for young kids on benefits of hand
washing, food safety, disease/germ control, etc

Handwashing Tips from the Mayo Clinic

Don't Sweat IT! Every Body's Answers to Questions You Don't
Want to Ask by Marguerite Crump - An award-winning book on general
hygiene and sex education for those entering puberty.  It is "cartoony"
and humorous.  [Note: parents who are currently only looking for hygiene
info can remove the chapters on sex ed to give to their child at a later
age, if they wish]

Core Concepts in Health by McGraw-Hill -- a high school level textbook
which has a lot of support information, activities and games on its
webpage.  You can purchase the textbook (check eBay ;-) or just use the
online resources to build/supplement your own curriculum.

Safety Resources:

Safe Kids Worldwide - health and safety tips for kids - activities and video clips for kids on Stranger Danger and

Caution: The Intenet is not Rated "G" by Julie Knapp - tips and
resources for "safe Surfing"

Driver's Education:

Check with your state and your insurance company to find out details of
what is required and acceptable.  I have not used any of these
programs... but it is a place for you to begin your own research.

National Driver’s Training
Driver's Ed in a Box
Driver Zed -- interactive software gives students real-life situations and
asks them what to do

Teen Driver - Parent Contract -- a nice idea, from Wisconsin