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A Review of PER Resources

The Physical Education section of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is where you find the Physical Education Resources (PE Resources). The Physical Education Resources (PE Resources) section gives you information that will guide you in your efforts to teach children how to participate in physical education in schools. The goal of the Physical Education program is to develop and teach children essential health and physical education to children from early childhood until grade 12. The PER project team includes school nurses, physical education instructors, teachers, athletic directors, and other professionals. PER works with the Department of Education’s Office of Physical Education in implementing physical education guidelines and implementing them in schools. The goal is to establish a healthy lifestyle in our children.
The PER website contains a variety of resources for teachers, parents, administrators and other school leaders. The site also provides resources that will support school districts and local communities to promote physical education. The PER website contains an impressive range of articles that talk about key stages of child development. These articles provide practical, age-appropriate strategies that teachers can use in classrooms across the country to promote physical activity.
There are many PER articles that provide ideas for clubs and committees that teachers can establish to promote fitness. In fact, one of the most popular PER articles talks about the ideas of a PER club for high school students. The article includes ideas like creating a science fair club that will allow high school juniors and seniors to bring in an original idea and show how they have developed their idea through the use of PE resources. One example of a high school club idea is to have the senior girls produce dance movements using only their feet.
Another PER article that is helpful for teachers and educators is a PER Curriculum Comparison, which compares several curricula packages. The review highlights the benefits of using physical activity to promote learning and helps teachers decide what type of curriculum would be best for their students. It also lists several curricula packages that are based on PE concerns and offers alternatives to those that encourage only gym class and nothing else. For example, some schools have a pe resources based on sports, while others include PEDs or physical education in the classroom alongside reading, writing and math. The PED curricula comparison provides a checklist of the content features that are available from each package, and the reviewer explains what criteria was used to determine which ones were included.
For home schooling families, the PER website has a PED Activity Comparison that offers ideas on how to evaluate the value of a PED in teaching physical education in a home setting. The site compares the use of PEDs in the home and suggests ways that parents can incorporate a PED into their child’s routine. It is important to note that this is not a comprehensive listing of all the PED activities available, and as a home teacher you will want to seek additional help and information to make sure your child is receiving the best education possible. For instance, many phys ed programs have been developed specifically to take into consideration the special needs of students.
Another key stage in the review is a PED Healthiness and Awareness Guide that offer a list of resources that address the key stages of physical activity. These resources include a PED Activity Quote, an Overview of PED Activities, and a PED Activity Gallery that include several images and graphic illustrations to illustrate key stages of physical exercise. The Healthiness and Awareness Guide go further in explaining that physical activity should be incorporated into daily life, from walking, running, and bicycling to swimming and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Some sites have additional resources that provide further details on each stage of physical exercise, such as how long and how much is needed to reach each stage, and what is recommended for optimal health. Additional resources also discuss how to set up a class and what equipment is necessary.

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