Research has shown that physical activity has a significant effect on children’s cognitive functioning. It is believed that physical activity and play in the early years in particular has a profound effect on the development of children’s executive function, cognitive flexibility, and attention. The following articles and resources are intended to help parents and early childhood educators (ECEs) to understand the importance of developing physical literacy during the early years.

Active for Life: Early years educators toolkit

Physical Literacy What exactly is physical literacy? This graphic makes it easy to understand. Look at our physical literacy checklists for ages 0 to 9. Get the word out by putting these images on your blogs, webpages, and social media channels. Activities and lesson plans Ready to get your kids moving and developing physical literacy? Check … Continued

APPLE Model helps early childhood educators incorporate physical literacy

Early childhood educators (or ECEs) are not phys-ed teachers; most don’t have the knowledge or the background to “teach” physical skills. But young children learn through play, especially active play, and that’s something ECEs understand well. Their role is to create many opportunities for children to explore fundamental movement skills in stimulating environments indoors and out. Physical … Continued

Early brain development webinar series

This is a series webinars (3) presented by Dr. Dawne Clark of the Early Years Physical literacy Research Team. The webinar provides an overview of selected modules from the online Child and Out Brain Development course, and are used with permission from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Webinar #1: The Core Story   Webinar #2: The impact of … Continued

How integrating outdoor play into the school day benefits children

Outdoor programming in our pre-kindergarten classrooms At Edmonton Catholic Schools, physical literacy and outdoor programming are a priority for our 100 Voices children. Physical literacy encompasses physical, cognitive, social, and emotional wellness. At our Genesis School, this is fostered in a unique way since our classrooms are in alternative spaces in partnership with the City … Continued

Regulating a child’s emotions through soccer

Ready, Aim, Kick! to the rescue One particularly difficult day, we tried an activity called Ready, Aim, Kick! (see Activity #6) from the APPLE Seeds program. This robust program introduces physical literacy skills in a sequential way within everyday play. Ready, Aim, Kick! involves playing kicking games using targets and a variety of materials, including pylons, … Continued

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