May marks just over one year since GoodLife Kids Foundation introduced its innovative in-school program that enhances physical education classes to help elementary school kids discover new ways to be active.
The GoodLife4Kids School Program shares the expertise and passion of fitness professionals with schools in a two-year partnership. As part of the program, GoodLife4Kids School Program coaches and teachers work together to facilitate a game-based approach to teaching the basics of yoga, dance and fitness. This cooperative model gives teachers and students a chance to learn more about fitness and builds skills.
The GoodLife4Kids School Program was introduced at 12 pilot schools in early 2015, and has grown to 78 schools across Canada in its first year, helping more than 3,500 kids learn basic fitness skills.
Students at Vincent Massey Public School and Alliance French Immersion Public School took part in year one of the program.
GoodLife4Kids Coach Jasmine Howard joined the schools’ grade four teachers for weekly sessions introducing a variety of fitness-based activities. For Coach Jasmine, success was reflected in the enthusiasm and engagement demonstrated by the students each week.
The kids showed a growing willingness to take part in activities that might be out of their “comfort zone” and learned to support each other through active participation and peer encouragement.