The Priceless Value of Physical Education

When we consider our child’s education, our first priority is usually academics — literacy, math and the like. But as we, well-informed, hands-on parents know, sports, sportsmanship, and general physical education should not be overlooked. More and more studies show that athletics, activity and actually playing are keys to well-balanced child development.

One of the hallmarks of Stamford American School’s educational program is its robust physical education and sports program for children 5 to 18 years old. Stamford offers students a wide range of competitive and developmental opportunities as part of the core curriculum as well as through its co-curricular activities program (Stamford’s sister school in Singapore has over 85 competitive teams across 12 sports and their Hong Kong campus is looking to offer the same if not more athletic opportunities for students here!). To support its athletic programs, Stamford’s new state-of-the-art campus in Hong Kong will boast an indoor sports hall and 25m swimming pool.

Stamford’s innovative PE programs begin from the first day students join the school. From age 5, children enjoy the Perceptual Motor Program, a dedicated PE program that keeps children active while building key skills that support reading, writing, focus, problem solving, perceptual awareness and attention development. Children will have so much fun with the program’s range of gymnastics, sensory, fitness, dance and music activities that they won’t even realize they are developing these skills!

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Can’t wait until Stamford opens in September 2017? Try these at-home indoor activities and games recommended by Stamford to boost your little ones’ gross motor, fine motor, visual and spatial skills:

Caterpillar Chain: With a group of friends, stand in a line with one person behind the other. Place a pile of beanbags in the front of the line and a bucket at the back. The person in the front grabs a bean bag and passes it overhead to the child behind, who passes it to the next child, and so on, until the last child pops it in the bucket.

Why we love this activity: Fun for playdates and sleepovers, this group activity will develop your child’s hand-eye coordination, a vital skill for handwriting as the eyes need to guide the hand in forming letters accurately.

Mirror Me: Sitting back-to-back to your child, start by clapping a slow rhythm, then ask your child to try and clap the same sequence. Continue this activity by changing the rhythm, adding double-claps, soft claps and loud claps to make it more challenging.

Why we love this activity: Developing rhythm sequence, memory and listening skills is linked closely to mathematical abilities.

Balancing Beanies: Place a beanbag on your child’s head as they walk along a length of rope, a wall or along a line marked out on the ground. To make it more challenging, ask your child to walk around obstacles like chairs without dropping the bean bag.

Why we love this activity: Developing balancing skills is fundamental to maintaining body position control and performing a host of daily activities and focus in the classroom.

Visit Stamford at an Open House on December 8 & 9 to meet Superintendent Mr. Malcolm Kay, who will share more about Stamford’s PE and Sports Program.

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Find out more about Stamford American School by inquiring online here, emailing admissions@sais.hk or calling +852 2500 8688. Or, schedule a visit to meet Stamford’s Admissions Team at their Admissions Office (Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong).

About Stamford American School:

Stamford American School is a world-class international school for children aged 5 to 18 years old, launching in Hong Kong September 2017, following their huge success at their sister campus in Singapore, which today has a vibrant community of over 3,000 students from 70 countries. As with their Singapore campus, Stamford’s aim in Hong Kong is for a child to achieve more than they believe they can, both academically and as citizens of our increasingly globalized world.

Stamford offers both the challenging American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core frameworks, culminating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. Together with individualized learning plans and continual standardized assessments, Stamford gives a child unparalleled choice and competitive advantage. They are proud to have 90% of their graduates from their Singapore campus accepted to their 1st choice university or college.

*Stamford American School Hong Kong will apply to the International Baccalaureate for program candidacy in December 2017.

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