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NOVEMBER 2018

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The new school year is well underway. Now that things are settling into a routine, it’s a good time to assess how your kids’ school or child care centre is doing when it comes to physical activity and physical literacy. Read on to see what’s working for others and what’s not.

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Roundup of Canadian physical literacy programs in schools

This first roundup of great physical literacy programs is both a celebration of what’s going on across the country and provides a variety of options for schools looking to improve. See how your child’s school measures up.

Is PE failing our kids? A conversation between a parent and the experts sheds some light

Active mom of three - and AfL contributor - Van Colden wrote a letter about how her active-at-home daughter was hating Phys Ed class at school. We brought Van’s letter to Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) and asked them to join the conversation. Read both Van’s concerns and PHE’s responses and then please weigh in with your own thoughts on this subject.

Run-throw-catch-shoot your way to school acceptance

Want your child to have an easy time fitting in at school? Based on his own child’s experience, this dad suggests that helping kids develop movement skills so they can join teams, clubs, and many activities is a worthy investment.

Are you a healthy sport parent?

Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom is a book about much more than hockey. It has a lot to offer parents with kids in all sports. Read about the four ingredients that make a healthy sport parent. If you want to learn more, we also reviewed the book for you

Active for Life to study the benefits of physical literacy programming for the early years

How does physical literacy in child care centres benefit children age 0 to 5? That’s the question The Early Years Physical Literacy Research Team is trying to answer with a new study that kicked off this fall in 22 child care settings in Alberta and British Columbia. Learn more about this ground-breaking study.

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Playbooks provide 12 days of active fun for kids, parents, and caregivers.

Searching for fun AfL-approved games and activities to play with the kids in your life? Look no further than these playbooks (one for each age group: 3-5 years, 5-8 years, and 8-12 years).

Link of the month

The documentary, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS, opens this month in Canada and it’s a must-see for all documentary lovers (it recently made Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Docs to Watch list) and for anyone who believes in the power of multi-sport for kids. It opens on November 9th in Canada. Check theatres near you for showtimes.
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