PEP (Physical Education Program) Labs Lab 1, or Teaching Team Activities, is taught in the fall. This lab is designed so that every year a different sport is taught. After the third consecutive year, the first sport is taught again and the "cycle" continues. The sports that are taught in the cycle are soccer and cooperative activities, ultimate frisbee and team handball, and field hockey and volleyball.
The students begin each PEP period with a "walk and talk" activity. The students walk around the gym with their teacher and talk about events that are going on, such as school, sports, friends, family, or other events. Then PEP is officially started with a fitness activity that focuses on health related physical fitness. The students are then divided into their groups by grade levels. There are two teachers per age group that are in charge of teaching for twenty minutes a piece. The teachers then present their lesson to the anxious students who are ready to learn.
Lab 2, or Teaching Individual/Dual Activities, is taught in the spring. This lab is designed so that the students begin each PEP period with a walk/talk and fitness activities. There are two sports or activities offered each semester so that the students can gain the concept and fundamentals of the sport or activity. The sports that are offered during the three year cycle are archery and tennis, personal fitness and golf, and badminton and orienteering. Every Thursday there are two separate teachers who are in charge of teaching a lesson that is 20 minutes. Individualized practices increase student proficiency.
Lab 3, or Fundamental Movement Activities, is taught in the fall by juniors and seniors. Kindergarten through third graders practice and improve their fundamental and manipulative skills. The fundamental skills are walking, running jumping, hopping, leaping, galloping, sliding, and skipping. The manipulative skills are throwing, catching, striking, and kicking. Within each lesson many movement concepts are developed such as body awareness, spatial awareness, qualities of movements, and relationships. Each PEP session begins with Instant Activities that last for 15 minutes where students participate in creative activities with their individual teacher and fellow classmates.
In this PEP lab, the students are tested on their gross motor development at the beginning and end of the semester. The test that is administered is referred to as the TGMD (Total Gross Motor Development) Test. This lab is the first time that the students are given "homework" each Thursday, better known as the Gym Shorts Program. This program was designed to keep the children involved physically throughout the week. Every Thursday, a letter is sent home that contains various skills and activities that the student and family members are encouraged to achieve the next week. The following PEP session, the letter is brought back to the teacher with a check for every day of participation with a signature of the parent/guardian. The child is then rewarded for his/her "out of class" involvement.
Lab 4, or Gymnastics and Rhythmic Activities, is taught in the spring by juniors and seniors. Teachers instruct kindergarten through third graders in various dances, creative movements, and gymnastics skills. Teachers are also encouraged to incorporate movement concepts within their lesson plan. Using concepts such as levels, pathways and personal space, teachers incorporate other subject areas within their lesson plans.