The process of physically educating our children starts at birth by alternating the end of the crib at which you lay your baby's head, so as to allow the light and sound stimuli to balance out from the right side to the left. We continue to try to stimulate both sides of the brain by feeding the infant while being held in alternating arms, laying them on their backs and dangling brightly colored toys above them, laying them on their stomachs and watching them strengthen their neck muscles and gain coordination as they are enticed by more pretty playthings, by tickling their feet.
This literature states that to maximize a child's potential, both physically and mentally, introduction of specific skills at their optimum readiness will lead to the ability to master that skill later in life, and that these skills will enhance the mental teaching/learning taking place all around the child.
Learning takes place in many centers in your brain. The more areas that record the information, the better it will be learned. For the young learner, especially, deprivation of any of these stimuli can, and will, stunt their learning and limit their future opportunities.
The next step in the physical education of our youth is preparing them for a life of activity, which addresses the fitness situation. In order for a body to be coordinated and to acquire a skill level with any given activity at which the participant is comfortable and having fun, requires the introduction of the skill when it is most ready to be learned.
And, it is known that sports and activities are sought out by kids with a level of skill that will allow them success. This is also true with adults. So, at the middle and high school levels, exposure to the multitude of physical activities available, basic anatomy and physiology, along with health and nutrition, become the focus of the P.E. Department. It is also an opportunity to prepare a percentage of students for scholarships in the sports field.
However, none of the above will happen if there is no foundation laid at the beginning of the process; i.e., the elementary level. Please let your school board know that eliminating the physical education of our children at this most crucial level is not an option!
Lynn Haworth, Proud Mom, B.S. Physical Education