2014-2015 School Review: Health and Physical Education

Okay, last one. This is my final recap post of our 2014-2015 school year (1st/3rd).

{You can also check out the reviews for mathlanguage artsgeographyhistoryscience, and art/music.}

Health topics we studied

  • fire and arson prevention and safety
  • bicycle safety
  • highway safety and traffic regulations
  • alcohol, drug, and tobacco misuse
  • safety in the home
  • safety in the community
  • basic first aid
  • immune system and vaccines
  • human body

The first four items are mandated in our state regulations; they must be covered each year K-12. Our human body study was not as in-depth this year, although it’s a topic we come back to frequently and will cover more next year.

One of our favorite go-to resources for health topics is KidsHealth from Nemours. The Agents love playing around on the site and watching the videos. We also attended a journey through the human body event in the spring.

Really, though, a lot of our health “studies” are simply talking about issues as they come up, and making sure the Agents understand the importance of things like staying safe in different situations, regular well visits, healthy eating, sleep, taking care of teeth, and keeping current on immunizations.

Books we read

  • AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care edited by Italo Subbarao, Jim Lyznicki, and James J. James
  • Babysitting Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries by Barbara Mehlman
  • Health and Safety by Time-Life Books
  • Human Body: A Book With Guts! by Dan Green
  • I Know How We Fight Germs by Kate Rowan
  • My Health: Vaccinations by Dr. Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn
  • Ready, Set, Grow! by Lynda Madaras
  • The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls by American Girl Publishing
  • The Miracle of Immunity by William L. Donnellan
  • You Can’t Take Your Body To a Repair Shop by Harriet Ziefert and Fred Ehrlich

How the Agents stay fit


Right now the Agents do not participate in any group sports or similar pastimes. They do play outside (weather permitting) each day. This past year they developed an interest in yoga, jump rope, and running. Mostly we just try to stay active and move as much as possible during the day. 

{Truth: I find it difficult to quantify PE on our quarterly reports. There has been such a trend toward organized athletics and fitness activities for kids, that implying that they are “just” playing often doesn’t seem enough. Of course, I know it is, but it’s weird to have to write it down in terms that sound “school-ish."}

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