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Fit To Be Taught, Vol. 57

Workshops Nip Behavior Problems in the Bud


A significant number of parents expressed to me their frustration over not knowing how to handle their child's incorrigible behavior," said Becky Ford, principal of Palmetto Elementary/Middle School in Mullins, South Carolina. "By the time a child reaches the fifth and sixth grade, the behavior is becoming a habit. The parents and the children have begun to believe -- or have become resigned to the fact -- that this is just the way they are."

Ford knew that something had to be done for these children before it was too late. She worked with the district parent liaison to design parent support workshops for the parents of students who were having behavior problems. Strategies to help children become better students and stay in school were presented during these sessions, including tips for using reward systems at home.

"During one session, we had a parent who was sharing an experience about her son, and before I or the parent liaison could respond, another parent began sharing a similar experience and what she had done to solve it," said Ford. "That was actually a wow moment. It was very encouraging to not only see parents sharing but to also see the other parents being very receptive to the advice."

That was possibly the greatest success for the school and the parents. When the parents realized that they were not the only ones who were experiencing challenges, they became more involved in the program and were more likely to return for another session. Ford didn't anticipate the level of desperation some of the parents had reached with their children's behavior and how it should be managed. The parents were very appreciative of any and all assistance.

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Kids Learn Ways to Be Safe, Be Fit

bSAFE, bFIT! is an educational fitness program aimed at pre-K through grade 6 students that focuses on physical activity and nutrition. The program uses 55 fun food characters called Fitness Pals that illustrate physical activity and to emphasize the importance of both physical activity and nutrition. The program is based on five components of health-related physical fitness: Body Composition, Strength, Aerobic Fitness, Flexibility, and Endurance. An acronym and acrostic sentence is used to help children retain components. The first letter of each component is used to spell bSAFE". The acrostic sentence is constructed using the acronym bSAFE"-b"odies S"taying A"ctive F"eel E"nergetic.

The goal is to help all children develop health-related fitness, cognitive understanding, physical competence, and positive attitudes so they can adopt a lifestyle that reflects lifetime wellness.

Read more about this program at: bSAFE, bFIT! A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Kids .

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