Tag: Physical Health


Hygiene: Fun Activities to Teach Kids Personal Hygiene Parenting

Hygiene: Fun Activities to Teach Kids Personal Hygiene Guest Post Christine Hill Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature kids hygiene with guest blogger Christine Hill While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. As your child moves from infancy into toddlerhood (and beyond), there are some things...

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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: 4-6 years Development

Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your preschool child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Running By age four, your child should be running with confidence. You want to make sure she continues to run and to develop her strength and balance, as running is...

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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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Is Low Muscle Tone Interfering With Your Child’s Learning? Development

Is Low Muscle Tone Interfering With Your Child’s Learning? Muscle tone. It’s a word most of us would associate with body builders and fitness buffs. But do you think of a child with speech problems? The kid slumped over on their desk at school? Or the clumsy child dropping their pencils and fumbling around the playground. Muscle tone may not be what you think and...

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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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