Thank you God!

Hello families,

I truly enjoyed receiving all your emails last week not only because the food looked delicious but you looked like you were having fun! I know online learning and being home can be boring, stressful or overwhelming so please feel free to reach out to me if you have any concerns.

This week, we will be thanking God for creating us and giving us the ability to be physically active.

We can begin with the following prayer..

God made you and God made me,
He made the world for us to see.
God loves you and long ago,
He sent his Son to tell us so.
Jesus showed us many things,

To love and share and dance and sing.
To run and play, to help and care,
He promised he’d always be there.
He died but then came back to life,
let’s celebrate for he’s alive!
Amen.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF MONDAY, APRIL 27 – FRIDAY, MAY 1 (Due by May 2 by noon):

Goals for the week:

  • Thank God for at least five body parts that help you with physical activity.
    • Using at least 1 sentence per body part, tell me:
      • How does this body parts help you to have a physical and healthy life? 
      • Why are you thankful to have this part of your body?

Example:
Thank you God for my lungs. My lungs help me breathe while I exercise and bring oxygen into my body.

  • Participate in any physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels for approximately 30-45 minutes (or more!) Monday – Friday. This doesn’t need to be logged this week but it is still important!

You can submit your prayer in following ways:

  • Send a voice recording or video
  • Type, draw or write

When emailing this to me:

  • Please include all your children in one email
  • In the subject line of the email please put:
    • Week of April 27 – [student’s name and class]

Resources for Parents:

  • Here are 2 lists of body parts to give you some examples:
You can even do this puzzle if you want!

Please let me know if you are not receiving an email when I post on my blog!

God bless,

Ms. Olaivar

Healthy Eating Choices

It looks like we’re all slowly but surely getting adjusted to this online learning! Hopefully after last week, you were all able to create a good bedtime routine and get enough sleep. If not, keep trying!

This week, we’ll be reviewing what we already know about healthy eating.

I’m sure all the students remember trying different fruits and vegetables during our nutrition workshop in Term 1.

Let’s review what a healthy meal looks like..

Healthy foods

A healthy meal includes:

  • whole grain foods such as:
    • quinoa
    • wild rice
    • whole grain pasta
    • brown rice
  • vegetables and fruits such as:
    • apples
    • carrots
    • broccoli
    • mango
  • protein foods such as:
    • legumes
    • lean meats
    • lower fat yogurt
    • fish

This doesn’t mean you have to eat things that you don’t like! The best meal should be made or chosen while thinking of the following things:

  • taste – is it yummy? do you like how it tastes?
  • culture – try foods from different cultures such as korean, filipino, italian or jamaican! ask your parents to make your favourite dishes from your culture
  • budget – is this something we can have all the time or sometimes because it costs a bit more?
  • lifestyle – do you have to eat certain foods because you’re vegetarian, vegan or have food allergies?

It’s not only important to choose healthy foods but we should also think of where, when, why and how we eat.

  1. Be mindful of your eating habits
    • Take time to eat – don’t rush and sit down
    • Notice when you are hungry and when you are full
  2. Cook more often
    • Help your parents prepare what you eat or make suggestions
    • If you have time, cook a meal rather than eat out
  3. Enjoy your food
    • Do you like the food?
    • Try new foods!
  4. Eat meals with others
    • At school, you get to eat all your meals with your classmates and teachers. At home, you can eat with your siblings, parents or other family members.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF MONDAY, APRIL 20 – FRIDAY, APRIL 24 (Due by April 25 at noon):

Goals for the week:

  • Help your family plan and make at least ONE healthy meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) this week!
  • Participate in any physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels for approximately 30-45 minutes (or more!) Monday – Friday. This doesn’t need to be logged this week but it is still important!

You must document your meal in the following ways:

  • Take pictures:
    • Preparing and cooking with your family!
    • The final product
  • Tell me what ingredients you used:
    • which fruits and veggies
    • what protein
    • what whole grains
  • Tell me how you feel about:
    • Helping to make the meal – did you enjoy it? was it hard? would you like to do it again?
    • The food – was it yummy? did you try something new?

When emailing this to me:

  • Please include all your children in one email
  • In the subject line of the email please put:
    • Week of April 20 – [student’s name and class]

Resources for Parents:

I’m looking forward to seeing all the yummy meals that you create! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have questions or concerns!

Ms. Olaivar

Sleep!

Hello students and parents,

I hope the first week back to “school” went relatively well and that you all had a lovely Easter weekend. If it was a bit of a rocky start.. don’t worry, this is a new week!

Thank you to all the students who sent in their activity logs. I’m not able to reply to all emails but I’m happy to see that many of you have been finding ways to stay active! I hope more of you will be able to complete the activity this week.

If you’re still feeling a bit lost, feel free to go back to my “Welcome Back” post here that outlines the way I will be teaching during this time.

I finally have my subscribe button up and running! Please enter in your email so that you’re updated each time that I post.

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This week, we will be learning about my favourite part of the day….. SLEEP!

Whether we love it or hate it, sleep affects many aspects of our lives like our energy level, focus and mood. You can check out some interested facts below:

As we can see, elementary school children should be getting 9 – 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep with a consistent sleep and wake up time.

I know some of you may be thinking this is impossible, especially those of you who spend the late hours with your screens! With consistency and an understanding of the benefits, you can easily create a routine which will turn into a habit.

