Happy New Years to you and the kids! Thanks for your prayers and support!
First, even the most lenient site’s restrictions right now are too much to do PE. We continue to factor in your concerns as well as we make these decisions. The feedback we have received from you all, indicates that some families do have very real medical concerns, but also that many families don’t want masks worn while actively participating in PE (It is of course not our preference to have kids masked while playing.) If your thoughts have changed at all since we sent out the survey this past year, please do give us an update. We are interested in any thoughts that you might have. You can contact us at email@example.com.
And so we keep watching and praying. Please tell the kids that while they are hard at school work at home, I am busy writing a book about PE!
There is a possibility we could do some outdoor PE in March & April at 2 or 3 sites, although spring in Colorado is often wet and/or cold.We’ll let you know as soon as we know more.
Please know I miss the kids and PE very much too and look forward to seeing everyone and doing PE again soon.
Missing you all very much, but want you to have a great Christmas!
In light of that, one of the games I greatly enjoy playing with the younger kids (K-3rd grade) is called the “Holiday Game.” It is a play~acting game that I play near the holidays to help keep kids excited for the holidays, as well as introducing kids to other fun family traditions. Therefore, I model the game after the Kemp family traditions (some from when I was a kid!).
Here goes. I have 10 things we do around the holidays that all have actions and sounds. Please feel free, of course, to add your own.
MAKING SNOW ANGELS (laying on the ground, moving arms and legs making swishing sounds)
SLEDDING (sitting on the ground making fast air sounds rocking back and forth & then crashing or falling off the sled ~which my kids loved to do at the end of the slide!)
SNOWBALL FIGHT (not PC I know😃) (pretend to throw snow ~ get hit and fall down playfully grumbling)
TRIMMING THE TREE (putting up the ornaments and lights, then standing back & admiring the tree with “Oos” & “Ahs”!)
WARMING UP BY THE FIRE & DRINKING HOT COCOAOR TEA (warming your hands to the fire and sipping the hot cocoa with a saucer & a pinkie out!)
MAKING & EATING CHRISTMAS COOKIES (roll out the dough, stamp out the cookies, put them in the oven, smell that good Christmas cookie smell, eat the cookies~ both hands shoveling them in, then lying on the ground rubbing your stomach moaning and groaning because you had too many cookies!)
SINGING CAROLS (leader leads songs, moving hands like a conductor, singing one line of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silent Night, Jingle Bells!)
OPENING PACKAGES ON CHRISTMAS MORNING (kneeling on the ground tearing packages open with both hands then squealing in delight over the gifts!)
WASH THE DISHES BY HAND (I was the dishwasher way back when, before dishwashers😃)(kneeling on the ground rubbing your hands in circular fashion pretending to have a plate in between making wet water swishing sounds)
STOP, DROP & PRAY (drop to your knees, put hands together in prayer fashion~ thanking the Lord for a good day, then putting your hand together in rocking fashion, thanking Him for the baby Jesus around Christmas time, then putting both hands on the side of your face like next to a pillow say “Nighty Night! and then do some good snoring!)
You will need a space where you can do all the above traditions and where you can move freely. You will also need someone to guide things (and of course to play along ~ kids love it when parents and older siblings get silly with them and play act with them!😃).
To begin, one older child or adult demonstrates & names all the actions & sounds of each tradition above in a certain part of the room (You can use the 4 corners of the room for 4 traditions, then the middle between each corner for another 4, then the very middle for WASH THE DISHES BY HAND and then anywhere for STOP, DROP & PRAY). Ask the kids to just watch at first and try and remember as much as they can.
After you’ve done this then have everyone get up and start doing the traditions. The leader will call out directions and prompt where and what if needed.
Go around and do all the traditions once, but not in the same order as first demonstrated, sprinkling in STOP, DROP & PRAY & WASH THE DISHES BY HAND for fun at random.
In my set of traditions, I build one upon another at times. For example I will have them start with snow angels and then go to sledding, then to snowball fight, then hear your mom calling to stop the snow balling and come inside near the fire (or heater) and get warm & have hot cocoa, then what goes with hot cocoa? Xmas cookies! Then what do you have to do after making cookies? The dishes! Then you want to stop drop & pray, and so on.
To keep the game exciting, each tradition should only last 10-15 seconds, and play for just 10-15 minutes total with 2 or 3 rounds of traditions; then, on the second and third go around of the traditions, do them faster & faster! If you’d like to play the game longer consider replacing the Kemp traditions with your own, as I mentioned earlier, or others that you know of (ie. snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, driving to grandma’s, setting the table, cooking the ham or turkey) or other traditions from around the world.
I hope you all have a Happy, Holy, Warm Holidays & Merry Christmas!🎄🎉
We hope and pray that you and your families are staying healthy and active. Coach Dave really misses teaching your kids every day!
The Kemps are well, and thankful. Coach has been doing a lot of painting, with this long warmer-than-usual fall.
Usually, around this time of year, we’d be sending out registration forms for the coming semester. We don’t need to tell you that this year has made everything a bit different, but we wanted to update you on our thoughts and plans.
Two of our usual sites still can’t host us for PE in the early part of spring semester, so we are continuing to evaluate the evolving situation. We usually start the spring semester of PE about the last week of January, but will definitely not begin before February to buy a bit more time to navigate all of the variables. The minute we know more definitely, when and where we can meet for classes, we’ll let you all know, and then open up registration. Thanks for your patience! And thank you to those of you who have sent us encouraging notes — they have meant so much to us.
