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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Family Time Fitness Review Schoolhouse Review Crew 2012

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       One of the big questions I get from many people about homeschooling is what about GYM? Well that is often on my mind as well, when the weather is nice we get plenty of activity especially when we are at camp, there is always the Wii but that gets old after a while. Taylor has special limitations due to his Cold Urticaria that prevent him from outdoor activities starting in October-November through March-April depending on our crazy MI weather. We cannot always afford to go do something to get our activity in, so when presented with a Physical Education curriculum for review, from Family Time Fitness along with many other crew members from The School House Review Crew, I knew it was a sign that we needed to do more, with cold weather fast approaching.

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     The boys on the other hand were less than thrilled, they though that being homeschooled meant they got a free pass to not have actual Gym class, boy were they WRONG! Family Time Fitness is developed with homeschoolers in mind and at heart. We were given the Fitness for Homeschool Core 1 curriculum in PDF download and it came as several files so I could print them as needed. I was a little overwhelmed at first with just how much information was given but I devised a plan and printed the first 40 lessons and had them bound into a book for about $3.50 at my local office supply store, this made it a manageable size and I am a little OCD when it comes to just having papers stapled together. I want something that looks a little more professional. So this helped out a ton. There are some supplies you need to get started before you begin the program, some you may already have on hand, and some you may not. If you are frugal like me it was fun to find the items at bargain prices since many of them were on clearance from the Summer or found at the dollar store down the street.

     These are the items we need to get started on our homeschool Gym class.
Bean Bags: we made these out of dry beans and leftover material. You can also use tennis balls as an alternative.

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Jump Ropes, they give you alternatives for making your own as well, but I snagged ours for about $1 so it was easier and saved some time.

Hula Hoops, my boys were the least thrilled about this aspect, but soon got over it when I explained we virtually hula hoop on one of our Wii games. They just asked that I not take photos, because they know all too well all photos get posted on facebook and my blog. I miss when they were younger and did not care.(lol)
Playground Balls, these were easy to find as well as the hula hoops at the dollar store.

Foam balls, or blow up beach balls for indoor use. Beach balls were a steal at target about the time I went hunting in their dollar spot.

Cones, I found super cute ones that had school sayings on them at the dollar tree, they were a bit small but would be great for little kids. I chose to go with ones I found in the dollar spot at Target as they were designed for sports outdoors.

Measuring Tape, I think it is safe to say we all should probably have one of these already, I did for sewing, had a couple so took my least favorite and put it in the Gym Bin we created.

Stop Watch, we had one of these as well but most cell phones have that feature as well.

Exercise Mat, we found these cheap at the dollar spot as well as Five Below, they were probably my most expensive thing but they did not break the bank.

    Just keep in mind you are making a wise investment into your family's health. That is worth every penny put in and you are only having to buy this stuff one time at the beginning not all the time.

    There is an intro in the beginning that explains the importance of physical activity and more importantly how to easily incorporate it into your homeschool routine.  The lessons are broken up into Core Physical Fitness that provides 25-45 minutes of physical activity and then at the end of each lesson there is an outdoor activity challenge that provides an additional 15-30 minutes of physical fitness. If you do both the indoor and outdoor activities you will have a solid one hour Gym class each day full of rigorous activity that is sure to get your family fit and healthy and keep them that way in no time flat.

     For us the outdoor activity will get to be hard for us to do because it will get too cold for Taylor to be outside but I have been busy finding ways to alter them so we can do them inside or replace them with another lesson of indoor physical activity to make up for it. At camp we have been going to the indoor pool in the afternoon when it has been too chilly or raining outside. Sometimes we just need that guidance to get us motivated and help us head in the right direction. Family Time Fitness does just that, by involving the whole family, the kids get motivated by seeing their parents excited and involved.  They learn by our examples, if we show the kids what to do and give them the tools they will learn to enjoy it and start to crave physical activity. The whole if you build it they will come theory comes into play, if you get my drift.

    We do a lesson 3 days a week, usually Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. This way it does not overlap with our co-op on Thursdays and we get Tuesdays off,  and when it gets time to print the next few modules I will print them on my laser printer and head out to the office supply store and have the next 40 lessons bound, and then we will then continue on our journey. There are 260 lessons in all giving you a years worth of lessons for your homeschooling pleasure for a mere $57. Core 2 will be coming out in January of 2013 so you can continue on with all new modules to keep it fresh and fun.
  Family Time Fitness also offers an upgraded Platinum package that you can learn about on their website, www.familytimefitness.com, this includes Core 1 and Core 2 and so much more for $137 which presents a 30% SAVINGS.
  Not only do they offer homeschool physical education for the family, but they offer a High School Physical Education course that would give a transcript credit for those on the track of high school and graduation. They also have Health Education if you are interested as well as many other programs, be sure to visit their website to check out all they have to offer.

  Here is what Family Time Fitness has to say about their program....

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. 

    I know with my help the boys will be headed on a healthy path that will carry them on through their lifetime, I thought I was doing an OK job before we started Family Time Fitness, but quickly found out I was lacking in some areas. With the help of this comprehensive curriculum I feel our whole family will benefit from using Family Time Fitness and we will all live healthier and happier lives as a result of our hard work and effort we put forth. The boys have so enjoyed this even though they were apprehensive at first, they quickly learned that fitness can be fun, and it can be for the whole family.

   If you do not have a sturdy Physical Education curriculum in place please consider Family Time Fitness, it will be the best investment you have made for your family in a long time. You will be so thankful as not only does it help keep you healthy, it will bring your family closer together and help strengthen your relationships as you build muscle and team spirit, and have fun being fit together. I know it has done wonders for our family. I would recommend every homeschool family make this small investment for a huge return in the end.

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   Many of the members of The Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review Family Time Fitness and each put our own spin on it, I encourage you to click the banner below and find out how the rest of the crew's families benefited from Family Time Fitness. Get moving and see the rewards, you will be so glad you did.



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