I am so excited to return every day to Lewis this spring after taking some time to be away caring for my parents at the end of their life journey. They have passed away now and I have returned to all the positive energy and excitement our Lewis school life provides. I can’t tell you how much pleasure it brings me to work with your kids my students.
As I return we are starting a new game of Fire and Ice. It is a tag game that uses pool noodles as icicles. If tagged by an icicle the child is FROZEN and does fist pumps in the air until they are tossed a “fire” ball to melt them. This game creates a fun way to increase heart rates and practice catching and throwing skills. So far the kids have enjoyed the new game while practicing first hand what it takes to throw a catchable toss.
Students are also working on new push-ups are really more of a “letting-down” of the body to the floor from a plank position. It is a controlled movement that builds strength and is not overwhelming as “push-ups” can be. Kids might want to show you this at home and may enjoy teaching their families members this exercise.
Another skills we are developing is teamwork of jumping a rope together after watching the following clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd5zQ46L9QU Japanese jump rope team.
If you would like to help in PE I would welcome the extra hands to run jump rope stations or help with a variety of odds jobs that go along with having equipment storage issues of a varied program.
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Thanks, Millie Layman
Just a glimpse of what is happening in PE today. Students are learning to pace not race for 3 minutes jogs. We talk about how to go slow enough that you can make it the whole time without having to walk, tie one’s shoe or get a drink of water. It is fun to see the kids learn and apply a jog that is slower than a walk to make it the whole time.
After warming up with basic stretches and a job the students participated in five stations: Wall Ball, Scooter Boards, Hula Hoop Castle Building, jump rope and panting with light. Here are a few photos from the painting with light station.
Today was a challenged to have all these stations going with minimal light in order to get a decent painting.
Today the student’s in Ms Speer’s 5th grade class were working on fitness skills by making an agility ladder to jump, hop and run through. I was impressed with the student ability to make shapes with segmented plastic jump ropes. We looked to Eric Carle’s image to help spark the Student’s Creativity. Students also worked on Pool Noodle Mazes and Long Rope jumping that at least one student hoped to demonstrate Double Dutch. If you would like to learn more about double dutch rope jumping this youtube video might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCDB7hOJSCY
Eric Carle Image
Hops of jumps from end to end
Ms Brenan’s class was one of the first to get a chance to experience giant balloons in recess. These balloons are the type I have seen at car lots and was able to purchase over the holiday for our class. Because they are so big they really catch the air current and are easy to keep aloft. It was fun to see students get their exercise while chasing after them outside when the skies cleared yesterday. Exercise like this is a great way trick your body into getting heart healthy exercise without even noticing.
Excited about the 10,000 step movement?
It would be fun to share this experience of tracking students and families steps each day. I am looking to see what it would take to get a class set to use with one class at a time. If you have any info about where we could get some please let me know. Sometime people pick them up for free at health fairs and maybe we could try to have a donated set. Let me know what you think. You can email me at email@example.com
Don’t forget to take advantage of this offer from the government to explore America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free. https://everykidinapark.gov
Ridgefield Refuge is one of those sites.