Help with Suggestions For My Daughter's PE Requirements
Hi,Everyone. As a new member,I'm seeking your help in some suggestions from other moms and perhaps their daughters in helping my daughter adjust to some issues she is experiencing in Physical Education(Ninth Grade,Age 14) at her school(private school-girls). The two PE Teachers are very experienced,very athletic,nice with parents,very demanding of their students("dressing out",PE Detention if there is misbehavior or class "cuts",showering requirement,strict grading,lots of graded activities,and the old-fashioned one piece gymsuits being required for many years). Some areas where I need some help with suggestions as to how I can help my daughter be successful in this class (graduation requirement,Grades 9-12 PE/Health must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or higher).She was used too much less expected in public school PE,but also very few actual activities in PE.As Moms we all know the problems of girls with PE but it has obviously become a very important health issue for our country and I do want my daughter to be successful and solve this situation herself with my support. Any ideas or your experiences with any of the following would be appreciated:She is frightened about the strict requirements for demonstrating skills in gymnastics,tumbling,and swimming;some other girls in Field Hockey during Gym have singled my daughter out as the "new kid"(swats with the stick on the back of her legs,shins,etc.);how to best prepare for physical fitness tests including the mile run and rope climb(timed);she has a week of PE Detention coming up(an hour each afternoon on the athletic field,running the stadium steps,etc. and says she is not going because she can't do that much activity without throwing up,embarrassment at other girls seeing her in punishment,etc.),how to help her overcome that dislike for the one-piece gymsuit and showering requirement(group/open shower area) when she insists on wearing her own shorts/T-Shirt and waiting until she gets home to shower;will not wear the required leotard,tights,and ballet slippers for dance(ballet) activity or the school required one-piece swimsuit;and does anyone know of any supply source for a blue one-piece gymsuit (you guessed it-she "lost" the one the school supplied and "forgot" her sneakers and got PE Detention when she refused to do PE Activities/Exercise in her socks) and of course I have to try to find a supply or sports uniform store or online site to hopefully get a replacement gymsuit. Maybe some of the Moms out there might have saved theirs from PE and might be willing to sell theirs or may know of a supply source for the one-piece gymsuit. I certainly don't want my daughter to fail PE. Any ideas to help her understand we moms have all survived the High School PE Experience. She feels no one else understands what she is going through and all the other girls are better at sports than she is,hates the PE Fitness Tests,feels the two PE Teachers are picking on her and she makes mistakes in the graded skills "because the teachers and other girls are watching her ONLY",won't "dress out" or shower in front of the other girls,etc. My daughter's name is Kimmy (Age 14) and I will show her the feedback. Maybe moms out there can get some ideas from their daughters as to how to help my daughter be more successful(at least a "C" Grade...I would like to see a "B") in her Physical Education Class this year. Thanks for your help....Kim J.