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The first week of Gym in September we had a class of 3yr-old boys starting at night, during Team practice.
It was loud. Hectic. Intimidating for a new youngster.
3 of the 4 boys were distracted, but managed the Class. One tried twice — but was not able to join in. Instead, he and Mom watched the Class. Hopefully, he’ll be more ready to PLAY week #2.
Linda Thorberg addresses that issue:
Anytime you have new students coming into your facility you may need to have strategies to deal with shy children. Being shy is a typical response for preschoolers and young children …
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Parents have been advised to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests that require physical exertion.
Children aged eight and under have been targeted in the move.
Finland is known for producing some of the most physically fit children in Europe.
It also produces some of the highest academic results among schoolchildren in the developed world. …
Guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that children and young teenagers aged between 5 and 17 should perform at least an hour of moderate physical exercise a day. Finland recommends triple that.
Parents should know that schools are NOT physically educating their children. 😦
The latest ParticipACTION Report Card examines kids’ overall physical activity and, for the first time, grades their movement skills. There’s a lot of room for improvement.
Quoted in that article is Mount Royal University movement education instructor Nadine Van Wyk, former Gymnastics coach. She knows fitness.