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Overview

In Fitness for Children, one of America's best-known elementary fitness educators shares kid-tested strategies for turning children on to health and fitness.

Curt Hinson, veteran elementary physical education specialist and author of the popular Teaching Elementary Physical Education (TEPE) column "Tips From the Trenches," offers more than a collection of isolated games and activities. His innovative classroom methods help you lay the foundation for an effective fitness education program.

You'll find 45 activities and strategies as well as 80 exercises and 40 homework assignments that furnish a variety of practical ideas to keep students moving, thinking, and acquiring the skills needed for active living. All of the activities have been used successfully in a variety of physical education settings and enjoyed by children of all ability levels.

For each activity description, you'll find practical techniques to help you put the activity into practice for various grade levels, including

-making equipment,

-motivating students for each activity,

-presenting the activity,

-sharing safety hints, and

-assigning homework.

Each hands-on activity is designed to teach children about important health-related fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. You'll also find a brief survey of goals for teaching fitness, basic fitness and training methods as they apply to elementary-age children, and general teaching techniques.

Fitness for Children provides the tools you need to make fitness instruction an integral part of your physical education curriculum.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"A big thank-you to Curt for giving us a most comprehensive, user-friendly, and success-oriented fitness program designed to promote healthy lifestyles for all elementary-age students!"
Bonnie Hopper, MST
Physical Education Specialist, 1992 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

"Fitness for Children provides practical information and shares realistic goals for developing attitudes about fitness."
Jewel M. Toyama, MEd
Elementary School Physical Educator, Southwest District AAHPERD 1992 Elementary Teacher of the Year

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873224727
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Curt Hinson is a physical education specialist at Lancashire Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his MEd from Widener University in 1989.

Hinson uses his more than 10 years of experience in the classroom to write "Tips From the Trenches," a regular column featured in Teaching Elementary Physical Education (TEPE) since 1991. In addition, he has published articles on elementary school fitness and made numerous presentations at conferences around the country.

Hinson was the 1991-92 Delaware Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the 1992 Eastern District COPEC Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the 1992 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Hinson, who is past vice-president of the Delaware Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, also is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Council on Physical Education for Children, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and National Dance Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
How to Use This Book
Pt. 1 Getting Ready 1
Ch. 1 Children and Fitness 2
Ch. 2 Strategies for Teaching Children Fitness 19
Ch. 3 Exercise Descriptions 25
Pt. 2 Fitness Activities 59
Ch. 4 Cardiorespiratory Endurance 60
Ch. 5 Muscular Strength and Endurance 105
Ch. 6 Flexibility 128
Appendix: Making the Equipment You Need 144
Glossary 155
References 157
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