Canadian Sport for Life - Developing Physical Literacy
Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to increase Sport contribution in Canadian society recognizing sport components as an important part of everyone's life by promoting each child's healthy and logical development in a sport or physically active environment.
What is Physical Literacy?
Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to move confidently and effectively with control, in a wide range of physical activity, rhythmic (dance) and sport situations. Physical literacy also includes the ability to “read” what is going on around them in an activity setting and react appropriately to those events.
Children tell us that not having the skills to play is one major reasons
they drop out of physical activity and organized sport.
Why do we use Gymnastics as a foundation?
Here at the Early Learning Sport Academy, along with teaching preschool academics, we introduce children to fundamental movement skills using gymnastics as a foundation. We begin with the fundamentals of gymnastics. Gymnastics teaches us agility, balance, and coordination; skills that are needed for all sports. Before you can expect a child to perform a sport skill, they need to know how to move their body effectively. Skills such as springs,swings, balances, locomotions, and rotations accomplish this. In another way, movement skills such as rotations and tumbling, benefit the child academically as well as physically, targeting the portion of the brain in charge of speech and phonetics. Tracking and striking a moving object, such as hitting a balloon with a badminton racket, develops the reading center of the brain. The introduction and practice of fundamental movement skills such as these are the basic building blocks of physical literacy.