Community Post: Meet the AMAZING kiddos in a KidFit Academy Classroom!

We are thrilled to give you a brief glimpse into our program with some pictures and a short profile of our amazing kindergarten scholar athletes at Aspire Berkley Maynard AcademyAmie, their extraordinary teacher, has been working with them for several months and the results have been truly INSPIRING!

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End of the Year Celebration

Yesterday, we had the privilege of attending the Cal Poly Mustangs End of the Year Picnic and KidFit Celebration!  We were so impressed!  The students not only were able to explain complex skills like confidence, goal-setting, focus, perseverance, and determination, they also got moving!  The students led their families through their midday yoga circuit.  It was truly amazing to see 6 year olds leading their parents through a Warrior sequence!  Hats off to you Ms. L and the Cal Poly Mustangs!  🙂

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 About the Cal Poly Mustang, from their teacher Amie

The Cal Poly Mustangs are an active group of kindergartners working hard to grow their brains through rigorous academics and using CARES (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control). Our daily schedule includes cooperative learning, independent practice, small group instruction, integrated units of science and social studies instruction, math, writing, reading, Music, Art, and Physical Education.

 

Community Post—Meet Amie, KidFit Academy teacher extraordinaire!

“[KidFit] is a great way to introduce scholars to fitness, healthy choices, and character skills they can easily transfer to academics. It builds and supports the kind of classroom community where students are engaged, invested, and challenged.”

-Amie L.

Notes from the Field: An Interview with a KidFit Academy Teacher

We are extremely excited to introduce an amazing kindergarten teacher using KidFit in her classroom.  She has been using the program for about 2 months and already sees a HUGE difference in her classroom.  Read on to learn more!

Introducing….

Amie L., kindergarten and KidFit Academy teacher at Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy in Oakland, CA

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KF: Tell us about yourself. 

AL: After completing my B.S. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I joined Teach For America and taught second grade for three years in Phoenix, Arizona; then moved to Sacramento to be part of the founding staff at Capitol Collegiate Academy. I currently teach Kindergarten at Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy in Oakland, where I co-chair the Multicultural Committee and founded a chapter of Girls On The Run. I have experience in creating and implementing curriculum, providing support and professional development for new teachers, and leading school-wide committees. In my personal time, I enjoy going to A’s games, hiking, traveling, and cooking; I also organize and manage online challenge/support groups for fitness and clean eating.

KF: What inspired you to use KidFit Academy in your classroom?

AL: As an active, kinesthetic learner myself, I am always searching out ways to engage my students’ entire bodies in the learning process. After doing a lot of research on my own about brain breaks, I was looking for a structured program that would teach fitness skills. After hearing about KidFit, I was excited to implement a program that also taught character-building skills like focus, confidence, determination, goal-setting and grit.

KF: Describe a typical day using KidFit in your classroom.

AL: I implement KidFit in addition to our regularly scheduled recess. At 9:30am, right before recess, I take my scholars outside to do the Morning Circuit. After lunch, at noon, we complete the Mid-Day Yoga Circuit, which gets them calm and focused for reading and writing. During the afternoon, usually right before an integrals class such as Music, Art, or PE, the scholars complete a Mid-Afternoon Circuit.

KF: What has changed in your classroom as a result of using KidFit?

AL: Within days of implementing KidFit, I saw a difference in behavior in my classroom. The Morning Circuit helps to get out a lot of energy and when the students come back inside, as they transition to Centers, I have seen them become a lot quieter and more focused during that time. The Mid-Afternoon Circuit has provided a similar outlet, and they really like getting a chance to move. The Mid-Day Yoga Circuit has been the most transformative part of KidFit for my classroom. The scholars show incredible calm and focus after completing the Yoga Circuit and I have observed their ability to sustain quiet writing and reading time increase dramatically. The character building skills have been an important addition to our day, as well. I weave the language into Morning Message and my directions throughout the day. Students are starting to use the common language to encourage each other. Behavior has also improved, particularly for scholars who could have been labeled “hyper-active” and/or “disruptive” prior to this program.

KF: What was the students’ reaction to the program?

AL: They love it! Especially the yoga. When we learned about writing expository How-To pieces, most scholars wrote at least one piece about how to do various yoga poses. They have taken ownership of the shout-outs at the end of the routines and are starting to help each other with form during all of the circuits. Students from other classes ask to join in!

