Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! May-June, 2017

Dear Families,

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 a sport shoe if you participate in a physical activity.

Kindergarten

In kindergarten, we continue to follow the objective of our current unit. The objective is to provide students with an opportunity to refine skills such as throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, rolling, and the use of striking objects (tennis/badminton racquets) which are the prerequisites for many team sports. We also incorporate components of the fitness gram into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade

In May and June, we’ll continue to work on previously developed skills that include throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, and rolling that are prerequisites for many team sports. We incorporate the use of team sport (basketball and volleyball) components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve students’ cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rd Grade

Students in 2nd and 3rd grades should concentrate in the skill area to learn basic fundamentals of basketball, volleyball, and racquet sport games. The emphasis at this level should be fun as opposed to competition. The students will focus on gaining or improving individual skill development. Basic techniques will be taught and drilled. Concepts of team play will be introduced too. The students will learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength, muscular, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.

4th – 5th Grade

Our basketball, volleyball, and racquet sports curriculum is designed to develop solid core fundamentals, fundamental offensive and defensive skills, ultimately building into progressions of team play and systems as well, and it has a detailed analysis to meet players’ goals and a structured course based on age, ability and skill level. The students’ performance will be monitored to ensure effectiveness. In addition to the ball skills involved with both sports, the fitness-related components that need to be considered are muscular strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, power and speed. Particular attention needs to be paid to jumping and landing.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Movement and Health! May-June 2017

Dear Families,

In kindergarten, Many injuries are preventable. Students can learn to recognize potential hazards, to understand and follow safety rules, and to make safe decisions in risky situations. This unit gives students the opportunity to practice decision-making skills by analyzing risks in their school playground. This gives students a starting point for learning to recognize risks in the real world by learning how to cross the street and stay away from strangers.

In 1st grade, students will learn to recognize the importance of avoiding injury to themselves and others, identify safety rules than can prevent injury, apply decision-making steps to avoid injury, and practice making safe decisions. Through developmentally appropriate activities students will be able to identify the importance of staying safe on the playground so they don’t hurt themselves or others, and the importance of avoiding injuries by thinking about what could cause an injury. Students will be able to name basic safety rules when playing on climbing equipment, slides, swings and other playground equipment.

In 2nd grade, As students begin to acquire an increasing level of independence, they are more likely to be exposed to risky situations and hazards without the supervision of an adult. Many injuries are preventable. The development of decision-making skills is needed by students to help them make health-enhancing choices, choose behaviors that promote health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. These skills include the recognition of need and the understanding of how to make a decision. Through developmentally appropriate activities students will be able to identify the importance of staying safe on the playground, street and with strangers so they don’t hurt themselves or others, and that it is important to avoid injuries by thinking about what could cause an injury. Students will be able to name basic safety rules when playing on climbing equipment, slides, swings and other playground equipment.

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

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education!

March – April 2017

Dear Families,

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 a sport shoe if you participate in a physical activity.

Below are some of the units we’ll study during March and April. 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 these skills include demonstrations, communication, partner work, and group discussions.

Kindergarten  In kindergarten, we continue to work toward achieving the objective of our current unit. The objective is to provide students with an opportunity to refine skills such as throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, and rolling that are the prerequisites for many team sports. We also incorporate the use of the fitness gram components into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade  In April, we’ll continue to work on previously developed skills that include throwing, tossing, catching, kicking, and rolling that are prerequisites for many team sports.  We incorporate the use of team sport (soccer, basketball and volleyball) components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve students’ cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rd Grade Students in 2nd and 3rd grades should concentrate on the skills needed to learn the basic fundamentals of soccer, basketball and volleyball games. The emphasis at this level should be on having fun, as opposed to competition. The students will focus on gaining or improving individual skill development. Basic techniques will be taught and drilled. Concepts of team play will be introduced too. The students will learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength, muscular, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.                                                                                                                        

4th – 5th Grade  Our soccer, basketball and volleyball curriculum is designed to develop solid core soccer, basketball and volleyball fundamentals. Students will develop fundamental offensive and defensive skills, which will ultimately build up to progressions of team play and systems as well, and it has a detailed analysis to meet players’ goals and a structured course based on age, ability and skill level. The students’ performance will be monitored to ensure effectiveness. In addition to the ball skills involved with both sports, the fitness-related components that need to be considered are muscular strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, power and speed. Particular attention needs to be paid to jumping and landing.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Fitness Tips of the Month

Soccer is FUN!

During the months of March and April we are continue to work on improving endurance by participating in running with Mighty Millers Program. We have had many students running the mile while others are setting their goals to achieve that mile run. This is a great workout for the students trying to improve their cardio-vascular system.

I usually recommend soccer to the parents because it can be a fun lifelong sport for both kids and adults. Playing soccer is also a great way for your athlete to maintain a healthy weight, giving kids the tools they need to burn calories and maintain a healthy weight to fight against childhood obesity. Some other reasons to play soccer are it helps develop friendships on and off the field, teaches teamwork, discipline, and playing the sport fair. Soccer also creates the opportunity for players to make a habit of being active throughout their lives.

Have a Great Workout!

Some healthy snacks: Fruit smoothie, carrot sticks, apple, reduced – fat cheese, whole grain crackers, and yogurt!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

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

 

March – April 2017

Dear Families,

During the month of March and April our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will learn the anatomy of the body, such as: the location and function of the heart as well as discuss ways to keep their muscles and bones healthy. We will continue to learn about muscles’ function and importance to be active by participating in different motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. We will continue to learn about our bones and lungs and make connections to previously learned materials. 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 play.

In kindergarten, students will continue to learn basic health concepts and skills. They will discover how bones work to protect the body and give the body form. Students will also discuss how to care for their bones by eating properly, exercising, and wearing protective equipment. They will discover the importance of physical activity for good health. They learn that living things grow, and they gain knowledge of their own body parts.

In 1st grade, children are introduced to the respiratory system by taking a close look at the lungs and discussing how to keep their lungs healthy. Students will discover how bones work to protect the body and give the body form. Students will also discuss how to care for their bones by eating properly, exercising, and wearing protective equipment.

In 2nd grade, Students will tour the skeletal system and body from head to toe. They will discuss the function of the system as well as how to keep the body safe and healthy. In addition students discover the steps of the respiratory process and discuss how to keep the respiratory system healthy.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! February, 2017

Dear Families,

Have fun discussing games and exercise activities 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, and group discussions. Below are some of the units we’ll study during this month of February.

 Kindergarten – In February we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities; obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

1st Grade – In February we’ll finish Fitness gram activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities; obstacle course activities and/or teamwork building games to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rd Grade In February we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities. The second and third grade Fitness gram test is an introduction and a preparation to the health-related components of fitness.  These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.  Students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve strength and muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength and endurance training is incorporated into each and every lesson throughout the unit. These components are important in staying healthy and helping to reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancers and heart disease.
 4th – 5th Grade  In February we’ll finish Fitnessgram activities. Fitnessgram has components important to support healthy fitness zone of the human body. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Test is going to be performed by each student within each of the areas of fitness to determine their strength in each component.  Fitnessgram components can be used in students’ personal fitness program planning. These particular tests were designed to enforce proper technique of certain exercises and also to promote personal health rather than competition among students.  Students will receive a criterion-based computer analysis of their test results.  This analysis will go home with their report cards at the end of the current school year.

 

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Movement and Health! February, 2017

Dear Families,

Below are some of the units we’ll study during this month of February. 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 these skills include demonstrations, communication, partner work, and group discussions.

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!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova