Why choose gymnastics for homeschool P.E.?
Gymnastics is perhaps one of the most comprerhensive "lifestyle exercise programs" available to children, blending strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power and discipline. With Greek roots that have been traced back thousands of years, gymnastics has come a long way since the first gymnasts vaulted over charging bulls and acient Roman warriors used gymnastics to train for battle.
Gymnastics is definitely a physical sport. It gives the athlete flexibility, grace, balance and amazing power. However, this is a sport also which benefits the mind: teaching perseverence, attention to detail, focus, poise and confidence.
Studies have shown that children between 10 and 16 years old have higher self-esteem and "can do" attitudes the more they are in involved in physical activities.