The cynic in me is tempted to answer, yet another Kinesiology ‘buzzword’.
But here’s one definition:
1. Can your child do a basic forward somersault (roll) on the floor?
2. Flat-footed squat
Can your child do a flat-footed squat from a standing position and then stand up again? The flat-footed squat is considered a standard test of physical literacy by researchers and health practitioners. This movement indicates a blend of important qualities: flexibility, coordination and balance, not to mention strength.
3. Swim (comfortable in water)
4. Throw a ball
5. Strike an object
6. Land from jumping
Watch your child as they jump from a low platform, tree branch or park bench and land on their feet. Do they land with their knees aligned squarely above their feet and flex smoothly into a squat? …
7. One-leg balance test
8. Confidence to try sports
9. Describe a movement skill or activity in words
Active for Life – 9 ways to tell if your child is physically literate
When I was a student of Kinesiology at University of Calgary in the 1980s, we called our department Physical Education.
And I still prefer that term.