Pre-Primary

Physical Education

People have known for millennia that a healthy body makes a healthy mind, and academic research has made this link clearer.  Exercise dramatically boosts cognitive ability, attentional control, and executive functions.

In Pre-primary, kids just know that school is really fun.

Students have frequent motor breaks–playing Simon Says, Follow the Beat, or doing yoga poses–to stay engaged throughout the day.  Exercise delivers an emotional lift as well, so kids feel good about learning.  This emotional linking is one of the many ways children learn to love learning, developing academic habits that will stay with them for a lifetime.

In addition to these play periods built into the academic day, students visit the Waughtel-Howe Field House three times a week for 30 minutes of fun (and gross motor development) with parachutes, rings, cones, and other toys.  Games and activities often require students to listen to and remember multi-step directions, cooperate with classmates, and practice balance, hand-eye, and hand-foot coordination.

And of course, they have recess every day, allowing Pre-primary students to play with one another as well as the younger students in Nursery.  Recess is an essential part of a child’s day, where they process what they’ve learned, burn off extra energy, and practice social skills.

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