Physical Education

Kristie Flowers

PE/Athletic Director

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Parents:

During this time, it will be important for you or a caregiver to provide your child/ren opportunities to be physically active. Physical activity promotes health and fitness, builds healthy bones and muscles, reduces symptoms of anxiety or depression and can affect concentration, memory and behavior. The CDC’s recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children; this can be broken into smaller time increments throughout the day or completed at one time. Our physical education classes at school are 40 minutes and the kids get additional recess time/s while at school.

We have worked on soccer, basketball, and volleyball sports skills in class as well as jump roping, striking, throwing and catching, fitness circuits, etc. Making the physical activity as fun as possible is key to success so they don’t feel like it is a “chore”.I typically see most classes once a week for 40 minutes and some classes are on the schedule to receive two classes a week for a total of 80 minutes of PE.

I would like for you to choose 1-3 days per week to spend at least 20 minutes of time with your child/ren doing guided physical activity.Here are some fitness apps and YouTube videos that are available if you don’t want to create your own instruction:

Apps

• Yoga for Kids Daily Fitness

• Meditation for Kids

• Kids Morning Exercises

• Plank – functional workouts

• 15 minute Total Body Active Workout

• Cosmic Kids• The Kids Coach

• Fixies Workout. Kids Fitness

• Eat & Move-o-maticYouTube workouts

• GoNoodle

• Moe Jones – Kids Workouts (several videos available)

• Kids Workout! – Jumping Jax – Cardio Kids (several videos available)

• Avengers Endgame Kids Tabata Workout – Glenn Higgins Fitness

• Top 5 Easy Exercises for Kids to Get Stronger – Critical Bench

• Zumba Kids – Zumba with Davydas

Obviously, this is just a few options that is out there. If you find something outstanding, please feel free to share with others and me.I mentioned earlier a fitness circuit that I typically do during classes (2nd – 6th grade). The kids have gotten stronger and better as the year has gone by with these activities. After awarm-up of jumping jacks, squats, arm circles, alternating standing knees, and planks, we would perform a fitness circuit of alternating cardio and strength activities.For example:

1. Cardio – jumping jacks, jump rope, burpees, jog in place, anything to get the heart rate up

2. Strength – push-ups

3. Cardio – jumping jacks, jump rope, burpees, jog in place, anything to get the heart rate up

4. Strength – sit-ups

*Grades 2-3: time for each would range from 40 seconds to 1 minute*

Grades 4-6: time for each would range from 1 minute to 1-½ minutes

*We would go through the fitness circuit two times

Bottom-line, the physical activity doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It can be as simple as going on a bike ride, walking your dog, playing tag, hitting a balloon back and forth, shooting some basketball, throwing a football, going up and down some stairs. If you need to ask a question, I can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. My virtual office hours will be from 12pm-2pm Monday-Friday.I hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Mrs. Kristie Flowers

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1425 Cherokee Road Florence, SC 29501

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