When I am planning our homeschool days I often get stuck in the mindset of focusing on the three R’s of education, reading, righting and rithemtic. Yes, those all are very important but without movement included in your day your lessons will become rather monotonous quickly.
My home is filled with energetic and bouncy kids. How about your home? Kids will find time to move and groove but it’s not always at the ideal moment. When you find your kids fidgety or unfocused you have two choices at any given moment.
1. Try and get the kids to sit down and listen to you and accomplish their work.
2. Get up and shake it out so we can focus when we need to focus.
The first option rarely works for me. No matter the strategy I try, I just end up losing my patience and not being the mom that I want to be.
I need to take a moment to reconnect with my kids and realise that they are trying to tell me what they need. What their bodies need. They need to fidget. They need to release some energy. They need to move!
Instead of fighting with the littles I have the most success when I embrace the current situation. They have wiggles, well then, let’s dance it out. I crank the tunes and we have a quick 5-10 minute dance party!
Even five minutes is enough to help the kids release built up energy so we can get back on schedule. Go ahead, make a fun playlist of danceable music for you to bust out at a moment’s notice. Include some of your favorites so you are motivated to get up and move too. Some of our favorite memories are dance parties and you can have those moments too.
As much as I love dance parties they are my backup plan. Why, you ask? Once we have reached the “dance party” stage the kids won’t really listen to direction. I want them to have different physical activities during the day. Activities that increase strength, lung capacity and introduce other skill sets.
What I strive for is 3 HIIT sessions a day!
What is HIIT?
HIIT means High Intense Interval Training. Aka, easy exercises done quickly and repeated.
The way I have incorporated HIIT into our days is by randomly taking breaks. About every 20-30 minutes we draw ar few paper slips. Each paper slip has an exercise written on it. Some days we do a handful of slips but it’s usually 2-3 each break. If you have bigger kids then do more. More slips, more reps, whatever your family needs.
The following printable is meant to be cut into slips, folded in half and put into a small container. I suggest printing on cardstock so that they last longer.
If your kids have movements that they love then just make some more slips for your exercise container.
Make physical activity part of your daily education and remember to have fun!
HIIT Exercises for Kids
Lindsey is a Homeschooling Mom to four active kids in Alberta Canada. She is a crafting novice, planner addict, procrastinator and lover of naps! Her background is in Recreation Therapy, where she learned the importance of including physical activity with daily life. She loves helping other parents on their journey of parenting, home education and brings literacy into their homes. She can be found at www.sidebysidelearning.ca, www.instagram.com/sidebysidelearningblog or on www.facebook.com/sidebysidelearn.