Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)

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Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)

In an effort to afford early childhood education providers equity of access to the highest-quality movement education programming, OPEN has launched a content development effort with the help of some of the nation’s most respected physical education and early childhood content specialists.

EC Development Council: Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Helena Baert, Diane Craft, Andrea Hart
EC Content Authors: Helena Baert, Jim DeLine, Amy Gagnon, Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Elyse Loughlin
Contributors: Lori S. Dunn, John Foley, Matthew Madden
Production & Design: Deedi Boland, Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Jennifer Truong

Program Design: There are 3 main goals embedded within the OPEN EC program.

  1. Provide developmentally appropriate physical activity experiences, allowing children an opportunity to accumulate 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
  2. Provide instructional content designed to foster the development of knowledge and skill in six main movement exploration categories (Movement Concepts, Balance, Locomotor, Manipulative, Health & Nutrition, and Social & Emotional Development).
  3. Provide early childhood teachers and program providers with movement-based activities that work toward developmental outcomes and indicators defined within the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

EC Development Council: Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Helena Baert, Diane Craft, Andrea Hart
EC Content Authors: Helena Baert, Jim DeLine, Amy Gagnon, Aaron Hart, Nick Kline, Elyse Loughlin
Contributors: Deedi Boland, Lori S. Dunn, John Foley, Matthew Madden, Jennifer Truong

Early Childhood Program Documents:

Program Overview:

Combine OPEN EC with Research-based Nutrition Education:

Activity Basics (The First Lessons)

Activity Plans:

Bean Bag 1

Activity Plans:

Scarves 1

Activity Plans:

Ropes 1

Activity Plans:

Hoops 1 (NEW!)

Activity Plans:

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About the Author:

Aaron's passion for physical education is cause for some to question his sanity. At home he loves working on his tiny farm in Upstate New York, eating homegrown veggie soup, and spending time with his family.