Lit Fit combines learning with movement at Spokane schools

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A kindergarten exercise program was taking off in May at Spokane Public Schools that combined math and reading with movement. Teachers said Lit Fit was created because students were having a hard time learning in the classroom.

Students at Wilson Elementary climbed through tunnels and crabbed walked between exercise stations on Friday.

"I feel like they are engaged and having fun. I don't even think they realize how stronger they're making their brain,” said Wilson Elementary fitness teacher Heidi Bresson.

A kindergarten teacher at Holmes Elementary created the program in 2007. The program became so popular that the Spokane School District added it to the curriculum for all 34 elementary schools.

Students practiced in the gym once a week what they were learning in the classroom.

"Seven hours is a long time for kindergartners to be learning so it was a way we can support what they're doing in the classroom. And I think it's definitely helped improved the experience,” said Fitness and Health Facilitator for Spokane Public Schools Stephanie Splater.

School district officials said the district could expand the program to other grades in the future.
 

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