Our intention as homeschoolers has never been to re-create school at home. Ours is really more of a lifestyle of learning. Having said that, I would have to say that the only thing I miss for my kids is P.E. (I was going to write "Phys. Ed" but then I'd be dating myself =D).
I only say that because there is a certain amount of discipline built into the school system with their bells and subject breaks. Since we make our own schedule and the kids do their work at their own pace, we sometimes forget to take breaks to go outside and breathe fresh air. (I KNOW I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THIS HAPPENS TO!)
My kids are active in other ways. Lucy plays tennis and takes tap. Jonathan plays racquetball and does gymnastics. But for everyday exercise, we still needed something.
Enter the trampoline....
There is no question of "how will we get some exercise today?"
And there is no possible way to jump on this thing and not have a big, fat smile on your face. =D
Jonathan, being the gymnast and taking lessons has taught Lucy the art of flipping, of landing on your front without damaging major organs, of sommersaulting and handstanding.
They couldn't be happier.
I have to admit that I laugh every time when Jonathan says to Lucy.....
"Let's go jump."
and she asks, "How high?"