• WEEK 1 (MARCH 16TH -MARCH 20TH)Pre k and Primary students with your parents or with their permission  take walks, ride your bike or scooter around  the block. A great site to go to is on  UTube  Go Noodle which has a variety of activities to do to keep active. I tried Go Noodle Pizza Man and Pizza Man Moose Tube  see if you can follow it. 

     Intermediate and Junior High students volunteer to help your parents with physical chores like raking the lawn, bringing laundry up and down stairs etc.

    Below are some activities for Intermediate and Junior High students that you can do with a sibling, parent or just compete against yourself trying to beat your previous score. For all you need to time yourself for a minute. 

    If you have a sibling at home to compete against or if not against a clock do the following activities I call Minute to Minute. A friend of mine came up with this concept as a take off on the popular TV game show Minute to Win it. 

    1. Use 3 balled up socks and a laundry basket. Designate a line to shoot behind and time yourself or an opponent to see how many baskets you can make from behind the designated line  in one minute.

    2.  Find 2 objects like beanie babies set them down at opposite ends of a hall. In a minute see how many times you can switch them from one end of the hall to the other to the other.

    3. Using a bottom stair see how many times you can step up and down on that stair in a minutes time.

    4.  Lastly, use a deck of cards, shuffle them and in a minute see how many cards you can set down with hearts going in front of you, spades to your right, clubs to your left and diamonds behind. If you don't have someone to go against take a break and do each activity a second time trying to beat your first score. 

    Hope you have fun trying the above and remember to as always give your best effort. Check back on this page later in the week for more suggestions on how to stay active. Take care and stay safe .

    Love,

    Miss Cronin

    WEEK 2 (MARCH 30TH - APRIL 3RD)

    Following my own advice I took a walk that I'm calling WALK AND CHALK. While out walking I stopped a few times along the way and chalked out some inspirational words to neighbors For example, STAY STRONG NEIGHBORS WE GOT THIS (AT A RANDOM HOUSE ALONG THE WAY),

     HIGH NEIGHBORS - STAY STRONG (TO MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS),

     HI CELINE + JIMMY  YOUR NEW STAIRS LOOK GREAT( TO MY COUSINS WHO LIVE A FEW BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE)

      AND LASTLY WHEN I FINISHED MY WALK A MESSAGE TO YOU ALL - MISS YOU LOVE, MISS CRONIN(FROM ME TO YOU).

    Included in my walk I noticed a few signs of Spring. If you look closely I found a few flowers growing out of the dried up grass of winter.

    I CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE A WALK AND BRING SOME CHALK AND YOUR CAMERA AND SPREAD SOME OR FIND SOME INSPRIRATION ALONG THE WAY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME GETTING IN SOME NECESSARY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 

    TOMORROWS FORECAST LOOKS LIKE THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK WEATHER WISE SO MAKE TIME TO GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF GOOD HEALTH AND GET OUTSIDE AND DO SOMETHING PHYSICAL. 

    OH I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION TODAY WHEN I WAS OUT FOR A WALK  WHO DID I CROSS PATHS WITH BUT OUR VERY OWN MRS. CREEVY. WE STOPPED AND CHATTED WHILE JOGGING IN PLACE AND KEEPING A SAFE DISTANCE FOR A GOOD HALF HOUR.  SO MY WALK TODAY WAS GOOD FOR MY PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL WELL BEING.  HOPE YOUR WALK IS JUST AS REWARDING FOR YOU. LET ME KNOW WHAT PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES YOU ARE DOING DURING THIS TIME OF E-LEARNING. Just send me a note and e-mail me what physical activities you and your family members are doing while away from school. Make sure to get permission from your parents first mcronin@qmschool.com

    Video of Ms. Creevy & I: Talk and Walk

     

    Video: Pizza Man Dance

    Hi Boys and Girls, 

    Hard to believe we've been home-schooling for 2 weeks. Check out the video above I mentioned during Week 1 UTubes Go Noodle.  Just follow the directions of the instructors in the various videos. Above with the help of my nephew and niece we did The Pizza Man -  watch first then try it with us).

    Coincidentally Day 4 of Spirit Week was wear your favorite sports team jersey and what should have been Opening Day for major league baseball. Opening Day is all about hope, belief and community - exactly what we need right now. Even though the start of the season has been postponed baseball can bring us together. Carry out  your traditions, put on your favorite gear and reach out to your friends. My tradition has been to pull out all of my Cub attire and to start wearing it to show support for my favorite team you guessed it the Chicago Cubs. Going to my closet I came up with an idea to promote school spirit. Queen of Martyrs families beginning today I will wear a different Cubs shirt each day until I wear every single one in my wardrobe.  Each family wanting to participate can pay $10.00 to enter a raffle to guess how many Cubs shirts I own. The winning family will be announced at the Annual Spring Fundraiser. All money raised will go to Queen of Martyrs School.  If your family guesses correctly they will win the following prizes. A 3 hour party in the gym to include pizza, pop and chips along with a dessert for 30 people supervised by Miss Cronin. I will give you a hint to get you thinking the number is between 50 and 200. Good luck to all who enter. Deadline for submitting guesses will be the last day of school. 

    in honor of Opening Day play catch with a family member to celebrate The Opening of the baseball season. Remember practice social distancing  at least 6 feet apart. If you can't find someone at home to play catch with go outside in your backyard and use the garage to throw the ball against, whatever works with your parents permission. Pictures from left to write me wearing a different Cubs shirt Thursday, March 26th -Day 1 - Major League Baseball opener Sox open at home and Cub opener away. Friday, Day 2 - March 27th , Day 3 - March 28th - hanging with another Cub fan, Day 4  - March 29th missing baseball but found a game on TV game 7 of the 2016 World Series guess who won - you're  right the Cubs!!!!! Check out the attractive kleenex box, don't forget if you have to sneeze use a kleenex then throw it out.   Day 5 -  March 30th - would have been the Cub Opener - went all out with my Cub attire that day - the only highlight was the news showing an Opener a few years back where a Cub player Tuffy Rhodes set a record for hitting 3 homeruns in one game. Day 6, March 31st  - started a Cub puzzle and updating my web page. 

