Physical Literacy


Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Physical Literacy

Special needs children: 5 ways to help their physical literacy flourish Guest Post Jennifer Pinarski Edmonton’s Amanda Ebert is an adapted physical activity consultant at University of Alberta’s Steadward Centre. Her best days at work are those in which she uncovers inaccuracies.“My favourite is when assumptions are challenged and proven wrong,” says Ebert. “These could be assumptions held by students, community leaders, parents, children, and...

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If getting kids physically active increases their academic scores, why is it not being done in every school? Physical Literacy

If getting kids physically active increases their academic scores, why is it not being done in every school? Guest Post Richard Monette The science is clear: If you get kids moving throughout the school day, they will do better academically. That’s the case being made in the article “Building a better brain” recently published in the Globe and Mail. The article quotes Harvard Medical School’s...

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Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults Physical Literacy

Guest Blog Post AFL Team Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults Children who never learn to read or write become adults who can’t read or write. Should we be surprised that children who never develop movement skills become inactive, uncoordinated adults? A recent CBC story and news video suggests that children’s movement skills and physical literacy have been in steady decline in recent...

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Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one Physical Literacy

Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one Guest Blog Post AFL Team A recent article by the New York Times editorial board highlights a disturbing, yet growing, trend across schools in North America. As parents and educators turn up the academic pressure on kids, cuts are being made to make sure they have more time in the classroom. Which means your...

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Physical literacy checklist: 2-4 years Physical Literacy

Physical literacy checklist: 2-4 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your toddler should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. Running By age two, most toddlers will have started running (some will have started as early as 20 months). They are still a bit unsteady on their feet and they often fall...

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10 conversation starters for talking to your child about physical education Physical Literacy

10 conversation starters for talking to your child about physical education Guest Blog Post Sarah Gietschier-Hartman At the beginning of the school year my students run into the gym and enthusiastically ask, “Mrs. G-H, what are we doing today?” We stop and have a quick class discussion about how physical education isn’t just about playing games. It’s about learning, too. The next day the same...

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In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still Physical Literacy

In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still Wonderful article in the Washington Post about how one school is using play-based learning activities to “have students involved with some type of physical activity while helping their brains.” We often talk about how important these types of movement activities connect the neural pathways in the brain for higher learning. That is why so many children with...

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Creative ways of making kids sit still longer cannot replace outdoor play Physical Literacy

Creative ways of making kids sit still longer cannot replace outdoor play Guest Blog Post Lori Fireman If there’s one thing my eight year old daughter likes to do, it’s bounce. In bed. At the dinner table. Name the inappropriate spot, and she has bounced there — so when I heard that some teachers are successfully getting kids to focus better and actually sit still...

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Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before Physical Literacy

Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before Guest Blog Post Blaine Kyllo We’ll admit that the term “physical literacy” is a bit of a mouthful. When we use the phrase with parents who’ve never heard it before, they tend to furrow their brows and cock their heads as they work out what it means. It’s true that when we’ve explained what physical literacy is,...

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5 of the Best Brain Building Activities to Help your Child Learn that may Surprise You Physical Literacy

5 of the Best Brain Building Activities to Help your Child Learn that may Surprise You As you prepare your kids for school, it’s a great time to begin thinking of ways to better help your child learn in the classroom. As you know, each child is unique and different, which means his or her learning style is also unique to other children. Some children may learn...

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