Three Ways to Earn Physical Education Credits in Homeschool High School

There are at least three ways to earn Physical Education credits in homeschool high school.

Three Ways to Earn Physical Education Credits in Homeschool High School

Three Ways to Earn Physical Education Credits in Homeschool High School

You have heard us say it before: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school…and definitely not ONE right way to earn those PE credits.

We 7Sisters have seen our (and our many advisees) through lots of different Phys Ed credits. Here are a few:

We have had teens who LOVED a great sports program or a tough workout. Also, we have had teens who loved to learn WHY they had to earn PE credits (and how to make the most of the credits for their own good). However, we have also had teens who did not care at all for Physical Education. The good news is that for all of them, we found something.

  • Textbooks with exercise program, such as 7Sisters’

  • Sports credits through leagues, lessons and competitions, such as:

    • dance
    • martial arts
    • hockey
    • baseball
    • soccer
    • swim (here’s a podcast interview with one of our local homeschoolers who swam in high school and then Harvard)
    • golf
    • bowling
    • yoga or tai chi
    • Organized sports, lessons and competitions are usually time intensive.
      • You can log hours if you wish (for instance, 7Sister Kym’s twins played hockey and were aiming for college-level sports so they wanted lots of Phys Ed/Hockey credits on their transcripts.)
      • Or you can figure that most sports end up with at least one credit’s time in training, practice and games. Here are some ideas for NCAA-minded teens.
  • Logging hours with a variety of learning and activities such as:

    • Walking around the neighborhood
    • Having a dog walking business (and logging the actual walking time)
    • Digital fitness games and apps (Wii Dance was the rage some years ago, remember?)
    • Workouts at home or gym
    • Ballroom dance lessons
    • Gardening and yard work (or use Gardening as an Elective, instead)
    • Workouts at Civil Air Patrol
    • Nature hikes (orienteering and geocaching as a family can make this more fun)
    • Juggling (check out this video of homeschool grad who did competitive yoyo and contact juggling)
    • Skating
    • Bike riding
    • Parkour
    • 7Sisters Cousin Rocelle Sommerville-Matthews at EFM Education (for homeschoolers who has learning differences) shared these ideas and resources:
    • Our Cousin Natalie Mack reminded us that
    • Activities like these require keeping logs of what was done and when in order to earn Carnegie-type credits. Here are some tips for ways to log PE hours:
      • There are several ways to handle logging these credits on the homeschool transcript. Choose whatever is best for your teen.
        • Stop at one credit per year and title the course:
        • If more than one credit is earned:
          • Record the credits separately with the name of the sport or activity (Physical Fitness, Baseball, Ballet, etc)

Choose PE credits that are meaningful to your teens

How to choose the ways to earn Physical Education credits

Most homeschool high schoolers will need at least one (and often two) credits in physical education in homeschool high school. As you can see there are many options for homeschool high schoolers for their PE credits. Whether teens are interested in Phys Ed or not, there is something they can find that will be worth their time.

As with all the high school credits, it is a good idea to include teens as you plan the homeschool year. It helps to get their buy-in on the idea of PE (here’s a post to help talk about how PE helps improve their homeschooling). Then choose HOW to earn the credits together.

Here are some things to discuss:

  • Do they want a textbook with some WHY’s and HOW’s so that Phys Ed makes sense? Try a 7Sisters’ Fitness courses (video instruction on how-to do fitness workouts are included).
  • Are they into an organized sport or heavily involved in competitions and trainings? Try the “Sports Credit” version.
  • Do they prefer variety and fun? Go ahead and log those hours!
  • Or do they really dislike PE or fitness activities? Go ahead and log hours!

For teens who will benefit from using a textbook with training films

Two of 7Sisters’ popular textbooks are the Fitness (Phys Ed) texts! Teens report that they like learning about their own fitness.

The texts present a comprehensive PE credit, including the CDC guidelines:

  • Cognitive content (thinking, learning, remembering)
  • Instruction designed to develop
  • Motor skills
  • Knowledge and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness

The texts also include:

  • training videos
  • tests
  • answer key and
  • syllabus

Joel and Luke are the homeschool-graduate sons of 7Sister Sara. They studied fitness in college and then went onto become certified in numerous areas of personal training. They have won multiple award in fitness-related sports and business. Thus, they are the perfect young people to develop a curriculum.

The two no-busywork, downloadable texts include this information:

Foundations of Physical Fitness is a one-semester course (.5 credit)

  • Instructions on How to Use this Course

    Foundations of Physical Fitness curriculum from
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  • Introduction
  • Chapters:
    • 1: Different Types of Fitness
    • 2: Progressive Overload
    • 3: Compound Exercises vs Isolation Exercises
    • 4: Form Is King
    • 5: Cardiovascular Exercise
    • 6: Stretching and Mobility
    • 7: Real Fitness vs Fake Fitness
    • 8: Fit for Services
  • Glossary page
  • Muscles/Muscle Group Diagrams
  • Video how-to guide with lots of links and charts
  • Tests and answer key
  • Syllabus
  • Training videos with Luke showing teens how to manage their fitness
  • Charts for tracking progress
  • Syllabus for helping teens stay on track

Click here for an excerpt from Foundations of Physical Fitness.

Foundations of Physical Fitness is a one-semester course (.5 credit)

Framework of Physical Fitness, by Joel Paul Simeon Hayes, builds on the knowledge that students gained from Foundations of Physical FitnessWhile it is intended to be a follow-up to Foundations of Physical FitnessFramework of Physical Fitness can be studied independently.

Framework of Physical Fitness 7SistersHomeschool
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Topics covered in Framework of Physical Fitness text include:

  • Nutrition
  • Bursting the Nutrition Bubble
  • Getting Started with Nutrition
  • Setting Goals in Fitness
  • Training Volume
  • Hybrid Fitness Training
  • Use It or Lose It
  • What You Actually Need for Fitness

The fitness videos include two fitness programs:

  • One is focused on endurance training and
  • The other is hybrid (endurance and strength) training
  • This can adapted to be a full-credit course, according to the student’s goals.
    • Text (for 1/2 credit)
    • How-to Videos and Progress Charts (to complete the credit log 60-90 hours of fitness activity according to the videos and your teen’s interest)

BTW- Here’s a video to give a glimpse of Joel and Luke Hayes (the author and videographer of 7Sisters Foundations of Physical Fitness), practicing their own fitness program.

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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