Dear Students and Families
I miss seeing you and playing with you in our classes! I hope you are getting in tons of play at home! Remember, our goal is at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. I know the weather has not been very cooperative, but any time you can get outside in the fresh air would be good for both the body and the mind. I have seen many families out biking and walking. It is ideal if we can enjoy physical activity, laugh, and play together.
Hopefully, we are learning a lot of new things while we are home. I know I am. I am definitely not very good at the technology, but I am trying to improve. Apparently, my links for last week did not work properly. I think we have this corrected, thanks to a lot of help from our technology coach, Sydney Mellen. Yes, I’ve required a lot of coaching this week!
I would like to remind you that my weekly suggestions are just ideas for you to try. You may fulfill your 60 minutes of activity in a number of different ways. Try to do something that you truly enjoy! Physical activity should be a fun, stress-relieving experience. I hope you can find something in my suggestions that you enjoy as well.
I will be re-posting the links that did not work from last week. Hopefully, they will work this time! Also, starting Wednesday, I would like to try an April Fitness Challenge. It will have daily suggested exercises. If you complete these exercises each day, by the end of April you will have completed 225 crunches, 122 push-ups, 111 arm circles, 90 leg raises, and over 6 minutes of wall sits. The link has the calendar as well as cards to help you with the exercise expectations. Wednesdays we will work on the baseball task cards. I have an alternative idea, if you do not have a bat and ball, or if you can’t get outside to complete these tasks. If you have wrapping paper cardboard rolls and a piece of paper, you can complete this inside. Simply crumble a piece of paper into a tight ball, now you can pitch it across the room without fear of breaking anything. Wrapping paper cardboard rolls can be swung as a bat and even used to hit the paper ball. Make sure you have a lot of open area around you for your swing. My family tried this at home on a snowy day. We actually did all of the activities inside, even the batting portion with the wrapping paper rolls. I would suggest a lot of adult supervision for the batting part if you are forced to be inside. Make sure you have a lot of area for your swing. We had a lot of laughter and fun with it. I hope you do too!
OME PE Specialist
Week #3 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.
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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.
Go Noodle has a Baby Shark Dance which kids seem to love as a brain break. It is approximately 2 minutes.
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:
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.