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Dear Students and Families,
April is an interesting month for weather. It’s been a bit chilly, but I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy exercising with your family. As I’ve driven around, I have seen some kids riding bikes, families going for walks together, and playing catch or soccer in their yards. We would love to see what you are doing to stay active. Mr. Mangum and the student council would like to post some pictures on our web site of our students being physically active. We would love to have you and your family share your activities with us. Just upload pictures of your fun activities to OME-P.E. Activities. (Please make sure you check with your parents before uploading any photos) I will continue posting weekly suggestions of ideas for you to try. I would love to see pictures of you participating in those activities or something you and your family are doing that you truly enjoy! Physical activity should be a fun, stress-relieving experience. I hope you’re finding plenty of time to play.
I hope you’re continuing to take the April Fitness Challenge. Remember the task cards for basketball are with the March Fitness Challenge that I posted. Baseball task cards are with the April calendar. Both are merely suggestions, you can work on any sport skill on Wednesdays as part of the challenge. I have also posted some homemade Frisbee activities that my family really enjoyed. I hope you have as much fun with it as we did! I am leaving activities from past weeks in case you would like to go back and enjoy them again.
Love, Mrs. McAllister
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.
March Fitness Challenge (some of the activity cards for April are actually included with the March calendar)