Physical Education is one of the 8 components of Coordinated School Health. And, physical activity is important too! Did YOU know they are not synonymous?
Physical Education (PE) refers to the subject instructed in our schools. It is standards-based, progressive, sequential, and to the dismay of many students -- assessed and graded.
Physical activity HAPPENS in PE class -- SPARK hopes a LOT -- yet it is not the only component teachers of PE are required to address.
Physical Activity (PA), is commonly referred to as any movement opportunity outside of the PE class itself. Therefore, Early Childhood centers (Head Start, WIC agencies, public and private daycare, etc.) and After School Programs (Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA's, etc.) can and should schedule time to provide both structured and unstructured PA opportunities. Often these PA minutes serve as a badly needed supplement of school-based PE time, which unfortunately in some cases, is inadequate.
Ideally, in compilation, all PE and PA opportunities provide every child with at least 60 minutes of movement each day -- our national recommendation. SPARK encourages you and your School Health Advisory Council to discuss this 60 minute activity goal, and strategize how to facilitate its achievement.
Below, you will find links to each of these PE/PA opportunities SPARK offers to students, Pre-K through 12th grade.
Click Here to visit the SPARK Physical Education section
Click Here to visit the SPARK After School section
Click Here to visit the SPARK Early Childhood section
Click Here to visit the SPARK Classroom Activity & Recess section
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