The goal of Kona Pacific's Movement Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Our Movement curriculum gives students basic coordination and movement skills that will help them if and when they decide to play organized sports. Depending on the grade, children will play games, do relay races, and learn dances that serve to develop skills that may also be beneficial for a conventional sport.
Not only does our movement class provide the opportunity for students to play games and have fun, it also works with their social interaction: their activity teaches them to play with each other before they play against each other, to acknowledge each other, to play safely, and to gain an appreciation for all kinds of movement. Movement education enables students to move fully, know who they are, and enter into a more healthy relationship with the world and its requirements.
In the early years, kindergarten teachers introduce movement through imitation of daily activities, circle games, singing, and imaginative play. Movement in kindergarten is crucial for establishing social and communication skills as well as laying the ground for cognition.
In grades one through five, movement education is taught through various games to help develop an enhanced awareness of personal space, with clearly defined boundaries. Physical activity is emphasized through games using imagery, story, rhythm, and imitation. In the fifth grade, there is a focus on beauty and form, and in the spring the fifth graders participate in the Olympic Games, a gathering of fifth-grade classes from several island Waldorf schools.
In grades six, seven, and eight, more conventional sports are introduced into the physical education curriculum. Students are now developmentally ready to have a real respect for the law of rules and understand how a team works together. At the same time, they are developing their own self-discipline and competitive nature. They aspire to a finer exactness, technique, timing, and spirit of the law, as they also become more consciously aware of and engaged with the world.