Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! September-October 2019

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 non loco-motor 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 non loco-motor 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 loco-motor 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! April- May 2019

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 GradeIn 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.

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!

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

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! January-February, 2019

 

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 2019. Below are some of the units we’ll study during these months of January and 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 this skill include demonstrations, communication, partner work, group discussions, and role plays.

Kindergarten 

In kindergarten, students will work on cooperative games and station like activities to help improve teamwork, student’s hand eye coordination, and muscular strength. Warm up part that includes children’s yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular, abdominal and muscular strength. In the middle of January we’ll begin a new unit that includes Fitness gram test activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade 

In January we’ll begin Fitness Gram testing preparation.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and 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 

The second and third grade Fitness Gram test review 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.  The students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength and muscular endurance, their cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, the students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength 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 This January we’ll begin Fitness gram components testing incorporated into relay race activities, games, obstacle course activities, and testing drills. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.   Fitness gram can be used by students to help them in personal fitness program planning, by teachers to determine student needs and to help guide students in program planning. For each of the areas of fitness, a test is performed by each student to determine their strength in each component.  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.

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

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova