The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 28, 2013

Home-school students can get phy-ed through MSU


The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Sometimes, when kids are home-schooled, physical education classes aren't high on a busy parent's agenda.

A professor at Minnesota State University has created a program to help with that.

More than 60 elementary and high school students from about 27 home-schooled families will be on campus 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday to participate in a physical education class taught by MSU students.

It’s part of a six-week program started by Matt Buns, a professor of human performance in the College of Allied Health and Nursing, to help develop successful phy-ed teachers, while also serving the home-school community.

The program allows home-schooled students to come to campus for classes that are aligned with national standards for physical education. Each age group focuses on developmentally appropriate learning objectives that guide instructions.

“The program helps home-school families make physical education an essential part of the total curriculum,” said Buns in a statement. “A goal of the program is to provide these students with the knowledge, attitudes, motor skills, behavioral skills and confidence to participate in active lifestyles that continue into and throughout their adult lives.”

In turn, the MSU students gain practical experience teaching the K-12 students under the direct supervision of university instructors.

Held on consecutive Wednesdays this fall, the program also will be offered during the spring semester for eight weeks.

For more information, call Buns at 389-5570 or email matthew.buns@mnsu.edu.

— Free Press Staff