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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
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Vidoni, Carla; Ignico, Arlene – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents from low-income families in the USA has become a significant concern over the last 20 years. One of the major contributors to this problem is the lack of physical activity. The purpose of this paper is to describe initiatives designed to: (1) engage young children in physical activity during…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level
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Fuchs, Melani Alexander – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2015
Montessori's first premise is that movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can enhance thinking and learning (Lillard, 2005). Children must move, and practice moving, to develop strength, balance, and the stability needed to fully participate in the rigors of daily life. It is imperative for young children's motor…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Movement Education, Psychomotor Skills, Physical Education
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Oslin, Judy – Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 2004
Most motor development experts, teacher educators, and physical educators agree that the development of fundamental motor skills ought to be the focus of primary level (K-2nd grade) physical education. Given the limited number of days allocated for physical education in most elementary schools, ensuring that all students learn 200 or more…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Play, Motor Development, Physical Education
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Bruns, Deborah A.; Pierce, Corey D. – Young Exceptional Children, 2007
Early literacy development is the gateway to reading and future academic success. Learning about sound-letter correspondence and basic decoding strategies are but two fundamental skills that have been found to support this later success. In addition, an emphasis on environmental print (e.g., McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Shell) and functional print (e.g.,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills