Say ‘YES’ to PE #FitWork!

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The purpose of #Fitwork is to empower our students to transfer knowledge and understanding beyond school’s environment and to initiate meaningful actions that may enhance their physical activity level and change lifestyle behaviors.

The first monthly PE homework in grade 4 will be aired this weekend. Initiated by @mrobrienman, the activity is planned by the PE educators (@FitnwitPE,@physedsais@BriarJohns) involved with this grade level and supported by their collaboration with Home Room Teachers. Here’s the activity for this month:

#FitWork 1 – Dare or Bear!™ FitnwitPE

What shall I do? Call an animal of your choice (bear, frog, crab, etc). Make sure you can imitate and demonstrate its movements. Animal sounds are allowed too!

How long? For 3 minutes, everyone in your family has to use the moves of the animal you called: going to the kitchen, moving to the pool and back or scratching the back on the door). 

How many times? Each family member can call ‘Dare or Bear’, twice a day. Feel free to use it in key moments: getting up and out of bed,  MRT waiting line, movie time or when playing in the park.  

What else? Add a twist of fun by being as creative as you can when deciding the rules of your ‘Dare or Bear’. If you don’t Dare (animal walks), then choose to Bear (consequences: 5 Burpees, 10 Jumping Jacks or let your imagination loose). 

Remember:

  • Be clear, concise and demand commitment. 
  • You can only be famous for 3 minutes!
  • Have fun and let us know what went good or…what needs            improvement!

Next #FitWork, in a month time! Until then, have fun and keep it simple!

 

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Special Play Holiday

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Weeks ago, my friends asked me about computer games or applications that I would recommend for children. Without using any searching engine, I do have my favourite ones, as an educator and parent.

Usually, our children ask for the iPad to see a movie or cartoons. I do my best to distract their focus so I created a “Special Play” folder, that is designed only for gifted children who want to experiment the ultimate games. If you have children, you know what I mean.
When they ask for the iPad to play, we mirror it on a big TV screen. Interesting enough, they take turns, encourage each other and compare their results. After 20 minutes, my son would be sweating like a marathon runner and my daughter would run to the kitchen, screaming for water.
One solution for rainy days, that can save money and time. Ladies and gentlemen, Special Play list of apps:

Bit Breaker

Dungeon Run

Pop Flux

Bird Up

Sport Search

Brain Jump

Ned the Neuron

Have fun this holiday!

Power Your Brain

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Stimulate your brain with physical movement to enhance its activity. I enjoy seeing my son hopping on the waveboard every morning. The school encourages this practice by providing students with a special park. Extensive research about the connection between the phsysical activity and the brain can be found here.

 

Fit’n’Wit Kidz – Meaningful Fitness

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is a program designed and planned as an entertaining fitness activity focusing to offer a better understanding of living a healthy lifestyle by students and parents.

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Physical. Education. Fun.

‘Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is an activity where we practice basic movement skills and co-operative games with a high dose of fun.

This is a personal project that started seven years ago in my previous school. Together with my wife we are continuing to enjoy this activities and absorb the students’ energy every week.

During exercise we stimulate the brain plasticity by generating the growth of new connections between the brain cells.Our brain produces new neuronal connections when we are physically active. The students are more alert, better able to pay attention, learn and remember new things immediately after doing physical exercise.

Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Mental and Physical Exercise. 

We focus on learning experiences with both physical and mental components. It is well proven through extensive research that this type of approach has a higher impact on cognitive functioning over exercise or mental tasks alone. The best health workouts in the Fit’n’Wit Kidz club are those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination, rhythm and strategy.

Have a look at the video and leave your thoughts below.

Stay strong!

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15159540

http://www.brainrules.net/about-brain-rules