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Developing Physical Literacy In Our Children

Children who possess inadequate motor skills are often relegated to a life of exclusion from organized and free play experiences of their peers, and subsequently, to a lifetime of inactivity because of their frustrations in early movement behavior. Children who lack fundamental movement skills are likely to experience frustration and difficulty learning more advanced skills, thereby reducing their enjoyment of sport and physical activity.

Children tell us that not having the skills to play is one major reason they drop out of sport and physical activity. Research shows that negative self-perception of motor ability is a major barrier to participation, and without the development of fundamental movement skills many children withdraw from physical activity and sport, and turn to more inactive and/or unhealthy choices during their leisure time.

The reality therefore is that those children who possess the fundamental skills, are more likely to play more often and enjoy the experience, while those who lack the skills are often left out. This creates a vicious circle; those with the skills play and through that play further develop their fitness and skills.

Mastery of fundamental movement skills can have a direct effect on the health of children and young people. Studies have shown that children and adolescents with greater fundamental movement proficiency tend to be more physically active, have higher aerobic fitness and self esteem, are less likely to be overweight, and much less likely to be bullied.

We feel that it is very important to help set our children up for future success by exposing them to a wide array of physical, mental, and social tasks at the appropriate developmental stages f life. Please help in supporting us as we strive to lay the groundwork for s fitter, healthier, happier next generation.






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