Students in early childhood and primary grades enjoy lots of opportunities to practice handling balls. We use a variety of sizes and bounce quality. Basic skill practice helps build confidence and makes game situations all the more engaging.
In our PE classes we often set up stations for students to practice related skills. This means they spend a short time at each station practicing one or two discrete skills or even combinations. The advantages are several: kids enjoy the variety, the element of choice, and a sense of urgency to maximize their time at each area. The video shows 3rd Grade students at 4 gymnastic stations: static balances, walking balances, rolls, and jumping.
Following the winter break classes have resumed with a special emphasis on balances. Holding the body still in a variety of positions offers students plenty of challenge and lots of fun.
In the week before ski break all elementary students participated in the Habitat for Humanity Sleigh Ride Event. Besides riding the sleighs, students got to cheer on their classmates, watch a short video about the high school Habitat club and do some team building activities.
Strengthening time is particularly popular in PE classes as students can choose what they most want to work on. In 5th Grade handstands are all the rage and ever since Ben shared a tip from his acrobatics class, we've all been practicing even harder and enjoying the results.
It's time to see how much we have improved our strengthening through the year so far..... 5th grade students worked together to see if they had.
In the upper elementary grades we are wrapping up our soccer unit. In the short video you can see some of the activities we do to practice the skills of passing, shooting, and defending. You'll also see a lot of kids having fun.
Soccer is a popular sport which many of our students enjoy playing in their free time. In PE, we recognize that students come to this set of game skills from a variety of entry points. To make sure that all students can enjoy sufficient challenge without being overwhelmed, we use a number of activities which allow students to develop confidence in a few simple skills while experiencing the fun of game play. The video clip below shows a selection of activities in the primary grades. Notice the build up from simple kicking, to passing, to target kicking, to dynamic games with multiple balls traveling in many directions.