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11/6/2008 4:15:01 PM
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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--November 2008

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
Earning Credit for Being Physically Fit
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Dear Friends,

November is the month set aside to express thanksgiving for our many
blessings. High on most people's list of blessings is good health.
Remembering that being physically fit is one component to maintaining
a healthy lifestyle is especially important during the holiday season
with all its festivities and feasts!

Physical activity may be the last thing we want to think about until
those New Year's resolutions roll around, but it can be enjoyed by the
whole family while also earning your teen some high school credit.

Physical education falls under the elective category on the high
school transcript. One to two years of credit are usually adequate for
most high school programs (but check your state homeschool
requirements and specific college requirements for any exceptions).
Evaluate credit for PE by logging 120 hours for one credit, 60 hours
for one-half credit, and so forth. For many families, awarding a
pass/fail grade is the easiest way to go for this elective. However,
you may choose to award a letter grade so you can include this
elective in your teen's grade point average. In order to assess a
grade for PE, check out PE Central's website for information about
lesson plans and assessment tests:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5787 . Additional activity ideas
can be found at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5788 .

You will be encouraged to know that it's not necessary to expend a lot
of money on equipment, programs, or trainers to accumulate PE credit.
Rather, a variety of activities can be bundled together to accumulate
hours. If your family enjoys the outdoors, hiking or biking on a
beautiful fall day will be a great way to begin. Then consider adding
a game of touch football in the backyard--maybe inviting the
neighbors--followed by a barbeque. Continue to add other physical
activities while keeping track of the hours. You may want to give the
responsibility of logging hours (in 15 minute increments) to your
teen.

If your son or daughter is a member of a sports team, accumulating
hours for credit will be quite easy. (Remember, though, if you are
using this activity for credit, you may not want to include it as
extracurricular at the same time.) Or, if your teen is training for a
marathon or triathlon, then keep a record of that time. Other
activities to use for PE include martial arts or dance classes,
gymnastics, fencing, bowling, aerobics, and many more.

Sometimes, it's possible to fulfill PE credit in the summertime
freeing up the academic year for another elective. Swimming, boating,
jogging, walking, and team sports are all ways to earn credit. It's
not too late to calculate the hours your teens spent in such
activities this past summer to include on their transcripts.

During the months of winter (or periods of inclement weather) when
it's cozier to stay indoors, a physical fitness program can be
designed to keep those muscles toned and tummies flat. Exercise videos
borrowed from the library may be a good option for you to use indoors.
A side benefit will be clear and energetic minds to complete those
academic studies.

Last, why not join your teens in their physical fitness activities?
You'll benefit from the exercise and it will be an opportunity to show
your teens that physical fitness is not only a high school course but
also a beneficial lifetime pursuit. Brisk walks outdoors either
before your school day begins or as the last activity of the afternoon
are a great way to spend time with your teen and also provide
opportunities for communication--all the while adding up the phys ed
hours. How's that for multi-tasking?

Join us next month when special guest writer Elizabeth Smith (wife of
HSLDA President Mike Smith) shares encouragement from her heart to
yours.

Heading out for a walk,
Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

TIPS AND CONTESTS
If you haven't checked out the HSLDA High School Coordinators' blog
lately, we've posted a number of new entries including contests and
other high school-related info. Check out the blog archives for more
resources, tips, and ideas.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5789 .

SYMPOSIUM
The second annual HSLDA High School Symposium (Equipped and Encouraged
to Teach High School) will be held April 17, 2009 in Purcellville, VA
featuring Becky and Diane and all new seminars and breakout sessions.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5588

CURRICULUM AND COURSE IDEAS
If you need a place to start when considering curriculum and course
options, we've put together ideas in 26 different subject areas.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5790

Becky and Diane's Upcoming Speaking Engagements

November 10, 2008 -- Chapelgate Home Education Program (CHEP)
Marriottsville, MD, Contact: Lisa Hamby zhamfam@verizon.net
(Diane)

November 22, 2008 -- Chesapeake Community Church
Joppa, MD, Contact: Donna Hepler triplehep@comcast.net
(Becky and Diane)

March 7, 2009 -- Central Savannah River Area Home Education
Association (CSRA HEA) (Augusta, GA),
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5586
(Becky)

March 27-28, 2009 -- APACHE (Peoria, IL)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5587
(Diane)

April 2-4, 2009 - MACHE (Minnesota)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5180
(Becky & Diane)

May 22-23, 2009 -- CheNH (New Hampshire)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5181
(Becky)

June 4-6, 2009 -- LEAH (Rochester, New York)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5791
(Diane)

June 18-20, 2009 -- CHEC (Colorado)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5792
(Diane)

July 17-18, 2009 -- AFHE (Arizona)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5589
(Becky)

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