My observing of Mrs. Lori Calfee^s elementary PE classes at North Lee Elementary School was very educational as well as enjoyable. I spent three days with grades one through six and saw how much these children enjoy their gym class. These games and exercises provide three important lessons for the children:
- They show the importance of exercise,
- They give the children a sense of sportsmanship, and
- They teach the children the importance of teamwork.
These lessons help the children get an early start on the aspects of life that help a person get a head start on their future. Exercise is an important part of life. The sooner children learn the benefits of a healthy body, the more likely they are as an adult to try to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.
While these kids run and play their games, they do not realize they are getting an excellent workout. These games also show the kids that exercise can be fun, so it does not seem like a chore. This showed me that teaching a young person the value of exercise early will help that child become a healthy teen and a healthy adult.
Sportsmanship could be the most important lesson a PE class can teach a young man or woman. If these children learn the importance of fair play, honesty, and respecting others early in life, it could start them on the way to becoming solid citizens. If a child can learn how to take a loss in elementary school, it can help that child learn how to take a more