Strength and Unity Through Sport

Friends who play together stay together. Sport and movement have the amazing power to unite us and make us stronger as a community. This is true across all levels and ages and it has been wonderful to see this sentiment take shape throughout Montessori By The Sea – both on the playground and in P.E. class.  

In the month of October, Elementary students came together to play football as part of our Invasion Games unit as well as with the fall debut of the Sound South Schools U9 and U11 football teams. Across Lower and Upper Elementary P.E. classes we saw a wide range of skills and abilities. Players with football experience stepped up as mentors and leaders, and together we became better in our technical skills and game strategy. Students supported one another in discovering what it means to be a great teammate and a respectful opponent. We carried these lessons into the first week of our Tag Rugby unit, which will continue into November. Students who have played before are eager to put their skills and sportsmanship to the test, and those who are new or less familiar to the sport are excited to learn. 

Unity and togetherness are not only virtues we uphold in Elementary classes but also with our Casa and Toddler students. While at this level we are not quite ready to play team sports, children are still learning and growing from one another through observation and modeling. In the month of October, Casa students have continued to work on their locomotor skills along with throwing and catching. Kindergarten students have been introduced to select skills, including dribbling and kicking the football. We have greatly improved in organization as we build our routine for arriving and departing from the P.E. area. Toddler students continue to interact with the equipment in a safe and productive way, while also learning to navigate sharing and turn-taking.  

I am so proud of the progress our students are making on the playground and in P.E. classes, and am excited to see where the month of November takes us. We are looking forward to growing by leaps and bounds in the weeks to come! 

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