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Pica, Rae – Young Children, 2011
NAEYC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the US Department of Health and Human Services all recommend that preschool programs offer physical education. There are many reasons why. First, young children form healthy habits early in life. Before entering elementary school they learn to brush their teeth, bathe…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Activities, Young Children, Child Health
McCall, Renee; Craft, Diane H. – 2000
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…
Descriptors: Adapted Physical Education, Child Development, Curriculum Development, Developmental Stages
Gallahue, David L. – 1981
Physical education programs at the nursery and elementary school levels should stress the development and refinement of fundamental movement patterns and a wide variety of sport skills instead of dealing with specialized skill development through refined performance experiences. The developmental model of physical education is based on the…
Descriptors: Children, Curriculum Design, Developmental Stages, Elementary Education
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Stoll, Julia; Hamilton, Ashley; Oxley, Emilie; Eastman, Angela Mitroff; Brent, Rachael – Young Children, 2012
Physics is the study of forces and motion--the science of matter and energy and the interaction between the two. The big idea the children explore, as well as the question they ask as they engage in physical knowledge activities related to physics, is "How does it move?" Many teachers translate naturally as they come to know the children they…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Physics, Problem Solving, Motion