Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! November – December 2017

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 non-locomotor 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 non-locomotor 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.

**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.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! September-October 2017

Dear Families,

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 non locomotor 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 “Straddle Ball”, “Blob Tag”, “Circle Chase”, and etc.), 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!

Thank you!

Truly Yours,                                                                                                                                       Mrs. Glotova

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