ERIC Number: ED439097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-25
Preschool Movement Programs: Designing Developmentally Appropriate, Inclusive Curricula and Games.
McCall, Renee; Craft, Diane H.
Preschool children need instruction in movement in order to become skillful movers. A child-centered approach emphasizes activities that are child-initiated and teacher-facilitated, enabling each child to achieve specific goals and objectives. Many teacher strategies and classroom routines support the child-centered approach. As an alternative to large group activities, teachers can establish four or five different stations in the room. Only one activity station should involve turn taking, since preschoolers are just developing that skill. The Preschool Movement Program offers adapted physical education, which enhances each child's development by offering an inclusive, child-centered learning environment that encourages self-direction and social interaction. The program also helps to develop functional skills that will be used throughout life. The Preschool Movement Program is designed to help students develop fitness and motor planning, and enables them to master the fundamental movements of locomotor skills, object control skills, and stability. The program adapts continually and creates equipment to enable students with limited mobility to function more independently. Activities can include: (1) "Big on Balloons" (striking, catching, kicking, and throwing balloons); (2) "Mat Maze" (moving through a mat maze to find their way out); and (3) "Scooter Play" (maneuvering scooters while sitting or lying down). (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Orlando, FL, March 21-25, 2000).