Instant Activity Breaks

Click on the following link for a description on these fun brain break games. These can be done with your family and friends. If you do not have the equipment in the video, get creative. Tennis balls can be used in place of the reaction balls. Colored socks can be used in place of the bean bags. Good luck, and have FUN!!

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Health Moves Minds – Elementary April Calendar of Events

Happy Monday all!

As April is right around the corner, check this monthly calendar of events out for fitness and healthy ideas. Don’t forget, the national recommended daily allocated time for all elementary aged kids is at least 60 minutes per day. Have fun, be safe, and stay healthy!

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Physical Activity Game Breaks

2 person parachute – use a large bath towel and have the kids hold both sides of one end. Use a few items (not breakable) and have them try to flip them from the towel into a bucket, hoop, trash can, etc.

Fitness Tic-Tac-Toe – any multiple of 2 – Have the kids start at a line and then set up a tic-tac-toe board about 10-20 yards away. Have something to use as “their pieces” to mark on the board. Say “GO” and they will run back and forth with one piece to place on the board each round. They can also run without a piece and move their opponents piece somewhere else.

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Healthy Plate and Nutrition Games

Hi all,

I hope everybody is staying healthy and active the best they can. Part of maintaining healthy lifestyles is the food we put in our bodies everyday – “Food in is energy out”. The healthier our diets are, the more sustained energy both physically and mentally we will produce on a daily basis.

I encourage all of you to click this link and participate in the fun food group challenges at the end.

Good luck and have fun!!

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Daily PE break – Get Moving, Get Dancing!

For those of you DANCE-AMANIACS try these dances out and attempt to keep up with the kids bop crew. Dancing is a great form of exercise for all ages. If you are a bashful dancer like myself, don’t worry, nobody is watching you if you try these out in the comforts of your own home! Click the link below, turn the volume up (but not too far up), and have FUN!!

Stay Active and Healthy!

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Elementary Fitness Grading Criteria

Here is the link to the elementary fitness testing criteria for all Dearborn Public School students. The testing protocol covers all 5 components of physical fitness including the 1/2 mile run, pushup/pull up test, sit and reach test, and 1 minute curl up/jump rope tests.

Feel free to test yourselves and log your results on a weekly or biweekly basis. Set small benchmarks. create goals, and reward yourself as you get faster, stronger, and more flexible!

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At Home Fitness Ideas to Keep Kids Active

Here is a link to fitness games that can be performed in the comforts of your own home. These cards can be purchased or created at home with pens, markers, paper, etc as a family. These could be a great option to play games/exercise as a family, serve as a study break ,or even a “get off the ipad/video games” break…

Please make every effort to get some physical activity time in daily with your kids. It makes a great way to spend time with your family and creates lifelong healthy habits!!

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Active Lifestyles Promote Healthy Students

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. While we pause from our normal school routines over the next month in an effort to stay safe and healthy, please make a daily effort to stay active and stay moving when possible. Whether you are heading out to the park, soccer field, neighborhood bike ride, walking the dog, or shooting hoops with the neighborhood kids it all counts and it all promotes healthy immune systems.

I encourage every student to participate in this 10-15 minute exercise routine every day prior to heading out to play. These exercise can be done in the comforts of your own home and/or outside on a nice spring day.

1. Scissor Kicks ( 3 sets of 20 reps)
2. Ski Jumpers (3 sets of 20 reps)
3. Jumping Jacks (3 sets of 20 reps)
4. Mountain Climbers (1 set of 30 reps)
5. ABC Shoulder Touches (A-Z)
6. Push Ups ( 3 sets of 5 – 20 reps)
7. Superman Holds ( 2 sets of 30 seconds)
8. Plank Holds ( 2 sets of 30 seconds)
9. Body Squats (3 sets of 10 reps)
10. Burpees ( 2 sets of 10 reps)

Remember to wear the proper clothing and shoes while exercising. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and eat the colors of the plate for a healthy and balanced diet. What you put in is what you get out.

Defeat sedentary lifestyles with strong minds/bodies through a daily dose of physical activity, exercise, and game play!

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Come on out for a good time at Book Bingo tonight live from Nowlin Elementary School. Bingo starts at 6pm and will end at 7pm.

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Parent University

Good morning,

Parent University has begun and is taking place at many locations. Long Elementary would be the closest one for our families.

Who: Parents and their children ages 6 months-4 years old

When: 9:00-10:00am (Fridays)

What: Parents and children will engage in a variety of activities lead by Dearborn’s GSRP PreK and Kids Work It Out staff

Why: Why not? Have fun and learn new ideas to support your child’s development!

New Topics and Healthy Snacks each week!

See schedule below:

March 6: Self-Honesty

March 13: Responsibility

March 20: Communication

March 27: Healthy Relationships

April 3: Care and Respect

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