We always seem to just “wing it” for physical education in our homeschool. I find I can teach them about good nutrition when we make meals at home. We live in an area with a large yard and have been blessed to live in areas which were close to playgrounds which all provide room for free play. All thee of my baby goats love (or loved in the case of our oldest) to climb: trees, old swingsets, basketball poles…Perhaps I have a trio of monkeys instead! But when an opportunity for other activities arises, I do my best to take advantage of it. While there is a martial arts dojo in our local town and both girls are very interested in learning a martial art, our budget does not allow for it at this time.
So, since martial arts is not an option, we are, instead, learning about horses and horseback riding from one of my dad’s good friends. I think this is a good skill for anyone to learn and an excellent form of exercise. We are also creating a lapbook (We’re using the lapbook available through ‘A Journey Through Learning‘.) which will help us remember safety tips and information about the care and keeping of horses. We’ll even be able to learn a little bit about the different kinds of horses and donkeys. (We are beginning our riding lessons by riding donkeys because they are smaller and a bit less skittish.) Because the lapbook is specific to horses, we’ll use books and online resources to learn more about donkeys.
I took a few photos at our first lesson and edited them a bit with my phone. I think the photos came out pretty well and I had fun playing with the textures, actions and frames. I hope you enjoy them, too!
The above photo shows the girls listening to my dad’s friend talk about some horse safety rules.
Above and below shows each of the girls getting the feel of the donkey’s movements while he is being led.