Home School Reviews | Family Fitness

About Home School Reviews
Curriculum, teaching aids, online resources — they abound for the Home Schooling family. Budgets are usually tight, making each purchase count. Home School Reviews come from our Shiloh Home School, as we check out some of the resources available to home schooling families, giving detailed, comprehensive descriptions of the product and  our honest opinions about the quality of the product, based upon the price.

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As school has begun, we’ve been using the Family Time Fitness curriculum for home school for gym, as a supplement to the other curriculum I purchased prior to becoming aware of this available option. It’s easy to see why it has received a top ranking from home schoolers!

We enjoy the format. Right off the bat, my own thoughts were, “this is fun”. There was no debating of “do we like it or not?” We just did.

I received an entire year’s worth of PE sessions which also included a start up training guide, assessment guides, nutritional logs, meal planners, encouragement emails throughout the school year, and online webinars.

There are also workbooks that go along with the gym classes, unique to each grade. I will be purchasing these personally, as I find them a very powerful tool to use with our gym class, because they not only teach physical education concepts with learning terms and vocabulary words, they also provide opportunities for the student to practice reading and writing. This fits in well with our classical approach as a family. You can find sample workbook pages here.

This entire package is fully worth the $57 fee.  The entire program is comprehensive and exceptionally well done.

Miraclegirl’s Take:
I like gym. It’s fun when we can play outside. It’s funny when Mommy jumps.

Pros:
~ One time fee
~ Adaptable right up through all grades
~ Covers a large scope and sequence
~ Minimal investment needed for PE supplies
~ the extras, such as the physical assessment guide, nutritional logs, menu planners, encouragement emails, and available webinars
~ The gym activities are fun, and yet challenging enough to grow your child’s physical capabilities as the school year progresses–something that can then be run through another assessment at year’s end.
~ There are also workbooks that go along with the gym classes, unique to each grade. I will be purchasing these personally, as I find them a very powerful tool to use with our gym class, because they not only teach physical education concepts with learning terms and vocabulary words, they also provide opportunities for the student to practice reading and writing. This fits in well with our classical approach as a family. You can find sample workbook pages here.

Cons:
~ I’m not sure how much the modules change as the child grows older. I can’t see this being the same exact plan year after year for the child.
~ For those of us who would rather have hard copy material to work from, rather than something on the screen, this program requires quite a bit of personal printing. The workbooks must be printed off, in order to be used.

We give it a rating of 5 out of 5 and I highly recommend the Family Time Fitness curriculum for home school for an easy-to-follow, yet packed-full-of-purposeful-activity for a home school gym class.

The initial TOS review of the program as well as additional reviews can be found at the TOS blog.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this product for review purposes, made possible by:

Family Time Fitness

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