For the fourth consecutive year, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPER) at Plymouth State College hosted two after-school programs for Plymouth area elementary school children. “Educational Gymnastics” was tailored to children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and a program on “Inventing Games” helps students in grades three through six improve their understanding of games and game strategies.
The after-school program is held at the PSC Foley Gymnasium on Holderness Road in Plymouth.
“By inventing their own games, children have a chance to discover for themselves how games are built,” Butler says. They also gain an understanding of concepts like offense/defense, cooperation with team members, moving an object, special awareness and decision making.
“Educational Gymnastics” focuses on “fun-damental” movement concepts and movement patterns. The children will experiment with personal and general space, with body shapes, various levels, efforts of movement, and relationships with other bodies and apparatus. Transitions and movement sequences are studied and linked into creative patterns.
PSC students who are members of the Teaching for Understanding Club (TFU) will teach the six afternoon sessions. Many are students preparing to become physical education teachers. The TFU club has offered similar workshops for the past several semesters, and is active in the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the state, regional and national levels.
Proceeds from these workshops help to offset the club’s expenses for sending student speakers to an international conference in Melbourne, Australia, December 11-14.