Homeschooling is fond of the ‘S’ word but this time its not socializing but sweat! Any individual who is introduced to a homeschooled child asks the kid how he/she feels about being lonely or missing classmates as his/her first question to the pissed off kid who has already witnessed this monopolized question a thousand times earlier. What we are still lagging is the perception about this age-old concept which seems to have created a blur in people’s view of such children. C’mon, everything has its pros and cons but finally its up to us to choose the ‘one’ thing that we feel suits us irrespective of what others feel and think. Homeschooling has been the way of schooling for some of the elite kids but now there are many parents who opt for this method of schooling for their child considering various other things. Such parents feel that homeschooling provides the child with a plethora of opportunities to pursue plenty other things that interests the kid, helps him/her choose his/her topic of interest, get to know the outside world in a better manner and mingle with people from all age groups barring the concept of age-appropriate schooling. In fact, kids who’ve been homeschooled feel that children who attend regular school are pretty childish and look at life from a closed-minded perspective. Besides these, there are also disadvantages attached to this method of schooling and one main disadvantage is lack of enough exercise.
Sweat it Out Baby
Exercise is inevitable for good physical health and a fit body. It also plays a greater role in improving the cognitive skills of a person, ensuring his/her mental wellness and plays a vital role in overall well-being of the person. When such are the irreplaceable benefits of exercising what exactly do you think of homeschooled children? Even if they are enrolled into basketball coaching or skating classes there are ample chances that these kids don’t sweat as much as their day schooled counterparts. This is not a theory but a research result that should have a greater impact on all those parents who think about homeschooling their children in the future.
While the World Health Organization insists that children should get at least one hour of physical activity daily it has been observed that other than kids who are involved in elite sports rest others don’t get beyond 20-30 minutes of exercise a day. Its been everyone’s assumption that kids enrolled in organized sports or physical activity are fulfilling the required physical activity levels needed for a fit body, healthy heart and strong bones and muscles. But the recent research breaks away all these beliefs. It shows that simply enrolling your kid in some activity that’s close to your place is not going to fulfill your wishes of a sound mind and a healthy body.
There is no doubt that school-going kids too don’t achieve the required activity duration as sometimes the sports period is taken by mainstream teachers and at other times more than 50% of the time is wasted in getting the students assembled for any activity. Whereas, in home schooling the problems posed are completely different and moreover, we don’t have much information on these children as their numbers have started to increase quite recently. Schools conduct sports days, have extracurricular activities such as cricket or football (and the kid has to choose at least one activity) happening every week and the parents get to see their wards performing relay activities or races. Schools are not giving as much attention as they should on physical exercise period. If there are some of you who are still unaware of the benefits that could possibly spring out of regular physical activity at school please visit the website www.firsteatright.com for intricate details. When the parent attends an event and finds his/her child not sweating hard it is a sure indicator of unfulfilled exercise sessions. How are parents who homeschool kids going to accomplish this? This calls for more time dedicated for unstructured activity daily. Understand that there’s more to playing than organizing a relay match or swimming. Letting kids choose activities on their own, form rules as per their creativity and play in groups also improves their imagination skills and attentivity. Nurture children who grow into complete citizens responsible for their own well-being.
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