November Newsletter

Silhouette, group of happy children playing on meadow, sunset, sWelcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! November 2014

Dear Families,

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.

Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                        

In kindergarten, students continue to learn the proper technique for loco motor and nonlocomotor movements. They are learning the names of body parts and can describe loco motor movements (walking, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping, galloping, and sliding). They also practice nonlocomotor movements, including bending, curling, stretching, swaying, swinging, turning, and twisting. Students practice relay races by walking, running, jogging, skipping, and etc. from one side of the gym to another.

1st Grade                                                                                                                                                                              

In 1st grade, students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will gain competency in a variety of physical activities. Students will work on improvement their cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd Grade        

In 2nd grade, students will continue to learn to value the meaning of not interfering with the play of others or invading personal space while playing a game. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will gain competency in a variety of physical activities. Students will work on improvement their cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition.

3rd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Students will be able to demonstrate adequate use of space and body awareness while performing in soccer games and activities to avoid collision and possible injury. Our third graders continue to demonstrate the concept of adequate personal space by practicing in different soccer related drills. Drills emphasize how students should be moving in open spaces. Examples include: eye-foot coordination, foot work, eye-foot-ball coordination, and etc.                                                                                                                                                                              4th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With practice, students will be able to demonstrate adequate use of space and body awareness while performing in soccer games and activities to avoid collision and possible injury. They will use this skill in their advantage to the goals of the game, quickly changing direction, and demonstrating ways of moving around an obstacle course. e.g., travel using a variety of pathways, directions, and levels. Students will demonstrate an understanding of movement principles, strategies and tactics during the soccer unit.

5th Grade                                                                                                                                                    

Continue to develop the concept of more complex games and activities. Continue to introduce students to specific plays used in games and discuss how space, direction, and body awareness are used in developing the plays. Students will demonstrate some competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform in soccer like activities. Students will demonstrate an understanding of movement principles, strategies and tactics during the soccer unit.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova
Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Movement and Health!

November 2014

Dear Families,

In 1st grade and 2nd grade students will continue to learn basic health concepts and hygiene skills. Students will be introduced to the hygiene aspect of germ fighting technique. They will discover that when it comes to germs, nothing spreads them faster than our two hands. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of hand washing for everyone in the family, particularly for kids who think nothing of sneezing into their hands, then reaching into the cookie jar. In addition, students will learn that it’s all about technique- forget the hand sanitizers or those antibacterial soaps for beating germs (you don’t want to kill all germs; some are beneficial and necessary for maintaining a healthy immune system). A good old-fashioned hand washing with plain soap and warm water will do the trick. Hands should be thoroughly lathered, rubbed, and rinsed for at least 20 seconds (one verse of the “Happy Birthday” song is a good measure), then thoroughly dried on a clean, dry towel. Also your child should understand the importance to keep his/her hands out of his mouth and nose. Nail biting and nose picking are not only unsightly they’re also very unsanitary. We will continue to learn about the importance to be active by participating in deferent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Some examples of activities that build this skill include demonstrations, communication, partner work, group discussions, and role-playing.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers!

Thank you!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova