September Mind & Body Calendar

Week 4 – September 28 – October 2 — PE activity ideas

Here are some great activity and fitness ideas for all students K-2. These are in lesson format, but you can easily work through them on your own.

This link will take you to different ideas and activities for students 3-5. Feel free to browse them all and find something that looks fun to you. Remember, even in these crazy times….activity is supposed to be fun! 🙂

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our middle school friends! Here are some great activities for you as well. See if you can work through all of these this week, in addition to the lessons with your PE teacher.

Feel free to leave me a message and let me/us know if you are finding this information helpful. We strive to provide the best information we can, to ensure everyone has something they can learn each week.

To learn more about D-SHINES and the incredible services they provide for our schools and community, please visit their website @ If you click on the “families” tab you will find a wealth of information regarding physical activity, nutrition and more.

Until next week, enjoy the information and stay active!!!

Going for gold! The benefits of physical activity

Week 3 – September 21-25 – PE Activity & Information

We’re back with new information, lessons and activities. Thanks to D-SHINES for all of this information!

K-2 Activities and Information:

3-5 Activities and Information:

Friday, June 12 – HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Whatever your “thing” is, please enjoy your summer. Be safe, be happy, be well!

Thursday, June 11 – Activity & Nutrition

We’ve finally made it! The last day of school, but fear not…we’re still going to work hard today.

Physical Activity

It’s well understood in the research that spending time in nature directly boosts physical and mental well-being. Gardening, therefore, is a super healthy habit!

Gardening activity – lifting, raking, digging, even pulling weeds can provide all four types of exercise – endurance, flexibility, balance and strength! Don’t have a good spot for your own garden? Find a community garden near you with the American Community Gardening Association. Try Make your gardening movements deliberate – alternate raking with your right or left hand, do a lunge or squat when you’re moving from one garden bed to the next, or shoveling heavy piles of dirt are all good functional fitness activities.
For a challenge today, work with a partner and alternate stations at your gardens. Take turns digging, planting, raking, and watering.getting a space ready for gardening!

Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Gardening Greats: Maintaining your garden
Summer is the perfect time to work in the garden and what a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. But what do we actually need to do to keep up a garden – can’t plants take care of themselves? Not really! Plants in gardens need to be maintained and that’s where we as gardeners come in. So what do plants need from us? Generally they need the two W’s- water and weeding.
Water – Vegetables need to be watered whenever the soil dries out, or when very hot weather makes them droop (we call this wilting). If you don’t already have a watering can, use this quick video to see how you can make one out of things in your home.
Weeding– Why can’t we just let weeds grow? We pull weeds so that they don’t steal our plants sunlight, water, and nutrients. Check out this video and learn how to pull weeds properly and how to keep them from growing in the first place. To document your garden growth this summer use this journal template.
Gardening activity – lifting, raking, digging, even pulling weeds can provide all four types of exercise – endurance, flexibility, balance and strength! Don’t have a good spot for your own garden? Find a community garden near you with the American Community Gardening Association. Try getting a space ready for gardening!

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Wednesday, June 10 – Activity & Nutrition

Physical Activity
Today’s workout theme is “summer” – how are you planning for your family to be active this summer? If you’ve been following the #HealthyKidsQuarantined effort, you’re likely making great strides towards being the best, healthiest version of you. Keep it up this summer!
• Workout of the Day (WOD)!
o Use this A-B-C exercise guide (with video demonstrations)
o Using the associated exercises, spell “SUMMER”. Want more of a challenge? Try spelling “SUMMERTIME!”
High-Low Yoga Flow from Kids Work it Out focuses on using your breath to build up energy in the body to perform a creative flow of movements that take your body up and down, around and back!
o Video: High-Low Yoga Flow (Time: 12:26)
o Handout: High-Low Yoga

Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Healthy Snack Hack – Yogurt and Honey Fruit Dip
We get it, eating the same fruits over and over again can get boring. One quick and easy way to liven up your fruit plate is to add a dip- you can find many healthy and fast dip recipes online to make at home. This week try our healthy fruit dip that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
• 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine ingredients in medium bowl and whisk together. Refrigerate. Serve with fresh strawberries, melon or other fresh fruit.

