Teen Social – Field Day May 6, 2016

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Our Field Day & Ice Cream Social was a great success! Each of our families suggested a physical challenge and a mental challenge for the field day/obstacle course. The kids broke into two teams, and  competed for bragging rights (until the next time). Afterwards, we went indoors for ice cream, then changed into swim wear and hit the pool!

Here are some of the activities we did:

 

Mental Challenges:

  • Stroop Test
  • A Truth and A Lie
  • Improv Challenge: Question game (you are asked a question and must answer in the form of a question or you’re out)

Physical Challenges:

  • LARP game – Last One Standing
  • water relay with sponges and 2 liter bottles
  • yoga challenge

We ended up with 10 games, but didn’t get to do all of them!

 

 

 

TH

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LARP for PE – April 15, 2016

LARP PE

Something new we’ll be trying out this summer is LARP-ing, or ‘live action role playing’ for PE. One of our families are frequent LARPers, and offered to work with the kids to make foam swords, and go over basic safety and combat rules. The kids spent a lot of time on their creations, and we can’t wait to put them to good use at our next Park Day!

 

Jumping World USA – Beaumont

logoJumpingWorldToday, we took the kids to bounce around at Jumping World USA – Beaumont! This was our first trip out there, and it was everything we’d hoped it would be.

We’re thrilled to have this facility in town; I’ve wanted to take my kids, but the closest location was Houston. Now that they’re in Beaumont,I think TH will add this to our regular rotation of events.

The kids had a blast – and got a ton of exercise while having fun. With a giant bounce pad and long trampolines (including some that stretch up the wall), the kids had plenty of room to roam. The jump coaches and staff keep the kids from getting too crazy or running over each other, and the signs to help the kids find the right age group for their activities helps, too.

There’s a huge dodge ball court (with trampolines), a water wheel (hamster-ball thingy), a bouncy basketball court and a giant foam pit to bounce into. There’s also an arcade, and refreshments (snack bar and vending machines). The place was spic-n-span (even the bathrooms were clean), too, which was really great.
If you get a chance, definitely check them out!

TH

 

President’s Fitness Challenge 2012

The President’s Challenge is a 6-week physical activity and nutrition awareness program designed to help students and parents step up their physical activity and make healthy eating choices.

We’ve been looking at this program for a while and have finally gotten on board. We have created a group account and added several of our members as ‘instructors’ and will be using the next 6 weeks to record daily fitness and nutrition, set goals and track progress. If you’re a parent in our group, check your email for sign-in information. If you’re a parent in our group who has not been added to the program, please let us know on the Facebook Group and we’ll add you.

Today, we met at Tugboat Island in Port Neches to do an initial assessment of our students. The kids participated in push-ups, pull-ups, flexed-arm hang, curl-ups and the shuttle run. We used a timer to record their best times/number of repetitions, and sent everyone home with the printable activity log to record their progress at home for the next 6 weeks. We also have a participation certificate for the students who choose to take part in this challenge and begin their initial assessment. At the end of 6 weeks, having focused on activity and nutrition goals daily, we’ll met again to do an assessment, then send in the kids’ progress to qualify for the Presidential or National Fitness Award.

There is an Educator’s Booklet that fully explains the program, and how to work with your child over the next 6 weeks to improve activity levels and nutrition awareness. You can order one through the mail, or download it.

If you’re interested in participating with us, please contact us to become a member of our group. If not, you can always sign up as an individual! Parents need not be left out; there’s an Adult Fitness Challenge that goes along with this program. For more information, check out https://www.presidentschallenge.org/

(We did get a group picture, but it’s not on my camera. We’ll update this with a picture when we get it.)

Be well!

TH