How to Get Family Involved in Your PE Program

Are you looking for ways to involve family in your PE program? By inviting parents and other family members to attend PE class at your school, it helps encourage students to participate. Scheduling family time is a great way to inspire both family and students to stay physically active and learn different activities together as a group.

PE teacher Mary Cluley shares some great ideas below, including Playing with Pops in PE, Movement with Moms, and Gigglin’ and Groovin’ with Grandparents.

Family Time for Physical Education

To make sure we have attendance of the parents and grandparents, I create a flyer that goes home in the student Monday folders about a month before. View the samples here.

I choose the games for each of these activities for many reasons. First, different activities are for different age groups. I also like to choose active games, and take into consideration space requirements regarding safety. And lastly, it must be FUN for all!

Playing with Pops in PE

family night PE

About 90% of the dads in our school come during their child’s PE class! Some of the activities include Build Up, Hot Potato Tag, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Mushroom Ball, and Oogedy Boogedy Tag. The dads all seemed to have such a good time! Continue reading

National Nursing Home Week – Celebrating Life’s Stories Theme

national nursing home week

Celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, with your residents during the weeklong event from May 13th-19th. Choose activities that fit the 2018 theme “Celebrating Life’s Stories” by featuring activities that help residents document, share, and create stories.

Documenting Stories

Invite residents to help document their life stories to share with their family members. As an activity, encourage residents to make tie-dyed journals for them to begin recording their stories that can be given to their children and grandchildren. For a less messy option, provide residents with kraft journals that they can decorate using crayons or markers. Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Gay Lynn Drooger

This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Gay Lynn:

featured pe teacherAbout Gay Lynn:

I teach Pre-K through 4th grade and Adaptive PE at Edgerton Public School in Edgerton, MN. My title is Elementary PE & DAPE Teacher. I teach 175 students and each class has PE every day for 30 min. I have been teaching for 32 years, all in Edgerton.

The photo to the right is of myself and a second grade boy who just learned to skip. Never give up on kids!

PE Focus for 2018:

My focus is to camouflage exercise! I want PE to be so much fun they don’t even know they are exercising! I love finding new ideas on twitter, PE websites, etc… Continue reading

Dodgeball Game Alternatives & Activities

There are so many alternatives to the traditional game of dodgeball that many enjoy playing. Some are themed and can combine a number of skills to make it more challenging and exciting, while others have multiple ways a team can win. Many skills are practiced during these dodgeball alternative games, including agility, catching, throwing, coordination, teamwork, jumping, running and dodging.

If you’re an after school program or a summer camp, these games are great for integrating movement and exercise into the day. According to Active Schools, only 6 states in the US require physical education in every grade, so you can really make a difference with the children in your program by providing these opportunities to get active. If you are considering introducing one or two of these to your PE Program, games like this can be a nice break from strict skill building drills once in awhile in order to focus on the fun part of physical activity. Continue reading

Grow Your Own Morning Glories – Garden Craft Kit

morning glory craft kit

Combine STEAM and nature studies by adding a flower garden activity to your Spring activity calendar. Your group will learn all about Morning Glories with our EduCraft® Morning Glory Gardens Pack

This craft is a very easy and fun way to incorporate a STEAM lesson into your classroom, after school program, camp or even with your senior residents as a great Spring themed craft. For educators, by combining the science of growing plants and the creativity and personalization of their art work, students will be excited and engaged in the learning opportunity presented for weeks to come as their flower grows.

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