Mind and Body
We take a holistic approach to children's physical development. We offer traditional physical education, take the children to fields at Field School so they can learn sports in an outdoor setting and we integrate movement and playground into each day. In addition, we teach yoga and mindfulness as part of a special, as well in the classroom. Our students learn to feel their breathing, pay attention to how the are feeling, self-regulate, and be mindful of others.
The Physical Education Program is focused on developing basic movement skills, understanding fitness concepts and developing enjoyment of physical activity. The program’s aim is for each child to maximize their gross and fine motor development. The focus is on developing individual skills, understanding of various games, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
Outdoor Field Time
Each week students in PreKindergarten through Third Grade practice gross-motor skills, team building, and cooperative sports at large, outdoor playing fields near the school.
The Yoga program teaches self awareness through movement and mindfulness practice. Children learn to appreciate the mind-body connection, and how to ‘relax’ and self-regulate through breathing and reflection. Students also learn what it means to focus and practice gratefulness.
The River School has three age appropriate playgrounds at which the children spend time each day where they can ride, climb, run, swing and play.