Pre Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Curriculum used is from SPARK (Sports, Play & Active Recreation for Kids). The curriculum is aligned with the state and national standards for physical education/health.
At the beginning of the school year, we establish class environment, behavioral expectations and management and organization of the classroom.
Building a Foundation
The motor development concepts are addressed which include; body and spacial awareness, locomotor and non-locomotor skills, directionality, pathways, levels, and tempos. To enhance their social and personal development, children learn to share, cooperate, take turns, and experience personal success through movement.
Parachute play encourages cooperative behavior among students. It provides students of all abilities, opportunities to participate successfully. It also combines stretching movements, strength development exercises, non-locomotor and locomotor skills, and rhythmic activities. A wide variety of physical and social parameters are addressed.
Manipulating objects of different shapes, sizes, weights, and textures offers students opportunities to acquire a variety of movement skills such as balancing, rolling small and large objects, moving wands through space, and tossing and catching while stationary and moving. Students use scarves, beanbags, hoops, ribbons and balls during this unit. These skills will later be applied to individual and group sport activities as they grow older.
Balance, Stunts, and Tumbling
Stunts are primarily designed to increase abilities such as balance, coordination, flexibility, agility and strength. Tumbling, at beginning levels, involves various types of body rolls and inverted balances that encourage the development of these same attributes. The activities presented in this unit include numerous animal movements, balance stunts, simple partner activities, and tumbling skills all of which are instructed without extensive equipment or apparatus.
Catching and Throwing
This unit foster movement exploration by introducing and integrating practice with balls and other objects of various sizes, shapes and weights. Activities include developmentally appropriate cues for rolling balls, and throwing them underhand and overhand. Students practice throwing for accuracy and distance, at both stationary and moving targets. Throws are combined with catching skills - from bounce and in the air, with hands and scoops. This unit will allow students to learn basics for many individual and team sports.
Jumping provides vigorous, total body conditioning for children. Physical parameters addressed in this unit include general coordination, rhythm and timing, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiovascular endurance. Activities include, jumping and landing exploration to stationary rope jumping, turning a long rope, jumping a long rope while being turned, and jumping a rope that is self-turned.
Kicking and Trapping
This unit focuses on the development of foot-striking skills such as dribbling, passing, and kicking a ball. Students learn to receive pases while stationary and moving, and trap and control balls in different ways. This unit fosters student learning through exploration, experimentation, and enjoyment.
The movement potential of children can be enhanced through music, dance, and other rhythmic forms. Rhythm can produce a greater intensity of movement, as well as increased participation, interest, and enjoyment. Utilization of partner and group formations during dances encourages the development of social and personal skills. It also fosters creative movement and promotes basic body concepts, spatial awareness, and motor control.
Dribbling, Volleying and Striking
This unit builds upon manipulative skills previously introduced, and presents more advanced activities for children to learn and practice. Many movement skill fundamentals are addressed in this unit, such as bouncing, catching, and dribbling balls of different sizes; striking objects with a hand, then progressing to short and long-handled implements (lollipop paddles and badminton rackets); and volleying skills where children practice with balloons and beach balls.
All units include fun games and activities that keep children engaged.