Happy Thanksgiving

by Rodney Hogan on November 21, 2014

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of  THANKSGIVING.

~H.U. Westermayer

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving is the opportunity it provides to say thanks for the privilege of helping you take care of important needs.

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Motivating Kids to Be Active Part IV

by Rodney Hogan on November 18, 2014

Which of these three types best describes your child?

  1. The nonathlete:  This child may lack athletic ability, interest in physical activity, or both.
  2. The casual athlete:  This child is interested in being active but isn’t a star player and is at risk of getting discouraged in a competitive athletic enrivonment.
  3. The athlete:  This child has athletic ability, is committed to a sport or activity, and likely to ramp up practice time and intensity of competition.

If you understand the concepts of temperament and fitness types, you’ll be better able to help your kids find the right activity and get enough exercise — and find enjoyment in physical activity.  Some kids want to pursue excellence in a sport, while others may be perfectly happy and fit as casual participants.

Whatever their fitness personality, all kids can be physically fit.  A parent’s positive attitude will help a child who’s reluctant to exercise.

Be active yourself and support your kids’ interest.  If you start this early enough, they’ll come to regard activity as a normal — and fun — part of your family’s everyday routine.

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Motivating Kids to Be Active Part III

November 12, 2014

The best way for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.  Toddlers and preschoolers should play actively several times a day.  Children 6 to 17 years should do 60 minutes or more physical activity daily.  This can include free play at home, active time at school, and participation […]


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Motivating Kids to Be Active Part II

November 5, 2014

Healthy, physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.  And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age. So there’s a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it?  The three keys are: Choosing the right activities for a child’s age:  If you […]


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Motivating Kids to Be Active Part I

October 29, 2014

Anyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around.  But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active. As they get older, it […]


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Help Kids Keep on Moving

October 22, 2014

Children of all ages should have a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day.  Students who participate in at least an hour of physical activity a day can improve their attention span and cognitive functioning, as well as maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, feel better and function better in school […]


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Physical Activity

October 15, 2014

Regular physical activity helps children grow strong and healthy, build muscles and bones, develop vital motor skills, and even improve their immune systems.  As kids get older, it can be a challenge to get sufficient daily exercise, due to the increasing demands of school and hectic family schedules. But, when growing children don’t get enough […]


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Playground Rules – IV

October 8, 2014

Social Interaction:  Time spent on the playground is essential to helping children develop positive social skills.  Playground rules that facilitate healthy social interaction among students include taking turns and resolving conflicts in an appropriate manner, such as using “rock, paper, scissors” to determine who will go first during play.  Another important rule that many elementary […]


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Playground Rules – III

October 1, 2014

Playground Games –  Many playgrounds offer games such as basketball, kickball and four square.  As some children may be unfamiliar with how to play these games, rules are often provided by teaching staff, in an official school document or on the school’s website.  Rules that are common among these sports may include the number of […]


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Playground Rules – II

September 17, 2014

Play Structure – Kids may be instructed to count to a designated number while playing on a swing to ensure fairness among everyone who wishes to participate in this activity.  On monkey bars, students may be required to proceed one at a time, and may not be permitted to swing upside down on this equipment.  […]


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