Steps for Setting & Following Through on New Year’s Goals

January 2nd, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Motivation is the general desire or willingness to do something. It is the drive and determination to get something done. That desire is part of the HOW to get things done. Motivation also includes the reasons you have for getting something done. Motivation is the incentive or stimulus […]

5 Ways to Improve YOUR Health Before Summer

April 15th, 2014

Spring is a time for renewal, and as the green leaves emerge and the weather improves we’re more motivated to be active outdoors. So how do we press “Play” again after a long winter on “Pause?” Here are 5 tips I hope you’ll find helpful.

Overcoming Challenges to Providing Physical Activity For Preschool-age Children

July 10th, 2012

Part One: Time One of the biggest reasons teachers are not able to provide sufficient amount of minutes of physical activity is time.  With all of the responsibilities teachers have leaves little time for activity.  Instead of giving up, look for ways to integrate activity into your day.  Here are some ideas to get you […]

Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Physical Activity and Readiness Skills

June 5th, 2012

Connecting movement with readiness skills during physical activity plays an important role in the preschool environment. To create an environment which integrates school readiness and physical activity, incorporate the following: Colors Use manipulatives of various basic colors. Shapes Use spot markers, hoops, and parachutes for circle recognition. Use ribbon hoops, scarves, and ropes to form […]

3 Nutrition Questions Answered…

September 13th, 2010

1. What are the best snacks for kids to help them sustain their energy levels all day? The best snacks for sustaining energy levels are ones that combine complex carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits or vegetables, with some lean protein such as nuts or cheese, and a little bit of fat to enhance taste and […]