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Physical Education - Mrs. Reddy

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8th Graders are nearing the end of their Pickleball unit. Did you know this game is named for the family dog of its creator? That's right, Pickles the dog kept snatching the ball while the game was played on the family driveway and the game was born. A paddle is used to hit a wiffleball over a low net. The game includes elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. Pickleball requires skill, but not power since the ball moves at about one third of the speed of a tennis ball.


7th grade recently played a game of Mat Ball. The game is similar to kickball, but played indoors and has several differences which help build teamwork. Runners must circle the bases twice in order to score, and up to 5 players can be on a base or mat at the same time. Students worked well together and enjoyed the competitive nature of the game.


6th graders participated in a P.E. "Study Hall" where they could choose their own activity. This allowed extra time for me to work individually with students who wanted to improve on their physical fitness subtests. Students are often given more than one trial on these tests. It's great to see that many of the students have set personal goals and have worked to improve in an area of physical fitness.


5th Graders have learned all of the ballroom dances in the Dancing Classrooms program and are preparing for the school performance on April 18. Their competition will be held the following week on April 24 at South City Academy. The team has made excellent progress throughout the course.


4th Graders have been dancing to the tunes of the FIT KIDS workout. Using a projector in the gym is a great teaching tool and allows students to follow along to dance moves on the screen. Another favorite of many students was the Star Wars Jedi In Training Warm Up and a warm up called, Would You Rather Fitness which gave 2 exercise options to choose from on the screen.


3rd Graders were very prayerful on Holy Thursday. After a series of warm up exercises and cardio time, we spent time reflecting on the events of Holy Week. I told the story to the children of the Passion of the Lord using Resurrection Eggs and a story book that accompanied the eggs called "Benjamin's Box." This was a special class for the students held during the holiest of weeks in our Catholic Church.


2nd graders worked together to learn the "Bunny Hop" right before Easter. They also enjoyed playing their favorite game, Hot Foot, in which they must hop over bean bags that are slung across the gym floor.


1st graders are making very good progress jumping over a self turned rope. I break the skills down for the students to help ensure their success. Before leaving class, one student remarked, "Thanks, you just made jumping rope a whole lot easier for me." :)


Kindergarten students are learning a traditional German dance called the "Kinderpolka." We have to work on transitioning to the next partner in this circle dance, and when we have mastered that, we plan to invite the 8th grade buddies to a Kinderpolka dance party! The kindergarten students think it is pretty awesome that they will be teaching their 8th grade buddies the steps to the dance!

The goal of our P.E. program is to help all students develop their physical skills within their limits.  
"I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me." Philippians 4:13. 

All students are encouraged to do their best as they build confidence and competence in their physical abilities.  This competence can help lead students to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.  Students participate in a variety of games, sport skill activities, sports and exercises with an overall focus on teamwork. 


1. FAITH - At a Catholic school, we have many opportunities throughout the day to connect with God, and P.E. class is no exception.  Each class begins with a short prayer.  At various times of the year, we celebrate our faith.  For example, in December younger students work on jumping over pink and purple cardboard tubes that resemble Advent candles to remind them of this holy season of waiting for the birth of Jesus.

2.  ARCHERY - During the fall, our 5th through 8th graders participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program.  Archery is a highly inclusive and safe sport.  This is an exciting opportunity for our students made possible by the generous support of our Home and 
School Organization.

3.  CATHOLIC-FIT - Our 6th-grade students and their families participate in a program called CatholicFit which combines faith and fitness.  This program strengthens the Catholic identity and health and fitness of our students and their families.  This program is a collaborative effort in the Northeast County Deanery of Catholic Schools.

4.  PHYSICAL FITNESS AWARDS - Students in first through eighth grades participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness awards program.  Many students look forward to this challenge.  This program is designed to help them be committed to physical fitness for improved health and performance.  The fitness test includes five events that measure muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility. There are 3 levels of awards:  Presidential, National, and Participation.

5.  HEALTH LESSONS - Health lessons are taught in some of our P.E. classes.  We use a program called Health Teacher that is currently being implemented in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  The program focuses on attitudes, and skills that will provide students an opportunity to learn and to practice behaviors that promote lifelong health and wellness.

6.  RUNNING CLUB - St. Ferdinand offers and after school Running Club.  This is a free club that gets together on Wednesdays.  Students join together in a prayer, warm up, running/walking period and a cool down/stretching phase.  The students enjoy getting together to exercise with friends when the school day ends.

7.  GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON - Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade have the option of participating in the Go! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon.  This is a program designed to help promote reading-proficients, community-minded and physically-fit children.  Over the course of several months, students read 26 books, right the community with 26 right or good deeds and run 26 miles.  In April, our students join together with other school children in Forest Park to run the last mile of their journey.

8.  HOMERS FOR HEALTH - St. Ferdinand has raised hundreds of dollars over the last few years in our participation in the St. Louis Cardinal's Homers for Health program.  This is a lot of fun and all for a great cause since our kids are helping kids at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  In the spring, students participate in a raffle and classroom homerun derby with the top finishers competing in a school home run derby.  The winners in each division then move on to Forest Park for the next round of competition and have the opportunity to meet Cardinal players like Matt Holiday.

Check out my links page to the left.  You will find helpful websites for sports and healthy foods.  Enjoy.