While getting students excited about physical activity is one of the main goals of P.E. class, teaching them to be confident, strong, and explorative individuals are also some of our main learning objectives. In the pre-kindergarten P.E. class this year, students have spent much of their time practicing agility, balance, and direction following skills through a variety of games and focused units. As we head into the end of the school year with stronger bodies and abilities, the pre-kindergarten team is now beginning to work on the social emotional component of our class that emphasizes teamwork, self confidence, and determination. Heading deep into the canyon next to our school has been the perfect place to put into practice all of these skills!
As students head down into the canyon, they climb over boulders and walk down paths that require courage and awareness of their surroundings. Exploring in the canyon, students take turns leading each other through cavernous spaces and to the tops of rocks to look around the area. They take a deep breath and skulk around quietly as they listen for the sounds of lions and tigers that reside within this space, and they work together to ensure that the animals do not find their hiding space. Our team members lend each other hands as they climb up to a new lookout and watch out for friends who may be falling behind deep in their own explorations. When playing in the canyon, our pre-kindergarten students are learning and practicing life skills that are essential parts of our physical education learning. In learning how to be team player, caring friend, and confident explorer early in life, our students will hopefully be more successful individuals throughout the various new experiences they encounter in their youth and young adult lives. Taking the time to come down to this exciting spot that seems far, far away from our school, we provide unique learning opportunities that are transferable throughout the ages... and it's a whole lot of fun!
-Ms. Colette, LS P.E. Teacher