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Novembrrr! 5 Fun Indoor Fitness Activities

Unpredictable weather has arrived! Our Physical Activity Experts have helped put together a list of our top 5 indoor games and activities that are sure to keep your kids moving, learning, and having fun!1.       Classic Simon Says Gamea.       Simon Says is a classic game for teachers to play along with their students in the classroom. It incorporates listening skills and movement!i.      Either you, or the student of your choice can be the leader (Simon)ii.      Explain the rules such as:1.       You must follow instructions only if the command begins with “Simon Says”.2.       Everyone begins the game standing up3.       Students are disqualified if:                      a.       They follow...
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Novembrrr! 5 Fun Indoor Fitness Activities

Unpredictable weather has arrived! Our Physical Activity Experts have helped put together a list of our top 5 indoor games and activities that are sure to keep your kids moving and learning and having fun!1.       Classic Simon Says Gamea.       Simon Says is a classic game for teachers to play along with their students in the classroom. It incorporates listening skills and movement!                                                               i.      Either you, or the student of your choice can be the leader...
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Favorite Apps and Sites That Support Learning

SCHOLASTIC PARENTS: THE LEARNING TOOLKITFavorite Apps and Sites That Support LearningTry these apps to help support your child's learning at home. By Michael Rhattigan on November 14, 2014   I recently covered some positive uses of technology at home.Continuing on that theme to discuss some favorite apps and sites, I recruited a couple people from Adventure to Fitness who support learning: Elisa Hinojosa, a former teacher and current mother of 2 -- the oldest is a National Merit Scholar and just started pre-med on a full scholarship! – and Colleen Henckels, a former high-flying executive, now "super mom" to 2 young boys.Here's a brief summary of our collective favorites…Games and EntertainmentWe often dismiss digital games as "shoot 'em up" products that have questionable educational value. The truth is that "gamification" has become a huge focus in education, with the idea that...
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Bring Thanksgiving to Life: Top 5 Thanksgiving Activities for Your Classroom

Bring Thanksgiving to Life: Top 5 Thanksgiving Activities for your ClassroomThis time of year is always full of hustle and bustle.  Most teachers take this time to revisit the Thanksgiving story, perhaps showing short films, or reading special books such as Pilgrims in America by Melinda Lilly, or Life on the Mayflower by Jessica Gunderson. We believe that Thanksgiving is not just a day, but a special season. So we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite activities that help bring the Thanksgiving season to life for classrooms throughout America:     1.      Reenact the first Thanksgiving Feast!     a.       The week before your feast, have your students make arts and crafts decorations such as pilgrim hats and Native American  head-dresses.     b.      Assign students to bring one food or drink item (preferably healthy).   ...
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Rainy Day Activities

The Adventure to Fitness Team along with Adventure to Fitness Superstar teacher, Ms. Rachel Longoria, have compiled a list of tips and ideas to keep your class engaged and focused on rainy days!When the weather is bad and your class can't go outside, what's your Plan B?  Ms. Longoria, current 5th & 6th grade teacher in Aldine ISD, TX shares her experience how she gets her kids focused:Kids need to expend energy.  I will take students out for recess so they can release the Kraken, you know, that mythical creature that sort of erupts from the ocean?  While I’m not always a fan of the outdoors, especially in the Houston area, the children do need to get out and run around.  Students attend PE classes at least three times a week, as required by law.  Yeah, yeah.  The law requires that kids receive a certain number of minutes a week of physical activity while at school.  However, in Houston, we have strange weather patterns.Kids in...
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How to Get Your Kids Exercising

As more and more research confirms the importance of regular exercise for children, our kids are actually getting less and less.I recently summarized the findings of a number of medical and academic studies outlining the benefits of exercise for children. While the health benefits are widely documented, more and more research is focusing on the emotional, behavioral, and academic benefits.What's the problem?Exercise is good. What's the issue? The problem is that traditionally, kids received a significant amount of their physical activity in school. Budget cuts and curriculum demands, however, have resulted in significant reductions in PE, recess and after-school programs. The problem is exacerbated at home, where we've seen a massive increase in sedentary activities, like TV viewing, video games, mobile devices, and the Internet.As more and more research confirms the importance of regular exercise for children, our kids are actually getting less and less.What are the...
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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep: Try these 6 tips for helping kids get the proper amount of sleep. By Michael Rhattigan on September 05, 2014 Over the summer, many children change their sleeping patterns. They're often up later at night, sleep in during the day, or take naps in the afternoon. The return of school can present challenges for kids and parents alike.Does this really matter?More and more research illustrates the importance of sleep for children's health, academic performance, and behavior. Signs of sleep-related problems may show up in a number of ways with kids, including daytime sleepiness, inattention, poor concentration, moodiness, behavioral problems, irregular social skills, and poor academic performance.  Focusing solely on academic performance, a number of recent studies around the world found that higher performing kids average more sleep per night and earlier bedtimes than their poorer performing peers.How can we help our kids...
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Kids Need Physical Activity

Originally published by Scholastic Parents: The Learning ToolkitKids Need Physical Activity - Here are some ideas for what parents can do to increase children's physical activity.By Michael Rhattigan on August 8, 2014 The majority of parents understand that children need physical activity. We inherently know this from real-world experience with kids. Teachers often cite specific reasons, such as:●    Improved behavior (less "excess energy," fewer fights)●    Improved learning (more attentive in class, better retention of material)●    Healthier kids  Countless medical studies in the U.S. and around the world corroborate these beliefs that physical activity can improve behavior and learning for kids.Yet despite the overwhelming evidence of children's need for physical activity, activity levels have declined dramatically. Historically, schools were one primary source of daily activity for kids....
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The Smells of August

The smells of crayons, freshly sharpened pencils, and the rainbow of colored paper thrill me.  Yes, I smell the supplies.  I love staring at pencils, all kinds of pencils.  The thought of having colored paper at my disposal gives me goose bumps.  The random thoughts of collecting all sorts of schools supplies gets me giddy.  I enjoy strategizing what I’m going to buy and how I am going to manage traveling to a variety of stores to get the best sales.  It’s not like I need to purchase the supplies, but having them handy in case a student doesn’t, gives me some sort of satisfaction, or maybe it’s gratification.  I don’t know.But, then summer rolls around and every teacher in the world is screaming, “YIPPEE!” because after a whirlwind of a school year, we look forward to the summer.  Summer is the time when every other person in the world assumes that teachers are sitting around twiddling our thumbs, taking...
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Simple Summer Pleasures

Summer is here and many parents are working hard to try and keep their kids busy. Kids are so different in their need for entertainment and stimulation that finding the right activity for each kid is key to enjoying summer days and nights.  As parents, we all dread that painful “this is boring” or “I’m bored” comment that our kids often utter when they are not enjoying one of our “great” ideas! Photo credit: Eduplace.comI, myself, have two children that are so naturally different - I couldn’t have hand-picked them to be any more different even if I had tried!  My son was always easy to entertain: one quick trip to the bookstore and he would spend days and days buried in the books we bought.  My daughter, on the other hand, is the queen of the “I’m bored” statement!  So there is always a lot more effort required to keep her happy and busy during these loooong summer days!I thought it would be...
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