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NPR’s health channel, Shots, reports on a long-term UK study that found a connection between good grades and physical activity in 11-year old kids. The study found that the more active kids were, the better they did on standardized English, math, and science tests.
The ideal target here was 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise. Few kids were getting that much activity though. The average time was 29 minutes a day for boys and 18 minutes for girls. …
Active Life – Physically active kids are better at science
related – Health & Science – Physical activity may help kids do better in school, studies say
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Active for Life – Richard Monette:
10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader
1. Make reading/physical literacy a family value
2. Let them read what they enjoy/do the physical activities they enjoy
3. Be sure they are reading/playing at an appropriate level
4. Don’t use reading/physical activity as a punishment.
5. Give books/equipment as a gift
6. Let your kids see you read/be active for fun
7. Don’t over-correct, don’t over-practice
8. Point out words/physical activity everywhere
9. Set aside time for kids to read/be active on their own
10. Fun, fun, and more fun
While I hate the pompous term “physical literacy”, there is some good advice in that article.
via B.C. Gymnastics
That’s the title of a new BC Play Gymnastics post:
Studies show that during the winter months, physical activity levels drop considerably. According to Stephen Parker from Health Guidance, “exercise patterns are highly seasonal. Activity in the winter and autumn months falls to half of the summer high”. (1) Why? probably because it is cold, wet and snowy outside and the motivation to get out and be active drops.
Gymnastics provides the core skills of agility, balance and coordination needed to feel confident on the mountains, participating in your favourite snow sport, or even just getting outside and going for a long winter walk. Plus strength and balance help make the best snowman!
read more – Use gymnastics to build the best snowman
via Facebook – Men in Childcare’s Page
PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) is excited to announce the launch of Maximum Engagement in Games and Activities (MEGA), a physical literacy guide for instructors.
… MEGA was developed by PISE Physical Literacy Coordinators, Kelly Graham and Andrea Pask to fill a need for an easy to use physical literacy guide.
… 108 page guide …
In addition there is a games resource that is broken down into the first three stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) –
Active Start (0-6)
Fundamentals (Boys 6-9, Girls 6-8)
Learning to Train (Boys 9-12, Girls 8-11)
Though I dislike the new term “Physical Literacy“, the resource is interesting. And it’s available FREE online — Maximum Engagement in Games and Activities as a PDF. :-)