Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ninja Training Courses for Elementary Students

This month my students have been working on Ninja Training Courses, Fitnessgram Fitness Testing
(3rd-5th) and Parachute games.  Check out some videos below of the Ninja Training.  Some of these activities will be incorporated into Field Day as well!

Pre-Kindergarten Class - I was so impressed with their good form on the tire flip!

1st Grade Class

2nd Graders are tall enough to reach the monkey bar ladder!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jump Rope for Heart, 2018

I am so happy to report that we surpassed our goal of raising $10,000 for the American Heart
Playing Bronze, Silver & Gold with the long rope!
Association through our Jump Rope for Heart event!  I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of our families!  I am truly amazed by your generosity!  I would also like to thank the parent volunteers who came to the event to help twirl long ropes, count jumps, and use the stopwatch!  The JR4H "thank you gifts" should arrive in March and be sent home with students.

Check out the pictures and videos below.  The students had a blast!  They participated in a variety of jumping and running activities.  I am so proud of them for their hard work this past month. 
Switching handles partner trick.
They have become outstanding jumpers!

Click on these links for cool jump rope videos:
  1. 5th graders JR4H
  2. 5th grade (practicing in PE class)
  3. 4th graders JR4H
  4. 2nd graders (practicing in PE class)
  5. K-2nd grades JR4H
  6. Continuous Criss Cross Trick
  7. Doubles Trick
  8. Assembly performance practice (more on previous blog post)!
Long Rope Jumping

Long Ropes

Waiting a turn to play "Bronze, Silver & Gold"


Parent counting jumps for students.  

Long rope fun!


What a fun day!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jump Rope for Heart Assembly, 2018

Today was an exciting day for many of my students!  We had our annual Jump Rope for Heart Assembly.  Our school participates in this event to help raise money for the American Heart Association.  Students will collect donations until our JR4H event which is on Valentine's Day.

After the JR4H coordinator gives her presentation, I like to end it with a jump rope performance.  This routine is what I created last year as a warm-up activity for my 3rd-5th grade students.  My students have improved their jump rope skills tremendously since they have been practicing it twice a week for the past month.  I am very proud of their hard work!

Below are several video clips of the performance and also some practice session clips.  The song used was "Jump" by Van Halen.  The best song I could think of for this routine!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jump Rope, Catching, and Testing Your Skills Activity

I try to post at least once a month,
but November got away from me!  How is time flying by SO
Student showing READY HANDS for catching.
fast!?  I am having lots of fun, that is how!  My students have been busy learning a variety of skills this month.  Check out some pictures and video demonstration links below!

3rd-5th Grades

1.  Jump Rope Skills - After students have mastered basic jumping (at least 20-30 in a row), they begin working on tricks.  The students who master the most tricks will perform in our Jump Rope for Heart Assembly in January.  Tricks include the side swing pattern, continuous criss cross or regular criss cross, hopping, scissor or jack feet, forward to backward, pretzel, doubles (continuous doubles or doubles with basic), cartwheel, 360, walk the dog, partner tricks such as switching handles, 2 in 1 rope, 1 twirls.  To master a trick means the student performed it for me 10 times without missing.  Click here to see how I teach basic jumping.

2.  Catching and Throwing games  - such as Battleship and Sink the Ship.

3.  Thankful Tag (K-5th)

4.  BBall Shooting - Lightning Game, with a focus on teaching them how to use the backboard!

PreK - 2nd Grades  -

1.  Locomotor Skills - PreK-2nd grade students have been focusing on locomotor skills such as running, galloping, skipping, hopping, leaping and animal walks.  They did an activity I call "Test Your Skills".  Click to see the teacher demonstration of this game, and also the student demonstrations.

2.  Basketball - dribbling and shooting

3.  Catching and throwing - I taught the students READY HANDS and played the game "Catch Everything".  Check out this student demonstration by my 5th grade recess helpers, and also a 2nd grade class playing this game.  We also did a catching activity I call CATCH, THROW and RUN.

During the holiday season, I enjoy playing lots of fun holiday games.  Here is a link to my blog posts with Christmas games. I especially like the Feed the Reindeer Relay!

Playing catch with a partner.

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

READY HANDS for the game Catch Everything!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Soccer Lessons, Germ Ball, Hula Hoops and more!

Our first several weeks of school have been GREAT!   The students have learned a huge variety of skills already including the following:

1.  Daily Dozen Warm-Up (check out the video of our September Daily Dozen!)
2.  Moving Safely, Personal Space and Spacial  Awareness
3.  Germ Prevention and Hand Washing (Germ Ball Game)
4.  Hula Hoop Skills (check out the video of choice time and Bubble Cars)
5.  Soccer Skills - (video of "Go Score", video of drill, Pre-K-2nd game "Go Visit Places")
6.  Defense Skills - (video of Guard the Cookie Jar)
7.  Team Building Activities "Getting to Know you Tag"
8.  Rolling a ball / Bowling Activities (video of Pinball game)
9.  Walking Track Recess Program and Get Sweaty Calendars
10.  Variety of fun fitness games like "fruit tag, bridge tag, stop and go tag"
11. Fitnessgram fitness testing (3rd-5th)

A 5th grade recess helper with a Pre-K student.  Love how they matched today!

Defensive position while playing Guard the Cookie Jar

My teacher assistant, Mr. Yntema guarding a cookie jar.

Ready position to begin a game.

Listening during instruction time.

Soccer Tag

Friday, August 25, 2017

Back to School - 2017

The gym is ready to welcome your child next week!
Welcome back to school everyone!
It was wonderful to meet so many new and returning families at the
Kindergarten Open House last week!  Seeing how excited the kids are made me even more anxious to get the school year started!

I have been teaching Physical Education at KHPS since 2005.  I am a graduate in the Movement Science department from GVSU.  I LOVE teaching elementary P.E.  My goal is to provide a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment where all children feel motivated to give their personal best!

I would like to introduce my teacher assistant from GVSU.  His name is Kyle Yntema and he has a lot of experience teaching young children in Sunday school and coaching sports teams.   His favorite sports are soccer and baseball.  He will be at our school every morning (3rd-5th graders will have him). I am happy to have him with me this semester!

The first week of school all students will be learning (or a quick review for returning students) the following:

1. Our school wide Code of Conduct  "SHINES" - Shows Respect, Has self-control, Is trustworthy, Never gives up, Engages in learning, Stays safe.  They will learn what this looks like in the gym.
2.  Procedures - We have 27 minute class periods so procedures are VERY important.  We do not waste a second of time in P.E. and the students will quickly learn how we do things in order to maximize our time.
3.  Rainbow Spots and Daily Dozen Warm-Up - Check out some videos of our Daily Dozen from last year!   2nd graders, 3rd Graders5th Graders  Each child has a "rainbow spots" which is a small piece of tape so they know where to go.  Ask your child which color team they are on!
4.  Fun & Collaborative Games - We will get to know each other through a variety of fun activities!
The students will learn some of the benefits of physical activity!

An administrator once told me I have "procedures on steroids".  Which was a big compliment!  The kids know what is expected at all times, so our classes run smoothly and everyone has fun!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Parachute Games, Sink the Ship & Pinball

Mushroom- they learned how to do this together without my help!
The month of May is always one of my favorites because I am done with testing and we play a lot of fun games.   The 4th &5th graders completed their fitness testing, and they did a great job beating their scores!  I'm really proud of their hard work this year!

My classes have been participating in a variety of activities this month, including:
Parachute Games
Sink the Ship
Scooter Relays
Capture the Flag
Prepping for Field Day

Squatting like a frog before lifting it up.  Great exercise and fun!
See below for a few videos, and even more on my youtube channel.

Parachute Games:
This year I gave my 1st & 2nd graders a "parachute test" where they had to use teamwork and cooperation to make an umbrella and a mushroom without my help.  The student leader was in charge inside the mushroom.  We have a "secret" way to make the mushroom go higher up (everyone sits on their handle and takes 3 scooches in at the same time).  They think it's the coolest thing!  We also played "Under the Sea", "Jellyfish", "Firecracker", Switcharoo and Popcorn.  Lots of fun and laughs!

Scooter Relays:
We have several different kind of races - riding the scooter on your knees, belly, bottom, "turbo speed", and then pushing a partner.  Check out some samples below and more on my youtube channel.

This game is great exercise!  It gives us a chance to practice many skills such as rolling a ball, defense, and teamwork.  Here is a short video sample.
Sink the Ship:
This game is always a favorite in my class.  Player practice a variety of skills including catching, throwing, rolling, scooters, defense, and teamwork.  Check out this video demo and more on my youtube channel.

Hide Out Game:
Thanks to Kyle Bragg for this great game!  The students always love this game and get a lot of exercise!  They leave the gym dripping with sweat.  We use soft yarn balls so they do not hurt at all.  This is a great opportunity to practice throwing and increase aerobic endurance. 

Field Day Prep:
I did this very simple "baton relay" with my students to let them practice doing a relay.  They learned how to encourage their teammates, take turns, finish the race by sitting down, and cooperation.  It's so simple but they really enjoyed it!

May Daily Dozen
Here is our  May Daily Dozen, which every class does for a warm-up.  I thought it was SO CUTE when a Kindergarten student asked me to write down all of the Daily Dozen exercises on a piece of paper so she could do it at home!  Several of my students tell me they do this at home, which makes me so happy!  Way to go kids, you are awesome!