Physical Activity is important! Try to be active each day for 60 minutes AND ....while you are at it - work on developiing some skills.
PK1 : Students in these grades need practice in a variety of movement patterns. Here are a few ideas:
Locomotion: practice different ways to move. Leap, hop on 1 foot, hop on 2 feet, slide, gallop, skip (this may take time & practice)
Balance: With you parent's permission create a travel maze in your house or backyard. The ground is lava! Move from pillows to cushions to small stools or low chairs. No Flying off talbles! Practice walking along a curb. Work on mastering riding a bike.
Catching & Throwing: Use a ball, a pillow, a small stuffed animal or a shower scrunchie works great! Practice throwing at a target (laundry basket) or to a parent. Vary your distances. Remember to staep with the opposite foot as your throwing hand.
Rhythms & Dance: Explore different ways to move to music. Practice jumping rope. try different dance "follow-alongs". (Just Dance or GoNoodle)
Kicking: Do you have a ball to kick? Practice dribbling around the yard. Set up a kicking golf course and see how many tries it takes you to "kick" to a hole. Use a marker on the ground as a target.
Striking: Find something safe to swing and strike. You can make a paddle out of a paper plate & a stick. Hit a paperwad or a ballon. Younger may find it difficult to track a ball through the air. Start with something that moves slower. A FAT BAT or racket may be easier than a skinny bat.
BUILD YOUR OWN PE EQUIPMENT BOX
Here are some helpful things to gather as you assemble items to help your student work on skills. The Dollar Store (DS)can be a good place to start and keep expenses low.
A medium size ball to kick and catch (DS)
Small Badminton racket & balloons (DS)
Shower Puff - for catching & throwing (DS)
Hula Hoop, laundry basket (targets & goals)
Bouncing ball (dribbling)
4th - 6th grade
Adopting a physically active lifestyle is important for everyone. Many students at this age still benefit from practicing basic skills - throwing catching, stiking, balance, and locomotion. As abilities to track an object through space improve, kids of this age group can challenge themselves with racket activities, volleying a beachball or volleyball, as well as bat & ball work.
In addition to "ball work" students can work on developing fitness through body weight activities. Experiment with yoga, running/walking/hiking, short fitness tabatas (20 seconds activity followed by 10-20 seconds rest), and of course - dance!
There are many different video shorts that give kids a taste of these elements. Check out these resources on You Tube:
PE at Home, Just Dance, Cosmic Kids Yoga, Fitness workouts for kids, Kids Zumba.
Build YOUR PE at Home Equipment box and explore a variety of different ways to move and be active.