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Ann M

Hello and Happy New Year!

This is the time of year that most individuals look to makepositive changes in their lives. At abcteach, we are making a commitment to provide materials that assist you on your path to a healthier and happier school year.

My name is Candy, and I joined the abcteach team with 31 years experience in the field of Health, Physical Education (PE), Recreation, and Dance. I am also certified in Adapted Physical Education. Last summer, we added Action Word Walls to provide educators with a platform to “jump off of” so to speak. It’s much easier for learners to truly understand a concept when they can see it, hear it, and “experience it.” If the word is JUMP, take a good look at it, pronounce it correctly, spell it, use it in a sentence, and then experiment with it. JUMP! How high can you jump? How far can you jump? How many jumps can you do in 30 seconds, a minute, etc. JUMP will make more of an impact with your students when they can move and bring the action word to life.

My goal is to grow our PE section with materials that help you the most, so I’d greatly appreciate your feedback. What do you need as teachers of students who sit and learn all day? Do your children have PE class or are you providing their curriculum? My head and heart are full of fun ideas to make your students enjoy the gift of movement.

For the past 14 years, my focus was elementary children during the day, then to the university at night preparing teachers to work with Special Needs children in the gym. I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you get the New Year off on the right foot!

In Health and Happiness,

Candy McLeod, MA, CAPE

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2 Responses to “New Section Spotlight: Physical Education”

  1. Kim Conroy


    The pre-school I’m teaching in has lost the use of its gym for the next few weeks. I’d really like some easy games i can play with the children in my classroom (or even the long hallway) that will get them moving to burn off some energy. Any ideas?

    Pre-K teacher

  2. :) Candy

    Pre-schoolers have so much energy! They love to move. One easy, zero equipment activity, would be to have them line the side walls of the hallway, and like you would do at a “dance-party”, have the first two children dance down the line like: elephants, then monkeys, turtles, cats, any animal you may be reading or studying about. With very little time you could tape the letters of the alphabet or numbers to the floor, spin a dial with the numbers/letters, or draw them out of a hat/jar, and without saying the number/letter, the children would have to move and stand, kneel, balance on one foot, on the number/letter that they have just “read”. Obviously, you would need multiple numbers/letters on the floor, or have small groups play at a time. I love balloons (latex-free), have them blown up in advance with a few extra in case a few pop, give one to each child and challenge them to keep tapping it up in the air and count the number of “taps” before it settles on the floor. Challenge them by “tapping” with their hands first, then get creative having them use their elbows, then knees, etc. Ask them, they will be very creative! This will keep them very happy and busy! :) Candy

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