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Kids are heading back to school: do you know where their physical literacy is? In this issue, we profile Active for Life’s free teaching modules in physical literacy for early years educators and elementary teachers. If you're an early years educator, we also examine emergent curriculum and how it helps preschoolers get the right start in physical literacy. And if you're a teacher at the elementary level, our story on successful multi-sport school festivals will give you fresh ideas for getting more kids active at school. 

Lesson plans for physical literacy

As more provincial education ministries include physical literacy in their curriculum guidelines, the challenge for teachers is finding teaching resources to help children develop it. Active for Life provides the solution: Free physical literacy lesson plan modules in downloadable PDF format.

Multi-sport school festivals engage more students

Traditional school sport tournaments only allow a small portion of students to participate. Staff at École élémentaire publique Jeanne-Sauvé in Orleans, Ont., took a different approach this past winter, with the result that far more students were engaged. David Benay describes the key elements of a successful multi-sport festival—something to keep in mind when planning your school's winter festivals this fall.

Emergent curriculum helps deliver physical literacy

Emergent curriculum places emphasis on responding to children’s interests and allowing for child-led learning, and thereby encourages educators to adapt learning activities to meet the interests and abilities of children. Learn how early years educator Lucinda Parker used this approach to help preschoolers in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., develop their hopping, jumping, and balancing.

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Physical literacy explained (fast and simple!)

Are you teaching parents about physical literacy? Share this webpage and poster with them to provide a quick, clear explanation.
More resources are available here.


Dr. John Cairney on physical literacy

Dr. John Cairney is the chair of Sport for Life’s research group for physical literacy. Active for Life editor-in-chief Richard Monette recently talked with Cairney on the AfL podcast about how he defines physical literacy, why he believes it’s just as important as other forms of literacy in child development, and how we can help kids become physically literate.


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