It rained yesterday. Boo. I hate rain. Zoey was feeling the icky weather, too, as she was curled up on our blanket basically underneath the bed when I was getting ready for summer school in the morning.
The rain put a little damper on my plans to take my summer school classes outside. And for a class that is titled Active Living + Healthy Eating = Happy Kids, I couldn’t just pop in a movie and call it a day. So what did we do? We kept our workout indoors!
Since I have 23 kiddos in my class, space is definitely a factor since my classroom also houses 24 desks… among all the other stuff. I have the kids partner up, then play one round of rock-paper-scissors to see who is in the first group. (It’s very important to specify one round because otherwise they’ll end up playing a best of goodness knows how many.) I set up an online stopwatch on my computer and display it on the smartboard for everyone to see. Timer is set for 30 seconds. First group goes for 30 seconds, then second group. So it’s work hard for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, repeat, repeat, repeat! Here’s what we did today:
- Jumping Jacks
- High Knees
- “Bottom” Kicks (aka Butt Kicks)
- Ski Jumps
- Sit-Ups (partner hold)
- Fast Feet
- Plank Jacks
That’s just ten exercises, but a solid five minutes of heart racing, sweat pouring activity! The kids really seem to enjoy it, too. The partner who is “resting” watches the clock and encourages their partner. Oftentimes we have a countdown when it gets to ten that really keeps the momentum going.
After the mini sweat session, we do a series of stretching exercises. We hold each exercise for ten seconds, but I like to mix it up with how we count. For example, count to 20 by 2’s, count to 50 by 5’s, count to 100 by 10’s. Nice reinforcement of numbers. It is summer school, afterall! Yoga follows stretching. I bought this wonderful book called The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids.
I really like it so far. There is at least one pose for each letter of the alphabet; some letters have multiple poses. We read about, learn, and practice one or two letters each day. Then, for “yoga warm up” we review all the poses we previously learned before diving into new poses. The students really are taking to yoga. I am very happy and I love how it focuses on flexibility, core strength, and balance as all three are much needed with kids.
We ended the day with a sweet treat. I poured them each a little glass of Silk’s Dark Chocolate Almond Milk. We talked about the difference between dark chocolate and “regular” (milk) chocolate. Most of the students agreed the almond milk tasted like just chocolate milk. I love that I can expose them to new foods and drinks.
Now for some ridiculously exciting news… I’M GOING TO HEALTHY LIVING SUMMIT!
And it gets even better… I won the giveaway hosted by Healthy Living Blogs to receive a reserved, discounted ticket! I was planning on going to HLS anyway, but this assures me that it is meant to be and truly makes the event all the more sweeter! Thank you, HLB; this means so much. I can’t wait to meet (in person) many new friends. Especially you. And you. And you. 🙂 Tickets go on sale at 8pm EST tonight and I hear they go like wildfire, so get them NOW!
Speaking of giveaways, don’t forget to enter my Barlean’s Key Lime giveaway.
What are other indoor exercises suitable for kiddos? Who else is going to HLS?