This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Family Time Fitness ~ a TOS review

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You see these three girls up above…they are active.  When I say active I mean that the older two spend 22+ hours a week in the gym and Montana does 14+ hours a week! So, lets break that down…Madison, Mikayla, and Montana roughly train for gymnastics between 56-88 hours a month…wowzers! As you can probably imagine I am not too worried about them getting enough physical activity.
When a review for Family Time Fitness popped up on the review list I immediately knew I wanted to be on this review. Not for the girls above but for this little girl, McKenzie…who until just recently was not old enough to be in the gymnastics gym.
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Family Time Fitness was created in 2010 by fellow homeschooling parents Dr. Peter Minke, Mike Hankik, Jeremiah Knopp and Darren Knopp. Concerned by the fact that homeschooled children did not have access to a physical fitness curriculum.
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Collectively the creators agree that,
Exercise done on a regular basis will help with: battling obesity, prevent the most common form of diabetes which is type 2 diabetes, enhance learning, develop proper motor skills, agility, proprioception and confidence.
With the creation of Family Time Fitness they have taken the "guesswork" and planning out of physical fitness. The company focuses on getting kids to exercise and preventing childhood obesity all the while helping kids (and adults) develop a love for physical fitness.
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I know you are probably thinking you have to be some fitness guru to make this work, right? No! Prior knowledge of fitness is not needed to teach this program and you, the teacher, do not have to be "in shape."  Family Time Fitness will give you the tools you need to make those small lifestyle changes to help you get in shape and establish a life-long habit of exercise for your children. Physical Education (PE) does not have to be a struggle for homeschooling families thanks to Family Time Fitness.
The Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum allows homeschool parents to teach physical education without previous knowledge of physical education and athletic development. Our program, designed by experts in fitness training, nutrition and body movement, is designed to suit every age and ability level while affordably fitting into your budget. Our program combines flexibility and fun with a comprehensive curriculum to give your children a foundation for strong bodies and minds. ~ from website
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Most of the activities are super easy and fun for all. I love the fact that you do not need to purchase a lot of special equipment to use the program. All you need are the following items:
~ hula hoops
~ playground balls
~ cones
~ a stop watch
~ measuring tape
~ an exercise mat
Each of Core 1’s 260 lessons starts with a 5-10 minute warm up followed by 10-15 minutes of fun games and activities. All of which is followed by a 3-5 minute cool down period.
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Does all this sound too good to be true?  Well, it’s not! Family Time Fitness – Core 1 is affordably priced at $57.00 for the entire program and includes all of the following items:
~ Start up / training guide
~ 260 professionally planned lesson plans
~ 1-page summaries for portability of individual lessons
~ over 200 video demonstrations of real kids doing the exercises
~ assessment tools including daily nutritional logs, grocery list, tracking calendars, and meal planners
~ online webinars
~ encouragement emails each week to keep you and your family encouraged on your physical fitness journey
Family Time Fitness also offers workbooks for further study. There are four workbooks that help with nutrition, anatomy, and general fitness along with reading, spelling, and Kinesiology. The workbooks are available in the following age groups: K-1, 2-3, 4-5.
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So, while this program is geared towards the K-8 crowd I used it 2 days a week primarily focusing on the activities with my youngest daughter, McKenzie, who just turned 3. The older girls joined in on the fun too, even my highschooler who was much less than enthusiastic, and we all had a great time moving and jumping about in the front and backyard with lots of smiles and laughing. pe 041
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Our final thoughts about the program is that we LOVE it and jump for joy over it! I have told several families about it whether they are homeschoolers or not. It is a great way to get our family moving and the blood flowing for those times when McKenzie is just a bit restless. It is a nice break during studies to get up and go outside and helps some of my older girls get the wiggles out too. Still not totally convinced? Sign up for a free 2 day trial and see if Family Time Fitness is a good fit for you family. Also be sure to check out what my Crewmates thought by clicking the banner below.
Price ~ $57.00 one time fee
Ages ~  recommend age range K-8th
DISCLAIMER: I received Family Time Fitness for Homeschool - Core 1, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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