From 1999 to 2012, around 3% of U.S. children took part in homeschool. But, those rates have increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020 5% of households with school-aged children reported homeschooling. And, at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, 11% of U.S. households homeschooled their children. (U.S. Census Bureau)
There are several reasons parents decide to homeschool their children.
They can range from academic to social-emotional reasons and beyond. A big reason why parents decide to homeschool their children is flexibility. With homeschooling, parents and their children can decide what schedule works for them. They can determine when to work on a certain subject or when to take a brain break.
This makes The Daily Mile a perfect addition to any homeschooler’s day.
What is The Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile a simple, effective and free resource for homeschool parents. It is a whole-child movement that takes kids outdoors to run, jog, roll or walk for 15 minutes each day.
It is recommended for children ages 6-17 to get 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. By making The Daily Mile a part of your homeschool routine, your child will meet a quarter of those minutes.
And, when kids do The Daily Mile at least three times a week they experience amazing benefits.
Daily physical activity like The Daily Mile:
Improves heart health
Improves body composition
But the benefits of The Daily Mile are more than physical. Daily physical activity provides several social and emotional benefits as well like:
- Boosting self-esteem and happiness
- Reducing anxiety
- Increasing confidence
- Improving focus and concentration
The Daily Mile is also a relationship builder. It provides the perfect opportunity for quality, side-by-side conversations.
The Daily Mile itself is a free resource for homeschoolers. But, there are several documents available to download as well.
The Daily Mile BINGO at Home has several activities to do during The Daily Mile. Once your homeschooler gets a BINGO (either a row or the whole card!) make sure to give them a special treat like deciding what’s for dinner or an extra 30 minutes of play time.
The BINGO card has 25 different activities. Studies show that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. Filling the BINGO card is the perfect way to take The Daily Mile from an everyday task into a habit. The 21 Day Tracker is another tangible reminder of keeping the habit of The Daily Mile up.
All homeschool groups and families are welcome to sign up to join The Daily Mile community.