Refunds ~ Lastly, just a reminder that if you want refunds for the deposits you sent us for this last fall, you can still contact us, and we’ll get those out to you as promptly as possible. If you want to leave your deposits with us until PE starts again, that’s an option, too. Many of you have already reached out to us about what you’d like us to do with your deposits, so thank you!
As we remember Christ’s coming to us and enjoy the dawning of a new year, we pray you will all find great joy in the holidays.
Due to an unforeseen situation that has arisen, we will have to take a break from PE this fall, 2020. We are so sorry for the short notice. We have been doing PE+Plus for 20 years, and still very much want to keep holding PE classes and be with you all again. We will let you know as as soon as we schedule a new semester. If you have already registered, we will refund any money you have sent, or if you want us to hold onto it and your registrations for when we start up again, we will gladly do so.
First of all, THANK YOU for your patience and your feedback to our survey as we’ve grappled with how to run PE this fall. After listening to you and the official recommendations, talking with all of our sites, and much discussion and prayer, we’ve come to the following decisions:
1) We will be starting PE later than planned. Our first classes will be the week starting September 21. We have needed this extra time to work with each of our sites and would like to watch the evolving situation a bit longer. We also wanted to take the time to plan and execute the free track meets to make up hours from spring.
2) We will have four weeks scheduled to start out, with all of our classes outdoors at parks or spaces near our usual sites. As class dates get closer, we’ll send you all details about where each class is meeting. These classes are scheduled for the weeks beginning September 21 & 28, and October 5 & 12.
3) Assuming things go well, we will first attempt to schedule more days outside, weather permitting. The outdoor restrictions are so much simpler, so we like the idea of staying outside as long as possible. Also, by then we can continue to make good decisions about any remaining requirements for each of the indoor sites.
We’re aware that this change will make figuring out tuition a bit complicated. If you have one student, and you paid the registration deposit of $50, you should be covered for the entire four weeks. Assuming we are able to add more classes, that amount will change. And, obviously, many of our families have more than one student, and some of you have already paid the full amount for the semester. We ask for your patience as we figure out how tuition will work. Daily class prices will remain the same as usual and all tuition is in a separate account ready to be refunded as needed.
The registration form on the main page of this site will still work to register your students (even though the dates are now wrong), in case you haven’t had a chance to register yet. Once again, we ask that you just send in the $50 registration fee with your form at this point. We do encourage you to go ahead and register if you’ve been hesitant! This will also help us get a better idea of how many students we can be expecting. The noon class in Castle Rock is closing already and we are looking at options to add a second younger class there. Possibly at 11:00.
Blessings to all of you, and thank you again, so much! Coach Dave and Debbie Kemp
(303) 660-2253 ~ office land line, no texts — (720) 300-6811 ~ Dave’s cell — (720) 300-0231 ~ Debbie’s cell
As usual, you can print out the form and mail it in to us with your deposit check — the address is on the bottom of the form. Coming soon, we hope to have some options for online payments.
Free summer camp dates are still pending. As soon as we can get solid dates, we’ll get back to you.
Finally, how are you doing? If you could use a listening ear, feel free to shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Unforeseen circumstances seem to sometimes bring out the best and worst in our lives. We’re praying that we come out of this time ~ using a sports analogy ~ with a win. There may be sweat flying, bruised knees, and abrasions, but a win in the end would be so satisfying. 🌟
Coach Dave has made and posted some videos! The first is a video “showing and telling” about all the Legos donated by PE+Plus families for Children’s Hospital in honor of Debbie’s dad, Bob Lewis. The second video is in two parts. It’s called “Right and Left,” and it talks about how developing both the dominant and non-dominant sides of your body can make your body and your mind stronger!
Here are links to the videos on Youtube and Facebook:
As continuing updates and changes come in across the state and in our area regarding COVID-19, we have realized that we will need to extend the cancellation of our PE classes through April 17th. We may need to extend this date, but we are also still hoping that we might be able to add a week or two at the end of the semester. We’re so thankful for your support for us and for each other during this challenging time!
PE+Plus video coming up soon. Probably more than one. We’ll send out an email when we get it done.
We are also in the beginning stages with this, but intend to offer some free two-hour mini-camps this summer — we hope to have some great options for your students to make up their hours. We haven’t firmed up any dates or times for these upcoming camps, but we wanted to let you know that we have things in the works.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us!
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.” ~Isaiah 55:12
Blessings to all of you!
Coach Dave and Debbie Kemp
(303) 660-2253 ~ land line, no texts
(720) 300-0231 ~ Debbie’s cell
(720) 300-6811 ~ Dave’s cell
Was thinking about you all today and was missing teaching PE+Plus. With the new snow a great game for the whole family to play is “Fox & Geese.”
It is a fancy, fun, old fashioned kind of tag game. You will need an area of unbroken snow where you create a series of paths ( start with a large outside circle first and then criss-cross the paths inside the circle with a center base area). Part of the initial fun of the game is to march around single file tromping down the snow making the paths (have a parent or older child be the leader and play follow the leader).
After you’ve created your course have one person be it (or if you have a large group you could have 2 or three “its”). You could also designate who’s it by a certain hat or bandanna. People can stay on the base for only 10 seconds at a time and then must make a full circle around the course before they can use the base again. You might not want to have “tag-backs” in this game but you can decide.
Of course other fun snow activities are making a snow man & snow angels, jumping in the snow, sledding and even shoveling (when I was young my siblings and I would make it a competition who could reach what point before the other or of course shoveling snow at each other at times!).
More game ideas to come and Debbie & I are talking about a PE video next week!
Also, an email about the latest logistics of PE+PLUS is coming soon.