PE-4-Me Program by Cathie Summerford
Teaching Lifelong Health and Fitness

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When educator Cathie Summerford started teaching sixth-graders in 1993, she wanted to create an interdisciplinary physical education program—one that builds healthy minds as well as bodies and prepares children for a lifetime of wellness and fitness. She broke new ground with a theme-based approach to physical education that children and teachers love.

In PE-4-ME: Teaching Lifelong Health and Fitness, you'll find Cathie's blueprint for a unique K-12 program that integrates physical activity with movement concepts, social skills, stress reduction, nutrition, school safety, and drug resistance education. Cathie stresses brain-compatible learning - the ability of physical activity to enhance cognitive function - in all of her lessons to maximize the benefits of her integrated approach.

This valuable resource spells out a yearlong plan that is fun-filled, action-packed, and easy to implement. It's built around weekly themes that help you organize and present key health and fitness concepts.

Each theme is reinforced by fun and inclusive movement activities-140 in all—that wake up children who've grown tired of repetitious games. These class-tested games emphasize cooperative skills and are designed so that students at any fitness level can participate—and succeed.

Inside you'll find many valuable teaching tools:

-140 field-tested games that emphasize positive attitude and teamwork, including the aerobic conga line, whistle mixer, warp speed group juggle, and others

-The Kids' Radical Wellness Book—Reproducibles to help each child assemble a personal wellness portfolio as the year progresses

-Creating the “Classroom on the Field”—Great advice on creating a captivating class environment, even if all you have is a gymnasium or grassy fields

What's more, you'll gain dozens of helpful tips for putting it all together to create a meaningful program that teaches children important skills they will benefit from throughout their lives.


About Cathie Summerford

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Cathie Summerfordhas plenty of real-world experience, having taught physical education at Apple Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, CA, since 1993. She also has served as an adapted physical education specialist at Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA, since 1994. Recognized as an expert in her field, Cathie was named the 1997 California School Boards Association's Golden Bell Award Winner, an honor made sweeter by the fact that hers was the only physical education program recognized in California. Cathie also was named the 1999 Outstanding Middle School Physical Educator of the Year for California and won the 1994 Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award for Apple Valley Unified School District. Cathie was also honored as the NASPE 2000 Southwest District Teacher of the Year. Cathie is a popular public speaker who is frequently invited to share her “active living approach” to physical education at conferences and workshops. Widely published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Danceand other journals, Cathie is a relentless innovator who continually created opportunities for her students to achieve. Cathie began her coursework in physical education at San Diego State University and received her bachelor's degree from California State University at Fresno in 1991. She also earned two credentials at Fresno State, including adapted physical education specialist. In January 2000 she received her master level certification as a Jensen Learning brain-compatible trainer.
Published April 11, 2000 by Human Kinetics. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction