Physical Education News

Physical Education News October 2016  
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Activity Date: 10/27/2016

During the month of October students performed many different Brain Gym exercises.  They performed Lazy 8’s, Cross Crawls, Hook-ups, Brain Buttons, Positive Points, and Double Doodles.  Double Doodles and Lazy 8’s seem to be two of the students’ favorite Brain Gym exercises. 

The Kindergarten students really enjoyed doing the Lazy 8’s and then using their eye-hand coordination for rolling, throwing, and catching.  First grade students spent time self-tossing and throwing and catching in small groups.  The second and third grade students practiced throwing in a variety of ways:  two-handed underhand, one-handed underhand, basketball chest pass, football lateral throw as well as the very popular baseball (overhand) throw. 

Next the younger students played the ever popular “Map Game” which is great for developing body control and spatial awareness.  In addition to the “Map Game” students also trained for the Cross Country race that was held on October 15th at the New Milford High School.  Their training was focused on pacing themselves and doing their best. 

The fourth annual Maureen Haas Cross Country race was held on Saturday October 15th and Northville had over 130 participants. The event was tons of fun and the weather was perfect for running.  Our students won several 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals and all of the participants received a free Safety green T-shirt.   Congratulations to all of our participants!

During the last week of October, the students and I practiced balancing yoga poses and calming Brain Gym exercises.  We also learned a new yoga exercise that is particularly useful for warming up the body.  The exercise is known as the “Breath of Joy”.  The Breath of Joy is a warming and energizing yoga breathing practice.  It uses rhythmic body motion and coordinating arm movements with breath in order to facilitate deep breathing.   It is fabulous for warming up, energizing, and creating joy.  Everyone seemed to enjoy performing the Breath of Joy.


Physical Education News September 2016  
Activity Date: 9/18/2016

The school year is off to a great start and our physical education classes are progressing nicely. During the first week of school the students and I discussed playground safety. We also practiced a fire drill and established routines and expectations for our physical education classes.

We began the month of September with hula hoop activities. We used the hoops for team challenges and hoop exploration activities. The students really enjoy playing the “Whistle Mixer” game. It is a cooperative spatial awareness game that incorporates the math skills of counting and grouping. During the second week of September, we began fitness testing. The fitness testing consists of: push-ups or planks, toe touches, and a cardiovascular walk/run. Students will be retested in January and again in May 2015. I will interweave fitness activities throughout the school year with the goal being that each student improves his or her level of fitness. Next we enjoyed an activity called “I Like it”. The “I Like it” activity is a simple movement activity that helps the students and I get to know each other. During this activity the students must be active listeners and they are asked to think about things that they like or don’t like. There is a lot of running during this activity. I am quite sure that most of the students enjoy the running back and forth with their friends the most. We began our soccer unit during the third week of September. We started with the generic skill of kicking, and then we progressed to basic soccer skills-passing, trapping, dribbling, and throw-ins.

The first and second grade students practiced their skills with partners. The kindergarten students used large foam balls for kicking. During the kindergarten classes half of the class did freeze dance while the other half of the class did freeze dribble. The weather has been nice outside so the EXCEL students have been warming up inside and then going outside to play. EXCEL has spent a lot of time running across the gym for warm ups and they have spent the last two weeks of September kicking soft foam balls around the gym.    Updated at 11/1/2016 9:43:00 AM