Majoring in Elementary Education gave me the opportunity to spend a semester in two different elementary schools to do my student teaching. With so much time spent on testing and pressure on academics, things are being taken out of the classroom like time for art, music, and exercise. A lot of schools have classes the kids go to every day each week, but usually that means art, music, and physical education are only once or maybe twice a week.
I'm a big believer that exercise helps your brain function better. And that you think more clearly when you've had time to 1) take a break from school work and 2) get your body moving!
I recently had the opportunity to review a DVD made by Adventure to Fitness, America's #1 Healthy Network for elementary-aged students, their teachers and parents. It's a 30 minute DVD to get kids to exercise in the classroom. My favorite part is that it follows a story and gives you awesome facts along the way!
I did the DVD called Big Bad Apple. Mr. Marc has to stop Mr. Laze from keeping New York asleep. So he tells you lots of interesting facts about NYC as you try to stop Mr. Laze. And you're moving the whole time! It's awesome!
Teachers can log in with a school ID on their website to get access to all their videos for free. If you're a teacher, this is a great thing to try! Especially on rainy or snowy days when the kids can't go outside.
Parents don't have access to the DVDs just yet, but they're working on that. For now, you can still register on their website and have complete access to fun educational games and activities for your kids, video clips from childhood development and education experts, bonus footage, mini episode clips, and a blog about childhood wellness.
It's important that kids learn about being active from their parents and learn healthy eating habits. Exercise with your kids, do physical activities as a family, and teach your kids why it's important to eat healthy foods. This is a great website that can help you do that.
Check out the Adventure to Fitness website. I think you'll like what you see!