Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
First Grade Explores Gymnastics in P.E.
First Grade Explores Gymnastics in P.E.

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

Moving Math
Moving Math
For children, all learning must begin with movement. Let them point at their fingers as they count 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 and discover: " I have 10 fingers!" They can also count their toes and learn that they have ten.

The hands have helped them to comprehend - to grasp mentally - the feet have helped them to understand. Comprehension and understanding are the final links in the development which begins with movement.

This is then followed by letting the students take a handful or counters (nuts, gems, stones), and placing them one at a time in a pile on their desks. The class is instructed to make large, deliberate movements. Students place the counters in new groupings and forms, more and less. These exercises are preparing the groundwork for learning what quantities of numbers look and feel like.

Next we really start to move! In first grade, addition is reinforced through many moving activities and games, including good old-fashion jump roping. In this case, having the students jump and count at the same time puts numbers in touch with actions. Learning how to count and add through jump roping gives counting a reality that children can feel from head to toe.

-Ms. Hermes, 1st Grade Teacher

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