The Physical Education program at WMS focuses on promoting lifelong enjoyment of physical activity. In both the Primary and Elementary programs, students are taught basic and advanced motor skills as well as various manipulative skills to enhance their grasp on future activities.
Cooperation, fair play, sportsmanship, effective communication and respect are emphasized at all times. In an effort to address the whole child, the P.E. program aims to reinforce the positive effect daily activity has on students' physical, emotional, mental and social health.
In addition to regularly scheduled physical education classes, students can participate in various after-school team sports including soccer, basketball and running club.
Primary students participate in weekly physical education classes to strengthen their balance, hand-eye coordination, manipulative skills, tactile awareness, directionality and agility. Kindergarten students also have a special cooperative game time that strengthens their bond as a group so they are better prepared for the Elementary Program.
In the Elementary Program, students attend Physical Education twice a week. The overall objective is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to make active living a way of life. Cooperation, fair play, sportsmanship, communication and respect are emphasized at all times. Activities include cooperative games, throwing, passing (with hands and feet), catching, volleying/striking, spatial/body awareness, principles of offense and defense, and general fitness such as yoga and dancing.
Students in second through sixth grades also take part in Health class once a week. Topics include nutrition, the benefits of daily exercise, mental, emotional and social health, hygiene and body systems. Upper Elementary students also take part in a unit about human growth and development.
Adolescents’ growth includes their bodies as well as their minds. WMS students continue physical education classes throughout their middle school years, extending their experience with individual and team activities. Though many of our students are involved in sports through outside organizations, they also participate in Physical Education classes throughout the week, along with daily recess and outdoor time. One of the goals of the PE program is to promote lifelong health and an active lifestyle.
Favorite Montessori Moment: My favorite Montessori moments happen frequently throughout each day. What makes Montessori so special and unique is the opportunity for older students to help teach younger students in the same class. The wide variety of ages - especially as it relates to being in PE class - can sometimes be challenging in certain lessons. When I look around the gymnasium and catch a glimpse of a 6-year-old student helping to teach a 4-year-old student how to throw, catch, jump or skip, it truly is something special. Through a Montessori education, students really learn how to be positive leaders and understand the value in helping each other out.