It’s basketball time at East Lake Academy, and as we prepare for our upcoming basketball season, middle school students will be participating in a basketball unit for the next three weeks. The primary focus of this program is to help students refine their basic skills including: dribbling, passing and shooting, practicing taking free throws and lay-ups to the hoop, and improving offensive and defensive techniques. In addition students will participate in drills to polish these crucial basketball skills. Students will partake in games such as: Dribble Elimination, Line Basketball, Free-Throw Line Knockout and various team scrimmages. Students will work together to improve their skills on the court. Basketball can become a competitive game, but teaching the fundamentals and working on team collaboration will help students excel in the sport, grow in spirit, mind, and body. This unit will prepare students for upcoming fitness testing.
This month preschoolers, kindergarteners and first grade students worked on building locomotor skills which include: running, jumping, skipping and galloping. Students were engaged in games such as: Wishing Well, Ocean Rescue, Bean Bag Mania and Exercise Dice which helped to enhance core strength and cardiovascular fitness. Working on these fundamentals with students enriches their manipulative movement skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, bouncing, and ball rolling. Students continued to participate in tag games, learning how to follow directions, take turns and participate respectfully. Students in grades 2 and 3 played kickball and a variety of games which included: Battleship, Pac-Man, Ultimate Football and Pinball. They continue to work on interacting positively with respect for others, developing team building skills and sportsmanship in a physically active setting. During basketball students in grades 4 and 5 worked to refine their skills and learn more about the rules, personal fouls, violations and the positions in basketball.
“Sports do not develop character, they reveal it” – John Wooden