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Let Them Play - Lessons in After School Program Quality Through the RBC Learn to Play Project in Kings County Nova Scotia, is part of a year-long Leadership Project undertaken by the Kings County Recreation Group, with funding support from RBC, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, the Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Kings. The project uncovered insights on how to structure a successful after school program and on the types of programs that work well for engaging children in physical activity, and provides recommendations for funding and...
Video for parents explaining how physical literacy helps children to develop basic movement skills and promote brain development.
This US-based report looks at the importance of afterschool programs for rural populations, noting Five W’s of Afterschool in Rural Communities, Barriers to Afterschool Program Participation in Rural Communities - Affordability, Availability, Accessibility - various Promising Practices, and Recommendations.
This resource describes and summarizes research related to the Development of Physical Literacy and to the Action (Benefits) of Physical Literacy.
This resource summarizes four tools for physical literacy assessment and at how the different scales are used for different purposes.: Physical Literacy Assessment of Youth (PLAY) Tools - Sport for Life Passport for Life - PHE Canada Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL) - Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) FMS Tracker - 60 Minute Kids Club
Resources created to highlight the importance of outdoor play in the winter and to provide some fun ways to do so.  Learning Fundamental Movement Skills, such as sliding and gliding, and engaging in fun outdoor play in the snow are important elements to developing physical literacy in Canada. Video, 1.5 minutes, promotes the resource. 
This resource was developed through a collaborative effort between the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and Ever Active Schools. It was designed for the Out of School Time Conference held in Edmonton in June 2015 in response to blending physical literacy with homework help Promotional Video, 1 minute.
The Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and the Be Fit For Life Network collaborated on this project to share traditional games with our partners in Alberta. The resources are designed to support the sharing of these games with children, youth, and families. The games in the resources link traditional culture and values to physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. Use these cards and lesson plans to communicate the history and culture of traditional games and note how the skills and values are still important today. Includes 1-minute video.
This session looks at in-person training developed by HIGH FIVE®, in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, to help supervisors be more informed and prepared to support staff to promote positive mental health among children in your programs. It explores ways to start the conversation about mental health within your own organization by reflecting on your own state of mind and learning about key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health. A presentation from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
With a growing awareness of the important role after school hours play in physical, mental and social development, programming for this crucial time is expanding. This session explores a new online tool that will assist in training, programming, problem solving and finding resources. It also looks at promising good practices and how on-the-ground service providers are ensuring quality and excellence in their after school programs. A presentation from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
Co-Presenters: Brandy Tanenbaum and Sarah Gallsworthy, Program Coordinators, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Each year, more Canadian children are injured falling out of their beds than falling out of a tree, yet we hear no call to ban bedroom furniture. By cocooning children indoors, over-programming them and leaving no time for free play and discovery, in one generation we have managed to eliminate the ability for children to negotiate their environment, make mistakes, learn and develop lifelong skills including resilience. What happens when young people have not learned to fall, to fail...
This hands-on session provides concrete examples of how to successfully include participants of all abilities in your program. Through a re-examination of how recreation and children’s services professionals view the concept of “special needs”, this session is based on the philosophy that all individuals have needs, not just those individuals who may have a disability. The concept is that what is necessary for some is good for all. The session provides training activities to help empower your frontline staff to think outside of the box as they work to make your programs as inclusive,...
When aligning physical literacy with literacy, we understand that progressions are required to develop competencies. Just as ABCs help us spell and write, fundamental movements of running, jumping and throwing, help us be more prepared to actively participate in the many programs and services our communities offer. This session will introduce the concept of physical literacy and provide examples of what it looks like in an after school setting. This session provides information and strategies to help seamlessly incorporate this approach and bring physical literacy to life in after school...
From Introduction to the Manual Purpose of the Manual: This manual provides instructors with the tools and knowledge required to teach physical literacy programs to children in Richmond.Goal of the Physical Literacy Program: Every child in Richmond from the ages of 2 to 12 years old will have the opportunity to develop both games literacy and physical literacy.Physical Literacy Definition: Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills that allow any person to be active for life in individual games, team games, sports and activities....
Executive Summary: Toronto is one of the top immigrant-receiving cities in the world and home to more than 65,000 newcomer youth. Supports for youth settlement in this context would be an important priority for youth serving systems, as settlement adds to the psychological and social stresses common in adolescence, making it an even more difficult period of transition and adjustment. Participation in out-of-school-time recreational activities offers benefits to newcomer youth experiencing the challenges of settlement, including opportunities for newcomer youth to make friends and build...
This resource is designed for care providers and focuses on the development of fundamental motor skills and the facilitation of physical activity. The guide contains fun activities and opportunities for parents and caregivers to spend time playfully and productively with children.
Lessons and activity plans are designed to ensure all children, regardless of ability, are provided with access to quality physical education and sport opportunities, while supporting teachers with a variety of assessment options and links to provincial curricula. This resource also supports families in encouraging the further development of their children by providing a list of activities that everyone can take part in at home. Free, requires login.
Complete physical literacy toolkits designed for kindergarten to grade 12... and beyond! Each Fitness Chart Kit comes with 40 high-quality, expert reviewed exercises, a comprehensive teacher's manual, and access to online videos. Available for purchase
Kids CanMove is a gymnastics program for elementary schools. It promotes physical literacy in elementary schools by teaching kids fundamental movement skills in their PE classes as well as providing teachers with the resources needed to be able to teach gymnastics confidently and safely. The Kids CanMove program was designed to ensure that all teachers including those with no previous experience can safely teach gymnastics. Includes a teaching manual with sample lessons and task cards. In-class training is available in BC.
This document from the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) has dozens of group activities and games that promote physical literacy. It is an instructor guide that includes: age-appropriate games sample lesson plans approaches to maximizing student engagement in physical activity