Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sumarizing Fundemental Skill Development and Assessment

PictureIn reference to the text, fundamental movement skill is divided into three categories (stability, locomotor, or manipulative) and is an organized series of basic movements that involve the combinations of movement patterns with two or more body segments.  Examples of these skills would be jumping and throwing, running and rolling, and twisting and turning.  
“Children who have mastered these skills [fundamental movement skills] are ready to begin the exciting process of developing specialized skills and applying them to a wide variety of game, sport, dance, and recreational activities for a lifetime of vigorous movement.”  According to a journal entry on AAHPERD titled Top 10 Reasons for Quality Physical Education fundamental movement skills and proper assessment by teachers is important because they are associated directly with higher levels of physical activities.  Meaning that if a child is taught at a young age these fundamentals, than he/she will most likely live a physical-activity-oriented lifestyle.  The benefits of this is endless:  regular physical activity promotes lifetime wellness, helps prevent disease, helps fight obesity, teaches self-management, and much more…

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