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Dance = Exercise + PE

Dance = Exercise + PE
Stuck on What to Do for PE? Dance for joy! Do you have kids who just aren't into sports? You've tried everything ... basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball ... nothing clicks. They just don't like anything related to PE and complain whenever you suggest the subject. Time to think outside the box for your fine arts credit! Dance in the Homeschool Dance in the homeschool can be as simple as playing Just Dance on the Wii daily for...
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NCAA Prefers Independent Homeschoolers

NCAA Prefers Independent Homeschoolers
If your child loves sports, and would like to continue in college, it's a good idea to do a little research on the NCAA. The rules change over time, and you have to follow the rules, even if they change. For example, the NCAA recently gave a statement that it will no longer accept coursework from 24 different virtual schools that are affiliated with k12 Inc. Apparently there were concerns about a large dropout rate, some...
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How to Put PE on a Homeschool Transcript

How to Put PE on a Homeschool Transcript
Most PE classes will include a variety of experiences, sports, skills, and perhaps nutrition or health as well.  When you are listing your PE on your homeschool transcript, chances are it will be a combination of different things. Think of it this way, you might have a unit of swimming lessons that was 50 hours, a unity of circuit training that lasted 50 hours, and a unit on health that lasted 50 hours.  Even if you...
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Olympics and Homeschool PE

Olympics and Homeschool PE
I love watching the Olympics, don't you? Have you ever thought about how homeschooling and the Olympics collide? Watching the Olympics can encourage young athletes. Some of our best Olympians have been homeschooled. It makes it much easier to get an education and have the time needed to practice your sport. Watching the Olympics together, and incorporating that into your homeschool can be included in your physical education class. Read this article on  Physical Education Outside...
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How to Document Homeschool PE Credits

How to Document Homeschool PE Credits
Do homeschool P.E. credits seem elusive to you? Do you wish there was a surefire system to document all P.E. credits? To be sure, homeschool P.E. isn’t the same as a public school P.E. class, but you have the blessing of a wider range of options for P.E. credit as a homeschooler. PE is just one of the 10 critical courses to study before graduation. Learn about all ten in my free ebook. Click to download:...
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NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers

NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers
If you don't know, NCAA means National Collegiate Athletic Association.  If you don't know what it is, you probably aren't worried about it at all.  But if you DO know what it means, then as a homeschool parent you may feel stressed or insecure.  Let me help! Let me unlock the mysteries of the college application process (NCAA and otherwise) in this free class! Click to register: College Applications Simply Explained First, it's important to remember...
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Lee Binz
Hi JJ! That's not going to be a problem. You can mention that you use an integrated, literature-based curriculum, and that should ... Read More
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Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?

Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?
Delight-directed learning crosses many boundaries. It can be a class, community service, and an activity.  It's fun for the child, but it may be frustrating for the parent.  It can also be difficult to quantify.   It is a challenge to decide how to include it in your high school records. I have a daughter that has been in Martial Arts since she's been 11. The last few years she's been helping teach the younger class, but...
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Homeschool High School: Teaching Health

Homeschool High School: Teaching Health
Homeschool health requirements vary by state.  Check your state homeschool law, and see what your state may require for health. Unless your state requires it, you don’t have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don’t care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education...
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Putting Boy Scouts on a Transcript

Putting Boy Scouts on a Transcript
When thinking about putting boy scouts on your transcript, it helps to think about the millions of hours you spend doing those activities.  If you consider that PE only requires roughly 150 hours of his boy scouts experience, and the usual boy scout may spend over 300 hours..... you have PLENTY of hours to call some of them PE and other hours extra curricular without double dipping. But look at it from another perspective.  I took...
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The Good News about Scouting!

The Good News about Scouting!
If your child enjoys being part of Boy Scouts, consider yourself blessed!   Scouting can be one of THE ABSOLUTE BEST things you can do for college! If your child is working toward an Eagle Scout, it can almost guarantee success.  Every single thing you do in scouting is educational and can be put on the transcript somewhere. Usually I see the hours spent with Boy Scouts recorded as PE.  All of the camping and hiking...
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Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Bunnies Reproduce like Rabbits!

Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Bunnies Reproduce like Rabbits!
In the 9 years I have lived in the city, this is the first year I have seen bunny in the neighborhood.  Until this year.  In the spring I saw my first.  Then another about a week later.  Now I see a several a day, sometimes needing to avoid hitting them when I back the car out of the garage.   In fact, did you know that a group of rabbits is called a herd?   I...
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Homeschool Organized Sports - Why Bother?

Homeschool Organized Sports - Why Bother?
When we were homeschooling, my children were involved in organized sports.  Every fall we did recreational soccer.  Every summer the boys were involved in recreational summer swim league.  When they were younger, there was also baseball in the spring.  What good is all that activity? When you are homeschooling high school, all those sports activities can be counted as physical education.  Count the hours they spend in organized sports;  both practice and attending games.  When they...
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks: How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day! This question is actually TWO questions! Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There...
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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year: These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art...
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How do I Count PE?

How do I Count PE?
It probably depends on state law. If you have lenient laws, like Washington, it is the parent who determines what a credit is. I usually recommend that people count hours for PE, and decide how many hours they want to be one full credit. That is usually 120, 150, or 180 hours, depending on what the books you have read recommend <grin!> When counting hours, you can count ANYTHING THAT BREAKS A SWEAT. Many books say...
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