The Physical Education program is based on the belief that movement is the cornerstone of a child’s early life as children develop greater motor coordination and athletic proficiency, their body awareness, and self-esteem increase. Cognitive and affective development is also enhanced. When the children begin to engage in more competitive activities, the program strives to promote the importance of cooperation, good sportsmanship, and fair play. Boys and girls participate equally in all activities. The program encourages a healthy attitude toward physical fitness. Fitness and jogging exercises are required at the beginning of each class to become a natural habit or routine for the future.
Other learning disciplines are integrated into the program. For example, activities such as keeping score for games, calculating the number of miles jogged, or using geometric shapes and patterns, develop and reinforce math skills. Literacy skills are practiced through the creation and documentation of gymnastic routines. Health issues are focused upon through discussions about nutrition, the effects of exercise on the body, and how muscles develop and grow. Science is reinforced when discussing the effect of gravity when participating in throwing and catching exercises, as well as the properties of air pressure when working with a parachute.
Students are introduced to a wide variety of playground games that can be played alone or with a friend and sports that they may decide to pursue in after-school programs or later in life. The program is designed to excel and share his/her knowledge and experience with special talents in a given area. The program is flexible to support the participation of all children.
Kindergarten classes meet for 40 minutes twice a week. First-grade classes meet for 40 minutes three times a week. Second-grade classes meet for 40 minutes four times a week. Third-grade classes meet for one hour, four times a week at the 87th Street Physical Education Center.
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