How to Plan a Sock Hop at Your Senior Facility


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Not sure what to do for a sock hop besides playing soda shop hits from the 1950s and asking residents to dance? Well, here are a few ideas from to consider for your next sock hop party to get all your residents engaged and having fun.


Since the 1950s was all about rock and roll music, decorate your Activity rock and roll sock hopRoom with lots of images that relate to music, making the room more festive. For instance, use a themed Rock & Roll Sock Hop decorating kit with tissue festooning and fans, a banner, whirls, musical note cutouts and more. Add to the musical theme with a musical notes decorating kit to hang lots of decorations from the ceiling. In addition, inflate musical note balloons to scatter throughout the room as well. In fact, consider placing a few of the balloons throughout your facility as reminders for your residents about the upcoming sock hop.

In addition, if you have tables in your Activity Room, be sure to cover them with classic checkered tablecloths to fit in with the 1950s theme. Add some more 1950’s cutouts to decorate the room, with designs like a jukebox, hot rod, saddle shoes, and poodle skirt. Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Scott Power


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Scott Power!

new pe teamAbout Scott:

I teach kindergarten through 5th grade at Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD. Katy ISD is right outside of Houston. My school is a very large and transient campus. We have approximately 1300 students at our school and each of my classes has about 100 students. I am the lead Physical Education Teacher and Team Leader for the specials department on my campus. I am currently in my 12th year teaching. All of these have been in elementary physical education at Schmalz Elementary.

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Fall Leaf Paper Craft – Library Storytime Activity


leaf people craft

This paper leaf craft is a super easy activity for all ages for the Fall season! I used it for my Fall storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. First, I started out with a silly rooster puppet named Doodley Doo that told silly jokes about Fall. We also enjoyed a wiggly song called It’s Time to Stand Up – Come and Make a Circle 3 by Susan Salidor.

After sharing the picture books, Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, Little Tree by Loren Long, Fall Mixed Up by Chris Raczka, and Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, we enjoyed a very fun craft time making Fall leaf people.

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7 Key Places in Your Senior Facility to Decorate for Halloween


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Help residents celebrate Halloween by filling your facility with themed decorations for this fun autumn holiday! Here are 7 places in your senior facility to focus on:

Front Porch

In keeping with the harvest theme, make the outside of your facility more festive by adding a few cornstalks, bales of straw, and pumpkins on your front porch. Then line the railings along the porch with an orange and black Halloween bunting. In addition, host a Scarecrow Competition, in which teams of residents compete to make the best scarecrow by using pillowcases, old clothes, and straw. Then arrange all the finished scarecrows along the front porch.

Entry Way

Have fun with the entry way of your facility by adding in a few spooky cobwebs to set the mood for your visitors. If there’s space available, add in a CD player to play Halloween-themed music like Monster Mash. Continue reading

How Achilles Kids Can Inspire Special Education PE Classes


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Two years ago, I was working at a summer day camp where I began talking to a co-worker about programs that we used with our students. I told her that I was a runner and I used the programs through the New York Runner’s Club. In prior years, I was struggling to find programs for my 12:1 special education physical education classes who were lacking motivation and not willing try something new. She suggested this great program that she used with her students with disabilities called Achilles Kids. I was really curious about the program, so that night I did my research on the program. Once I saw the video on YouTube explaining the Achilles Kids Program, I was sold! In the Fall of 2015, I took the plunge and signed up three of my 12:1 classes for the Achilles Kids: Run for Life Program with Karen Lewis. I was so glad I did!

My Journey Using The Achilles Kids Program

My first year with Achilles Kids was a huge success, but it was a challenge to get there. As was the case in years past, the students resisted the change from the regular routine and did not want to run and participate in the program. However, I started to run with them and told them about the different prizes that they would receive if they reached their goals. First, the certificates came in the mail, and for many of these students this would be the first award they had ever received! Soon, there was no more complaining and it was replaced with a motivation that I was so excited to see. They started striving to go a little further every time they came into the gym. Not only did they start to get moving, but they motivated me to start to run again and I started to go after my personal goal of running a marathon. Continue reading

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