Preschoolers are constantly using their bodies to play and learn, whether you encourage activity or not. You can help them stay active as they grow by providing instruction in physical skills, motivating them to develop strength and fluid movements, and challenging them to improve their skill levels. Your guidance can mean the difference between playing confidently and giving up in embarrassment. As in all types of learning, practice helps solidify the lessons learned during physical movement instruction. Motivated by the knowledge and experience you provide, the preschoolers in your care can grow strong bodies, enjoy physical activity, and move with assurance toward a healthy lifestyle.
About the Author
As a professor and early childhood consultant, Steve Sanders, EdD, focuses on preparing the next generation of teachers to help children become physically active and healthy for a lifetime. For more than 30 years, he has promoted this concept while working with all age levels—from infant and parent movement classes to university teacher preparation courses. He received his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech University and is currently a professor and assistant chair in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida. Sanders specializes in developing curriculum, assessment, and instructional strategies for promoting early childhood physical activity. He has also coached high school and youth sport teams. He is the recipient of the Margie Hanson National Association for Sport and Physical Education Distinguished Service Award.
Parents, teachers and caregivers of children ages 3-6
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