Today was the first day of creative movement class for the Zebras and the first day of martial arts class for the Labs and Mustangs. All three classes were willing to try some new activities and enjoyed some familiar activities that we have done before. Their favorite today was being animals. Hopping as frogs, galloping as horses, walking on hands as backward crabs, slithering as snakes, and spinning as dragons, the students had a blast and quite a workout. Each student worked to coordinate their body parts to complete the specific movements. We focused on being the best of the animal and that it was not a competition to cross the floor.
As the students were having fun being the animals, they did not know they were working on their locomotor skills. They are building skills that are required for future success in physical activities and sports, such as balance, endurance, flexibility, strength, body awareness, coordination, speed, self-efficacy, kinesthetic intelligence, and overall fun. For the Labs and Mustangs, being animals build skills and body awareness necessary for martial arts. Thinking about being an animal gets their imagination going and they do not feel like they are doing the work; rather the animal inside of them is. Imitating animals are a good way to warm-up and begin to move!