Movement & Health Newsletter – January 2015

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Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Movement and Health! January, 2015

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break and holiday season with friends and family. It is hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. We have co-created such a wonderful learning community and there is more that we will learn, explore and discover together in 2015. Below are some of the units we’ll study during this month of January. Have fun discussing them with your children. Our goal is to value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, 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 explore the five senses, basic components of the sensory nervous system and discover how each interacts with the brain. Through developmentally appropriate activities students will be able to identify the five senses and the body part(s) associated with each. Students will be able to name healthy behaviors that keep the senses working properly by participating in skill and knowledge building exercises.

In 1st grade, students will learn that we discover and explore the world through our five senses. We learn about our world when we use our five senses at the same time. They will learn basic components of the sensory nervous system and discover how each interacts with the brain. Through developmentally appropriate activities students will be able to identify the five senses and the body part(s) associated with each. Students will be able to name healthy behaviors that keep the senses working properly by participating in skill and knowledge building exercises.

In 2nd grade, students will explore the five senses in different “situations” and drills presented during the unit. Students will learn that we discover and explore the world through our five senses. We learn about our world when we use our five senses at the same time. The sense of sight helps us recognize each other and learn about color, motion and distance. The sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Sound can produce patterns. The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture and shape of things. The sense of smell helps us enjoy life and helps us learn about unsafe conditions. Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. Students will be able to name and participate in healthy behaviors that keep the senses working properly by participating in skill and knowledge building exercises.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the Movement and Health class!

Thank you!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova