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Fitness skills for young children in physical education class

Variety in activities add interest for young children and fitness-Mrs. Obama promotes early exercise skills for young children.
Variety in activities add interest for young children and fitness-Mrs. Obama promotes early exercise skills for young children.
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Physical education classes in schools around the country are often cut for students when school budgets are stressed. Recess is almost a thing of the past for some school districts that are concerned about having more inside teaching time. Our children do not get enough exercise after school because they have homework and their interest in tech toys outweighs their interest in playing outside. Many children do not have the opportunity to play outside because of unsafe environments. All of these factors contribute to obesity in young children and promote unhealthy hearts.

Exercise starts with young children
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The Imagine School in Sarasota recently sent spring newsletters to parents whose children attend the school with details about their continuing physical education activities for the month of March. Students are on spring break now, but will resume the regular physical education curriculum when they return after the break. Students in K-2nd grades will continue developmentally appropriate activities such as throwing for distance, catching a ball with a partner, and a variety of other catching and throwing activities in physical education class. All of these activities from the curriculum learning unit promote muscle health, strength, and coordination in young children.

The Imagine School is also sponsoring a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the month of March. Students may collect donations for the fundraiser through March 27th. Students in grades K-5 will participate in jump rope activities during physical education class for the last week in March. Students who collect the most money for their grade will participate in a special school activity later in the school year.

The Imagine School is a charter school in Sarasota that is able to provide physical education classes for its students when some other schools are cutting their physical education programs. The spring newsletter that informs parents of the physical education activities during the month of March is a great example of how schools should step up to provide healthy exercises to promote healthy children.