     Check out what  me and my quarentine buddy, my nephew Jeffrey, did on April 1st or Day 7 of wearing Cub attire.  We put out lights to show support to anyone who is an essential meaning they go to their job to help others stay safe.  Thank-you to all ESSENTIALS your sacrifices are not going unnoticed. It's now April 2nd, Day 8 of wearing Cub attire  and the eve of what Mrs. Tomasewski is calling Fun Fridays. Here are a few things you can do for fun at home. An indoor and outdoor scavenger hunt.  If you have no siblings just see if you can find everything on the list yourself.  If you have more than 1 sibling old enough to do a Scavenger Hunt make it a cooperative event where you work together to see if you can find all the objects. If you are like Miss Cronin who has UCD ultra competitive disease (never knew it was a condition until I heard about it on The Kelly Clarkson Show) pays to be home watching TV during the day compete against your siblings to see who can find the most objects in a designated amount of time. Another activity which you can work on yourself or with others is the following LEGO challenges if you have LEGOS.

    LEGO CHALLENGE 1. You enter a contest to build the world's tallest tower. Will you win? LEGO CHALLENGE 2.  You are stuck on Mars and need to build a new ship to get home. Will you make it back?  CHALLENGE 3. You are hired by an amusement park to create a new roller coaster. Will Great America be calling you for your ideas? Once you build these creations ask your parents for permission to send a picture of them to me so I can post on the Queen of Martyrs Web Page.

    Those looking for a more physical challenge Grades 4-8 students  go on Youtubeplaypennies Joe Wicks National P.E. teacher Free Daily Workout and pick one of his workouts to follow along to. I've previewed a few and they are all exercises you should be familiar with from our warm-ups during P.E. class.    

     Joe Wicks Workout Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w

    Indoor and Outdoor Scavenger Hunt:

     Scavenger Hunt

     

     

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4  Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

     Here it is Week 3 of e-learning MARCH 30TH - APRIL 2ND) and I'm sure like me you are getting a little stir crazy. Might I suggest that you do a hobby either one that you normally do or start a new one. One of my hobbies is collecting board games I find at resale shops. This quarintine has allowed me to play a lot of those  board games with my nephew.  Fortunately he likes to play board games  as much as I do. Here are some of the games we've played since the stay at home rule took effect.  Oh No 99, Monopoly some new version with an electronic banker, Sequence, Codenames and Skip-Bo. I also started a puzzle which I like doing but rarely seem to have the time to do. I've also been working in my garden for some physical activity (raking the lawn and flowerbeds and getting ready for when the Chicago weather allows me to plant a few flowers). Here are a few ideas for ways you can stay physically active while confined to your house.

    PRE-SCHOOL - PRIMARY GRADES I found a video which you can do daily to stay loose and physically active until you can get back to your regular routines. This video is narrated by Peggy Rourke who use to conduct fitness classes from her business named The Workout of which I was a member a few years ago. Just click the Link below Mighty Mac Workout Video: https://youtu.be/WJqzAMDML78- have fun.

    INTERMEDIATE AND JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS I put together a few more Minute to Minute challenges for you to do with a sibling, parent or try and beat your own time.

    1. Office Tennis - use a piece of paper crumbled up  for the tennis ball and a hard-covered book for your racquet, and a laundry basket as a target. Designate a start line and finish line about 30 feet apart where you set basket. See how many balls you can get in the basket in a minute  by walking while hitting ball up and down with your racquetuntil you get close enough to let the ball drop into the basket (be confident and have 5 crumbled balls on the ready.  If the ball hits the floor pick it up and start from where the ball hit the ground. 

     2. Race against Time -. use 12 balled up socks setting them down in a large circle formed by 12 plastic cups in a clock formation to represent the hours on a clock. Start at 12 o'clock and on go run and pick up ball at 1 o'clock run clockwise all the way around to 1 O'Clock opening and place ball in the middle of circle now go to 2 O'Clock and make complete circle coming into center at 2 O'Clock etc. See how many hours you can complete. If you complete all in a minute you are the Tick Tock Champ.

    3. Ping It In - 6 medium sized plastic containers lined up like Bozo buckets, 10 crumpled up balls made from paper have a line marked on each side about 5 feet from containers and a hard covered text book.  Start on either side attempt to bat a ball into a bucket  must alternate sides each time. See how many balls you can bat into the buckets in one minute.

    4.  Waiter - you need 15 empty soda cans or plastic cups and 6 paper or plastic plates. On go try to stack cans or cups on top of paper plates trying to see how high you can go in 1 minutes

    time.

    BYE FOR NOW STAY SAFE, LOVE MISS CRONIN

     

     

     Hi All,

    Week 4 of E-Learning(APRIL 6TH - APRIL 9TH) and hope everyone is doing well. I never thought I'd say this but being at home is not everything it's cracked up to be.  Working two jobs I always looked forward to when I could be at home for a few days and do a whole lot of nothing. Well I've gotten that and then some but it's not exactly what I thought it would be.  I'm sure some of you are having similar feelings. This being Holy Week we all would be looking forward to Easter vacation. Maybe next week without you having to do assignments and your parents having to monitor you doing the assignments it will be a relaxing time with your loved ones albeit a bit different.

    I hope everyone has been out enjoying this beautiful weather and at the same time practicing social distancing. I have been out in my yard mostly working in my garden. This is usually stuff I do on weekends or durng Easter vacation if the weather cooperates and it's been nice to work at a much slower pace enjoying my spring flowers which are just starting to bloom.

    Here are a few things for the Intermediate and Junior High students to do to get some fresh air and at the same time some exercise.

    Play a game of BAGS with a sibling or parent. I brought out my bags game but know not everyone has a set so here's how you can improvise. Draw 2 large rectangles on your sidewalk 24"x 48" about 30 feet apart. On the top of each draw a circle I just used a bucket and traced that. Now get 2 sets of beanbags 4 of one color 4 of another. If you don't have beanbags put some dry beans in a sock and roll  it up. Try and get them all about the same weight. I used 4 white socks and 4 black socks. now to play the game. Both players start on the same side whoevers younger go first. Alternate tosses attempting to get your bag on the rectangle for a point or in the hole (circle for 3 points). If an opponent gets their bag on rectangle and so do you they cancel each other out same if you each get your bag on the circle (hole).Once each player throws all 4 bags alternating turns with opponent add up points. Now jog over to the other rectangle and go again the first player to 21 wins. I invented a speed version of the game.

