LifeSpan Child Care adopted SPARK as our company wide health program in 2012. SPARK is a research-based, public health organization of San Diego State University Research Foundation dedicated to creating, implementing and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK was created to involve all children, be highly active, incorporate school readiness skills, and develop more confident and competent movers. Children participate in fun, developmentally appropriate activities, many of which integrate with other subjects like reading, writing, arithmetic, and wellness concepts such as trying new foods and being active at home with a family member.
Teachers begin the year by lessons based in foundations such as orientation and expectations, personal space, spatial relationships, starting and stopping, tempo, sharing, creative words and movements, and developing skills such as jumping, galloping and skipping. These building blocks establish the class environment, behavioral expectations and management skills while developing motor skills.
To learn more about SPARK, please visit sparkpe.org!