At Harbor, physical skill development is an integral part of our curriculum. We incorporate fine and gross motor activities and multi-sensory experiences into each school day, developing balance, coordination, and movement. Research informs our philosophy that movement breaks support brain development and enhance learning.
Our full-sized, fully-equipped gymnasium is utilized each and every day. Besides bi-weekly P.E. classes, it is a great space for indoor recess, extra movement breaks, and class games. Children play with hula hoops and balls, they run obstacle courses, and tumble on mats, They are introduced to team sports including soccer, basketball, badminton, hockey, and tennis.
Beginning in our Preschool classes, children are strengthening their fine motor skills through play-based activities designed to increase their ability to manipulate small objects with greater control. We utilize the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to guide proper handwriting development. Gross motor skills are developed in the classroom, on the playground, and in our gymnasium. We also emphasize teamwork, cooperation, and self-regulation.
As the children progress into Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten, we continue to work on handwriting and good writing habits in the classroom. Play-based activities such as art projects, manipulatives, and playdough support fine motor growth. Movement, such as dancing, games, and GoNoodle activities supplement the physical education program provided by our PE teacher twice a week.
Our 1st and 2nd Graders spend the most time in the gym for P.E. – twice a week for 45 minutes each. This allows for students to fully integrate themselves into learning the game, sport, or lesson. Good sportsmanship is at the forefront of our physical education curriculum. 1st and 2nd Graders also have Writers Workshop, journaling, and handwriting lessons several times per week. The fine motor skill practice that began in preschool plays a significant role in children’s writing stamina, and therefore, the ability and enjoyment of writing.