    I named SPEED BAGS Opponents start on opposite sides. On go you toss your bags one at a time at the opposite board (rectangle). You don't have to wait for your opponent to toss.  If you land one on the rectangle give yourself a point if you get one in the circle 3 points once you've tossed all 4 of your bags jog or run staying to your right to the other side -  collect your 4 bags and toss again. You should call out your score after you toss 4 so opponent knows how close they are to you. First to 21 wins. Another game that works using the bags plus one other bag designated the target ball a different color (not black or white) is BOCCE.

    Rock, paper scissors to see who goes first. If you go first throw the target ball to the other side of the yard then alternately toss your bags attempting to get as close to the target ball as you can. Once all four bags are tossed whoever is  closest  to the target bag give yourself 1 point if 2 of yours are closer then any of your opponents you get 2 points and so on the most you can score in a round is 4 points. Now jog down to opposite side collect your bags and the other person gets to throw the target ball. Play to 21 - PERHAPS whoever wins do a victory lap around the yard as a reward. Another game you can play outside if you have a playground ball and another person is SIDEWALK TENNIS. 

     Choose 2 large sidewalk squares as your court. Only the ball can enter the court; players must keep their feet out. The center line between the two squares splits the court in two (as a net). Players stand at the edge of their squares. One player serves by bouncing the ball and striking it with an open hand sideways or underhanded. The ball should bounce in the opposite player's square. The opposite player then hits the ball so it bounces once in the server's square. If a player misses , the opponent gets a point. Now alternate so the other person serves. Keep serving and hitting back and forth the first person to reach 21 wins. If you don't have someone to play against use the garage (with parent's permission) and just see how many times in a row you can hit the ball without letting it bounce more then once.

    PRE-SCHOOL - 3RD GRADE

    Here is a cute action song  to warm-up to before you go out to play and enjoy this beautiful weather. PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN will need help reading directions from a parentPRIMARY KIDS TRY IT YOURSELF. Practice a few times remember practice always makes better. It took me a few times before I got the actions to go with the words. ENJOY!!!! 

    PEANUT BUTTER IN A CUP / GO NOODLE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPCGfa44bF0

    PEANUT BUTTER IN A CUP WE SING THIS SONG TO PUMP US UP (WHILE SINGING THIS JOG IN PLACE WHILE CLAPPING HANDS)

    BANG BANG CHOO CHOO TRAIN (WHILE SINGING THIS CONTINUE JOGGING IN PLACE WHILE DOING  PUNCHING MOTIONS WITH YOUR HANDS)

     CMON BRIDGET DO YOUR THING - I CAN'T, I JUST CAN'T (JUST SAY THIS)

    MY BACK IS ACHING, THE SUNS TO BRIGHT MY HIPS ARE POPPING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT (HOLD YOUR HANDS TO BACK AS IF IT ACHES, HOLD YOUR HANDS ABOVE EYES TO BLOCK THE SUN, PUT HAND ON ONE HIP THEN THE OTHER) NOW MOVE HIPS LEFT TO RIGHT 8X'S WHILE SAYING TO THE LEFT RIGHT, LEFT RIGHT, LEFT,RIGHT, LEFT,RIGHT, LEFT,RIGHT, LEFT,RIGHT

    LEFT,RIGHT,LEFT,RIGHT

    REPEAT BEGINNING PEANUT BUTTER IN A CUP WE SING THIS SONG TO PUMP US UP

    BANG BANG CHOO CHOO TRAIN CMON LINDSEY DO YOUR THING SHE REPEATS I CAN'T, I CAN'T ETC.

    FOLLOWED BY CMOM BRIAN

    FOLLOWED BY JOAN

    FOLLOWED BY BRIAN AGAIN RAP VERSION

    FOLLOWED BY YOU - HAVE FUN!!!!

     

     

     

     Hi,

    Hope everyone had a nice Easter break. It was great seeing so many of you at the parade on Monday.  I know it doesn't seem like it but we have been home now for over a month. This week begins Week 5 of E-learning (APRIL 20TH - APRIL 24TH) and so we are in week 6 of the stay at home quarantine.

      This week on Wednesday, April 22nd we celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the first Earth Day.  Earth Day is the day to remind us that we should do our part not just on Earth Day but everyday to improve and protect the environment in which we live.  I like to remember the 3 R's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for ways we all can help our planet earth

    Grades Pre-K thru 3rd graders using 2 empty plastic water bottles do this Earth Day song that teaches about things you can do to help planet Earth each and every day.  The song tells things kids can do to help the environment and using the plastic bottles shows how to  reuse items.

    In addition to using them as props in the song you can use them after the song for various other activities to practice skills and play games to get you up and moving.  Use them as targets to throw at or obstacles to move around and/or jump over.  They can be used  as bats for striking objects (crumble up newspapers to make balls to toss at empty plastic water bottles or to toss to someone who use empty plastic water bottle as a bat) Remember these safety rules when using for striking 1. always make sure noone is  behind or in front of you when swinging, also when swinging  make sure your hands are dry so plasic bottle doesn't fly out of your hands and hit someone. Go to Utube and find the song Clean Up from the CD We Did It!  - Dora's Greatest Hits track 11. Use 2 empty plastic water  bottles holding the top of one in each hand. The song begins with an instrumental (no words only music playing) for 10 counts   move the bottles in front of you side to side like windshielf wipers. Once the words begin do this pattern while singing the song - tap bottles gently on the floor 2x's, tap bottles together 2x's gently, tap bottles on knees 2x's gently and tap bottles together 2x's gently repeating this pattern while singing the song until it is over. Here are the words to the song

    Dora Song YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKkirVzCA8w

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP EVERYBODY CLEANUP LET'S WORK TOGETHER EVERYONE DO THEIR SHARE

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP COME ON  NOW AND CLEAN UP EVERYONE EVERYWHERE

    WERE GONNA TAKE OUT THE TRASH WERE GONNA MAKE THIS PLACE SHINE

     SHINE SHINE WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT SHINE

    CLEANING UP IS A BLAST EVERYBODY KNOWS IT FEELS SO GREAT BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO FINE

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP EVERYBODY CLEANUP LETS WORK TOGETHER EVERYONE DO THEIR SHARE

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP COME ON NOW AND CLEAN UP EVERYONE EVERYWHERE

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP EVERYBODY CLEAN UP CLEAN UP CLEAN UP COME ON NOW AND CLEAN UP

    CLEAN UP CLEAN UP EVERYBODY CLEAN UP YEAH! 

    MOVEMENTS TAP FLOOR TWICE, TAP TOGETHER TWICE TAP KNEES TWICE AND TAP TOGETHER TWICE REPEAT TIL THE END OF THE SONG GIVING THESE VERBAL CUES

    FLOOR, FLOOR  TOGETHER, TOGETHER, KNEES,  KNEES TOGETHER, TOGETHER  

    PRE-SCHOOL  AND PRIMARY STUDENTS USE RECYCLABLES  AROUND THE HOUSE BUT MAKE SURE YOU GET A PARENTS PERMISSION FIRST

    INTERMEDIATE AND JUNIOR HIGH USE RECYCLABLES AROUND YOUR HOUSE SUCH AS EMPTY MILK JUGS, PAPER PLATES, EMPTY 2 LITER POP BOTTLES, NEWSPAPERS CRUMBLED UP TO MAKE BALLS, PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS STUFFED WITH CRUMBLED UP PAPER TIED UP AND PUT DUCT TAPE AROUND TO GIVE IT A SHAPE FOR A LARGE BALL. THE ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO ARE LIMITLESS. FIRST USE THE ABOVE TO MAKE AN OBSTACLE COURSETHEN TIME YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN YOUR FAMILY TO SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES TO COMPLETE YOUR COURSE. IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER SIBLINGS LET THEM DO YOUR OBSTACLE COURSE BUT DON'T TIME THEM.  IF YOU HAVE SIBLINGS CLOSE IN AGE OR IF YOUR PARENTS ARE GAME CHALLENGE THEM TO SEE WHO CAN COMPLETE THE OBSTACLE COURSE THE FASTEST. HERE'S AN OBSTACLE COURSE FOR YOU TO SET UP FROM THE ITEMS MENTIONED ABOVE. DESIGNATE A STARTING LINE ROLL THE PLASTIC HOMEMADE BALL TO THE FIRST 2 LITER BOTTLE, NOW GALLOP TO THE NEXT MARKER (MILK JUG) CIRCLE IT, PLACE A HAND ON EACH PAPER PLATE AND DO A BEAR WALK TO THE NEXT PLASTIC JUG, NOW TOSS ONE AT A TIME ABOVE YOUR HEAD AND ATTEMPT TO CATCH BALL IN SCOOP, GATHER UP BALLS AND PUT THEM BACK IN JUG SKIP TO FINISH LINE. FOR  EACH OF THE 3 CRUMBLED PAPER BALLS YOU CATCH DEDUCT 10 SECONDS FROM YOUR TIME.USE SOME CREACTIVITY AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN OBSTACLE COURSE WITH ITEMS AROUND YOUR HOUSE.I'D LOVE TO SEE YOUR IDEAS SEND THEM TO ME AT mcronin@qmschool.com.

    ANOTHER ACTIVITY YOU CAN USE IS MAKE A HOMEMADE RACQUET WITH THE FOLLOWING A WIRE COAT HANGER, NYLON OR ONE LEG FROM A PAIR OF PANTY HOUSE AND DUCT TAPE. BEND THE HANGER INTO A SQUARE OR RECTANGLE SHAPE, SLIP THE NYLON OVER THE SHAPE ALL THE WAY PAST THE HOOK WHICH YOU WRAP DUCT TAPE AROUND TO MAKE A HANDLE. NOW YOU CAN USE IT AS A RACQUET. IF YOU HAVE NO SIBLINGS OR YOUR PARENTS ARE BUSY JUST USING A CRUMBLED UP PAPER BALL SEE HOW MANY TIMES IN A ROW YOU CAN BAT THE BALL UP IN THE AIR. IF YOU DO HAVE A SIBLING OR PARENT WILLING MAKE A SECOND RACQUET AND PLAY A GAME OF RECYCLED RACQUET BADMINTON. USE ANYTHING AS A NET, COUCH, 3 CHAIRS SIDE BY SIDE BY SIDE. MAKE SOME BOUNDARIES AND SET UP THE FOLLOWING RULES SERVER UNDERHANDS BALL OVER NET OPPONENT MUST RETURN IT OVER AND IN-BOUNDS RALLY UNTIL SOMEONE DOESN'T RETURN AWARD A POINT NOW THE OTHER PERSON SERVES. PLAY TO 21 ALLOW 2 SERVES TO GET BALL IN PLAY.

     WEEK 6 - (APRIL 27TH - MAY 1ST)

     Last week we celebrated EARTH DAY on Wednesday, April 22nd hence we used recyclables for equipment to do the activities named above. Also, on Friday of that same week it was Arbor Day which always falls on the last Friday of April hence it  usually is not during the same week as Earth Day. This day is so very important to remind people how important trees are for us all so I felt it needed it's own week.  Here are just a few of the ways trees help the world and those in it. Trees serve as windbreakers, they provide fuel and building materials, provide homes to many animals, produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, control erosion as well as add beauty to the earth. In light of all they do Arbor Day reminds us to preserve trees as best we can by reducing, reusing and recycling products made from trees.In addition, on Arbor Day many trees are planted and we are reminded to plant trees every day to help future generations enjoy their benefits.

