Welcome to Physical Education
at Armstrong Elementary!  

Parents please be sure to send your students to school with footwear that is appropriate for P.E. (sneakers) on days that they are coming to PE class.

Conference Time 12:30-1:15


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My name is Mr. McLaren
A.K.A. "Mr. Mac"
You can reach me at:
(936) 709-3400

UPCOMING EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TOO:
Yties Shoe Laces are Coming Back!!!!
PE will be selling the shoe laces that don't have to be tied! Laces come in all sorts of colors and combination and are a lot of fun. Laces are $5 each. All procedes go to extra equipment and programs for Armstrong students and Physical Education.

Armstrong will be hosting Jump Rope For Heart again this year. This annual event helps raise funds for the American Heart Assoc and awareness of Heart Disease. All funds raised are directly donated to AHA. Students participating will get to attend a special event! Students will also earn Pups to wear at school and prizes to take home!

Fitnessgram testing is required by the State of Texas for all students in PE beginning in the 3rd grade. Armstrong students continue to do well and improve on the test. Students at armstrong begin taking the test in Second grade as well. Testing will begin in March. Good Luck Astros! And as always, do your best!

Tiger Challenge is an annual event that allows 4th grade students in the Conroe High School Feeder Zone Compete with each other in a track meet setting. The event is a wonderful experience for all studnets and a lot of fun. Our students always do an excellent job both on and of the field at this event!


Top 6 Tips for Teaching Kids to Tie their Shoes

From Michelle Kouzmine,

Your Guide to Kids' Fashion.

Though most kids' shoes now feature Velcro closures, learning to tie ones own shoes is still considered to be milestone that children should master by 5 or 6 years of age. But, teaching a child to tie his own shoes can be frustrating; kids can lose interest quickly if they feel the task is too difficult, or they may seem to "get it" one day only to completely forget the next.

Have no fear, I've got a few tricks up my sleeves that can make teaching a kid to tie his own shoes a bit easier. All kids learn differently, so try a few of these methods and see what works best for your child.

1. Bunny Ears  

Probably the most common method for teaching kids to tie their own shoes is the "Bunny Ears" method.

Tell the child that he needs to make his shoe laces into "bunny ears."

First, he needs to secure a knot for the bunny's head. Take the laces and cross them over to make an "X". Then, pull one ear through the bottom of the "X" and pull tight.  Say, "Now we need to give bunny some ears." Loop the laces into "bunny ears".

Tell the child that now we need to "make the bunny ears tight so they don't fall off". Then make another "X" using the "bunny ears", slide one "ear" under the "X" and pull tightly.

2. Bi-Colored Laces

This is a great tip that can really make learning to tie much easier. Take two laces in two different colors and cut them down the middle. Then sew them together to make two bi-colored laces. Lace a pair of old shoes with these funny shoes strings. Using bi-colored laces can really help a kid who has trouble remembering his right from his left. You can use any learning-to-tie method in combination with your bi-colored laces.  

3. Cardboard Cut-Out Shoe

Take a cardboard box and cut out an over-sized shoe shape. Have your kid decorate the shoe in any way he wishes. Using a pen, poke holes for laces. Use the bi-colored lace tip above, but instead of cutting the original laces in two, use two entire laces sewn together to create one long, bi-colored shoe string. Lace the shoe and use any teaching method, using this cut-out. Some kids find it easier and more interesting to practice on an over-sized model.

4. The Squirrel and the Tree

This is a fun method that utilizes a kid friendly story and movements that help kids understand and remember the basic steps to shoe tying.  Tell the child to create "tree roots" by making a starter knot.

Make a tree with a long thin loop; hold the loop in the child's right hand.

With his left hand, take hold of the lace and tell him that a squirrel runs around the tree and jumps into the hole under the tree and comes out the other side (he'll need to switch hands at this point which can be difficult for some kids).

Many parents prefer this trick because it teaches the kid to tie shoes with the single loop method.

5. Loop It and Swoop It

This is a less childish, but still memorable way of teaching a child to tie in the traditional single loop method. Teach your child to tie his shoes using the standard tying method, but as you go through the motions say, "loop it, swoop it, pull." Do this over and over while repeating the same three, simple instructions until your child is able to tie his shoes on his own. Encourage him to say "loop it, swoop it, pull" each time he attempts tying his shoes until it becomes second nature.

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Please help your Armstrong student remember to wear tennis shoes on their P.E. days.

Our students particiapte in a large variety of activities in PE:


Constructors and Destructors-
        Students are split into two teams. One team are constructors and the others are destructors. The room is filled with cones. Constructors job is to make all the cones stand up while destructors job is to make them all fall down. They move about the gym moving the cones  using a specified movement pattern or method with wich the move the cone.

Rock the House-
        Students are in two teams, each has to build 3 hula huts built out of 6 hula hoops each, student then use foam balls to throw at the other teams huts. Team can rebuil huts until all huts are down.

Locomotor Patterns-
        Locomotor patterns are very important to physical development and are skills used in other activities. We play many games and activities designed to teach and practice how to; jump, hop, leap, skip, gallop, etc

We also teach conventional sport and activity skills; jumping rope, basketball, football, baseball, frisbee, etc.

 

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7752.