Monday, January 30, 2012

lab 2 buzzz

1.) Explain why exercise such as sit-ups and push-ups have to be modified for kindergarten and first grade students in the DVL 1.
Young students are not as developed with motor skills or body control.  As teachers we need to encourage young students to want to be physically fit. Most elementary students see push-ups and sit-ups as a form of punishment which is a bad thing.  You want to encourage fitness and make it fun.  If you modify these boring exercises into something the kids can relate to, the students will enjoy them and can have fun with it.

2.) Why is rhythmic activity important for young children?
Rhythmic activity is very important for young students because it is an important component to all forms of movement. It allows student to work on their internal beat and practice for future activities.  It is also good for incorporating other subject areas like music into the physical education classroom.

3.) Define laterality and explain why tracing giant letters helps reinforce cognitive learning.
Laterality is the preference most people show to one side of their body over the other.  This is common amongst both young students and even adults.  People become comfortable using a dominant hand to do most daily activities and it becomes a habit.  Tracing the giant letters helps the students work on the alphabet and how each letter is formed.  Cognitively the student has to visualize the letter in their head and recreate it using their fingers as a pencil.

4.) Why are educators concerned about young children not being able to keep an internal beat?
An internal beat is an important part of early physical education. As an elementary teacher your job is to work on this with the students and prepare them for more advanced activities in the future.  If a young student is not able to keep an internal beat it can be a problem as they move forward in school.  It is much harder to pick something up at an older age like an internal beat.  That is why as teachers we have to focus on it at a young age and have them prepared for the next level.

5.)  Define homo-lateral and cross lateral movements.
Homo-lateral movements are same side movements. For example when a baby is creeping or army crawling that is a homo-lateral movement. Cross lateral movements are when the arms and legs cross over from one side of the body to the other.  This is s very important concept for young students to grasp.

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