I hope you’re enjoying the snow day. In March, our students in all grade levels will continue participating in track and field activities. In the kindergarten and 1st grade, our focus remains on teaching proper running form using the following cues:
On the balls of your feet
Kindergarten and 1st grade students should be able to jog for 1 to 2 minutes without stopping for a break. If the opportunity presents itself, encourage your child to practice jogging for 1 to 2 minute intervals after school or on the weekends. In addition to distance running, the kindergartener and 1st graders will also practice sprints, long jump, shot put, hurdles and relays. Track is an outstanding sport for young children because it builds stamina, strength and flexibility.
In the 2nd and 3rd grade, students should be able to jog for 3 to 4 minutes without stopping for a break. At this grade level, students should be able to change speeds while running at various distances. In addition, students learn both the standing and crouch start for sprints. The students set personal goals by counting their laps whenever they participate in a running station or by measuring their shot put and long jump distances.
In the 4th and 5th grade, students are required to run for 5 to 6 minutes without stopping for a break. We build speed and endurance by having the Students participate in interval and temp runs. In addition, students receive advanced training in both the shot and long jump. Finally, students practice baton handling for the 4 X 100 relays using both visual and blind exchanges. Students in these grades will be eligible to join the school track and field team which will practice at recess. The track team competes in track meets at Icahn Stadium and Verizon Field.