Students who are wearing boots
will not be allowed to participate in
In the event of inclement weather,
please send in SNEAKERS!
For those who are new to my webpage, welcome!
My name is Channon Capra.
I am the K-2 Physical Education Teacher at the Edgartown School.
The 2016-2017 school year is upon us!!!
Please scroll down for important information regarding PE
information, schedules and lesson expectations for a successful "gym" class.
As a Physical Educator an important goal of
mine is to better bridge the home and school
environment through new fitness initiatives,
thus improving movement outside of the
In achieving this goal, each month I will
provide (via file cabinet) a monthly physical
activity calendar for all family members to
This initiative will begin on the 1st of
December and end in June. Please be on the
lookout for the December calendar coming
Eight Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills
1. Everybody Breath
Children who are experiencing difficulty with motor skills tend to hold their breath to stabilize their trunk. This takes their inner/outer core muscles offline and actually contributes to a decrease in balance. So the next time you are playing, encourage everyone to talk or sing as they move.
2. Combine The Senses
Mastering gross motor skills involves the sensory systems as well as the motor system. Think of ways to include rhythm, vision and balance into games. For example, standing on a cushion, singing a song and playing catch with beanbags coordinated with the beat involves many of the senses.
3. Move Through Space
Playgrounds offer a great opportunity to move your body through space. Tunnels, ladders, swings and slides all provide stimulation of both the visual and vestibular systems (the balance center in your inner ear). These sensory systems have a huge impact on gross motor skills. So visit a playground and pump up the sensory systems anytime or do it right before you practice a new skill.
4. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
No one ever became an Olympic athlete by training once a week. Frequent practice is needed to learn a skill. There are lots of great books and blogs about motor activities that can provide ideas for fun movement games and most can be easily adapted. Some of my favourite games have come from parents, so ask around.
5. Let The Fun Begin
Sometimes we get so caught up in the practice and the skill that we forget to make it fun. But research on learning has revealed that motivation is an important factor. You can create a game with a holiday theme or let your child develop the activity. Then let the fun begin!
6. Practice Problem Solving
When our children are having difficulty with a task, our tendency is to help them out with a solution. But again, our research on learning shows that if we help the child to problem solve a different strategy, then they learn the task much better. The next time your child isn’t successful with a skill ask them how they think they could practice.
7. Emotions Rule
We cannot expect someone to be able to learn a new skill unless they are calm and emotionally organized. This is what therapists call the “just right state”. Parents often know exactly what their child needs in order to be in this space. Deep pressure, a crunchy snack, their favorite music; all create the internal environment that call allow learning to occur. Before you begin gross motor activity, consider what your child needs to be in the “just right state” to learn.
8. Think Like The Brain
Imagine your brain is like the night sky. If you incorporate one of these suggestions into motor play, then you can see a few stars. But if you combine many of these ideas, the sky has hundreds of twinkling stars as far as you can see. We learn and remember best when many parts of our brain work together to complete a fun task.
Parents may ask...
Why is it important for my child participate in Physical Education?
Click on the
"file cabinet" below to find out more information on
ways in which PE participation helps benefit your
Throughout the school year, my personal webpage
will include up-to-date curriculum content, fun facts, and
newsletters to keep parents informed of specific topics to
be covered in Physical Education classes.
Below you will find important information regarding
the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact me
should you have any questions or concerns.
(508) 627-3316 ext. 304
Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in kindergarten through high school. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.
Here’s what quality physical education programs can do for students, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education:
Improved physical fitness
Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.
Regular, healthful physical activity
Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.
Support of other subject areas
Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.
Serves as a lab for application of content in science, math and social studies.
Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.
Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.
Strengthened peer relationships
Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of peer culture.
Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.
Experience setting goals
Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.
How to prepare for PE class...
Keeping an extra pair of sneakers in the classroom is a great alternative
in the event your child is wearing boots or he/she forgets to pack sneakers for PE class.
Sneakers consist of the following:
Laces and/or Velcro Sneakers (NO BUCKLE SHOES OR HIGH HEELED SNEAKER SHOES)
In addition, proper footwear (sneakers) should fit securely, covering the entire foot.
NOTE: Students will not be allowed to participate in PE Class without sneakers.
This is rule is in place for the safety of all participants.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Your child will receive two 30-minute gym classes per week.
Below you will find a list of PE schedules (by classroom) for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
2016-2017 PE CLASS SCHEDULES
Kindergarten, Mackenty (KM) - Tuesday & Friday
Kindergarten, Searle (KS) - Tuesday & Friday
First Grade, Lachapelle (1La) - Tuesday & Wednesday
First Grade, (1Le) - Tuesday & Wednesday
Second Grade, (2M) - Monday & Wednesday
Second Grade, Fournier (2F) - Monday & Friday
Second Grade, Story (2S) - Monday & Friday
Here are some additional tips on how to make Physical Education class a success: