Dear Cottonwood Community,

Welcome to our May EDE Tips edition of The Wednesday Weekly, which is dedicated to exploring physical education. Whether you’re looking to enhance your child’s physical abilities, incorporate movement into learning, or foster a holistic approach to wellness, our experts have you covered.

Advanced Learners: Rekha Mathew offers insights into tailoring physical education for advanced learners. Discover how designing a custom obstacle course challenges physical abilities and engages intellectual growth by exploring math, physics, and engineering concepts.

Charlotte Mason Method: Shannon Carpenter introduces the Swedish Drill, a dynamic form of exercise that integrates body and brain, enhancing self-control, attentiveness, and visualization skills. Explore how incorporating this method can enrich your homeschooling experience.

Classical Education: Callie Johnson emphasizes the importance of movement in classical education, from incorporating motions to solidify concepts in the grammar stage to studying the grammar and strategy of sports in older students. Dive into classical approaches to physical activity and its role in holistic education.

Montessori Approach: Shannan Chanda explores the essential role of movement in Montessori education, highlighting activities that promote balance, coordination, agility, and strength. Delve into non-competitive physical activities that foster intellectual growth and connection to the world.

Unit Study Approach: Shannon Carpenter returns to guide families through incorporating physical education into unit studies. From pirate-themed exercise cards to exploring the history and culture of sports like tennis, discover engaging ways to learn while staying active as a family.

Unschooling/Child-Directed Learning: Carey Shaw encourages exploring your child’s interests in physical education, using tennis as an example. Dive into physical movement and the history, culture, and rules of the sport, fostering a comprehensive understanding of sports and movement.

Waldorf Approach: Catherine Lambert shares a lesson involving play and social interaction with hula hoops, reflecting the holistic approach of Waldorf education. Experience the joy of movement while nurturing connections with peers and the environment.

Cottonwood families can find the full document with links in the Wednesday Weekly. We hope these tips and ideas inspire you to infuse your homeschooling journey with creativity, movement, and holistic wellness. May your May be filled with joyful learning and active exploration!


Kara Parkins, Parent Support Advisor