Teaching our children to become healthy individuals is an integral aspect of both homeschooling and general parenting. While we know that we should incorporate physical education and health courses into our homeschool curriculum, we also need to make sure we take a unified approach to helping our children learn how to pursue physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental (specifically home and organizational) health. Here are some thoughts to consider for Learning to Reason stage of learning (9th through 12th grade).
Healthy Activities for the Learning to Reason Stage
As students process what they have learned throughout their childhood and the new information and experiences bombarding them, there is a natural tendency to reason through argumentation and challenge. While this tendency may look like rebellion, often teens are trying to figure things out more than they are trying to rebel. Even in all the ups and downs, there are ways to help students process through this stage in a healthy manner.
- Find a physical activity that you and your teen enjoy doing together. Help him or her build this healthy habit while also growing your relationship through shared enjoyment.
- Encourage your teen to help with the menu planning and cooking, teaching him or her how to implement the healthy habits you’ve exemplified over the years.
- Find a debate team, choose an apologetics course, or find some other avenue that teaches your student how to engage in healthy debate.
- Allow your teen to disagree with you! Explain clearly why you think the way you do, but also allow him or her to express opinions freely.
- Encourage increased depth in the devotional habit by challenging your student to pursue weekly Bible studies that require daily personal investment. Seek out books that will challenge and stretch him or her. Be ready to discuss spiritual concepts, even if that means visiting your pastor together to find answers.
- Continue to encourage usage of a planner to stay on top of the increased busyness of life while maintaining room for rest and family engagement.