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ERIC Number: EJ930396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Why Preschoolers Need Physical Education
Pica, Rae
Young Children, v66 n2 p56-57 Mar 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 themselves, and eat nutritious foods. Educators can teach children about the importance of physical activity and fitness during this impressionable time. Also, early childhood is the ideal time for acquiring fundamental movement skills because it is during this unique period that children build the basic movement abilities that are the foundation for learning more complex movement skills later in life. Preschool educators can teach children where their elbows and shoulders are, about the space immediately surrounding their bodies (and what it's possible to do within it), how to stop and start, and the many ways in which it's possible to move. Children who feel good about their physical abilities have a better overall view of themselves (Strickland 1999). Resources that can support teachers in making PE part of the early childhood curriculum are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A