During the month of January, first grade students are participating in a gymnastics unit in PE class. Through these activities they are increasing their strength, balance, flexibility, and body control. Students are encouraged to learn or improve their front and back rolls, handstands, cartwheels, bridges, and other skills.
Gymnastics is beneficial in helping children build a range of motor and coordination skills, as well as facilitating good sense of body awareness and control. While doing gymnastics, children learn to use different parts of their body in different ways. With continued practice, they become stronger and more coordinated and improve their balance, flexibility, and posture. When children participate in gymnastics, all of the benefits of this sport support and enhance the child's ability to participate more fully in other physical activities and sports.
-Ms. Andrea, Lower School P.E. Teacher