Thursday, July 7, 2011

What we do for Physical Education

My son loves soccer and dance, so we concentrate our physical education around them.

He has soccer once a week with a young friend of ours who comes to our house for an hour on Mondays. They do a warm-up, some coordination games with the ball, and then they play.

On Thursdays we do dance together: warm-up, across the floor movements, stretching and strengthening, bar work, and sequences.

Both classes are highlights in my son´s week. He gets a great work-out, sweats and has fun.

Sometimes, when our soccer teacher can't come, we do this activity that my son really enjoys :

  1. He goes outside with a pencil and notebook
  2. He writes down a warm-up routine with words or pictures, (5 push-ups, 10 jumping jacks, 10 sit-ups, jog in place for one minute...)
  3. Then, he sets up an obstacle course around the yard - using sticks, rocks, rope or whatever he can find - and draws a map of it in his notebook
  4. Finally, he goes through his warm-up and performs the obstacle course as many times as his "self-designed work-out" calls for

It's a fun way to get a work-out while also developing skills in planning, memorizing, writing, and mapping.

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