An elementary school program should focus on having a personalized approach to each individual student. Some children are fast learners and highly coordinated and others are not. The program should help each type of student with their particular needs. The physical education program should help children see the value in physical activity and help them develop a positive relation with it.
Basic motor skill development should be included as this is an important learning process for children. The basic skills including running, jumping, skipping, climbing, throwing and catching should be taught as part of the fundamental program. Perceptual motor skills should also be included, to not only help the children function more efficiently in a learning environment, but to also help with better overall movement patterns.
This program has the ability to help children develop a positive self-image and allow them to face physical challenges with confidence. This is a critical part of a child’s development that will assist them throughout their lives. The elementary school physical education program can build a child’s foundation for self-confidence, functional motor skills and a desire to be active, that will have a lifelong and positive impact.
MS, NASM Weight Loss Specialist