• The focus of the MMS Physical Education Program is to help children create a healthy foundation of fitness for life by providing exposure to a wide range of activities and sports while making fitness fun and enjoyable. Students will be assisted in working towards meeting physical fitness standards and will participate in other fitness programs such as Jump Rope for Heart.

     

    Beginners (ages 2-4)

    Creative play, movement to music, and obstacle courses allow the children to explore what their bodies can do. Students are introduced and encouraged to practice locomotive activities such as skipping, hopping on one foot, and balancing during both creative movement times and playground activities. Daily outdoor playtime allows the children to develop their muscles and coordination through climbing, swinging, sliding, running, and sandbox play. (This is a part of classroom activities taught by classroom teachers, not a separate class.)

     

    Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-6)

    Kindergarten classes have P.E. twice a week in thirty minute sessions. Students are introduced to basic movements and skills. The focus is on the enjoyment of participating in physical activities. Each day starts with a stretching routine that changes every quarter. The remainder of the class is devoted to skill development. Units include fundamental movements such as running, stopping, skipping, jumping, kicking, throwing, and catching. Various sports equipment is used, however, the emphasis is on locomotive development and skills as opposed to sport-specific skills.

     

    Lower Elementary (ages 6 – 9)

    Students in the 1st-3rd grades have P.E. four times a week in thirty minute sessions. The focus is on participation and discovery of activities. Some sport skills are introduced. Each day begins with a warm-up routine and students are then led through games and activities to develop skills and movements. One day per week is devoted to large group games that correspond with the skills being developed. This provides the students an opportunity to work together and to learn how to play a specific role on a team with sportsmanship constantly emphasized. Cardiovascular and general fitness training is also a component of the students’ P.E. program.

     

    Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)

    Students in the 4th-5th grades have P.E. four times per week in forty-five minute sessions. The focus is on teambuilding and creating a fit lifestyle. Personal exploration of various sports and activities is emphasized to help children find activities that they will enjoy as they grow older. Sport skills are taught as a part of skill and locomotive development. Each day begins with a warm-up routine that changes every six weeks. Students are led through games and activities to develop skills and movements. One day per week is devoted to large group games that correspond with the skills the students are working towards. This provides the students an opportunity to work together and to learn how to play a specific role on a team with sportsmanship constantly emphasized. Cardiovascular and general fitness training is also an important component.

     

    Middle School (ages 12-14)

    Students in Middle School have P.E. four times per week in forty-five minute session. The focus is on teambuilding and creating a fit lifestyle. Personal exploration of various sports and activities is emphasized to help children find activities that they will enjoy as they grow older. Sport skills are taught as a part of skill and locomotive development. Each day begins with a warm-up routine that changes every six weeks. Students are led through games and activities to develop skills and movements. One day per week is devoted to large group games that correspond with the skills the students are working towards. This provides the students an opportunity to work together and to learn how to play a specific role on a team with sportsmanship constantly emphasized. Cardiovascular and general fitness training is also an important component. All of the above skills that have been continued from lower grade levels are expanded upon and intensified. Middle school students also incorporate their individual creativity into PE classes. They create and perform jump rope and dance routines and also learn alternative fitness practices such as yoga and pilates.