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Lights On After School: Highlight Physical Activity with this Step-by-Step Family Fitness Event Guide

Did you know that 8 in 10 parents agree that After School Programs should help children become more physically active? In addition, parents who have little knowledge about physical activity overwhelmingly want to learn more so they can share that knowledge with their kids and help them become more active.

There is no doubt physical activity can be intimidating. There are so many misconceptions surrounding physical activity that stops kids and adults from participating. Fallacies about having to spend hours in a gym for any type of results, or that physical activity is boring, are widespread beliefs.

Offering movement activities that are simple and fun in your After School program is the first step in planting that positive seed of physical activity enjoyment. If children are enjoying being active in your After School program, then they are more apt to be open about sharing that positive experience at home.

This month we are recognizing the significance of Afterschool Programs nationwide. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating Afterschool programs and their important roles in the lives of children, families and communities. This year the event will take place at Afterschool programs all over the country on October 24th. If you have not decided what you want to do on this special day, let us help you!

In honor of this special day, we are providing you with a FREE, step-by-step guide on how to host a Family Fitness Event highlighting the importance of planting that positive seed of being healthy and active and loving it! This program walks you through every single aspect of hosting a quality physical activity event.

As a company, we understand how important it is to get support and “buy in” regarding the activities you are providing in your program. That’s why we wanted to share this valuable Family Fitness Event guide with you. In fact, the Family Fitness Event Guide and other family engagement resources are included in our Fitness Skillastics Starter Package. This package is the perfect program designed to organize, motivate and engage students to move and learn with an innovative multipurpose activity kit system that transforms attitudes about physical activity.

Recently, we participated in a local After School Family Fitness Event. As the families started walking into the facility, you could see the fear on their faces, hesitant and wondering what they got themselves into! By the end of the event everyone was laughing and having an amazing time. Many parents shared their fears, but quickly realized how fun being active could be. If you would like to see results like this and highlight your program during the Lights On After School Event on October 29th, we have a special offer for you that is only available in October. Order the Fitness Skillastics Starter Package (PSPFFAS5) and receive 10% off your order. CLICK HERE to place your order today using CODE as1019 or call (951) 279-3476 to place your order over the phone. We also accept Purchase Orders.

Enjoy the FREE Family Fitness Event Guide

Digital Detox: Getting Kids to Reduce Electronics & Move More Using This One Simple Resource

Did you know childhood obesity has tripled since 1980? In addition, the recommended amount of screen time for tweens & teenagers is 2 hours per day, but the national average is 9 hours! Our bodies are meant to move, but digital dominance is consuming children’s lives. In fact, increase screen time can lead to permanent eye damage in children under 9. Family, school and community are all responsible to help solve this issue and After School Programs are the perfect environment to help make a difference.

Offering all-inclusive activities for all abilities that are simple and fun is the 1st step in planting that positive seed of physical activity enjoyment. If children are enjoying being active in your After School Program, they are more apt to be open to sharing that positive experience in the home.

September is Family Health and Fitness month. In recognition of this observance we are offering you a FREE Family Fitness Calendar that you can share with your students that they can take home. Every day includes a simple activity that kids can do alone, with their siblings and or parents.

As a company, we recognize the importance of extending children’s positive experience of being active into the home. If you don’t have “buy in” from the parents, then the likelihood of children sustaining physical activity is reduced. That’s why we include Fitivities®, a Family Engagement Resource in our popular After School Fitness Skillastics® and After School Physical Activity Packages. Fitivities® is a twist on Skillastics® and is used as a “share at home” activity for those children who may display positive character traits during physical activity.

Recently an After School Instructor told us about a young girl who was very resistant to physical activity. She never participated. One day they introduced Skillastics® and this girl was intrigued with the design, so she reluctantly decided to participate. After the activity this girl came up to the instructor and told him how much fun she had, and from then on participated every day! If you would like to see results like this, we have a special offer for you that is only available in September. Order any Skillastics® After School Package that includes Fitivities® and receive 10% off your order. CLICK HERE to place your order today using Code: as919 or call (951) 279-3476 to place your order over the phone. We accept purchase orders.

Enjoy the FREE Family Fitness Calendar.

Custom Card Download for STEM

Custom Card Download for STEM

How would you like to integrate classroom teachers lessons into your program? Our STEM Custom Card Download makes it easy. Here is how it works. 

1) Ask a classroom teacher if they wouldn’t mind including questions on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in your program.

2) Provide them the STEM Custom Card Download Template

3) The classroom teacher would type his/her questions into the template and email it back to you when completed.

4) You would print the template, laminate it, and add the cards to the already existing question cards that are included with STEM Skillastics®.

5) You have now included real-time questions that classroom teachers are reviewing in the classroom into PE. The classroom teacher will be thrilled and you will love seamlessly integrating more academics into your program.

For more information, contact Jess Wadleigh at jwadleigh@skillastics.com or at (310) 431-8205.

Making Free Throws Count

Think about how many games are won or lost on the free throw line. It happens at all levels – Elementary, Jr. High, High School, College and the Pros. Developing a consistent, reliable foul shot can change your success and your team’s success. With all the physical contact that happens during a game, it’s wonderful to take a shot with no one guarding you. You work hard to get to the free throw line, now just put it in!
Things to remember:
• Take deep breaths; relax your muscles. Take a moment to catch your breath. You rarely go to the line rested.
• Repetition is important. Create a habit every time you step up to the free throw line. For example, dribble twice before you take the shot. Do the same routine every time. It will be comforting.
• Use a consistent shooting technique; each shot must be the same motion. Stay balanced. Keep your elbow in. Fix your eyes on the target and follow through.
• Line up properly. Most indoor courts have a nail placed in the middle of the foul line. Line up your right foot with the nail if you’re right-handed, left foot if you’re left-handed.
• Think positively; you must believe in yourself and have the confidence that you will make the shot. Repetition equals confidence; confidence equals success. Practice, practice, practice.
Drills:
1. Shoot at least 100 free throws a day.
2. Step up to the foul line and shoot two at a time. Step back off and the line for a split second. Then, shoot two more free throws.
3. Break up your shooting so you don’t get into a groove. Make 10 jump shots around the basket and then step up to the line and shoot 10 free throws. Repeat.
4. My Dad always told me to challenge myself when shooting free throws. If the ball swishes without touching the rim, it counts. If it touches the rim a little, but still goes in, it does not count. You don’t have to do this at first, but work toward this.
5. Keep a record of the shots you make each day.
Free throws are a very important part of the game. Practice shooting free throws so that you have the confidence to step up to that line during a crucial part of the game and put them in.

It’s Time to Celebrate “Big “Feats”

May: National Physical Fitness & Sports Month is the perfect time to celebrate effective physical education and sport programs – and shine a spotlight on SHAPE America’s members for their individual “feats” of accomplishment. On SHAPE America’s special May website we are proud to share their individual achievements and success stories. By learning from one another, the entire profession will thrive, and our voice will only get stronger.
Visit SHAPE America’s website where we encourage you to:
1. Download new activity ideas and lesson plans, as well as assessments from the newly released PE Metrics;
2. Get inspired by success stories from the profession;
3. Share #BigFeats with the world on social media;
4. Sign up to be a SHAPE America advocate for active and healthy students!
#BigFeats in Advocacy
Have you heard the exciting news? New federal legislation includes $1.1 billion in FY18 funding for Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). That’s $700 million more than last year! Learn what this could mean for health and physical education programs in your school by listening to the recorded ESSA Webinar on SHAPE America’s Online Institute.
With health and physical education listed as priorities under this ESSA block grant, local advocacy over the upcoming months about how this funding is spent — as well as funding for Titles I & II — will be critical. In this webinar, Carly Wright, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, SHAPE America; Jamie Sparks, President-Elect, SHAPE America, and Karen Johnson Advocacy Consultant, SHAPE America, identify key themes in ESSA for health and physical education, highlight important timelines for implementation and offer the critical “next steps” all advocates and teachers must take to leverage this opportunity in schools.
Also be sure to visit SHAPE America’s Legislative Advocacy Center for access to how much money your school district will be getting in ESSA funding and new resources to help you make your ESSA funding request.

Rock Your Administrative Review!

What activity will I do for my administrative review”, is a question we all have asked ourselves. Administrators are looking for an all-inclusive, fully engaged resource that integrates social and emotional learning and academic integration. Easy, right!?!
Based upon feedback from over 100 Physical Education Specialists, this resource ALWAYS provides a stellar review. READ MORE
STEM Skillastics®. According to extensive feedback, STEM Skillastics® ties in everything your administrator wants to see. Every student is fully engaged and is experiencing a physical activity that highlights individual strengths while simultaneously integrating science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge.

Take the time to learn about STEM Skillastics®®. It might be that easy-to-implement activity that you’ve been looking for to bring additional value to your program.

Family Fitness Fun!

Skillastics® is the perfect large group physical activity resource to incorporate into your Family Fitness Event. Here is a Family Fitness Guide that will provide you step by step instructions on how to host a successful Family Fitness Event!

CLICK HERE for Family Fitness Guide

Purchase Speed Stacks Skillastics® TODAY!

Skillastics® & Speed Stacks have joined forces to provide the perfect compliment to your Sport Stacking program!

​The Speed Stacks Skillastics® Activity Kit System lets you teach Sport Stacking using the proven and celebrated Skillastics® method.

The 26 Speed Stack activities reinforce all the skills and knowledge your students need to particpate in this amazing sport while enhancing physical activity, brain development and FUN!

Speed Stacks Skillastics® is NOW available for purchase as a pre-release special price sale!

Take advantage of this amazing price today, and then be one of the first to introduce Speed Stacks Skillastics® into your program in the Fall!

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Introducing Speed Stacks Skillastics®!

Skillastics® & Speed Stacks Join Forces Announcing Powerful Physical Activity Resource

Introducing Speed Stacks Skillastics®! The newest Skillastics® Activity Kit that offers the best of both worlds by teaching Sport Stacking through the proven Skillastics® method.

The new Speed Stacks Skillastics® Activity Kit is launching next week at SHAPE America’s National Convention.

CLICK HERE for PRESS RELEASE

Game On Grant Opportunity Available from Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids will award schools with Game On Grants for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools’ efforts to improve school and student health and become nationally recognized as a health-promoting school. Grants are for $500 or $1,000, and K-12 schools in specific states are eligible to apply.

Want to add Skillastics® to the Grant? We’ve done all the application work for you. (CLICK HERE for Template).

CLICK HERE for more grant information

Due: April 6, 2018

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