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My name is Joseph Hixon. I am one of the 5 APE teachers working in the Monroe City School System. This is my 21th year in education, my 14th with WHS and Monroe city. I serve WHS, MR, MJF, BJ and SHER. My overall goal is to help the students achieve their full potential with their gross motor skills. I emphasize lifetime skills and activities, improving and encouraging the skills the students will need to live a healthy and physically fit life. My short term goals include improving social interations through movement activites and having fun!!!




I wanted to share some quick pointers to help assist you with working with your child on their gross motor skills. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].


  1. Review parts of the body; i.e. head, mouth, ears, wrist, ankle, etc. "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
  2. Review spacial movements: i.e. forward, backwards, left, right
  3. Contralateral movements; i.e. marching in place, crawling, riding a tricycle or bicycle, jumping jacks
  4. Ipsilateral movements; i.e touching left foot with left hand. Zombie Walk
  5. Dancing; i.e. any music that gets your child dancing, Just Dance on Youtube, Instructor lead music videos
  6. Stretching; Yoga videos on Youtube are great
  7. Strength/Endurance; push ups, sit ups, squats, lunges. You can use can goods as weights. Overhead press, curls, rows, etc. Steps can be used for footwork and leg strength/endurance. Running in place, jumping jacks, quick feet drills. 
  8. Spacial Awareness; have your child gauge the distance between their body and the objects in there environment.
  9. Following Direction; "Simon Says" is a fun game.
  10. Using a blindfold, help your child navigate a room by using vocal commands. 
  11. Balloons make great tools for hand/eye coordination. Smaller balloons for more challenges.
Please email me if you have any questions.




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