After spring break we go into our unit on track and field. The Older Kids learn about the various events to prepare for the Poudre School District elementary track meet later in the spring. Middle and Younger Kids have their own mini-track meets in their class right here at school. We go over rules and technique for various events. For track, we run 50m, 75m and 100m sprints as well as relay races. Field events are the long jump, triple jump, softball throw, and even the shot put (using a 6-pound shot)!
Particularly with individual events, we emphasize doing your best—competing against yourself or the clock, more than other competitors. Imagine you go to the Olympics, run your race, and set a new personal record time… but only finish 6th. Success or failure? By my book, definitely a success. You give it your all, and trophies, ribbons and awards may come after that as a bonus.