As a PE teacher, I sometimes find myself teaching the same skills and lessons each year. Teaching some of these lessons to all K-5th grade classes can get a bit repetitive, so I set out to find something new to share with my students to start out or end the school year and get them excited for PE. I had previously seen ideas on social media for Jumbo Jenga and Jumbo Kerplunk, and always wondered how I could incorporate those games into my PE classes. With those ideas in mind, I came across an inflatable bowling set as well as an inflatable field goal post with a football included. With these two additional activities, I came up with the idea of teaching a Jumbo Games Unit! This unit had a total of 4 activities, and was setup in a station format. I had groups of 4-6 students at each station and each group participated in the activities for approximately 6 minutes each.
You might decide to build this yourself if you are on a budget, or save time and order Jumbo Jenga online. I also decided to add a fitness twist to make the game more active. I took each block and wrote down an exercise that would be easy for my students to read and understand. These were also exercises that I had previously taught in class before, and reviewed the day of this lesson. Examples include “5 Push Ups”, “20 Second Wall Sit” and “5 Curl Ups”.
Honor the great state of Montana in your senior facility in July as we honor a different state each month for the Across the USA monthly themes. Celebrate Montana, the fourth largest state in area, by highlighting its mountains, ranch farms, mining opportunities, and of course, that big beautiful sky.
Montana, which is Spanish for mountains, contains mountain ranges that make up the northern part of the Rocky Mountains. With over 100 mountain ranges within its borders, Montana contains some of the country’s highest mountains and most beautiful river valleys. Throughout July, schedule a few mountain-themed activities for your residents. For instance, host an armchair travel session in which you showcase a Rocky Mountain DVD about the seasonal changes in the Rocky Mountains. In addition, highlight the valleys at the base of those mountains – known for their prime fishing locations – with a few fish-themed activities, like painting fish using a fish stain-a-frame kit or making fish art with a fish latch-hook kit. Continue reading →
When you think of summer camp, you probably think of swimming in the lake, going horseback riding, or learning how to roller skate. While your nursing home residents may not be able to do any of those activities, they can still participate in activities that encompass what summer camp is all about: learning new things, meeting new people, and having fun!
Learning New Things
Each Monday, host a different activity in which you teach residents something new, like learning sign language, tiling with grout, or making origami. In addition, be sure to read over your volunteers’ applications to learn more about their favorite hobbies, in hopes of creating a fun, new activity that your volunteer can lead. For instance, if your volunteer is a baker, then host a Cake Decorating Class; if your volunteer likes to dance, then host a Line Dancing Class; and if your volunteer is a teenager, then host a Tech Class. Continue reading →
One of the most popular craft activities right now is watercolor painting! S&S craft expert Crafty Kate specifically designed our new Watercolor Art Starters to appeal to a broad range of ages and abilities. The pack comes with 4 different timeless designs; feathers, seashells, ice cream, and flowers. Each design is printed lightly in a soft grey ink to look like a pencil sketch drawing. That way you don’t have to start with a “blank canvas”, but can have the flexibility and fun of personalizing it with different colors and styles! They are printed on 8″x8″ watercolor paper, and the finished craft can be framed easily.
Wellness is an important concept here at S&S Worldwide. In fact, it is woven in our mission statement.For many years, our company has been promoting wellness through various initiatives such as the biometric screenings, flu shot clinics, and more recently with the on-site mammogram van. We also have access to the fitness center at no cost to employees. To continue to promote healthy lifestyles and well-being, the Wellness Committee was formed, comprised of employees from departments across the company.
This new Wellness Committee was tasked with improving the overall well-being of S&S employees through education, communication and execution. Some of the ways the committee plans to achieve this goal is through wellness challenges, seminars and webinars, planned programs and increased communication through a bi-monthly newsletter. Continue reading →