Tuesday, June 9 – Activity & Nutrition

Physical Activity
The weather is heating up, so let’s have some fun with water! Today’s activity is fun to do with others – so grab some siblings, neighbors, or parents and get ready to get active…and wet!
Water Relay
You’ll needed: 2 buckets per team, 1 small towel or an old t-shirt

  1. Divide participants between two teams
  2. Fill one bucket with water for each team; place it at the beginning line where you’ll start the game
  3. Place the empty bucket at the end line, about 100 yards from your starting line. Mark the bucket with a fill line near the top.
  4. Place the towel or t-shirt in the full bucket of water
  5. On “go” the first person on each team will grab the soaked towel, run to the other side and wring it out into the empty bucket.
  6. When the water is deposited in the bucket, the participant will carry the towel/t-shirt back to the starting line and drops it back into the water bucket.
  7. The next person in line repeats the process. The first team to fill the empty bucket with water (to the fill line) is the winner!
    Nutrition and

Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Here’s a riddle for you- what runs but never walks? If you guessed water, you are correct! As we have discussed these past 12 weeks, water is the healthiest way to stay hydrated – today we are pulling two of our most popular hydration tips that you can use all summer long!
Use our Wonderful Rainbow Water tips to liven up your water in multiple ways! Add:
RED: watermelon and/or strawberries
ORANGE: orange slices
YELLOW: lemon slices
GREEN: cucumbers slices
BLUE: blueberries
VIOLET: blackberries
RAINBOW: build a rainbow drink by adding any or all of the above options
Fruity Ice Cubes will keep you cool all summer
To Make:
• Choose your favorite fruit/s (canned, frozen, or fresh- canned pineapple, frozen berries or fresh oranges)
• Chop them into small pieces
• Drop into each cube of the ice tray
• Pour water over the fruit
• Freeze for six hours or overnight

Monday, June 8 – Activity & Nutrition — We’ve made it to the last week of school!

Physical Activity
Summer is a time for lots of outdoor activity, including camping! Unplug your wi-fi and get outdoors for a camping adventure this summer. No access to the woods? The good news is that you don’t have to head to nature for a great camping adventure – you can pitch a tent right in your own backyard or make a fort in your living room! Here are some great ways to add in some physical activity to your camping fun:
• Grab some pals or siblings and play flashlight tag or capture the flag
• Use chalk on your driveway or paper plates in your yard for a giant game of twister
• Go on a nature scavenger hunt
• If you have a partner, play human Rock, Paper, Scissors
• Try Geocaching or Letterboxing for a local treasure hunt
Is it rainy or you’re stuck inside? Give these indoor activities a try:
• Blow up a balloon or two and play indoor baseball or volleyball
• Use what you have to do some indoor bowling or make your own indoor golf course
• Dust off your acting skills with “bag-o-stuff improv skits
• And, if all else fails, play some classic camp card games

Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Healthy Camping Treats: Banana S’mores
Camping (at a site or in the backyard) is a great way to soak in some vitamin D while appreciating nature- and today we’re sharing an easy way to keep campfire eating fun AND healthy! This summer as you pitch a tent, make sure to try our Campfire Banana S’mores!
· medium ripe banana
· 1 small handful of mini marshmallows (10-15)
· 1 spoonful of dark chocolate chips
· 2 low-fat graham crackers
· Foil
· Ask an adult to cut through the peel on the inside curve of the banana, but leave the banana in the peel. Cut the banana in half lengthwise (not through bottom peel); then cut crosswise. Add marshmallows into the banana and top with chocolate chips.
· Place the prepared banana in the foil and crimp closed.
· Cook the S’more packet on the campfire until the s’more is warm and melty (about 5-8 minutes). Use graham crackers for scooping.

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