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    Dear Parents,

    Each year the physical education department performs an informal screening of each first grade child’s gross motor skills, fitness, 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 individualized 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. 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.


    If you have any questions about the developmental program, please call or contact Mr. Tahan through e-mail.


    Thank you,


    Mr. Tahan


    Who is this program for and what areas are practiced in class?


    Some children take more time to develop certain skills and perform below their age level.  Developmental PE is about helping children improve their skills to raise their current developmental age level to meet their chronological age.  The below skills and fitness activities are practiced in addition to giving the children an introduction to lessons that will be taught in their regular, up-coming PE classes. This gives children additional practice time and builds confidence to further prepare for their regualr PE class and involvement in various physical activities.


    Gross Motor / Ball Skills

    Throwing/Tossing underhand 







    Gross Motor / Loco-motor









    Fitness Tests                                   Components                                        Activities to improve

    Curl-ups                                          abdominal endurance                           curl-ups-v balance

    V-sit                                                   flexibility                                                     stretch all  major
                                                                                                                                       muscles groups
    Standing long Jump                    lower body strength/power                    jump for height
                                                                                                                                          and distance
    Flexed arm hang / Pull-ups       upper-body strength                             push-ups-climbing
                                                                                                                                          ABC push ups
    100/200 yd run                             cardio-respiratory endurance             jogging-jump rope
                                                                                                                                            tag - biking


    What can you and your children do at home?


    Keeping children active outside of Physical Education classes through a variety of activities is crucial for developing their physical abilities, improving fitness levels and encouraging an enjoyment of physical activity and exercise.


    Some suggested activities for consideration:


      1. Spend time every day on one of the gross motor areas above.
      2. Spend time every day on 1 of the 5 fitness areas above
      3. Spend time on playground equipment incorporating upper body strength (climbing) and spatial awareness
      4. Participate in group sports or activities (ball games) and fitness/health  related activities (karate, gymnastics, ice skating, yoga, dance etc) where emphasis is on skill development , fitness improvement, and enjoyment of physical activity
      5. Spend at least 60 min per day highly active through both exercise and recreational physical activity
      6. Include lifetime recreational activities every week (basketball, jump rope, jogging, biking, swimming, walking, throwing, catching, kicking, rolling etc.)



Last Modified on January 25, 2023