    In lieu of this my activities for you this week will include some more items which can be made from recyclable objects. I went in my recyclable bin and washed out all the aluminum cans and removed the tabs. The tabs can be given to our Student Council who give them to help a great cause The Ronald McDonald House. Now just using the cans  (this can be done by everyone from Pre-school thru 8th grade) use them as targets to throw at or bowl at in addition you can integrate some math in the lesson by teaching counting by 2's, 3's 5's etc. or making patterns(see pictures). Working cooperatively or by yourself build towers, make specific patterns. Use clean paper plates and cans to do the Minute to Minute challenge mentioned in Week 2 go against the clock see how high you can build it in a minute or go against someone in your house to see who can build a higher tower in a minutes time. I used a few mini-playground balls I found on the reduced shelf after Easter as bowling balls to roll at the cans or to throw at a tower built from cans.  I challlenge you to use items around your house to make games like the one I made out of an egg carton where I painted (can use markers)  some of the holes green, yellow or red and used plastic eggs left over from Easter. Set the game board I named Traffic Light Toss on a couch and designate a line you have to stand behind to toss at the gameboard. Assign point values to the different colored spaces and try to accumulate a designated number before your opponent. If you are feeling creative I'd love to see and games you might create from items you have around your house. Send them to mcronin@qmschool.com  Another activity for intermediate and junior high kids are 13 agility ladder challenges.These activities will develop faster footwork in addition to increasing your agilitly which will help you in any sports you participate in as well as increased health benefites such as better balance and increase of cardiovascular fitness. I made an agility ladder on my driveway with chalk and a pizza box which I traced to make the squares  (hence I repurposed the box). I also am experimenting with a game called pizza box shuffle board will let you know how that turns out. Hope you enjoy the activities stay active - Love, Miss Cronin

     

    WEEK 7 OF E-LEARNING (MAY 4TH - MAY 8TH)  First let me wish everyone especially our 8th graders a Happy May.  Congratulations 8th graders on making it to your last month of grammar school. I know this is not what you were expecting but know that all other class of 2020 students are going through the same scenarios. So when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Hope everyone is fitting in fitness while at home during this quarantine. Here are some ideas to stay active on your own or with family members.It is recommended that to stay healthy everyone (children and adults)  need to do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. An example of what is moderate is a brisk walk. Also note you do not have to do the entire 30 minutes of activity at one time. Here's an idea for the whole family I got from the news the other day. There is a family from Oak Park who is raising funds for two organizations from their neighborhood who are helping others during the Pandemic. Here is what they are doing they mapped out a track in their backyard and determined how many times around it was a mile. Then each family member asked for donations for every mile they walk. The Dad said he was going to walk a full marathon 26.2 miles, the Mom a Half-Marathon their teenage son (high-schooler) a 10-K and grammar school daughter a 5-K.  All they did was set a cone in four corners of the yard and take the measurements. This event drew the media as it started promoting neighborhood spirit as well as raised money for two local organizations who are helping others.  More often than not neighbors came over keeping their social distance to cheer them on.Here is my suggestion to help you and your loved ones stay fit. Map out in your own yard a track, set a goal for each family member as to how many miles they will do the month of May and see if you can reach your goal. Now that some of the restrictions have been lifted and you follow guidelines you can walk in your neighborhood. Just for a reference 8 city blocks is approximately 1 mile. Youngsters make sure you go with an adult or older sibling if you venture out into the neighborhood. What will be a reward for reaching your goal - better health of course. Here are a few activities to do before going for a walk to warm-up primary students do Roll the Dice Challenge see the utube demonstration. or try these dances  from Perez Hilton by yourself or with your parents or Kids Learn to Dance to "Can't Stop the Feeling " by Justin Timberlake! Instructor Rae Another activity for my Primary students is a beanbag dance routine by Kimbo Mexican Hat Dancetry without the music then with the music. Here are the actions  while holding the beanbag in your hand  march in place 16 counts to the instrumental music now put your beanbag on the floor  and put on your Mexican Hat, fold your arms across your chest now what do you think of that,  jump around the beanbag it sure is a beautiful day for Mexican beanbag dancing  now jump the other way. Now pick the beanbag off the floor and where it like a hat we call it a sombrero now what do you think of that. Walking  in a circle it sure is a beautiful day for Mexican beanbag dancing then walk  the other way. Put your beanbag on the floor and give it a little pat,put your hands upon your hips now what do you think of that skip around the beanbag it sure is a beautiful day for Mexican beanbag dancing now skip the other way pick your beanbag off the floor and now you put it back stand up straight and shout ole now what do you think of that  now  clap around your beanbag it sure is a beautiful for Mexican beanbag dancing now clap the other way - ole! Junior High and Intermediate try different exercises in this Star Wars video before walking each day and may the force (May 4th) be with you.

     Mexican Beanbag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpWWB0t_QsI&list=RDGpWWB0t_QsI&start_radio=1

     Roll the Dice Challenge: https://youtu.be/BJowd4KbL7k

    Can't Stop the Feeling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sxifR0Ltqk

    Star Wars Fitness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxzhAsO9ne0

     

    WEEK 8 OF E-LEARNING (MAY 11TH - MAY 15TH)

    First let me wish all Moms a belated Happy Mothers Day.  Even though Sunday was a bust weather wise hope you took advantage of Saturday and got outside for some exercise as it was beautiful. In addition to walking daily as I suggested last week I found a few videos to do beforehand.These videos can be  used  as a warm-up and to increase  cardiovascular, strength and flexibility the 3 components of fitness. The first video titled P.E. with Mr. G Yoga Freeze Dance which I recommend for the Pre KindegartenPrimary students. You either copy the dance moves pictured on the video  or make up your own. Each dance move goes for 30 seconds and then you freeze in the yoga pose pictured for 10 seconds.  Intermediate and Junior High students as a warm-up before going out for a brisk walk either on a track you've measured out in your yard or just walking in your neighborhood (don't forget social distancing and wearing your mask whenever encountering others outside of your family members) do the following video, on utube entitled Kids Workout! It's a 25 minute video that starts with a warm-up then does cardio and strengthening exercises and ends with a cool down. (have on hand to full water bottles to use as weights for the strengthening portion of the video). If you walk outside remember 8 city blocks equal a mile.

