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Resource Review: Family Time Fitness

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Resource Review: Family Time Fitness

Fun Exercise for the Whole Family!

By Amanda Werner

Family Time FitnessPhysical Education, better known as P.E., is usually always a hot topic for discussion in any circle. Homeschoolers more so than any other circle just because we are asked, off the cuff, a lot about our lives and have to answer the public accordingly. Many parents feel inadequate when it comes to P.E. but honestly it doesn’t have to be that way.

I had the opportunity to look through and use with my own children a program designed specifically for homeschoolers. This program is called Family Time Fitness and the goal of the program is to improve health, promote a sense of well-being, develop sensory motor skills, and enhance self and social awareness.

How Does Family Time Fitness Work?

Family Time Fitness sends 20 lessons each month right into your inbox and twice a week they send a weekly fit tip and lesson reminder, for all kids up to approximately 12- to 13-years old. The goal is to complete one lesson each weekday taking Saturday and Sunday off.

The program is pretty easy to navigate and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Everything is laid out right in front of you and if there is something that you just don’t quite get, a video is provided.

My family and I thought the program was pretty straight forward. I enjoyed the fact that as you read through the program many items are listed with substitutes next to them. This really struck me because it’s good for people who don’t have the money to go out and buy fancy equipment just for one program. I certainly do not and these folks thought of that. For example, instead of those little orange cones, boxes or even a rock can be used in their place.

I personally am not big on organized P.E. Classes because we have sports the kids play and we do live in the boonies on a hobby farm. I feel that my children are always outside running, jumping, climbing and enjoying the outside world so why do I need to supplement that with an organized exercise routine?

Family Time Fitness Great for Co-ops, Too

Then I started thinking about the kids who do not have that luxury. What do they do? With this curriculum you can play fun games such as hoop dribbling or shuffle crossover. You can also enjoy watching the children doing the bear or crab crawl. The curriculum provides a series of warm-up activities, actual physical exercise, and a cooling down period. The lessons can be completed indoors in case of poor weather conditions or outside in a backyard.

See also Amanda’s review of The Seed Catalog Curriculum

Overall the program is a great fit for those who are not able to get out a lot into their environments for different reasons. However, I do feel the program is best used in a co-op setting just because it is so easy to use and would be a great benefit to a whole group rather than one or two children. The program is also best suited to children 12 years of age or younger. Any older than 12 is really pushing it.

Find out more about Family Time Fitness by visiting their website. Read what other people are saying, and you can even sign up for a free webinar on Childhood Obesity.

**I received a copy of this curriculum in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given. My thoughts are my own and yours may differ.**

Don’t bother looking for Amanda over at her blog All American Family because with everything else, time has gotten away from her.

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