Let’s Move In School and Skillastics

NASPE and AAHPERD have created an initiative called “Let’s Move in School” that is creating a great deal of excitement because of the potential it has to significantly increase physical activity levels of students.  “The goal of Let’s Move in School is to ensure that every school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.”

Skillastics activity kits provide a great resource to be used in several areas of a comprehensive school physical activity program.  One that I am very excited about is how classroom teachers can use the activities from Skillastics.  Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how you can promote movement in the classroom using Skillastics activities. 

  • Loan the mini mats along with some small dice to teachers and let their students play during indoor recess.
  • Give teachers a list of 4-6 Fitness Skillastics activities every week along with an explanation of the activity.  Encourage the teachers to use these as “brain breaks” throughout the day.
  • In addition to giving the teachers the activities, include one idea for integration each week.  For example, students can be asked to multiply the reps on the mat.
  • Copy the pictures of the activities and give a set to teachers.  Encourage them to have students take turns selecting a card and leading the class in that activity for 30 seconds.
  1. I encourage you to learn more about “Let’s Move in School” and become involved in a personal way. 

For more information and updates, go to www.LetsMoveInSchool.org

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