During the school year each student in grades K-5 has six health lessons. Below is a brief list of the topics and units.
Grades K-2 – Focus is upon healthy habits (proper nutrition, exercising, and being a good friend).
Grades 3 & 4 - The system-wide Life Skills Training: Promoting Health and Personal Development. The students receive workbooks that supplement our instruction and are for the children to take home when we are finished with our 6 week unit.
Grade 5 - Our Human Growth and Development unit takes place in the spring (April or May). This consists of 2 (~90 minutes each lesson) lessons. This happens district-wide and is taught by our physical and health educators and nursing faculty.
Topics include: maturity, the process of puberty, how our body grows, emotional changes, responsibility, and proper personal hygiene.
A letter from each school goes home to parents and guardians a few weeks before these lessons are taught. The letter must be signed and returned to the school before the student is allowed to attend these lessons.
Two videos are used as supplemental material for our 5th grade lessons. Each school offers a preview for parents prior to the 5th grades health lessons.
Grade K (spring) Grades 3 & 4 (fall)
1. Friendship 1. Self- Esteem
2. Heart Power 2. Decision-Making
3. Decision Making 3. Smoking Information
4. Feelings 4. Communication Skills
5. Self-Concept 5. Social Skills
6- Healthy Habits 6. Assertiveness (Peer Pressure)
1st Grade (spring)
3. Effects of smoking and bad habits
4. Self –concept
6. Health Habits (hygiene and avoiding colds)
2nd Grade (winter)
4. Decision Making
5. Decision Making (2)
6. Healthy Habits
Within our Physical Education classes, the year is filled with experiences that encourage your children to have fun, explore and feel comfortable in the Physical Education environment. The Lynch School students work throughout the year on improving their strength, flexibility, and endurance. Not to mention cooperation, participation, sportsmanship and of course respect. These activities will allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills. These activities also help children develop a positive self-concept.
The American Heart Association states that children should be introduced to the principles of regular physical activity at an early age. According to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) nearly 40% of children ages 5 – 8 have health conditions that significantly increase their risk of early heart disease. Lack of regular physical activity in our young children has caused an epidemic of obesity and a rise in the early onset of adult diabetes.
- Our PE curriculum includes a balance of skills, concepts, game activities, rhythms and dance experiences designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective and physical fitness development of every child.
- Fitness assessments (October and May) are used as a part of the ongoing process of helping children understand, enjoy, improve and/or maintain their physical health and well being.
- Grade decisions are based primarily on ongoing individual assessments of children as they participate in physical education class activities and not on the basis of a single test score.
- Finally, our class is designed so that all children are involved in activities that allow them to remain continuously active, successful and having fun.
- Please remind your child to wear sneakers and appropriate clothing such as sweat pants, wind pants and t-shirts that are comfortable and let them move freely about the gym and the equipment.