Let me toss something out to ya . . . Cross-Age P.E. Have you heard of it? Do you all do it at your school? Well, we have the coolest P.E. teachers around and they do cross age P.E. with us off and on throughout the year. What is "cross-age" you ask? Well, the "big kids" at our middle school come up to our gym to work with our primary kiddos on P.E. skills (usually on Fridays). It's a brilliant idea and a win-win for sure. Not only do the little guys LOVE getting to hang out with the cool older kids, but most of the cool older kids really enjoy getting to help out and serve as teacher for a period.
Here's how it works at our school. Multiple primary classes are invited to the gym at a time (usually two or three) and these kids are put into small groups. The P.E. teacher then assigns 2-3 peer helpers from her middle school gym class to each crew of little kids. This makes things pretty manageable.
What games and skills do these middle schoolers teach? It's should be like what don't they teach??!! They work on everything from tossing and catching to balance and teamwork. We even always have a bowling class . . . the kids sooooo love this one.
|It is so cool to see all of the kids working together.|
On another note, I started linking people up for The Perfect Pen Pal Pair up. Here's what taking on 249 matches looked like last night (I went to my parent's house for some much needed help with this . . . thank you MOMMY I couldn't have done this without your extra hands and brain power).
|I kid because I love . . . this actually has been pretty fun for both my mom and me :)|
Yes, we were "at it" for 4 hours and we made it about 1/2 way through. Most every grade that we have tackled thus far has a match. I took into account your class size, grade level, and location before I tried to place ya. If there was a problem I emailed you last night so please check those inboxes for me. Also, you want to keep an eye on that inbox because I will start emailing pairs out this week. Please remember that I have truly done my best for you, but that it is now out of my hands. I hope . . . hope . . . HOPE you are able to turn this rather random pairing into a strong classroom connection!
If you are still interested in signing up to have me find you a pen pal, you have until 08/12 to fill out my online form. Click on the button to learn more! **If you have any notes in regards to your pairing, please indicate them in the class size column on the form and be sure to double check that email :)
That's all my friends. I have to get my fanny into my classroom and get to gettin' on sprucin' things up. Only two weeks are left!! YIKES. Thanks so much for visiting and I'll see you soon.