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Review — Fitness 4 Homeschool

June 17th, 2011

Mom, what are we doing for PE today?

Ummm, oh yeah, that.

It’s on the schedule, but sometimes turns into unplanned active time rather than a formal teaching time. We do calisthenics, practice basketball skills, or run around the walking trails at the park by our house. So, while we don’t generally miss PE (it is required), we don’t always have a good plan for it either.

Until now. I got a new follower on Twitter one day and had to check out this Family Time Fitness company. They offer a PE curriculum geared toward homeschoolers. It comes complete with warm ups, cool downs, and fun activities to go in the middle. Each class took us about a half hour to complete, but your family might take slightly longer or shorter than that depending on the age and focus of your kids. It was just right for our school day.

Product: Fitness 4 Homeschool

Details: A complete PE curriculum especially for kids in K-8. This one year program will give you activities for 5 days a week for 52 weeks.

Price: $77 (not much more than you would pay for one child’s PE class for the year at many co-ops!)

What I loved . . .

  • Beyond a PE class. More than just filling a class requirement, this program is about being healthy and active. That’s why it doesn’t fit in a neat 180 day school year. Fitness is for life and this program helps you toward that end.
  • Builds on basics. Arm circles, leg lifts, calf raises. Fitness isn’t really complicated, but coming up with a plan can be time consuming. They have done that for you. Took lots of familiar activities and exercises and added in some fresh ideas to make it sparkle, and packaged it up in an easy to use format for everyone to follow along with. PE planning with this product takes a few seconds of clicking each day rather than a half hour or more to plan the week.
  • Made for in house. While you could definitely enjoy these activities with another family they are designed to be done in house. We have our own little one room school house, but even if you homeschool one child, most of these activities could be done together without a larger group.
  • Video demos. We all hear those instructors saying to make sure you do it the right way so you don’t strain anything. With short and to the point videos that you access online, you can all see what it should look like. The demonstrations have an adult and children performing the various actions.
  • Great for an age mix. We used this with a kindergartener, an 8th grader and a few sprinkled in between. They all were able to participate at their levels and really enjoyed the activities. In watching it I was thinking it was geared a little young for my 8th grader, but he did not complain one bit and especially appreciated that we actually had a more planned PE everyday rather than getting pushed off or made more informal because it was unplanned.
  • Can be reused, or stretched over a couple years. In the summer we tend to be more active, so our formal PE tapers off a bit. If that is the case in your house you could easily stretch this over two years. And, many of the lessons could be repeated without boredom for even longer. You have permanent access to the videos so this is a great one time purchase that can establish your PE plans until high school!
  • Excellent exercise. I love these classes. I work up a light sweat while doing the activities along with my kids.  Again, nothing complicated, but just some simple activities that require me to get up out of the “teacher’s chair” and get moving with them. It is definitely helping me get and stay in shape in this season where homeschooling consumes my days.

Some considerations . . .

  • Do need some room. We run out of room in our school room for these, so it is really better to head outside if the weather is tolerable. Allow yourself plenty of room to swing those arms without smacking file cabinets or children. You can watch the videos inside and then head outside to actually perform them.
  • Might want to supplement with team sports or other group activities. What this program does not do is teach your kids basketball skills or soccer drills. I think this is also an important part of the PE program, so we try to balance our time and make room for team sports here and there throughout the year.  And, they say they have something in the works to do that type of thing at home as well. Definitely keep your eye out for more products from this homeschool friendly company.

We definitely needed this product right here, right now. My PE was getting a bit dull and needed more direction. I was so thankful for the videos and planning that were packed in there to keep all of us moving. I definitely believe that a good PE class helps the rest of the day go  better as well. In our house anyway, they’ve got to move before they sit.

Disclaimer: This product was provided to me free of charge through Family Time Fitness For the purpose of reviewing it. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.



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Book sale at the HRC

June 13th, 2011

Homeschool Resource Center OPEN HOUSE & FLEA MARKET (the following taken from the library’s calendar):

When: July 30, 2011 – 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

This free event is the perfect opportunity for current homeschoolers to get re-energized, and for those thinking about homeschooling to ask questions and get real answers.

10:00 am to Noon: Used Curriculum Flea Market

A limited number of tables and half-tables are available by advance reservation only. Those who do not register in advance may bring a blanket and use the lawn to sell.

1:00 to 4:00 pm: Open Forum Panel Discussion and Q&A

Learn about the different homeschooling styles, curriculum choices, legal information, where to find resources, and much more. (Guest speakers to be announced.)

To reserve a free space to sell at the flea market or for further information, please call our Homeschool Parent Advisor at 847-497-4407.

Movie night!

June 10th, 2011

Maybe you are celebrating the end of your official school year, or making it through another week of crazy Chicago weather, or maybe you have a new graduate, or another sport season winding down. Whatever your reason for a special moment with your family, there is a great movie that can help create the backdrop for your family time to do so.

So, throw in the pizza, pop the popcorn, or top those sundaes. However you like watching movies as a family there is a great one for you tomorrow night, Saturday, June 11 starting at 7:00 CT. (Chicago time, right?)

Field of Vision will provide your family with an opportunity to enjoy a film together as a family, something that is not too easy in today’s movie making climate. We got a little sneak peak at the film and it was safe for my little guys to watch, and enjoyable for my 14 year old to watch. Sports, family, bullying, integrity, and making a stand are all key themes that make this movie a crowd pleaser. As homeschoolers our kids might not face struggles from the peers in the locker room, but they more than likely know how it feels to be the brunt of a joke or to be left out or ridiculed. Field of Vision addresses some serious topics in a way that can open conversation and encourage those that may have been on one side or the other of this situation. As one of the main characters takes on the rest of the football team viewers are encouraged to leave a legacy that will not ignore wrongdoing, but will stand up for those that don’t have the courage to stand up for themselves.

Each family will need to determine what is appropriate viewing in their house, but this clean, wholesome film that shows families working together, adults standing behind those that choose to make the right choice (even when it is hard), and kids that go out of their way to show kindness scores a touchdown in our book.

For more info check out these links:

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Sign Language classes

June 7th, 2011

Information on some upcoming sign camps and classes starting at the end of June!

Website: http://www.alwaysfeelconnected.com/

Hurry to sign up as spaces are filling fast!

Please feel free to pass this on!

Summer Classes:

Early Bird Registration is $25.00

**If you sign up for 2 weeks you will receive $5 off your total price,  or for all 4

weeks then you will receive $10 off your total price!**

A)  June 20th – June 24th   6:00pm – 7:00pm

B)   June 20th – June 24th   7:10pm – 8:10pm

C)   June 27th – July 1st       6:00pm – 7:00pm

D)   June 27th – July 1st        7:10pm – 8:10pm

Summer Camps!!!

Join us this summer for some exciting and fun summer camps at Always Feel Connected!  At these camps you will be enriched in deaf culture and history while learning vocabulary, games and at least one song in sign language!  At the end of the week the kids will perform the song for their parents.  There are many to chose from so chose one or as many as you want!  I hope to see you there!

Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm

Early Bird Registration is $75.00

**If you sign up for all 4 weeks you will receive $20 off your total price**

A)  June 20th – June 24th

B)   June 27th – July 1st

C)   July 11th – July 15th

D)   July 18th – July 22nd

E)   To Be Announced – Deaf Theater

**This will be a week where the kids will learn a play/musical and perform it ALL IN

SIGN LANGUAGE at the end of the week**

Contact:

Stacey Borrego

Always Feel Connected

630-479-9094

www.alwaysfeelconnected.com

alwaysfeelconnected11@comcast.net

New listing for a co-op in Joliet

June 6th, 2011

MOSAIC Enrichment
Joliet, IL
Email: Laura Gedge laura.gedge@gmail.com
Phone: 815-603-5434
Website: www.mosaicenrichment.com

MOSAIC is an extended learning program for homeschoolers.  They offer drop-off classes for K through 12 students that are taught by homeschool parents and specialized teachers.

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Reading assistance

June 5th, 2011

Received information about this helpful resource from Steve and Robin Blaha:

We are former homeschoolers who for the last six
years have been providing one-on-one reading instruction in our
reading clinic.  Children of all ages, abilities or disabilities have
received all the tools they need to become proficient readers.
Parents are encouraged to participate in classes, therefore being
equipped to help their students with reading activities at home.  We
provide a warm relaxed environment and students are never blamed for
difficulties they may have.  They very soon blossom into confident,
capable readers.  We still have a few openings for our Summer Reading
Boost.

The details . . .

Organization Name: Academic Associates Reading Clinic

Contact: Steve or Robin Blaha

Location: 570 Forum Drive, Roselle, IL

Email: academicassociates1@yahoo.com

Website: www.everychildcanread.com

Phone: 630-307-0777

College planning workshop

June 4th, 2011

I received this from a host of a radio show geared toward those headed to college, and their parents:

Over the past year I have had dozens of Home Educators throughout the Midwest contact me requesting information on “How Home Educators Can Send Their Kid’s to College Without Draining Their Life Savings, Raiding Their Retirement or Just Plain Going Broke.”

Until now, I simply have not had the available time to conduct such a specialized workshop.

On Tuesday June 14th, I will be conducting an Online College Planning Workshop for Parents of Home Schooled Junior HS & HS Students.

If you would like to attend this event, click to link below to register.

College Planning Event for Parents of Home Schooled Students

We have reserved 100 spots for this event and we expect them to be taken very quickly so please register now before you are locked out.

College Planning Event for Parents of Home Schooled Students

-All the Best

Ken Schreiber
Host of ‘College Bound’ AM 560 WIND
Premier College Planning Associates
608 S. Washington St. Suite 207
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: 630-717-4998
Fax: 630-364-5869

P.S. If you have other friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors who Home Educate their children, feel free to forward this invitation to them. They’ll be happy you did!

College Planning Event for Parents of Home Schooled Students


Summer bowling

June 3rd, 2011

Great deal for a summer of bowling. You do need to still pay shoe rental, any adult games are not free, and you just get one game per day. However, if you have a Brunswick bowl nearby and your kids enjoy bowling, and you plan to bowl a couple times this summer, it is definitely worth the couple minutes to sign them up.


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Crossroads offers sports just for homeschoolers

June 1st, 2011

If you are looking for homeschool sports this is the place to begin your search. Excellent program and a variety of sports available. Check out all the details on their website Crossroads Christian Youth Center.

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