Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last day of skating - always a Hit!

We just completed our first swimming unit of the season.  The students worked diligently to improve their confidence while striding, turning, stopping, and skating backward.  Skills to encourage the students' edge work involve scootering, swizzles, one legged glides, and a strong spatial awareness.  The second skating unit will focus on more backward skating as well as crossovers.  The last day of skating is a free day.  Students in 3rd and 4th grade also play a fun and vigorous tag game called "Tourist Tag".  The tagger is the policeman/woman and those on the chairs are the tourists - if tagged the person sitting in the chair becomes the tagger.  Pushing a student in a chair requires the students to push against a resistance and makes them stronger - how great is that!  Below are some pictures of the students preparing for skating as well as having fun on the ice working on their skills!

Getting ready requires focus and responsibility but it's fun too!

Okay - which is right and which is left?  Second grade

Friends to the end! - 3rd grade

I can dress myself, but thanks anyway,  Mrs. Fifield! - 2nd grade
Helmet - check
gloves - check!
skates - check!
jacket - check!
snowpants - check!
Let's have fun and work hard - CHECK!

Tourist tag  - fourth grade

More Tourist Tag

Triple up!

2nd grade


Fourth grade tourists!

Use those edges!

Always time to pose on ice!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lace up those Skates!

We are now in the middle of our first skating unit and the students are excited to be back on the frozen tundra!  I must say it's rather difficult for me to remember to wear a winter jacket with the weather so balmy......but the students are prepared in jackets, snow pants, and gloves.  Thank you parents for your help in making sure your child has all the necessary equipment and attire.  After a fun bus ride (perhaps the best part of the class) we find several helpful parents waiting for the bus to arrive!  Students are always happy to see the parents, nannys, and sometimes a grandparents eager to tie skates.  We do a short warm-up in the locker room before we get the blades down on the ice. The lessons have focused on proper ready position, edge work, scooters, and forward strides.  The 3rd and 4th graders have begun to work on stopping and turning.  As we continue this first unit, the students will be exposed to various edge work patterns, turning, stopping, and backward skating for the older students.  In addition to learning new skills and becoming more confident on the ice, the students demonstrate greater responsibility as they learn all the "ins and outs" of dressing/undressing and respecting the importance of showing control of his/her skates.  Below are some of our skating experiences.

Zip up, snap up, buckle up, button up, and then smile!

2nd graders ready to load the bus

Show me "Ready Position"

Warming up - 2nd grade

Keep the knees soft, eyes up!

They always have time to "Strike a Pose"!