fbpx
Literacy Partners

5 Ways to Move It at Home

During any extended break from school, even just spring break or a weekend, it’s important to keep kids moving — and not just academically, we’re talking about physical movement.

You can do this with your students through distance learning and encourage parents to get on board with, too.

Here are some suggestions to get started.

5 ways to make moving easy at home. It needs to:

Be attainable

Be fun and builds classroom community (even virtually)

Help students focus

Connect students and families

Allow for healthy habits to be created

How to implement movement virtually:

  1. Weekly Goal​
    Have each child/family/classroom share a movement goal at the start of each week. Hold a Monday meeting, either in the classroom or as a family. Do this with your child or in the classroom — showing them will help get and keep them motivated. Here are some examples: My goal is to do 5 minutes every day (or more), I want to go for family walks, or I want to have a virtual dance party with my classmates.
  2. ​Keep Track
    ​Have kids get creative and make a chart that they can post at home and share together as a family or class. Each day, they write what they did for 5 minutes and put a smiley face, tally mark, sticker, or check next to it each time they did 5 minutes. If they did more than 5 minutes, they could easily show this with their tracking.
  3. Friday Check-In
    Share one fun movement activity you did this week. If you’re working with younger kids, maybe check in once a day. Remember, it’s not about who gets the most minutes, it’s about you all doing the minutes together to feel good. You could, for upper grades, tally everyone’s minutes together, and see collectively how many hours of movement happened altogether, or do this as a family.
  4. ​Have Fun
    Encourage your students to take videos and pictures to share!
  5. ​Adjust as needed
    ​Maybe one week, you need a specific goal as a family or class, and maybe the next week you need daily goals. Doing what works for you and your child is most important. Remember, 5 minutes is attainable, if you do more, great. If not, 5 minutes is just what you need.

Here’s some inspiration for movement to try at home: 

ABC Workout.​ Give an exercise move to each letter of the alphabet. You can use this to spell out sight/vocabulary words:

Example: they, t= 10 toe reaches h= 10 jumping jacks e=10 mountain climbers y=30 second free dance.

A-Z Work Out

I am statements​.
I am strong (strong = 5 push-ups) I am capable (capable = 20 jumping jacks).

Stream Online Apps
GoNoodle, Cosmic Kids Yoga​, CALM KIDS Meditation in the Calm App​.

Kids create a workout game​.
With a ball, paper plates, tennis ball, soup cans: have them write the workout and share together.

If you enjoyed this article, you might like these ones too:

Recent Blogs:

Keeping the Love of Literacy Alive During State Testing

Keeping the Love of Literacy Alive During State Testing

It’s that time of the year again, state testing. I remember the pressure and the stress that would set in during this time. With schools emphasizing test preparation and students feeling the pressure to perform, it is easy for the love of literacy to get lost in the...

read more
Tapping into Kids’ Passions

Tapping into Kids’ Passions

Want to build a love of learning? Start learning what they love! I’m not embarrassed to admit that I get a lot of recommendations from my students! Whether it's during recess or dismissal, I’m always curious to hear what “awesome new thing” I’ve been missing out on....

read more

JOIN US!

Literacy Partners

ADMINISTRATORS

Customized professional development that increases test scores and teacher retention while fostering a true love of reading and writing for your students.

Teachers

TEACHERS

Modern solutions for busy teachers who want to stay at the top of their game and nurture their passion for teaching.

Literacy Partners

AT HOME & IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Learn how you can be an advocate to strengthen literacy in your child’s school.