ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue1 - Page 34

SMALL TALK Ph ysical edu cat ion is an im por t an t par t of t h e An dover Pu blic Sch ools, st ar t in g w it h ou r you n gest st u den t s. Ever y pr esch ool class at Sh aw sh een par t icipat es in a w eek ly PE class w it h M s. Collin s, ou r aw esom e PE t each er . Each session st ar t s w it h a w ar m -u p. Ch ildr en lin e u p on t h e squ ar e on t h e gym f loor . Wh en t h e m u sic st ar t s, t h ey w alk ar ou n d u n t il t h e m u sic st ops. Th en , in sequ en ce, t h ey m ar ch , ju m p, side-st ep, slide, gallop, r u n an d w alk back w ar ds. Each act ivit y is cu ed by t h e m u sic t o st ar t an d a st op sign t o st op. Af t er t h e w ar m -u ps t h ey do an act ivit y, w h ich is of t en st r u ct u r ed t o r elat e t o t h e cu r r en t academ ic t h em e. Act ivit ies in clu de gym n ast ics, st at ion s, bask et ball, r in g t oss, bow lin g an d m or e. Wh en t h e class en ds, t h ey lin e u p on t h e squ ar e f or h igh f ives an d h ead back t o t h eir classr oom s. Th r ou gh ou t t h e class, ch ildr en ar e given assist an ce w h en t h ey n eed it , bu t ar e also given t h e f r eedom t o t r y an d explor e on t h eir ow n . Th e m u sic, lin es on t h e f loor , an d st op sign all h elp to cu es/ bou n dar ies f or ch ildr en ar e on ot h er s ar e ju st pr ovide visu al t h e st u den t s. Som e t ask t h r ou gh ou t , w h ile lear n in g t h e sk ills an d r ou t in es. All of t h e ch ildr en ar e able t o par t icipat e w it h som e m easu r e of in depen den ce in t h eir ow n w ay. Wh ile t h e developm en t of ph ysical an d locom ot or sk ills is t h e pr im ar y f ocu s ,