Students Benefit from Physical Education and Activity

June 24, 2019

If you’ve ever been around the school here, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that our students have many opportunities for physical activity throughout their day.

The half hour Physical Education (P.E. aka “gym”) slot that each class has every day is truly critical for health and wellness.

Leading experts in health sciences such as the Mayo Clinic tell us that regular exercise is necessary for healthy living. Some of the benefits of keeping active include controlling weight, improving mood and energy, sleeping better and fighting many illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, anxiety and depression. Here’s an article about the topic from their website : https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389/?_ga=2.56638122.1298673175.1561401439-1599528095.1561401439

Here at Crossroads Center for Children we are firm believers in the benefits and importance of exercise. Physical activity is woven into each and every day for our students. We know that children need time and space to play and move their bodies. They use “gym” time to express energy, something kids tend to have in abundance. They also use this time to interact with other kids in physical ways, in a safe and structured setting.

P.E. class is a time for children to learn new motor skills. As they participate in games and fitness activities, their abilities improve as does their confidence and also the likelihood of sustaining an active lifestyle lifelong. Children learn by watching and modeling their teachers and peers – by actively doing the tasks. Students work on many motor skills in their P.E. classes, for example bouncing, scooting, climbing, racing, skipping, jumping and hula-hooping are physical tasks that kids are practicing here, many for the first time, and many more for the first time with others. Games of soccer and basketball, obstacle courses, duck-duck-goose, and biking are some of the favorites for our students.

Crossroads Center for Children provides a rich and fun learning environment full of appropriate, active and meaningful experiences for our students. Children come from all over the Capital Region and classes start at age 18 months and go to age 12. Preschool aged children with developmental special needs such as Autism learn alongside their general education peers, and both groups benefit from this educational model. Additionally, four school aged classrooms assist this age group of children, preparing them for successful lives.

For students who qualify for Physical Therapy (P.T.), our Physical Therapist, Mr. Joe, helps them work on work on important and challenging motor skills. Throwing, catching, jumping, stairs, walking…. really whatever the child needs to access the school environment are targeted in PT sessions for the children who have that service in their Individualized Education Plan.

 

In addition to P.E. class and free play times every day, and in addition to P.T. for those who have it, students have additional active movement built into their daily routines. For example, teachers and therapists use strategies during their sessions, lessons and reinforcements to give their students chances to move. Moving through centers, jumping to count numbers, going on a bear hunt, and scavenger hunting through the hallway for letters are some of the creative ways teaching happens at Crossroads. Since the risks to overall health and wellness are great when kids are sedentary, these kinds of movement-motivated activities can only serve to help our kids be happy and healthy.

These are some of the ways Crossroads Center for Children is helping to build health and wellness into our students’ lives, which is part of preparing them for success in their lives.

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Father’s Day Celebration at CrossroadsThanks to The Woodstock Chimes Fund