I'll be the first to admit I hated PE. I was overweight, and I have poor depth perception, so running and sports were a misery to me, especially competitive games. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I learned that I like physical activity. I love to hike and walk with a companion or two. I love to run by myself. I even like to compete, but only against myself. I discovered this enjoyment later, and I still have the occasional hang-up about physical activity, and I have health issues from so many years of problems with my weight. I often wish my schools growing up understood some things about physical fitness that we know today. I want students in our programs to love physical activity in our programs, and to link those things so that they enjoy life-long heath.
Our program commits to 30 minutes of physical activity EVERY DAY! We use SPARK (http://www.sparkpe.org/). I don't know what you, your children, or your program rely on for
SPARK removes all of the things I hated about PE. It de-emphasizes competition, makes games fun, disguises activity, and makes kids feel successful in physical activity. Everybody plays, everybody has fun, everybody wins!
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High Desert Leapin' Lizards Curriculum Coordinator: STEAM and SPARK for Preschool and Afterschool.