News from Physical Education
In the Pekin Elementary, we start each day with morning exercises. We are in our 13th year of this program entitled “Brainercise.” It is a great way to get the day started with active movement to increase the heart rate, get fresh oxygenated blood to the brain, and simply get the students ready for the new school day. Exercise actually gives you energy so it is a great way to start each morning and prepare for the academic classes.
Students spend on an average 7 hours a day in front of some kind of screen.
This generation of children is the least active generation in the nations’ history.
If we want our children to do well academically, they need to be active each day for at least 60 minutes whether it is at school or at home. Children who are playing every day and are active have better self-esteem which in turn carries over to good attitudes and much involvement in school activities.
Pictures attached show students in each wing moving during morning exercises.
Below is a web site that has good tips on how to use valuable time in getting your children to move for 60 minutes a day. First Lady Michelle Obama has initiated this program and is traveling all over the nation to encourage children to get healthy. I encourage all of you parents to look over these web sites and discuss them with your children.
We are working on the Healthiest State Initiative and are charting food consumption and amount of minutes of exercise in the 3-4-5 students. We are spending time in class as well talking about good choices of sports drinks, sodas, milk, and water.
All K-5 students are taking home handouts concerning good nutrition practices.
We hope you take time to read through these with your children and spend time talking about making good choices when eating out or buying snacks at quick shops or fast food establishments.
More information on good nutrition can be found @
We have completed an extensive jump rope unit in all grades. Starting March 11th, we will be using the Laurentian System (basically an indoor wooden jungle gym). The students are able to use this system for two weeks each year K-5. By the sixth year, they are very proficient with climbing, balance, and coordination on the different parts of apparatus. Your child will be excited about this unit for 5 P.E. days. Following a basketball fundamentals unit and some hand eye coordination games, spring will be here, and we will begin to work on aspects of track and field to prepare for the annual Pekin Elementary track and field day.
Have a healthy spring and continue to be active as a family.
Mrs. L. Swanson