Young children love to move, and Physical Education taps into this tremendous movement potential. In Physical Education this year, your child will participate in a wide range of activities designed to teach him or her how the body works and develop positive attitudes toward physical education.
In PE, children use both mind and body. They learn skills and concepts that are important for a lifetime of health and well-being. Children learn that many ways, i.e. music, artwork, literature, and related subjects. Cooperation and problem solving are essential skills in PE. Each student is challenged to do his or her best, and each class is designed to produce success.
In the early part of the year, children are asked to move in a self-space (or a personal space) and through general space (the space that we all share). Children are asked to change movement as well as direction on very quick instruction. We often do this with music as well as a very quick "Freeze Game." This is considered to be the "Warm Up" for the major activity for the day.
After the original warm up, we then move into the activity that we are focusing on for the day. In a single lesson, students may have the opportunity to contribute ideas, share space and equipment with others, encourage, take turns, and learn team building skills all in addition to refining a movement or skill.
The goal of Physical Education is not necessarily to produce Olympic athletes, but to instill in children a life-long love of movement and fitness. Please encourage your child to engage in daily physical activity.
Paul Pecor, PPS Physical Educator