Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education!
Our students began the school year with not only learning, but being physically active as well. The significance of physical education and sport in a child’s physical, emotional, and social development can’t be overstated. It’s extremely important to engage students in quality fun activities for their own benefit, so please help us by encouraging your children to be physically active outside of school as well.
*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM! Physical Education is a part of your child’s curriculum and your child will miss the gym if he/she hasn’t dress properly.
Wearing the proper shoes is very important in all sports and nearly every sport requires a specific shoe. For example, basketball players need extra ankle support for all of the lateral movements, and runners need extra cushioning for shock absorption. It is important to have sport shoes if you participate in a physical activity.
Kindergarten In kindergarten, students began to learn the proper technique for locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. They learn the names of body parts and discover new locomotor movements (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). They also practice nonlocomotor movements, including bending, curling, stretching, swaying, swinging, turning, and twisting. Kindergarten students learn to move through space, including moving side-to-side, and forward-and-back. Students practice stopping and moving on command while walking around the gym and looking around after each stop to see how much space is available.
1st Grade In 1st grade, students continue to learn the proper technique for locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. They participate in a variety of games that involve locomotor skills (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). First graders continue to identify, devise, and use adequate space while emphasizing the value of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space during a game. Students will gain the ability to identify their left and right hands with prompts and play games which require sudden movement to the left or right on cue.
2nd Grade In 2nd grade, students learn to value the meaning of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space while playing a game. We discuss factors that affect a person’s movement ability, such as: height, weight, strength, and body shape. We brainstorm the advantages of each factor in particular activities, e.g., height in basketball, weight in wrestling. Lastly, we point out the positive aspects of each factor and that each person’s uniqueness contributes to a stronger individual.
3rd Grade Our third graders continue to demonstrate the concept of adequate personal space by practicing and participating with moving obstacles and people. They go through the obstacles in a variety of ways: right, left, under, over, high, low, zig-zag and circular pathways. Students will begin to demonstrate skills of thinking strategically and develop plays in specific games. Drills emphasize how students should be moving in open spaces. Examples include: follow your pass, replace your partner, and work in a triangle.
4th –5th Grade Forth and fifth graders continue to develop the concept of more complex games and activities. Students are continuing learning specific plays used in games and discuss how space, direction, and body awareness are used in developing the plays. Skills include demonstrating the use of space to gain an advantage, using pathways to develop plays (such as “Circle Chase”), and demonstrating the ability to move around an obstacle course using a variety of directions and movements such as, zig-zag, curved, left, right, diagonal, up, and down. Students are given the opportunity to develop plays in specific games. To make sure they understand, they will have to diagram and present a play that makes adequate use of space. Discussion among students during this activity is encouraged!
Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Movement and Health!
During the month of September and October our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will learn about personal respect and respect to others, building a community. Respect for self and others are the foundation for healthy relationships and a healthy society. Respect is shown through actions that exhibit consideration for self and others. Students will learn that self-respect means taking care of oneself physically, mentally and socially. Our goal is to value community for enjoyment, self-expression, and/or social interaction. Some examples of activities that build this skill include demonstrations, communication, partner work, group discussions, and role plays.
In kindergarten, students will learn basic community concepts and how to be a valid part of one by exploring their community in our campus, by walking and visiting different sides in the building or by watching it with a help of technology. Students will identify people and places in their community. Students will create a picture about their community. They will discover the importance of respect people around them by experiencing actions that show respect for others include:
- listening attentively
- not interrupting
- talking about conflicts
- being honest about thoughts and feelings
- using assertive communication skills
In 1st grade, Students will explore their community in our campus by walking and visiting different sides in the building or with a help of technology. Students will identify people and places in their community. Students will create a picture about their community. Students will learn basic community concepts and how to be a valid part of one. They will discover the importance of respect people around them by experiencing actions that show respect for others by listening, solving a conflict, being honest , and etc.
In 2nd grade, students will learn about importance being in the community and play a valuable role within it by participating in a class planned activities. Self-respect involves practicing positive health habits such as eating well, exercising regularly, honestly expressing thoughts and feelings to others, accepting individual strengths and weaknesses, spending time alone, doing enjoyable activities and spending time with friends and family.
*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the Movement and Health class!