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ERIC Number: EJ900568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Promoting an "Active Start" for Young Children: Developing Competent and Confident Early Movers
Goodway, Jacqueline D.; Wall, Sarah; Getchell, Nancy
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n2 p30-32 Nov-Dec 2009
With childhood obesity and physical inactivity at an all-time high, parents and physical educators alike must look to the early years to promote competent and confident young movers. Popular opinion believes that children are naturally active and motor skill development progresses as a normal function of getting older. However, if one looks at preschool and elementary playgrounds and gymnasiums, many young children are neither active nor the competent and confident movers one would like them to be. NASPE has developed a document called "Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 5." This document outlines five guidelines for each of the three age groups: (1) infancy (0-1 year); (2) toddlers (1-3 years); and (3) preschoolers (3-5 years). In this article, the authors focus on the preschool guidelines, as these guidelines have application to working with young children in general, even those in the early years of public school. The authors provide a brief overview of the guidelines along with some suggestions for activities and resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A