November/December

Greetings from the Eccles and Knight gyms.  As we enter the holiday season students from both schools are in the middle of a volleyball/hand striking unit.  Students in grades 3-6 have been practicing the bump, set and underhand serve and applying them in beach volleyball games, while students in grades K-2 have been working on striking balloons with control both individually and with a partner.   Congratulations to Mr. Parkinson’s 6th grade class from Knight Elementary for winning the first “Fastest Class in the School” contest.  Each class from both schools was given 5 minutes to complete as many laps around a volleyball court as they could.  The total number of laps was then divided by the number of students who participated, which resulted in the average number of laps per student.  The students in Mr. Parkinson’s class completed an average of 13.32 laps per student, edging out Mr. Gingerich’s 5th grade class, who had the top score at Eccles Elementary with 12.8 laps per student.  Both classes had a great time enjoying the free choice p.e. period they earned for being the top finishers from each school.  In the future the contest will be used as a springboard for students to try to improve their pacing skills and their score as a class.  Next time the classes from each school that demonstrate the most improvement and that have the highest average laps per student will earn a future p.e. class featuring activities of their choice.  I hope you have a fantastic holiday season and get a chance to do something fun and active with your child or children.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins.  Happy holidays!

October

Greetings from the Eccles and Knight gyms.  During the first half of October students from both schools will finish a unit on kicking skills and soccer.  So far this year the students have been working on dribbling, passing, defense and shooting skills in age-appropriate skill games like Red Light, Green Light, Soccer Pirates, Kick The Pin Race, Soccer Cheese Touch Tag, One Cone Soccer, Aerobic Soccer Drill and Gauntlet.  Students in grades 3-6 will end their soccer unit the week of October 8-11 with a continuous 4-team soccer game they enjoy called Card Corner Soccer.  During that same week, students in grades K-2 will play a fun game called Dinosaur’s Nest that teaches working together and using good timing to move to an open spot in order to take dinosaur eggs from T-Rex nests.  After a short week in the middle of the month, students in grades K-6 will end October and begin November with a unit on throwing and catching skills.        I’m really enjoying working with your child(ren) to help them learn movement, thinking and social skills.  If you ever want to know what the Canby Elementary P.E. standards are for your child’s grade, you can find them by clicking on the link above that’s titled “Canby Elementary PE Scope And Sequence” to view a list of national P.E. standards.  If you click on the link at the bottom of that page it will take you to the specific learning outcomes in the Canby Elementary PE Scope And Sequence listed by grade.  I hope you get the chance to get out and get active with your child(ren) whenever you can.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins!

September

Beginning of the year greetings from the Eccles and Knight gyms.  I hope everyone had a fantastic summer vacation, and had fun getting out and being active.  For the fourth year in a row, it will be my pleasure to see all the students at both Eccles and Knight Elementaries for 30 minutes once a week.  We are going to start the new school year with a couple of weeks of cooperative activities, then work through a soccer unit.  Please use this blog/web page as a resource to help answer any p.e.-related questions you may have, such as what day and time your child(ren) have p.e. class, what is appropriate dress for p.e. class and what skills will be covered in class.  There is also a list of p.e.-related web sites where you can find additional resources.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I’m looking forward to helping your child(ren) experience success in learning movement, thinking and social skills.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins!