jump rope sequence

Today I began double jump rope with 1st and 2nd graders. I used the following sequence and it worked very well: 1. With students sitting, I demonstrated turning the rope. I used a student helper who I knew had some experience. I emphasized watching each […]


It is time to introduce jump ropes to my little people (Kindergarten, first, second).  After 10 minutes of fitness, 25 minutes of jump rope was a little long so today I tried this: We started on one side of the gym.  I told the children […]


This game was a favorite this fall with my 3rd and 4th graders.  I also played it with 5th & 6th.  Class is divided up into two teams.  They each form a line on opposite sides of the field.  The offensive team has small token […]

Kicking Week 3

After 2 weeks of practicing different kinds of kicking, I wanted to give my 1st and 2nd graders some game action.  I didn’t think most of them were ready for a full game of kickball and I didn’t want most of the class standing in […]

Kicking with 1st and 2nd graders!

I have been teaching my first and second graders correct kicking form.  It is a pretty easy concept for most of them and they have had a lot of fun with it the last 2 weeks. Week 1:   I decided to use foam dodge […]


I tried another couple of basketball-based games with 3rd and 4th graders this week.  These focus on dribbling skills.  I divided my class of 35 into 3 groups.  One group had shooting practice while the other two played dribbling games. Dribblerama:  everyone has a ball. […]

Indoor Games


Although I generally speak extensively about getting your kids outdoors, even in the winter, I live in the real world, and sometimes it’s just too stinkin cold, or dark, to be outside!  So here are a few indoor games that might get your kids (and […]

Better Breakfasts


The month of October we are dedicating to ‘better breakfasts’.  Starting your day off with a good breakfast can make the difference between a good day and a bad one. Breakfast restores your blood sugar to normal levels, gives you energy, and helps you put […]