Featured PE Teacher – Michael Beringer

Michael Beringer PE teacherAbout Michael Beringer:

I’m a Physical Education Specialist at Fairview School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I teach K4 through 8th grade Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education for 640 students. I have been teaching for 21 years in two school districts. I have been at my current school for the past 19 years.

Besides my teaching duties, I am also a Ropes Course Facilitator, Adaptive Athletics Coach, and a JRFH & Hoops for Heart Coordinator. In 2013, I was awarded the WHPE Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award and in 2015 I was awarded the WHPE JRFH/Hoops for Heart Educator of the Year Award. I’ve been very blessed to able to teach kids how to be lifelong movers. My motto is Movement Matters!! Teaching kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and why a healthy lifestyle is important in their daily lives is just plain awesome. Continue reading

Educational Earth Day Activities for Kids – Planting & Recycling

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Celebrating Earth Day is an opportunity to teach today’s youth about our planet and how to protect it. Raise awareness in your program by sharing ways we can help preserve our environment, whether it’s at home, at school, or in the community as a whole. By encouraging kids to make a difference and respect the world we live in, we can help build a better future.

Planting Pine Trees

Plan an event for Eath Day with your group where you plant small pine trees around your organization or in the community. Discuss the benefits these trees provide to Mother Nature, and the importance of being a part of that growth process. If each student or group member understands how something so simple as planting a tree can make a difference, it will encourage them to learn more ways to give back to the community and protect our planet.

Earth Day is a great opportunity to combine Environmental Awareness with STEM. For an educational STEM lesson, you may decide to grow your own pine tree plant from seeds using our Pine Tree Planters Craft Kit. With this hands on learning experience, your group can learn and identify the growth and development process of a seed from a plant. They will be able to identify the key elements a seed needs to thrive; soil, water, and sunlight. Continue reading

April Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

Our April Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of April 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar April 2018

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Out-of-School Time – Programs, Workshops, and Enrichment for Kids

By Chasidy Celestine, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Nominee

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Chasidy Celestine and Co-Presenter Toni Candis smiles after their successful STEM workshop “Engineering for the Non-Engineer” a workshop created to encourage OST professional to bring out the inner engineer within their students by putting on their kid hats for a hands on learning experience!

The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2018. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.

I am a proud supporter and product of afterschool programs. Growing up, my mother worked after the school bell and needed a safe, secure place for us to attend afterschool. Thankfully, she was intentional in finding programs that included diversity in students, afterschool activities, summer camps and fieldtrips. These experiences with afterschool enrichment centers and programs gave me exposure to places, people and activities I would not have received otherwise. For example, one of the greatest influences of afterschool for me was being apart of dance team in high school. As someone who had no formal dance training, I learned the skills necessary to be a great dancer and compete in local and state dance competitions. Being a part of dance afterschool gave me a sense of belonging, built my self-esteem and reinforced the importance of building relationships and physical health. Continue reading

How to Celebrate April Fool’s Day at Your Senior Facility

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Get your residents up and laughing this April Fools’ Day! Incorporate a few of these 12 activity ideas from notjustbingo in your facility on April 1st.

  1. Tell Jokes – Use a joke book to tell jokes and riddles to residents.
  2. Host a Comedy Show – Encourage your funny residents to participate in a comedy show where they can share their comedic talents and funny jokes with others. If needed, provide residents with comedy material to use.
  3. Play Pranks – As a fun one-on-one activity, recruit your resident to assist you with playing a few pranks on your co-workers, like turning up the volume or changing the mouse speed on their computers.
  4. Organize a Riddles Contest – At the beginning of each mealtime, ask residents a different riddle to see if they can solve it by the end of the meal. If residents enjoy the activity, consider making this a weekly event, like Riddle Mondays.
  5. Schedule an Intergenerational Game – Invite the grandkids to play a fun riddles game with your residents. Continue reading

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