    Kids Workout 25 Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCM0C6GnrY

     Yoga freeze Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgTDwBMu0kQ

      In addition to the above physical activities I would like you to remember activities to enhance your social and emotional well being. This week I am sending a few activities you can do by yourself or with family members. All activities involve a deck of cards. First a few games to play on your own. Both games fall into a category known as Solitaire Games. These games in a way have two players - you and the deck of cards. The aim is to beat the cards. The first game is called ROUND THE CLOCK  - Place 12 piles of 4 cards face down in a circle formation similar to the numbers on a clock. The remaining 4 cards are face down as well and go in the center. To begin turn over the top card in the middle if it is a queen , it counts as a 12 , if it is a Jack it counts as an 11 if its an ace it countns as a 1. Other cards have numbers corresponding to their spot values, and your aim is to have them all at the right place on the clock. for example all 4 sixes at 6 o'clock all 4 queens at 12 o'clock. Place the turned up card from the center  in the  right place on the face clock, under that packet turn over the top card of that packet. Place that card in its right place on the clock face and turn over the top card in that packet etc.Continue until all four kings have been turned up and placed in the stock pile.You win if the last card to be turned up is the fourth king because by then yoou will have completed the clock. If you win at Round the Clock call yourself theTICK TOC CHAMP. Have fun!!!  The other Solitaire Game to try is called GOLF - use a deck of 52 cards lay down 7 piles of 5 cards with the top card of each facing up. The remaining cards are all face down forming the stock pile. to begin turn over the top card of the stock this is called the Talon. Now you can take any of the top cards that is one above or one below the number or letter on top of the Talon you do not need to follow suit. Once you play a card you turn over the card under it. Keep playing cards until you have no more plays. Once you run out of plays take the next card from the stock pile and turn it over and place it on top of the talon. Laying down a King stops the sequence . Aces are low and only a 2 may be placed on an Ace. The game is won if all cards can be played on the Talon. 

     Now here are two easy to learn game for 2 to 6 players. One  game is called CRAZY EIGHTSand can be played by 2-5 players. The object is to be the first player to run out of cards. Directions deal out one at a time 5 cards to each player. All other cards are set in a pile facedown in the center of the table and this is called the stock pile. To begin turn over the top card from the stock pile and this is called the discard pile. Let the youngest player go first and he/she must put a card down from his/her hand that matches the suit or number/letter on the top of the discard pile. If you don't have a card to play and you have an 8 you can play that on anything as it is wild. The person putting the 8 down can name any suit that they want which the next person must match. If you can't match you pick up a card from the stock and the next player goes. The first person to run out of cards wins. The other game is calledGO BOOM! The object of this game is to be the first to get rid of all your  cards. You can play with 2-6 players. Use a regular deck of cards cut the cards and whoever has high card deals. Deal out face down one at a time 7 cards to each player. The rest of the cards are placed in the middle face down and is called the stock pile. Player to the dealers left begins and lays down any card then next player clockwise goes. The next card led must match by suit, number or letter.If you have no card to play  you pick up from the stock pile until you get a matching suit or number/letter. If there are no cards to pick from your turn passes.  Whoever wins hand highest suit card of card led puts down the next lead. Whoever runs out of cards first says GO BOOM and wins that game.

    Lastly use your deck of 52 cards and try to  build a house of cards.  For best results build make sure you use a flat surface.  Watch the 2 utube videos first then try it on your own.  See how high you can build your card house. 

    Card Stacking to Build a Tower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu7Wi9X7Ar4&t=33s

    Card Stacking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWDnJt1McT4  I'd love to see any houses you build please send a picture to my e-mail mcronin@qmschool.com

     

    WEEK 9 - E-LEARNING (MAY 18TH-MAY 22ND)

    This is the last full week for my 8th Graders, Pre-Schoolers (3+4 year old part-time and full timers) and Kindergarten Students. First to my 8th Graders - I will miss you all very much. Many of you I've had as students since you were 3, most of your life.  A few who have older siblings I've known since you were infants when your parents were pushing you in a stroller or in the case of the Egans strollers while walking an older sibling up to school. I will always remember you as a spirited class who put their all into the sport or game albeit not all as spirited about working on the skills or lead-up drills before the game.  SORRY you missed out on so much of your 8th Grade year. This pandemic has taught us many things but for me one thing in particular I'd like to share with you all. Live everyday to its fullest as noone can predict what will happen in the future (who could have guessed Friday, March 13th would be your last day in your school as a Queen of Martyrs student.  Make the most of every day you are in high school as 4 years goes by very quickly. Get involved on Day 1 and you'll have lots of fun. Don't be strangers stop by and visit. Love you all, 

    Miss Cronin

    Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Graders here are a few activities to do before your Mom's take down all their Easter decorations down  to get ready this Monday for Memorial Day decorations.  This is not only the unofficial start of summer but it does mark the beginning of Pre-schoolers and Kindergarten students summer vacations. Use a serving spoon and plastic Easter egg small or large for the first two activities. Set up a start and  finish line using markers such as chairs about 15 steps apart.  See how many times you can get to the finish line and back while balancing the egg on your spoon in a 2 minute time period. If egg falls off just stop put egg back on spoon and continue from where you dropped the egg. The other activitly I call Egg Roll. Roll your egg with the serving spoon around the finish line and back to the starting line as many times as you can in 2 minutes timed. Works best if you keep the spoon in contact with the egg as best you can.  The third activity uses 2 paper plates along with the same start and finish line used with the other activities. Start by setting one plate in front of you at a distance you can jump to (jump is pushing off the ground with both feet and landing on two feet. Now place the second plate in front of you and jump to that. Reach behind for first plate and put that in front of you to jump on. Keep jumping from plate (rabbit hole) to plate around finish line and back to start as many times as you can in 2 minutes time. Next activity using plastic egg, small or large, toss to yourself and catch lor toss back and forth with a sibling or parent. Each time you are successful at catching the egg take a step back in two minutes time see how far apart you and a partner can get. This egg toss activity reminds me of a family tradition of mine. On Easter Sunday when my family gets together anyone who wants puts their name in a hat. We do a blind pull to see who are partner is an we do an egg toss using real eggs in the backyard.  The winning couple gets bragging rights until next Easter.  Needless to say we didn't get to do our annual Easter Egg Toss. Another activity is using the starting marker and egg,  toss and catch to yourself while moving forward around the finish line and back. See how many circuits you can complete in a two minute time period.  Other activities use a cotton ball (represents a rabbits tail) or you can substitute with a yarn ball or balloon. These activities all work on striking skills. Using your hand as the paddle try to strike the cottonball with an open hand high in the air and follow with a two hand catch. Try to see how many you can do in 2 minutes. next try to strike the cotton ball two times in a row before catching with two hands. How about 3 strikes before attempting catch. Go for 2 minutes and see what your strike record can be.  How many times can you volley in a row in two minutes no catch needed. Lastly, using the start and finish line from previous activity how many times can you complete the circuit striking  and catching ball while moving to finish line and back.  Now with a sibling or parent play a game of Cotton Ball Volleyball. Make a net using 3 or 4 chairs spread out across the room to divide it in half. One player serves the cotton ball over the net by striking the ball with an open hand.  The other player either volleys it back (hits it with an open hand) or catches it first then serves it back. Just play like this until the ball hits the ground. If you hit it over net and the other person could not get it back over the net and onto your court you got a point. Alternate serves play to designated score say 10 or for a time limit say 10 minutes. Since most of these activities are not very aerobic (workout of heart muscle and lungs) do the Pokemon Workout on the utube tab below before doing the activities. On first day do all the exercises with characters on left. Second day pick the Pokemon character on the right and do the exercise pictured. The third time pick the action you liked best. Remember Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners  stay active throughout the summer. I hope to see everyone at the end of tlhe year parade but if you can't make it enjoy your summer see you in the Fall.  

