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Why do preschoolers need physical education?
A preschool director proudly tells a group of parents that physical education (PE) is part of the curriculum at his school. One mother responds, “I remember having to climb the rope and run around the track in gym class. I don’t see why my daughter has to experience anything like that.” “I agree,” a father chimes in. “What do dodgeball and jumping jacks have to do with 4-year-olds?” In response to the parents’ concerns, the director says, “Let me explain that physical education has evolved over the years. In our PE program the children develop body and spatial awareness and practice and refine their emerging motor skills, which contributes to the likelihood that they’ll become lifelong movers.”
Advanced physical education candidates use content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge to design and conduct appropriate learning experiences that facilitate and enhance the growth of learners.
PE should be fun, fostering social interaction and not just physical fitness. During this age, students take part in activities to increase their cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility, while also learning new skills, including cooperative play, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Beyond exercise, students start to understand how to integrate healthy habits into their lives. Students should learn to eat well, sleep enough, and manage stress. Health is an important part of every class in PE.