Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Mustang Swimmers - 2nd unit!

We have just completed our second and final swim unit of the year.  We continued to work on the previous learned strokes.  However, I challenged the students with new skills as well.  The first and second grade students showed great improvement on their rhythmic breathing and the front crawl.   The second graders also had the opportunity to learn how to dive!  That was a fun class!   I was impressed with the number of students who already knew how to dive - or took the challenge to LEARN how to dive. 

The 3rd and 4th grade students worked on the elementary backstroke, breaststroke, diving, treading water, and surface diving.  Also included in the swimming curriculum is the opportunity for the students to participate in the long endurance run.  This involves using the last 5 minutes of each class to swim laps.  This is optional for the 3rd and 4th grade students.  Each day the laps are recorded and at the end of the unit the students will receive a certificate (Presidential/National) to recognize his/her accomplishment.   The final day of the unit (free swim) is always a favorite of the students.  It allows the students to swim in the deep end and use the springboard for silly jumps and great dives.  Also, floating mats, noodles, deck rings, and balls are always a fun option in the shallow end.  Most students choose to move from one end to the other.  A big "thank you" goes out to Lifeguard Cliff who has been at Breck for 8 years serving as the lifeguard throughout the year.  He also monitors the boys locker room for each class.  Cliff loves being with the students and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of swimming.   I am very proud of each students' progress.  I am sure they will continue to improve their swimming skills throughout the summer.  Enjoy the swimming pictures/videos below:

                       Fourth Graders participating in the endurance lap swim portion of lesson

                                            3rd Graders at Free Swim - last day of class

                                      3rd Graders playing a warm-up game - Clean up the Pool!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kindergarten - Pre-school Fun!

The pre-school and kindergarten students enjoy a variety of super fun games to spark their interest in movement.  However, at that age - it doesn't take much!  They love to move, laugh, and share their stories.  Just recently the students explored several soccer-related  activities.  The children developed foot-eye coordination as they moved and stopped the ball with their feet in general space.  Several soccer related terms such as "dribbling" and "trapping" were introduced.  The students loved to dribble the ball around various obstacles while demonstrating good spatial awareness and body control.  Many fun activities were played to encourage students to perform the instep and toe kicks.  The favorite activity of the soccer activities was the goal kicking!  Each student loved to have the opportunity to kick with great power and attempt to score between the cones.  On the other hand, all students worked on the challenging work of being the goalie.  It was fun to see the students quickly move in order to block the shot with their feet, hands, or body. Students love playing with balls - the snow has melted.....get outside and "Play Ball"!

                                          Pre-School students working on goal kicking skills!

                                        Kindergarten students working on goal kicking skills!

                                      St. Patricks Day - Leprechan Tag, Kindergarten students