Get those feet up and off the ground for easy exercise that kids will want to do! Jumps build muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, and endurance. Try 15 of each jump!
PENGUIN APPLE FRUIT SNACK
This is a great way to get kids to eat a healthy winter snack!
1 Dark Red Apple
1 Baby Carrot
Cut a heart shape from the front of the apple using a knife.
Cut out the wings from the piece you cut out.
Shape the wings using a knife & attach on the sides using toothpicks.
Cut the beak & feet from a baby carrot.
Cut a raisin in half & press on the front for the eyes.
It’s flu season! Each flu season is unique and can affect people differently. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect you and your family against the flu. It is even more important now than ever to get vaccinated. Getting your flu shot this year protects you, protects your family, and helps make sure healthcare workers and hospitals in your community have resources to continue to treat COVID-19 patients.
It’s not too late to get the flu shot. With flu season lasting into April or May, getting a flu shot now will help protect you and your family for the next couple of months. To find a flu vaccine clinic near you, click here.
It is important for students to get one hour, or 60 minutes, of physical activity every day. Choose activities you both like to do and make sure to do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time, building up to 60 minutes. There are three different types of physical activity: strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Strength activities work and build your muscles. Strength activities can include lifting weights, carrying groceries, using resistance bands, doing squats, and several sports like football.
Flexibility activities stretch your muscles. Flexibility activities make it easier for you to bend down to tie your shoes and look over your shoulder. Examples of flexibility activities are stretching, yoga, and dancing. It is important to always stretch after doing endurance or strength activities.
Endurance activities, also called aerobic activities, strengthen your heart and lungs. You may feel an increase in your heart rate, start to breathe heavier, and even sweat while doing endurance activities. Examples of endurance activities are brisk walking, jogging, yard work, climbing the stairs, and some sports, like basketball.
Making use of physical activity videos is a great way to get moving during the cold winter months. You and your child(ren) can practice the three types of physical activities by participating in this Stretch, Life, and Run FitBitTM physical activity video from the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Online Learning in a SNAP YouTube Page. Feel free to check out their other videos, as well.
If you have specific questions or concerns on physical activity or your level or your child’s level of participation, please contact your primary care physician.
Yogurt or lowfat cream cheese
Directions: Spread the yogurt or cream cheese over the rice cake and top with toppings of your choice! Pictured are raisins for the eyes and mouth and clementine for the nose. Great creative, have fun!
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING? WHY ARE WE DOING IT?
Social distancing means staying away from other people to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. People catch COVID-19 from other people who already have it. By closing schools and businesses and staying home, we can make sure fewer people will catch it at one time. This makes it easier for hospitals to help the people who get very sick.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
No one knows. Social distancing could last for weeks or months.
But here’s the good news: There are lots of people working to fight COVID-19. Doctors and nurses are taking care of people with the virus. Scientists are looking for new medicines. Factory workers are making hospital supplies. Grocery store workers are making sure people can buy food.
You can help them by staying home and wearing a mask if you have to be in public.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Keep eating healthy foods! Try your best to fill your plate with GO foods: – Fruits like apples or grapes – Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or squash – Proteins like chicken, fish, or beans
– Dairy products like low-fat milk or yogurt – Grains like oatmeal, whole-grain pasta, or brown rice
Keep exercising! It’s OK to play outside if you stay at least 6 feet away (about 3 BIG steps) from other people.
– Stuck inside? Crank up some music and have a 10-minute dance party!
Feed your brain! Your teachers have probably told you about educational apps and games you can use to keep your mind in shape. Here are more ideas:
– If you have a Memphis Public Library card, you can check out books on a phone or tablet using the free Libby app.
– Learn a new skill from a family member. Ask how to make your favorite food or shoot the perfect free-throw!
– Wash your hands! Use soap and warm water. Sing “Happy Birthday” TWICE to yourself while you scrub.
Try some COVID-19 related activities with your child: COVID-19 Activity Book *Click here to submit feedback and additional ways Healthy Dearborn can help support you and your family with physical activity, nutrition and/or Covid resources.
Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a safe, healthy, restful Thanksgiving break. Hopefully some time way was enough to help everyone recharge a little. This weeks lessons and information will be an excellent way to recover from the holiday binge.
This week we are thankful for many things, one of which is our relationship with D-SHINES! On behalf of myself, the PE staff and the Dearborn Public Schools like to say “thank you” for all you do for each and everyone one of us. Our partnership is strong and our kids and communities reap the benefits of our alliance. Thank you!
After Dancing to the Turkey Hop, you can cool down with some Thanksgiving mindfulness. This is a great way to help your kids focus on what they are thankful for!
November is squash month! Squash is a nutritious fruit and winter squash is a staple during the cooler months. Winter squash comes in many varieties including acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. It can be roasted, steamed, and even cooked in the microwave. Make sure to pick a winter squash that that has a firm outer shell and feels heavy for its size. Once you purchase your winter squash, store it in a dry place like the countertop. See what is available at your local grocery store or farmers market and check out this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Michigan Harvest of the Month.
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Help Children Learn at Home
Stay in touch with your child’s school
Many schools are offering lessons online (virtual learning). Review assignments from the school, and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. You may need to assist your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers.
Communicate challenges to your school. If you face technology or connectivity issues, or if your child is having a hard time completing assignments, let the school know.
Create a flexible schedule and routine for learning at home
Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.
Consider the needs and adjustment required for your child’s age group
The transition to being at home will be different for preschoolers, K-5, middle school students, and high school students. Talk to your child about expectations and how they are adjusting to being at home versus at school.
Consider ways your child can stay connected with their friends without spending time in person.
Look for ways to make learning fun
Have hands-on activities, like puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things.
Independent play can also be used in place of structured learning. Encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks.
Practice handwriting and grammar by writing letters to family members. This is a great way to connect and limit face-to-face contact.
Start a journal with your child to document this time and discuss the shared experience.
Use audiobooks or see if your local library is hosting virtual or live-streamed reading events.
Ask about school meal services
Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location.
Fun Online Family Activities
Free, federal resources to learn something new from the comfort of your own home