Students at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School in Islip Terrace have begun their annual two weeks of gymnastics, under the supervision of physical education teachers Bonnie Rabin and Bernie Ruhlig.
Throughout the two-week interval, RCK’s students are given an opportunity to perform on a variety of gymnastics equipment, such as rings, parallel bars and balance beam. The children practice tumbling skills (including cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, handsprings and different types of rolls), and climb ropes and rock walls. They also use their bodies to perform individual and partner balances.
“This gymnastics unit is unique to our program since it involves students working both as individuals and with others to perform,” explained Rabin. “Because this is an annual unit, students are able to monitor their progress from year to year.”