Below are some changes you can make to improve your sleep routine and quality. They can also be found on the ParticipACTION website:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends! 
  • Avoid caffeine, which can be found in coffee, soft drinks and chocolate 
  • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning as sunlight helps your biological clock reset itself each day 
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow 
  • Exercise regularly during the day !!!
  • Develop a relaxing routine before bedtime—ideas include bathing, music and reading 
  • Don’t go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a heavy meal right before bed 
  • Don’t have pets in your bedroom
  • Keep cell phones, computers, TVs and video games out of the bedroom
Ability Toolkit

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF TUESDAY, APRIL 14 – FRIDAY, APRIL 17:

Goals for the week:

  • Create your dream bedtime routine and complete the assignment below.
  • Participate in any physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels for approximately 30-45 minutes (or more!) every day. This doesn’t need to be logged this week but it is still important!

You may present your bedtime routine to me in one the following ways:

  • All grades: Make a video or voice recording answering the questions on your grade’s worksheet.

OR, you can complete one of the following sheets:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 1:
  • Grade 2 – 3:
  • Grade 4 – 5:
  • Grade 6 – 7:

When emailing this to me – golaivar@sfxschool.ca:

  • Please include all your children in one email
  • In the subject line of the email please put:
    • Week of April 14 – [child’s name and class]

RESOURCES:

Sweet dreams,

Ms. Olaivar

The journey begins..

Hello everyone,

Before you continue any further, please see my Welcome Back post!

This week, we’re starting with an introduction to physical activity.

April 6 is ….

While this is something many of us are familiar with, I would love for parents to discuss the definition, benefits and guidelines that are explained below.

DEFINITION:
Physical activity is any sort of movement by the skeletal muscles (such as our arms and legs) that helps us burn up the energy we get from the food we eat. Examples of physical activities are: running or jogging, swimming, dancing and even playing on the monkey bars!

GUIDELINES:
According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), children and youth age 5-17 should follow the guidelines below for a healthy 24 hour day.

You can find much more detailed information here and download the guidelines for reference. We will be coming back to sections of this throughout the rest of the year.

LESSON FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-9:

For your child to understand what these guidelines mean and to give them ideas for how to shape their day, have them “Build Your Best Day” here. This is an interactive activity that they can complete with your help (K-Grade 3) and with your supervision (Grade 4-7).

Goals for the week:

  • Participate in any physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels for approximately 30-45 minutes (or more!) every day
    • Moderate to vigorous physical activities require physical effort, and make you feel more tired and breathe harder than usual.
  • Document your physical activity on the chart below!

Things to think about:

  • You do not have to exercise for 30-45 minutes straight, this can be broken up throughout the day when you need a brain break or feel antsy. 
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative – make up a game, exercise, dance! As long as you’re being active and raising your heart rate. 
  • Be honest with yourself and me! Don’t worry about your mark, worry about your well-being.

Physical Activity Log for this week:
Due: Saturday, April 11 at the latest! Email me at golaivar@sfxschool.ca. As I mentioned before, do your best and don’t stress.

You have a few options for filling this out:

  • Fill out the Microsoft Word document directly, save and send it to me
  • Print it out, fill it in, take a picture / scan and send it to me
  • Copy the information down by hand, take a picture / scan and send it to me
  • If you have another way of filling this out, that works too!

When emailing this to me:

  • Please include all your children in one email
  • In the subject line of the email please put:
    • Week of April 6 – [child’s name and class]

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

This may seem like a lot but take a deep breath, take a look at my post about scheduling here, and don’t stress if things don’t go according to plan. We’re all learning and figuring out what works best! This will take time and that’s okay.

We can do it!

Ms. Olaivar

Welcome back!

I want to first start off by posting my newsletter below as it has a lot of information about how we will be moving forward with our Physical and Health Education class.

As I mentioned in my newsletter, I understand that there may be obstacles restricting some families from fully completing the assignment each week. Don’t stress! Do the best you can and communicate your needs or concerns with me via email.

Moving on to my expectations! This poster should be familiar to all students as we have discussed and reviewed it many times this year but I have made some important adjustments to take into consideration.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Go for a walk, do a workout as a family or try to think of all the things we can be grateful for. Also, take a look at my previous posts for some great ideas.

I’ll be back on Monday!

Structure and Schedule

I’m sure that over the years, you’ve seen teachers post a Shape of the Day or Schedule on their whiteboards. While we may not realize, many adults and children alike thrive off structure and having a schedule.

First, allow your children to have a quiet space to work that has the following things:

  • a desk
  • a seat of some sort – think about alternative seating, exercise ball, option to stand, etc.
  • all their supplies – books, pencils / pens, colouring pencils, etc.
  • limited electronics – only those needed for work (think about parental controls)

I recognize that this may be difficult in many households! If they’re having an issue with noise, try noise cancelling headphones (without music playing), earmuffs, etc.

Next, I’ve been seeing various schedules / shapes of the day floating around the internet. I decided to make one myself, taking inspiration from my friend and fellow teacher, Mrs. Nixon’s blog. If you’re looking for amazing resources and ideas of what to insert into your schedule, definitely take a look.

As you can see, I’ve laid out set times for various things such as wake up, snack, lunch, dinner and bedtime. I believe that these should remain the same each day in order to create a sense of normalcy.

In the blank areas, that’s when you insert things like school work, chores / deep cleaning, outdoor activity, quiet time, and limited screen time.

Important things to note when making your own schedule:

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https://csepguidelines.ca/children-and-youth-5-17/

Note that children and youth aged 5 to 17 should:

  • Get 9 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep with a consistent bed and wake up time
  • No more than 2 hours of recreational screen time
  • Not sit for extended periods

If you are interested in incorporating this into your home schedule, here are the downloadable files.

I hope this information helps!