I believe that Elementary School physical education is an essential curriculum
for the development of all children. Early physical education classes provide
children with a medium for progression from the random play stage to the
eventual organized game and eventual structured learning. Throughout this
process, children learn the value of group dynamics. Values such as sharing,
team play, communication and respect for others become common practice. Apart
from group development, physical education at an early age can also dramatically
help children succeed in the classroom environment.
All children learn at
different rates. Learning new ideas and developing them require time and much
practice before reaching some success. Most children at some point during this
period will struggle. Physical education at this age can provide children with
the opportunity to success and be a sort of mental recess. Games and Play can be
developed so that kids can associate learning with activity. Since kids enjoy
games and play and can easily succeed in this medium, physical activity
therefore confidence bumper that will last forever in every child.
play can be carried over into the classroom and in future life endeavors.
Physical education for children is also very important in the development of
their bodies. During this early period in tier lives, children can develop poor
eating habits that make physical play difficult to participate in, eventually
weaning children away from physical activity participation. It is therefore
important to keep kids involved in physical participation, teaching them the
values of participation thereby setting the foundation for physical
participation for the rest of their life. Apart from the physical rewards of
physical education, children can also expand their creative minds in physical
play. Through play, children are free to be as creative as they so wish.
Experimentation of the mind and body is a regular occurrence in playgrounds as
kids adapts games and develop new challenges for their minds and body.
Playgrounds are transformed into foreign lands to explore, fields become
stadiums backyard rinks become professional hockey coliseums where legends are
made and anyone can be score the winning goal, race to victory and save the
world in less than an hours time. These are just some of the values that early
physical education can provide to a developing child. The importance of these
values as developed through physical education I feel will dictate the levels of
personal success any individual will have in their life.