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Mary Hurwitz

  PHYSICAL EDUCATION = LEARNING THROUGH MOVEMENT 

Students completed their basketball skills last month. The younger students were working on dribbling skills and did some shooting.  Intermediate students worked on shooting a one handed shot. They learned about using “B.E.E.F.” to help them use the correct body position. The “B” stood for balance-feet were to be shoulder-width apart and side-by-side. The “E” stood for the elbow positioned underneath the hand. The second “E” was for keeping their eyes over the ball before shooting; and the “F” was for their hand following through after shooting the ball.

Bowling is the unit everyone is doing now until winter break. Students are learning to keep score in various manners. They younger students are counting spares as 10 points and strikes as 20 points. The fourth and fifth graders are learning to keep score as real bowlers do. If you are looking for something fun to do with the whole family during the winter break, bowling allows people of all ages and abilities to have fun and connect with each other.

When we come back from winter break, the primary students will be using the long and short jump ropes, and the older students will be playing pillow polo. Pillow polo is a game that is similar to hockey except students use large “Q-tip” type sticks to hit a ball about the size of a size 2 soccer ball into a goal.

Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing. I can be reached by phone at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail mary.hurwitz@wayzata.k12.mn.us 

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