The Physical Education program has been designed to focus on three major areas that contribute to one's physical health and well being:
- Movement concepts. In the early grades the program emphasizes the variety of ways we travel (e.g. running, skipping, hopping), changes in directions and speeds, and different ways to balance, jump and land.
- Skill themes. Basic motor skills such as throwing, kicking, volleying, and striking with a racket are taught in all grades. In the upper grades the children are taught how to use these fundamental skills in games and sports, gymnastics and various forms of rhythmical movement
- Wellness concepts are taught throughout the program. They include healthy and unhealthy foods as well as ways to improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.
As a teacher I recognize that children are at different developmental levels, and have a variety of needs and interests. For this reason in every class I attempt to provide each child with Teaming experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable. Each lesson is adjusted to take into account the wide range of skill and fitness levels that characterizes children in elementary school.
In closing I want to invite you to observe your child in his or her physical education class at any time during the year. During your visit you will quickly see that your child's physical education classes are very different from the old "gym classes" that consisted of running laps, jumping jacks, captains picking teams, and competitive team sports.
I am very proud of the physical education program and am looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
Ms. Paige Cook
Physical Education Teacher