HEART SAFE, BODY SAFE.
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: March 2017
Grades 4-8 will be fitness testing after spring break. Please see attachment for more details: Fitness Testing. Students should practice curl-ups, jogging, plank, flex arm hang and push ups. Fitness Testing emphasis: do your best, set a goal, train, learn and grow.
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
ADVENTURE TREKKER CAMP: Grades 4-6
- Registration form: Full
- Camp is from 9-4pm. Fee $225
- Main focus: outdoor activities and biking
- Very active camp: must like to bike and be very active
DAY CAMP ADVENTURES: Grades 1-3
- Registration form: day camp adventures
- Camp is 9-4pm. Fee is $225
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
YINGHUA PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER SCHEDULES
YINGHUA PE STANDARDS
YINGHUA PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM MAPS
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
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.
Some of Our Favorite Activities: Wheels Week & Climbing.