Joy in PE? It sounds unusual, right?
At 12:10 PM today, family members of my Kindergarten class streamed into the gym. It was “Bring Your Parent to PE Day,” the first since “the before times.” It was also our last day working with the gymnastics equipment that has been housed in our gym for the last six weeks. On Friday afternoon it will be loaded onto trucks and moved next door to our upper elementary school. Now it’s their turn, after a “residency” with us and our neighboring sister lower elementary school.
It was time to celebrate all our physical and mental achievements and challenge family members to join us. And what a blast we had. I’m not sure who had more fun — the kids or their parents. They came in sweats and sneakers, some hamming up their pre-game stretches and warmups, ready to show their proud child that mom or dad’s still got it. The rope swing, parallel bars, tumbling mats, climbing wall, vault, and balance beam — they did it all. They showed their child that they can still be a kid, try something new, take a risk, and have fun. And how proud they were of their child.
Oh, the look on their faces. Pure joy.
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.
6 thoughts on “Joy in PE #SOLSC23”
What an engaging way to involve families! I’m sure the kids felt so proud to show off their skills.
Traveling gymnastics equipment…that IS a wonderful idea. How fun to let the kids and parents play and share their abilities.
Oh my gosh! What a fun day! I’ve never heard of traveling gymnastics equipment, but I think I would have totally joined in with the parents.
I bet the parents loved participating with their kids.
I loved your descriptive, narrative of this fun day. Funny and heartwarming post.
Your writing definitely captured the joy in these moments for parents and students! I am pretty sure that will be a wonderful memory of the year.