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November 4, 2020 | Felicity Greene

Last week, the Sky Class children began a new unit of study all about exercise!  Throughout the next few weeks, the children will explore how moving their bodies can help to keep them healthy and strong.

First, the children discussed what they already knew about exercise.  Here were some of the things the children shared about their knowledge of exercise:

“Badminton is exercise because when I run in badminton, it makes my heart beat faster.”

“When you do jumping jacks, you use your arms and legs!”

“Jumping, twirling, and running are exercise.”

“Exercise makes you tired!”

Following this conversation held during the morning meeting, the children heard a story all about the many kinds of physical activity.  They thought about how the type of exercise that one does affects the parts of the body being used.  They also discovered that all exercise makes the heart beat faster so that blood can be pumped into all parts of the body.

“When you push things away, you use your arms are upper body.  Pretend like you are pushing something heavy away from you!”

Later in the week during the morning meeting, the children shared their favorite ways that they get their bodies moving, including;

 

Walking

Ballet class

Running

Riding my bike

Riding my scooter

Jumping jacks

Go Noodle

Workout videos with my mom and dad

Jumping

Hopscotch

Swinging

Skateboarding

Standing on one toe

These conversations prompted another discussion about how much the children move their bodies throughout the day at school.

 

 

Whether it’s playing in the park, reading movement cards, rhymes and chants time, creating games in the gym, or having a dance party, the children are constantly in motion!  The children have also started to take notice of what all of this movement does…

“I feel my heart beating faster!”

There is still so much to learn and discover about exercise!  I wonder what kinds of exercise your family can do together at home?

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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