Item description for Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum Guide for Grades K-12 by Bruce Whitney...
Overview Written by a home schooling father of nine, this easy-to-use manual includes activities for home schoolers of all ages, from preschool to high school. It explains the fundamentals of exercise in a fun way, teaching kids to achieve and maintain fitness throughout their lives. It also includes an instructional 40-minute sport-skill DVD featuring the author and his kids.
Publishers Description Everything a home schooling parent needs to educate their children and meet physical education requirements.
Physical fitness requirements are a part of the required curriculum for parents who want to teach their children in their homes, but it can be difficult to provide structured exercise plans. Parents homeschooling their children may be left wondering how to encourage a healthy lifestyle or teach them how to participate in team sports.
Home School Family Fitness is here to answer those questions. Written by Bruce Whitney, father and home school teacher, the bookprovides a definitive guide with lesson plans and labs covering everything from basic games to organized sports, and is a vital resource for anyone educating a child at home. Home School Family Fitness is also for any parent who want to spend quality time with their children and see them grow up healthy and well. Home School Family Fitness explains the fundamentals of exercise in a fun way, teaching kids to achieve and maintain fitness throughout their lives. Its curriculum includes:
■ 40 weeks of lesson plans and easy-to-use fitness tests, including swimming
■ Indoor, outdoor, sport-related, and snow games modified for home use
■ Modified rules to make games suitable for one to four participants of mixed ages
■ Sections on strength, endurance, flexibility, and aerobic fitness
Home School Family Fitness is an astonishingly complete guidebook for the homeschooling parent and makes you wish your PE teachers had been so creative.
"Dozens of lesson plans, adaptable for grades preK-12 introduce kids to the idea of fitness, and get them moving through play, sports, obstacle courses, skills development and more." --Lisa Jo Rudy, Examiner.com BRUCE WHITNEY, PH.D., received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology and has taught at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. His responsibilities have included being an intramural director, a day camp director, a coach for a variety of sports, and a physical education teacher in two home school co-ops. Dr. Whitney and his wife Lynn have home schooled their children since 1987. They live in New Brighton, Minnesota.
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Studio: Hatherleigh Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.94" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 26, 2008
Publisher Hatherleigh Press
ISBN 1578262747 ISBN13 9781578262748
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More About Bruce Whitney
BRUCE WHITNEY, PH.D., received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology and has taught at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. His responsibilities have included being an intramural director, a day camp director, a coach for a variety of sports, and a physical education teacher in two home school co-ops. Dr. Whitney and his wife Lynn have home schooled their children since 1987. They live in New Brighton, Minnesota.
Reviews - What do customers think about Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum for Grades K-12?
Good program for the whole family! Sep 7, 2008
Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum for Grades K-12
We purchased this book not because we were quaking in our boots about filling some government requirement, but because we have three very fit boys who we want to keep that way. This is the first edition of this title, and we pre-ordered. We have not been disappointed in the least. Home School Family Fitness gives you a progressive program of exercise and sports that will work for all ages. Both exercises and sports have suggested modifications for the different age groups and levels of ability. It also gives suggestions for adapting team sports to a limited number of players of differing levels of ability. The single best thing about this book? You don't have to go buy out your local sporting goods store! Dr. Whitney makes suggestions as to what items you really should consider buying -- but they are very few. The rest, you probably already have on hand, or he tells you how to substitute everyday items you probably already have in your house for expensive sport & exercise equipment.
Dr. Whitney has done an excellent job of creating a home school physical fitness curriculum that you can use from kindergarten clear through high school.
There may be other titles that you'll want add to your fitness library, but if you're home schooling and want a good start on a comprehensive physical fitness curriculum, get this book!
Disorganized, Incomplete, Poorly Edited Aug 27, 2008
I'm a homeschooling mom of 6 and I pre-ordered this book months ago and excitedly awaited the release. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed. Originally the book was advertised as including an instructional DVD, which apparently they decided to market separately from the website or something, because it is not actually included now [but the book includes instructions on how to go buy it separately]. That's a shame, because it might have really helped this book out.
The book is disorganized and poorly written - trying to follow the author's thought process is just painful. It is like listening to someone ramble and change randomly from one subject to another with no apparent logical organization in mind. The book could have really benefited from a good editor to organize the author's thoughts.
The author tries to give an explanation of why fitness is important to today's children [a very serious situation that should have the attention of all parents in today's culture of skyrocketing childhood obesity], but he falls short of the mark. He just sort of meanders around a point for a bit, but never makes a complete or coherent argument.
Then he throws out a list of games with "rules" included - some of which were far different than the rules we grew up with as children [for instance, "Red Rover, Red Rover" was explained as something totally different from the school yard game we all played growing up].
The book is also just plain incomplete. In one section he throws up a "test" you are supposed to give your children where you have them memorize the muscles of the body and the major bones of the body and then make them label these. He gives the names of the bones but never puts the names of the muscles anywhere in the book - it seems to have been completely omitted by accident.
Then he throws in what he calls "Teaching Labs" which I guess are supposed to be some sort of lesson on individual skills for certain sports, but I found them poorly written and unhelpful - I wasn't really sure what the point of those were.
It is also laughable to call this book the "complete physical education curriculum for grades K-12". There is no age group delineation, no explanation of what exercises/games are most appropriate for which age groups, and the VERY basic "lesson plans" that are included could be put together in a half hour by any parent who ever had PE as a kid or played on a playground. I would *not* call this book a "complete curriculum" by any stretch.
He also seems to not be certain who he is writing for - some parts seem targeted to the parents, other parts seem to be targeted for children to complete...without clear explanations. He even seems confused about WHO his audience actually is - in an early section, he says that the book is written for two groups of people: 1) parents who have their children in school, and, secondly, parents who homeschool. With a name like "Home School Family Fitness", you would think THAT much at least would not have been confusing....
The book is just NOT worth the money in my opinion. [And, it is *quite* pricey - I was surprised at how SLIM and insubstantial a volume it was for the price tag - surprised and very disappointed]. Home school parents will be better off reading Dr. Sears' "Lean Kids" book - which is FAR more thorough, well organized, and has a MUCH better, more complete plan for physical fitness for school aged children. [It is also far less expensive and it is easy and enjoyable to read - which this book is NOT].
Parents could do at least as well all by themselves with no book to guide them - by getting the kids up off the couch and getting them to go play some games. That is basically the entire gist of the whole book, and you really don't need to pay money to know that. :)