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ERIC Number: EJ749138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-4853
Promoting Language Development through Movement
Schilling, Tammy; McOmber, Kelly; Mabe, Kathy; Beasley, Bess; Funkhouser, Shari; Martinez, Layvette
Teaching Elementary Physical Education, v17 n6 p39-42 Nov 2006
The purpose of this article is to share with educators the broad developmental benefits, specific challenges, and helpful hints regarding outdoor play for preschoolers, particularly those with limited English proficiency (LEP). In this article, the authors found, that physical play provides some unique opportunities for learning, especially for children who are new to the English language. Furthermore, they state that being active and moving during outdoor play boosts a child's attention span and capitalizes on verbal, visual, and kinesthetic learning so they are more likely to retain concepts like colors, shapes, ABCs, movement terms, etc. And they found, that physical play can be a huge boost for a child's self-esteem. In conclusion, they state that it is critically important that teachers embrace opportunities to use physical play as a developmental "hotbed" and an opportunity to build community. It is up to each teacher to decide which play set-up (or combination) offers the greatest benefits for their specific context; however, committing to the process is a significant first-step for the cultural mosaic of today's schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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