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Promoting motor skill development and social-emotional learning among preschoolers in physical education


The preschool years are essential for developing physically active lifestyles and social-emotional well-being. This article introduces the PASS (Physical Activity and Social Skills) physical education program, which identifies specific ways to develop fundamental motor skills, provide physical activity opportunities, and promote social-emotional learning among preschoolers. The program aims to meet the guidelines of SHAPE America’s Active Start (2020) and Head Start’s Program (i.e., perceptual, motor, and physical development and social and emotional development). Teachers must be intentional with the content they prioritize in their curriculum, and the PASS Program activities can be readily used to provide children with quality and meaningful learning opportunities. (author abstract)

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