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;
Riding my bike
Riding my scooter
Workout videos with my mom and dad
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?