KF: What kind of response have you gotten from the parents? From other teachers at your school?

AL: Parents have been supportive and a few have come to observe. Other teachers at the school have told me they see/hear us and that it looks like a great program!

KF: What advice would you have for other teachers considering using the program?

AL: Give it a try! It is a great way to introduce scholars to fitness, healthy choices, and character skills they can easily transfer to academics. It builds and supports the kind of classroom community where students are engaged, invested, and challenged.

KF: What is the biggest impact that you have seen as a result of using KidFit?

AL: I can’t pick just one! Scholars are increasingly able to focus quietly for longer periods of time, they are using positive self-talk to encourage themselves and others, and we are having lots of fun. Health, fitness, and character development are all areas I am passionate about, and I am excited that KidFit allows me to share all of these things with my scholars in 3 10-minute chunks per day!

Thanks Amie for all of your fabulous work!  You are truly amazing. 

Videos for Change: Focus Day 1

What does it mean to have focus?

Listen to KidFit Academy founder share what focus means to her.

Videos for Change is a campaign by @KidFitAcademy to break down skills through a series of thought-provoking questions. These videos provide professional development for teachers as they implement KidFit in their own classrooms, guiding students through these questions as they tackle the 10 minute activity brain breaks 3 times a day. Students in the program not only learn how to stay active, but also how to apply important skills throughout their lives. After these short bursts of movement, students are better prepared to learn and absorb knowledge.

Share or create your own video to join the fitness education revolution!

Videos to Change: Goal-Setting Day 3

What are the critical components of setting short- and long-term goals?

1. Watch the video to hear one idea!
2. Create and post a 30-60 second video sharing your idea!
3. Share it with us @KidFitAcademy by posting the link below, on FB, or Twitter.
4. Prepare to inspire students to set goals and get fit!

Join the fitness education revolution today!

Videos for Change_Guiding Questions

Are you ready to inspire students across the nation?  Record a video (or several) of yourself answering one of these questions.  Don’t forget to share the link with us: @KidFitAcademy, Facebook, or comment below!  

For more information about the Videos for Change project, read this

Thanks for being a part of the fitness education revolution! 

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Videos for Change: Fitspiration for a Healthier Tomorrow!

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Want to make a difference in the lives of children across the country? Now you can! Share your story through KidFit Academy’s Videos for Change project, inspiring the next generation youth to get active, learn important life skills, and have fun while improving their overall academic, emotional, and physical well-being.

Our Challenge: Currently, about 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese in this country.  At the same time, teachers and school leaders are faced with challenges as they try to maximize learning time and prepare students for an ever-evolving society.  As school budget gets tighter and tighter, a cost effective program addressing these issues is urgently needed.

Our Solution: KidFit Academy works with schools and teachers to promote healthy lifestyles, enhance academics, and improve school culture through purposeful fitness education.  We do this by working with teachers to seamlessly incorporate 10 minute activity brain breaks at strategic moments throughout the school day. These purposeful movement breaks not only get kids moving, but also promote a positive classroom, create peaceful transitions, and better prepare students’ brains to absorb knowledge.  The program is easy to implement and adapts to the needs of any classroom, any school, anywhere.

Your Role: We know that there are thousands (even millions) of people out there who have seen the power of fitness transform their lives and we want to hear from you!  By recording and sharing a video, you will be a part of the fitness education revolution.  KidFit will incorporate your videos into our school-based programming, allowing students to see people from all walks of life getting active and talking about the importance of fitness and life skills such as determination, grit, goal-setting, and self-confidence.

Each 10 minute brain break energizer starts with a 1 minute reflection answering a guiding question on the skill of the week. Students then engage in a circuit workout tailored to the specific age group and time of day for 8 minutes followed by a 1 minute closing/celebration. You can be a part of this movement as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Pick a guiding question that inspires you. (List in next blog post).
  2. Record a video of yourself answering the question in 30-60 seconds.
  3. Share the link with us!

Please note: KidFit Academy is a nonprofit organization and will use shared videos in our school-based programs.  None of the videos will be sold or used for commercial purposes but may be used for promotional videos to further KidFit’s mission and vision.  Participants in the “Videos for Change” project give KidFit the right to use videos in programming and promotional materials.