Physical Education Resources

If HEM Takes a Closer Look at Physical Education has sparked an interest, you might consider exploring a few of my favorite unschooling resources from HEM’s Guide to Resources.


The Wisconsin based Leader-Telegram offers some excellent physical fitness resources. Here are some that I found interesting:

  • The Fitness Files.
  • Fitness Fundamentals:
  • * Why Get Fit?
  • * Benefits of an Active Lifestyle
  • * Building Blocks of Fitness
  • * Fitness Basics
  • * Do’s and Don’ts
  • * Staying With Your Fitness Routine
  • * Fitness Myths
  • * Basic Stretches and Exercises
  • * Take the Flexibility Test
  • * Size Up Your Strength
  • The Injurenet
  • * First Line of Defense
  • * Treating Minor Injuries
  • * Preventing Injuries
  • * Preventative Stretches and Exercises
  • * Information on Specific Injuries
  • * Tell Us Where it Hurts
  • * Sport First Aid
  • Get Active!
  • * Find an Activity
  • * Finding the Right Activity
  • * Browse Fitness Activities Index
  • * Sports 101
  • * Consider a Health Club
  • * Picking a Health Club
  • * Health Club Etiquette
  • * Try the Home Workout
  • * Stretches and Exercises
  • * Compare Home Gym Equipment
  • Fuel for Fitness
  • * Basics of Good Eating
  • * The Food Pyramid
  • * Food Label Basics
  • * Calorie Needs
  • * Fat Facts
  • * Some Dietary Suggestions
  • * First-Class Foods
  • * “Think Before You Eat” Foods
  • * The Skinny on Your Favorite Foods
  • * On the Label

Free Online High School Courses and Curriculum from Hoagies ( Including Physical Education)

Hoagies’ (Free) Online High School Courses & Curriculum Materials Page has recently added some new awesome courses.

Visit them here to view their updates!

Geocaching – High-tech Treasure Hunting

Lori Diehl tells shares how she and her family discovered an out door treasure hunt in Geocaching – High-tech Treasure Hunting, in the March-April Issu of Home Education Magazine.Ms. Diehl writes:

My children and I were introduced to geocaching in a roundabout way. While hiking at a local state park, my son Julian found an overturned boat just off the trail and had already scrambled over it before I could shout, “Watch out for snakes!”

“Mom, look at this!”

He had found a sealed plastic bowl hidden beneath the boat. Metal glinted among the bizarre array of objects inside: a Beanie Baby, bottle caps, buttons, coins, patches, photos, jewelry and a notebook. It was our first geocache, and we hadn’t even been looking for it.

A few more geocaching resources:

* Wikipedia

* Geocaching – The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

* Kaseyburrell98’s Geocaching & Letterboxing Home Page

* Geocaching with Kids

Pedal Pioneers: A Guide to Bicycle Travel With Kids

I recall taking bike trips when I was younger, but nothing like the bike trips that are unveiled in Pedal Pioneers: A Guide to Bicycle Travel with Kids.

This A-Z Guide offers insight on how to organize overnight youth bike trips. I imagine it might also be downsized for families as well, or at the very least, you can find oodles of resources for your family at their website. The 88 page guide was created by over fifty bicycle experts from around the United States. The mission of Adventure Cycling is to inspire individuals of all ages to travel by bike. The book helps bike riders to explore America for fun, fitness and self-discovery.

I have not yet seen a copy of the guide, but I visited their website here to learn more about the guide.

At the site I found a PDF sample of a preview of the guide.

They also offer some free resources as well. Here are a some of them:

Bike Bits It’s a free biweekly email newsletter that features brief articles of interest to recreational cyclists, upcoming events, and bicycle industry news. It’s a quick, informative read, distributed to thousands of cyclists across the nation every two weeks.


It’s a worldwide resource for anything bike-related. The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages includes state and country specific listings, bicycle tour books and maps, non-profit groups, and much more.


There are a bunch of great articles in our How-to Department that talk about touring basics, including hints on technique, shipping bikes, purchasing new wheels, and much more.


This online archive library of bicycle travel includes: feature articles, technical how-to’s, and columns from Adventure Cyclist magazine; clip-art; press releases; and Bike Bits e-newsletter. Visit


You can post a question on one of our forums to seek a reply from experienced bicyclists, or simply browse the messages.


Anyone can enter their trips, as far back as 1975, and add their thoughts and experiences so that others may learn and understand how satisfying bike travel can be.


You can enter your own ride and review others’ experiences. Each description includes a trip summary, a favorite experience, and miles traveled. It is a great source of inspirational words and insight.

Interactive Body from the BBC

From the BBC-

Human Anatomy Online

Link: Human Anatomy Online.

Begin your detailed tour by choosing a system from several available options, including Skeletal, Digestive, Muscular, Lymphatic, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Reproductive and more. Each system is broken down into further units. For example, under Skeletal System you’ll find front and back views, several views of the skull, the spine, joints, cross section of bone, hand, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, ligaments, teeth and more. A detailed tutorial, animations and descriptions make this site a virtual anatomy class on your computer! (Java capable browser needed to view the site.)


HEM’s Guide to Homeschooling Resources offers a growing list of learning resources which are reviewed and described, links to the companies’ websites, occasional interviews with companies or individuals about their resources and much more! HEM’s Guide to Homeschooling Resources also welcomes comments and suggestions by homeschoolers who use the resources. Every couple of days I will be adding a few new resources, so I’d love to hear about your favorites! You can reach me here.

~ Mary Nix

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