Physical Education Page

Link to Athletic Program



Educating the “whole child” through play, challenges, adventure, sportsmanship and fitness.

PE Reminder:  Grade K-4 must wear athletic shoes everyday, not just on PE days.

THE LATEST PE NEWS: February 2017

CNY Games  

  • Grades 4-8 will participate in outdoor sports tournament so that the gym can be used for CNY practice. They will play games such as: snow hokey, snow soccer, snow team handball and capture the flag.  
  • Grade 3 is working hard on their Kung Fu performance.
  •  Grades K-2 will play games and go on a scavenger hunt to find a lucky CNY coin.

CLIMBING WALL EXTENSION FUNDRAISER: The wall expansion will include an expanded wall section, peg board and monkey bars.  We are once again selling “hand holds” to raise funds for the expansion of the climbing wall. If you donate $25 to the PE department we will put your name on a hand hold that will be added to the wall expansion.  Donate here -> Climbing Wall  Contact Sarah Totall if you have questions.

Summer Adventure Camp June 19-23, 2017: brought to you by Yinghua PE instructors Erin Thune and Sarah Totall


  • Registration form: adventure trekker
  • Camp is from 9-4pm. Fee $225
  • Main focus: outdoor activities and biking
  • Very active camp: must like to bike and be very active


Do you know the benefits of exercise?  Here is a list of some of the benefits: improves muscle strength & endurance, makes you happier, gives you more energy, improves your self-image, increases your learning capacity, counters anxiety and depression, improves your ability to fall asleep, increases immune system resistance, helps you cope with stress…

Latest research shows the connection between exercise and learning. “Exercise can improve learning ‘on three levels’:   First it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cell in the hippocampus. -John J. Ratey




 Standard: Sportsmanship & Participation


National Physical Education Standards





All Physical Education lessons focus not only on the physical benefits but also the emotional and social well-being of our students.

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES: Orienteering, sledding, Prey & Predator, slack-line, compass skills, nature walks, nature exploration and scavenger hunts. Not only are these activities fun but there are many benefits such as:  cooperation, team building, leadership, strategy, survival skills, appreciation of the outdoors, science & math skills, communication, decision making, problem solving and self-esteem.

CHINESE NEW YEAR GAMES: CNY practice is going on in the gym so we head out to play in the snow.  In honor of the Chinese New Year we play winter games and activities.  Grades 4-8 play tournament style games of snow hockey, snow soccer and snow team handball.  Grade 3  practices Kung Fu.  Grade KG-2 go on a scavenger hunt for a good luck CNY coin, play snow tag games and explore the wonders of winter all while learning about Chinese Zodiac animals.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:  This is a wonderful winter unit.  This fitness and  “Lifetime Activity” has many benefits such as: total body workout, cardiovascular endurance, muscle endurance, strength, coordination, balance and self-confidence.  We rent our skis from the Minnesota Youth Ski League MYSL

FITNESS:  We incorporate fitness into each lesson.  Here is a sample of fitness activities: four minutes of movement, jogging, jumping rope, tag, core exercises (curl-ups, push ups, plank…), dynamic exercises, interval training, Popsicle Run and more.  We are using the Fitnessgram to track individual fitness scores for students in Grades 4-8.   There are four fitness zones starting with Active, Healthy, Fitness & Athletic. We would like all of our students to be in the healthy zone or above. See the Yinghua Academy Girls Fitness Chart and Boys Fitness Chart

INDIVIDUAL SKILLS/SPORTS:  We provide a variety of experiences for our students to develop individual skills such as: throwing, catching, kicking, striking, tossing, rolling, hitting, dodging, strength, speed, agility, balance, coordination, goal setting and self awareness.  Our individual sports include: badminton, track & field, bowling, tennis, disc golf, table tennis, jump rope and recreational games.

RECREATIONAL GAMES: Recreational games provide challenges and adventures for individuals and families. Reduces stress, builds family bonds, develops eye-hand coordination, fun outdoor play, and easy to learn and play with all ages.  Breathing fresh air in a natural, serene environment also helps many people to relax and reduce stress and anxiety. Our recreational games include: disc golf, kan-jam, bocce, croquet, bag toss, washer toss, ladder golf, kubb, smashball and frisbee throw.

ROLLER SKATING: This skating unit is being implemented because of its emphasis as a “Lifetime Activity.”  Skating provides a variety of benefits: balance, coordination, motor skills and strength.  Students will also learn basic skating skills such as starting, stopping, forward skating, backward skating, cornering, and a number of safety tips for being a smart skater. We rent roller skates from Skatetime.

TEAM SPORTS: We play a variety of sports such as: basketball, floor hockey, net games, soccer, team handball, ultimate, volleyball and wiffle ball.  The emphasis of team sports is skills, understanding, teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship and participation.

TRAVERSE CLIMBING WALL (BOULDERING):  Climbers advance across a wall horizontally. No ropes needed.  A challenging activity for all grades and all abilities.  Fitness benefits: balance, coordination, flexibility, increased muscle strength, improved motor planning, increase body awareness. Social and emotional benefits:  increased self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-esteem; enhances patience, perseverance, courage, trust, will power and self-control;  challenging, positive risk taking, stress management, awareness of others and leadership.

WHEELS WEEK:  During this fun week students learn about pedestrian safety, bike safety and safety equipment.  We explore movement on wheels by using: scooters, bikes, in-line skates, rip-sticks and skate boards. The benefits are numerous such as: balance, coordination, self-awareness, strength, flexibility, helping others, recreational activity and safety.

PE Department: Ross HydeErin ThuneSarah Totall

Some of Our Favorite Activities: Wheels Week & Climbing.

IMG_0226        Bouldering

Roller SkatingRoller Skating