The main focus of this book lies squarely where it needs to be: on the fundamentals. The book provides teachers with the tools for following a logical progression of movement skills, including the ABCs of movement, body-part identification, and non-locomotor, locomotor and manipulative skills.The books gives an awareness of the elements of movement: space, shape, time, force, flow and rhythm and an understanding of the developmental differences between younger students and their older counterparts. Guidance is given in understanding the unique needs of 4 to 8 year-olds and writing developmentally appropriate lesson plans to meet those needs while making connections across the curriculum.In addition, the book offers guidance in teaching across subject areas to provide an interdisciplinary approach, it also offers sample lesson plans to meet the unique needs of the little ones and lists resources for children's music, equipment and props.Through this book, PE teachers will no longer have to ask what to do with younger children. They will be able to build a physical education curriculum that serves the unique needs of this specific age group.
Rae Pica, has been a children's physical activity specialist since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 17 books, including Experiences in Movement, the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children ages 0 to 8. Pica is known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street research department. She is author of the blog The Pica Perspective, in which she shares her thoughts on matters related to children and physical activity and is the host and co-creator of Body, Mind and Child, a series of podcasts that help parents prepare their children's minds and bodies for life.
Chapter 1. What Your College Courses Didn't Tell You; Chapter 2. Maintaining a Successful Learning Environment; Chapter 3. Elements of Movement; Chapter 4. Fundamental Motor Skill Development; Chapter 5. Fitness for Young Children; Chapter 6. Manipulative Skills; Chapter 7. Linking the Gym With the Classroom.