Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 429–437 | Cite as

Implementing a Physical Activity Curriculum into the School Day: Helping Early Childhood Teachers Meet the Challenge

  • Casey Marie BreslinEmail author
  • Jane R. Morton
  • Mary E. Rudisill


In Fall 2006, North Carolina kindergarten teachers were charged with the task of meeting the NASPE guidelines for providing daily physical activity to their kindergarten students. In turn, the teachers researched resources and consulted experts to design and develop a developmentally appropriate physical activity and physical play environment for their students. The purpose of this article is to disseminate useful information one group of kindergarten teachers believed would help other teachers in similar situations. The article discusses the planning process, suggestions for activities and necessary equipment for program implementation, and vignettes regarding the experiences the teachers and students have had during the physical activity and physical play program’s inaugural year.


Early childhood physical education Curriculum Motor skill development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Casey Marie Breslin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jane R. Morton
    • 2
  • Mary E. Rudisill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Pumpkin Center Elementary SchoolLincolntonUSA

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