• Old Mill Families,
    In this time of extra stress and increased screen time for schooling, I feel it is more important than ever for students to have a least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.  I would suggest that you try to incorporate activities that your student really enjoys. Exercise should be a fun, stress-relieving experience.  Hopefully, it is something they look forward to doing.  Any physical activities outside and away from the screen would be ideal, even if you have to bundle up to do so.  Many families are walking, bike riding, throwing or kicking a ball around the yard etc.  
    Outside activities are not always possible, so I have included a few resources for quick brain breaks and exercise opportunities that can be done inside.  I have attached some suggestions that I hope your students may find fun and enjoyable.  

    Week #2 P.E. Suggestions-60 min. of Physical activity each day

    How you get your 60 minutes of physical activity is totally up to you.  The following are just suggestions and ideas of how to accomplish this.  I have separated it into upper grade and lower grade activities.  However, many lower grade students may enjoy the upper grade activities and vice versa. 

    *Click on the colored words to go directly to the link:                          

    K-2 Online ideas

    Kindergarten has been doing some yoga with Cosmic Kids Yoga.   It might be nice for them to begin with something familiar.  It is yoga done in a story type setting that younger students seem to enjoy.    We could go on some undersea adventures this week.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga/Super Yoga Underwater Party is a fast-paced yoga workout for kids. It is approximately 5 minutes.

    Super Yoga


    Go Noodle has a Baby Shark Dance which kids seem to love as a brain break.  It is approximately 2 minutes. 

    Baby Shark


    Young students generally love to experiment with different movements.  At school, we have them move in different ways while going around the perimeter of the gymnasium.  They could do this around the perimeter of a yard, or even move in each way a from wall to wall in a room in the house. 

    Some examples of possible movements:

    crab walk

    swim underwater

    move while appearing to swim with overhand stroke or backstroke, move like a fish  (hands clasped together moving back and forth)

    move with hands clapping like a shark’s jaw. 

    Students are usually very creative with different movements.  I hope you have fun with it!


    Game of the Week:   Island jumping K-5

    Place some towels (islands) on the floor, preferably a carpeted floor so they don’t slip, and have your child jump from one towel to the next without falling in the water.  If more than one person, make a tag game of it, where you jump from towel to towel avoiding the tagger.  If the tagger touches you, or if you fall in the water, you become the new tagger.  This can also be done outside on the grass. 

    Other game ideas:

     This is a great website that you can filter by how many students, age of students, and equipment available to use.  https://www.playworks.org/game-library/



    3rd-5th grade ideas for activities


    We have been warming up at school with a kids workout for Beginners with Moe Jones.  The whole video is approximately 16 minutes.  However, it is broken into sections if you only wish to do a portion of it.  The students have seemed to enjoy it and may enjoy the familiarity of it. 



    As part of the Fitnessgram program, we have been running for duration as well as doing stretches for flexibility, and push-ups and curl-ups for muscular strength.  Our upper grade students should be continuing to do these exercises.  One fun way to accomplish this is to make an indoor physical fitness trail.  You could also do it outdoors on a nice day.  Cut out the physical fitness activity cards from the link and post them around the house.  When a student passes these cards, they participate in that activity before moving on.   It also includes a handy tracker if you would like to track your exercise time. 









    Indoor Gym Activities