PSC After-School Programs

February 18th, 2002 by Adam

Two after school programs for community elementary school children will be sponsored by the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Plymouth State College beginning in March.

“Educational Gymnastics” will be tailored to children in grades K-5 and “Inventing Games” will help third through sixth graders improve their understanding of games and game strategies. This is the second year of the programs.

The sessions will be held on Wednesday afternoons, March 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 17 and 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the PSC Foley Gymnasium on Holderness Road in Plymouth. Children should wear comfortable sportswear-type clothing and athletic shoes and they should bring water.

Dr. Joy Butler, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation at PSC and a leading educator in concept-based teaching supervises the program. She says, “By inventing their own games, children have a chance to discover for themselves how games are built. They also gain an understanding of concepts like offense/defense, cooperation with team members, moving an object and open space. Inventing games involves both thinking and playing. It is a fun and stimulating way for children to learn new skills and the best ways to apply these skills.”

Student members of the Teaching for Understanding Club (TFU) will teach the sessions. Many are preparing to become physical education teachers. Proceeds from these workshops help to offset the costs of sending student speakers to the national conference in San Diego this April.

Registration forms will be available at area elementary schools, or by request from Dr. Joy Butler at Plymouth State College. Pre-registration (by March 6) will cost $30 and can be mailed to MSC #22, PSC, Plymouth, NH 03264. Students returning from last year’s sessions may pre-register for $25. On-site registration will cost $35. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth State College.

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