Rivendell Physical Education

Mixing it Up

Special classes like PE, computers, art and music don’t stand in a vacuum. They regularly interact with reading, writing, mathematics and each other. In PE, we have to time, measure and calculate; we learn about other cultures through the games we play; and we even try to compete with style and artistry.

The “Bodies in Motion” activity takes that literally! Preschool and Younger Kids paint pictures of figures moving (a la Keith Haring) in art. Then we bring those paintings into the gym, and the kids look at them, one by one, as if in an art museum. But they don’t just look—they have to perform the motion suggested by the figure! It requires some balance, flexibility, and most of all imagination.