     Pokemon Workout Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW_ST68v8TM&t=24s

    Now for Grades 4-8 especially my 8th graders who this activity was thought of with you in mind. CUP STACKING is an activity you can do by yourself, with a team cooperatively or competitively. It is actually a Junior Olympic Event. I was first introduced to it at one of my Annual Conventions where I attended a workshop  on cup stacking presented by Mr. Bob Fox with his children who were demonstrating the basic stacks. Cup stacking promotes eye-hand coordination and ambidexterity, important skills in most any sport. You will learn to master the following stacks 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 (all good for developing motor skills, patterning, sequencing, focus and concentration), will give students the opportunity to use both sides of their body and brain to improve bilateral proficiency, will encourage students to set goals and lastly but most importantly to have a lot of fun.  I have regulation stacking cups at school but of course we are presently not allowed back into the building so last time I was at Pepes I asked the owner for 12 kids size drinking cups. What you need are 12 - 12oz light weight cups (plastic cups with the bottoms cut out). Look at home for some or ask your parents to pick you up some next time they go grocery shopping. AS AN EXTRA INCENTIVE TO PRACTICE I WILL ASK YOU TO SEND ME A VIDEO OF YOU CUP STACKING A 3-3-3 OR 3-6-3 AND THOSE THAT DO WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE TO WIN A SET OF PROFESSIONAL CUP STACKS. I WILL PULL 5 WINNERS ONE FROM GRADES 4-8. send your video to mcronin@qmschool.com - these videos need to be sent by May 31st for you to be entered into the raffle.  Go to the following utube where Emily Fox one of the presenters children I saw first demonstrate cup stacking will go over the steps of how to stack a 3-3-3 and a 3-6-3. Coincidentally Emily now all grown up went to The University of Minnesota Division 1 on a full basketball scholarship. Her father contributes a lot of her success to cup stacking which as I said carries over into other sports. Remember practice makes better. Don't worry about speed so much as learning to properly stack. The speed will come with practice and the use of regulation SPEED STACKS. Since there isn't much of a physical workout cup stacking add the following things in to make it more of a workout while at the same time practicing your stacking form. First try a SHUTTLE RUN while cup stacking.  Set up a starting line and finish line about 15 strides apart. Standing at starting line with 3 cups in your hand run to designated finish line cup stack a 3 pick up cups run back to starting line cup stack 3 again see how many complete circuits (down and back) you can do in 2 minutes time. If you have more than one family member going do a Team Shuttle Run each start on one end and on start of clock run to opposite side do a 3 stack up and down run to opposite side repeat see how many times you and teammate can go  down and back in 2 minutes time. Next try the Individual and Team  Shuttle Run doing the the 3-6-3 stack up and down. Play a game either against the clock if done individually or if there's a sibling or parent to challenge you. The next activity is called FETCH 9 followed by FETCH 12.  Spread out all the cups approximately 10 ft. from either end start at either side if going against the clock or if against an opponent each starts opposite their opponent. Designate the stack being done. Start with a 3-3-3 on go start the clock run to middle bring 3 cups back, stack, run and get 3 more cups bring back then stack and run and get your last 3 cups now stack then  downstack and bring them back to the center and sit down stop clock and jot down your time. Try again and try to beat your first time. If going against someone the first to sit down after completing the stack and returning to middle and sitting down declared winner. do again individually or against an opponent using 12 cups and doing a 3-6-3.  Now try STACK AND JUMP 9 on go using 9 cups do 3 - 3 stacks then jump over stack down and do 3 sets of 3 stacks again how many can  you complete in 2 minutes time.  Now repeat using 12 cups STACK AND JUMP 12 do a 3-6-3 stack everything else the same.

     Below are Speedskating Sessions 1-3  to see how to do the 2 basic stacks 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 as presentedd by Elly Fox. Don't forget to send in your video of you sport stacking to be eligible  for the raffle to be pulled the last day of May - GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

    https://www.speedstacks.com/videos/F89vHYoM8XM

    https://www.speedstacks.com/videos/NeklKtk1Ypg/?v=v.php&v=NeklKtk1Ypg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjEH3ugV6mM

     

    Week 10 (May25th-May 29th) The front 9 are behind us and to coin a golf term were beginning on the back nine. in reality we only have this week and next before beginning summer vacation. My suggestion is to take some of these activities from e-learning to keep yourself  and family members active over the other weeks which are  summer break. The reason for beginning with a golf phrase is this weeks theme will be golf more specifically Miniature Golf. By nature Miniature Golf is  not very aerobic  as it only works on one skill of golf that is putting, so before doing the lead-ups and games please do the following Ultimate Beginning Low Impact Workout as shown on the Youtube below. Also, there are 5 warm-up exercises before golfing you can do before your second round of golf. Check out these 5 exercises on the following Youtube. If you do a third round of golf alternate back to the first warm-up.  

