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Physical Education

MOVEMENT SKILLS

Physical education is required for all toddlers through 9th grade students. Walking into the Gymnasium during a Physical Education class you will notice the positive and respectful atmosphere. Children are encouraged to explore movement skills as young toddlers and use those skills to build upon as they grow.

LOCOMOTOR & NON-LOCOMOTOR SKILLS

The lessons in Physical Education class start with basic locomotor and non-locomotor skills with the toddlers. These skills will be built upon on as the children mature. Students learn a variety of skills used in sports such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Students are also introduced to recreational and outdoor activities such as Orienteering and Geocaching. Students learn the basic rules and strategies of a variety of sport games and the positive health benefits associated with that activity. The Physical Education journey culminates with students taking part in full sport games, understanding the rules and the importance of being active and healthy for life.

ELEMENTARY LEVELS

Conditioning, strengthening, rules, cooperation and sportsmanship are taught, along with basic skills in a variety of activities. These activities take place both in the gymnasium and on the school outdoor grounds. Twice yearly a mile-run is held off campus for all elementary levels. Encouragement for reaching personal goals and personal improvement are stressed as well.

HEALTH

The middle school physical education class focuses on team sports, individual sports, and aerobic activities with an emphasis on cooperation over competition. Health is the study of issues pertinent to the needs of early adolescents. Middle school students explore topics such as belonging, friendships, adolescent development, stress management, self esteem, peer pressure, drug education, sexuality, and nutrition.

“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”

Maria Montessori

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