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Physical Education Program

The goal of the Physical Education program at the Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School is to help children develop the physical competencies that lead to confidence and participation in physical activity for a lifetime. The program helps students to find a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social benefits that come to someone who is physically active throughout his or her life.

At TLS, students will have physical education twice a week for 40 minutes at a time. The program has been designed to focus on three major areas that contribute to a student's physical health and well-being.

1. Movement Concepts.

Movement concepts help children understand how to move effectively. Children practice skills that develop a strong sense of body awareness. Spatial recognition, effort awareness, relationship awareness are all key components in our children’s development of movement concepts.

2. Skill Themes.

In grades 3, 4, & 5 the children are taught how to use these fundamental skills in various games, team sports, and various forms of rhythmical movement. The teacher places emphasis on providing learning experiences that are appropriate for the developmental level of the individual child. Every child develops both cognitive and affective domains throughout the program. This helps the children understand the how and the why of the various skills covered in the program.

3. Wellness Concepts.

Wellness concepts are taught throughout the program. They include, for example, choosing healthy foods as alternatives to their less healthy counterparts. Our program empowers the children with the knowledge needed to make healthy choices in a lifelong pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mr. Stearns at voice mail extension 3420.

Contact Us
Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School
666 South Springfield Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone:973-376-1025

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