Ithan Elementary Physical Education Program
Goal: Establish a fundamental basis for effective and healthy living.
The Physical Education Program uses the approach of wellness, sports, games, and movement challenges to provide the children with the best possible combination of experiences. These varied activities should allow the students to meet the following physical education guidelines.
- All children should have the opportunity to develop and maintain a level of physical fitness commensurate with individual needs and also come to an understanding of how to maintain fitness for a lifetime of activity.
- Each child should become competent in body management and in useful physical skills.
- Through a positive physical education environment, children should acquire desirable social standards and ethics.
- Children should acquire knowledge of safety skills and habits and develop an awareness of safety with respect to themselves and others.
- Children should develop physical skills that allow them to participate in and derive enjoyment from wholesome recreational activities throughout their lifetime.
- Each child should develop a desirable self-concept through relevant physical education experiences.
Approach: Movement Challenges, Games, Sport (Skills)
- Movement Challenges - This part of the program is based on the idea that if you teach children to move efficiently and to achieve success and satisfaction in movement experiences, their attitude toward all activities will be more positive. The program consists of activities that enhance body awareness, spatial awareness, gross and fine motor skills, locomotor and non-locomotor movements, creative and rhythmic movements, directionality, balance, partner and group challenges, adventure activities and manipulative skills which include activities with balloons, assorted balls, beanbags, scarves, paddles, hula hoops, jump ropes, gymnastic apparatus, frisbees, parachutes, scooters, cones, and scoops.
- Games - Our games part of the program is used as a setting where children can apply newly learned skills in a meaningful way. Besides the physical requirements of games, emphasis is centered on cooperation, sportsmanship, body control, rule awareness, and most of all - fun. The skills that children learn through games leads to a better understanding of themselves in a competitive and cooperative situation. The program activities are developmentally organized and range from beginning tag to strategic team games.
- Sports(skills) - The sport skills part of the program is based on meeting the needs and interests of elementary school children and is geared toward their development. Inherent in our sport activities is the many physical, educational, personal, and social values that are in the best interest of our students. The program stimulates skeletal growth, improves muscle strength and coordination, increases flexibility, promotes cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, introduces new skills, teaches the enjoyment of a variety of sports, and reinforces the concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork. Some of the sports included in this part of the PE program are: Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Tennis, Track and Field, T-ball/Baseball, Dance, and Bowling.