Each year the physical education department performs an informal screening of each first grade child’s gross motor skills, fitness ability, and ability to follow simple commands. Because physical skills and abilities progress at different rates, a child may need additional practice and guidance. These children are given an assessment and based upon that information a recommendation may be made to enroll the child into a developmental physical education program.
The purpose of this program is to offer each student an opportunity to gain additional personalized instruction including various fitness activities and skill practice. Your child will be receiving individual attention while in a small group setting with other students. The developmental program serves as a supplemental period to the existing physical education program. If you choose to give your child permission to participate, they may be removed from another non-curricular class activity or you may choose to have your child attend the program before school starting at 7:35am. Our goal is to work with each child until they have mastered or shown improvement in the gross motor/fitness skills appropriate to their grade level.
Our experiences have consistently shown that the results yielded from a developmental physical education program are extremely positive and meaningful. Children who have received this additional service have shown improvement in their ability to perform physical tasks, as well as their self-image and confidence. Students often enjoy this extra time to not only work on areas of difficulty, but to also be exposed to up-coming lessons within the physical education program.
Last Modified on February 4, 2011