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November 5, 2014

PHE Canada brings us a new resource designed to help enhance the Physical Literacy levels of children and youth.

This resource uses a Teaching Games for Understanding approach to work students through tactical gameplay problems, think through options and skills, and learn how to apply this learning to broader gameplay situations. The series explores archery, badminton, canoe-kayak, cycling, ringette, softball, squash, soccer, and team handball. Targeted to educators working with children...

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May 20, 2014

The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gives insight through a yearly assessment of how Canada is doing when it comes to physical activity for children and youth.  There are various behaviours that contribute to overall physical activity levels such as active transportation, sedentary behaviours, active play, organized sport, and physical education/physical activity at school. The 2013 report card assigns letter grades to 17 different...

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April 9, 2014

Active play experiences help young children develop physical literacy comes to us from Active For Life.  This article is the fourth in a series written by Dawne Clark.  The articles discuss the relationship between a child’s early brain development and how this relates to the development of physical literacy.  Within this article, Clark touches on ideas around structured play, complex skills, and fundamental movement skills. 

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March 17, 2014

Go Noodle is an interactive website that allows educators and program leaders an opportunity to engage children and youth in various movement activities.  As the site explains, Go Noodle provides short activities that can be used to energize youth.  These short energizers are ideal to use within a classroom setting where there is access to a data projector.  The classroom or group works together to earn points each time they are engaged in movement.  Sign up and add this to your repertoire...

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March 11, 2014

Jim Grove is a senior contributing editor at Active for Life.  Grove’s article entitled, The one crucial thing missing from your kid’s education: physical literacy, brings light to the importance of unstructured play for children and youth.  Focusing on fundamental movement skills at an early age while engaging children and youth in many movement opportunities are certainly beneficial in developing physical literacy levels.  Read Article

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February 28, 2014

In “Coaching Tips” we sit down with Bob Maltman, head coach of the University of Regina women’s soccer team, to acquire some ideas around coaching children and youth in a team sport.  Bob has over 25 years of coaching experience, coaching provincial teams and of course university athletes.  He has also spent a great deal of time coaching children and youth ages 4 to 12 years old. 

As a coach of a team sport, you will certainly benefit from hearing Bob’s message on engagement, planning...

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January 12, 2014

Teaching Games for Understanding - Activity Support Package is a terrific resource from OPHEA.  This resource provides various small-sided games that will help kids understand common concepts in many traditional sports.  The intent is to teach concepts rather than specific sports.  

Games are separated into four categories:  Target, Net/Wall, Striking, and Invasion/Territorial.  Educators, coaches, and program coordinators can all use this valuable resource to support the physical literacy...

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January 6, 2014

It is really simply indeed.  Teaching the fundamental movement skills opens up many doors for kids.  Sport, physical activity, free play will become even more enjoyable if kids are proficient with movement.  This will not only lead to increased physical well-being, but also the social and emotional well-being of our youth.  Sometimes kids say it best.  This video touches on the importance of learning the fundamental movement skills. 

Two more resources:

·      Created by the Canadian Sport...

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December 2, 2013

Clap, Slap, Cheer is a fantastic movement activity that can be done in any space.  This powerpoint has letters that represent a different movement:

C          Clap  (clap hands three times)

S          Slap  (high five someone next to you)

H         Hooray  (arms up high and cheer “Hooray”)

Simply put up a slide and have the group read the letters from left to right and perform the movements.

In some cases you will see letters capitalized.  Stand up to perform the movement for...

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November 16, 2013

“Play is a powerful way to impart social skills”

Margaret Wente references Peter Gray, in her article from The Globe And Mail.  Is it possible we are doing more harm than good when it comes to getting our kids ‘involved’?  Wente brings us back to a slower time and helps one to consider the idea of ‘play’ and what it can do for us socially. 

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