    To begin  make up a 3 hole golf course using materials from  around your house. Cup or plate for the hole,, tape mark for tee (starting spot)books, boxes, blocks, empyt cans or tissue boxes to create tunnels, obstacles etc.  Make a minimum of 3 obstacles for each hole. (examples of obstacles are having to go through, around, under or  over something). I googled pinterest for some ideas. The equipment you will need are a golf club and ball. If you don't have those 2 items look around your house here are a few things you might have around your house for substitutes. Instead of a club, use a tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, broom or as a last resort use your leg and foot. If you don't have a golf ball try a tennis ball, rubber ball or rolled up sock. Before playing the 3 holes do these lead-ups to the golf skill of putting. Here's a lead-up game to practice putting toss a spot marker (frisbee, paper plate, stuffed animal anything that acts as a target) designate a tee(starting spot) and see how many strokes it takes  to hit the target. Whoever hits target in the least amount of putts throw out the target and begin again alternating putts.

     

    Ultimate Beginner Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HqGCwt4F1I

    5 Warm Up Exercises Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3TKE3R86_k

     

    WEEK 11 E-LEARNING (JUNE 1-JUNE5)

    Traditionally the last week of school has included FIELD DAY so below are ideas for you to have a VIRTUAL FIELD DAY at home. This FIELD DAY I've designed for you has a theme.

    Since the OLYMPICS got postponed until 2021 we will have our own. So here goes 2020 OLYMPICS QUEEN OF MARTYRS STYLE.  Recruit your family if they are willing to participate as competitors, spectators or both.  These OLYMPIC events will be related loosely to some of the different countries that compete in the traditional OLYMPICS. For example, the IRELAND EVENT will be a POTATO SACK RACE. Why you ask, your parents could probably tell you if you don't know is because potatoes were a main crop over in Ireland many years ago. Then there was a Potato Famine which caused many families to be out of work as these crops were their livelihood  (how they fed their families and fed the livestock they raised to sell to provide for their families.  So during the GREAT POTATOE FAMINE many Irish people came to America seeking work and a better way to provide for their families.

    The first event will represent the LIGHTING OF THE TORCH which traditionally travels by foot unless there is water from the first country to host the Olympics to the country presently hosting the Olympics. Who knows the country that hosted the first Olympics ? If you answered GREECE  you were correct. I'll tell you who was suppose to host this years Olympics because I was planning to go there this summer, it's Tokyo, Japan. Use anything to mark a starting line and finish line. Use the cardboard roll from a roll of paper towels as your torch.  On go holding the torch above your head run to finish line go around and back to starting line. If it's just you see how many times you can get down to finish go around and return to starting line in 1 minute. If you have others in your family make it into a relay where one person starts with the torch and runs it down to and around the finish line  and back to start where you hand it off to teammate who does the same. How many handoffs can you do in a minute? If you can get your parents to play and you have a sibling close in age have two teams,  if two - race against each other.

    After the lighting of the torch do the IRELAND EVENT - POTATO SACK RACE using a large heavy duty garbage bag. Younger kids can probably get away with a grocery bag or pillow case. Again beginning at designated starting line on go start clock and see how many times you can get down to finish go around and back to start in 1 minutes time. Do the same format as LIGHTING OF THE TORCH depending on the number of participants you have in your household willing to compete.

    Next compete in the AUSTRALIAN EVENT -  using an object such as a beanie baby squeeze it between your legs - on go jump down (like a kangaroo which is native to Australia) to the finish line around the marker and back. Use the same format as all other events depending on the number of participants in your home. 

    The next event is the ITALY EVENT here you will need a cup full of uncooked mostacoli noodles and a shoelace knotted at one end. Set a bowl of the noodles at the finish line. Begin at the starting line with string knotted at one end on go run down to finish put one noodle on the string run back to start then either hand off to a teammate or if going against the clock run down yourself and put another noodle on the string. See how many noodles you can string on in a minutes time. 

     

    Next event to represent CHINA use a ping-pong ball and paddle and time yourself for a minute and see how many times you can hit the ball with the paddle.(does not have to be consecutive).

     

    Now try the event related to KOREA using unsharpened pencils or markers (to represent chopsticks) and cottonballs to represent dumplings. Set a bowl of dumplings at the finsish line on go the person at the starting line runs down holding chopsticks to the finish line where they place a dumpling between chopsticks run back to start then drop the dumpling and run back for another dumpling. See how many dumplings you can get back to the starting line in one minutes time. 

     

    Lastly, do the event representing U.S.A. using a pool noodle as a javelin run up to the starting line and throw the javelin as far as you can. Now run to the javelin pick it up and toss it again. Once the javelin gets past the finish line pick it up and toss it towards the starting line. See in a minutes time how many time you can get down and back.  You can also use pool noodles as hurdles just set across two small chairs, set up 3 hurdle bars about 3 feet apart. On go leap over each bar go around finish line then back to starting line leaping over 3 hurdles. Count how many hurdles you can leap over in a minutes time. The dollar store has pool noodles if you don't have any at home.

     

    You may wonder why there are three jars of candy below. Well as an extra incentive for our Olympic Field Days any students who submit pictures of them or family members doing any of the events I will enter you in a raffle to win one of the three jars below. For every event pictured you will get a raffle ticket increasing your odds of winning a prize. Since there are 8 events I included the Lighting of the Torch as well as each event tied in with the above countries you will get 8 chances if you submit 8 pictures to me. The first name pulled will receive gold (jar of Reesces), 2nd name pulled will receive silver (jar of hershey kisses) and the 3rd name pulled will receive bronze (jar of rolos). Send pictures to my e-mail at mcronin@qmschool.com please include your name and address so I can deliver your prize to you. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

     

    EVERYONE HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SUMMER 

    LOVE,

    MISS CRONIN

     

    Olympic Party Ideas Worth Gold- Simple Party Ideas - So Festive!

     

     

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