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Fitness for children
Hinson, Curt, 1959-
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1995]

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x, 158 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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In Fitness for Children , one of America's best-known elementary fitness educators shares kid-tested strategies for turning children on to health and fitness.

Curt Hinson, veteran elementary physical education specialist and author of the popular Teaching Elementary Physical Education (TEPE) column "Tips From the Trenches," offers more than a collection of isolated games and activities. His innovative classroom methods help you lay the foundation for an effective fitness education program.

You'll find 45 activities and strategies as well as 80 exercises and 40 homework assignments that furnish a variety of practical ideas to keep students moving, thinking, and acquiring the skills needed for active living. All of the activities have been used successfully in a variety of physical education settings and enjoyed by children of all ability levels.

For each activity description, you'll find practical techniques to help you put the activity into practice for various grade levels, including

-making equipment,

-motivating students for each activity,

-presenting the activity,

-sharing safety hints, and

-assigning homework.

Each hands-on activity is designed to teach children about important health-related fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. You'll also find a brief survey of goals for teaching fitness, basic fitness and training methods as they apply to elementary-age children, and general teaching techniques.

Fitness for Children provides the tools you need to make fitness instruction an integral part of your physical education curriculum.

Author Notes

Curt Hinson is a physical education specialist at Lancashire Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his MEd from Widener University in 1989.

Hinson uses his more than 10 years of experience in the classroom to write "Tips From the Trenches," a regular column featured in Teaching Elementary Physical Education (TEPE) since 1991. In addition, he has published articles on elementary school fitness and made numerous presentations at conferences around the country.

Hinson was the 1991-92 Delaware Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the 1992 Eastern District COPEC Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for the 1992 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Hinson, who is past vice-president of the Delaware Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, also is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Council on Physical Education for Children, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and National Dance Association.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Part I Getting Ready
Chapter 1 Children and Fitness
An Overview of Children's Fitness
The Goals of Teaching Children Fitness
Health-Related Fitness Components
The Basics of Fitness
Chapter 2 Strategies for Teaching Children Fitness
Class Organization
Children's Behavior and Self-Responsibility
Teaching for Inclusion
Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
Chapter 3 Exercise Descriptions
Cardiorespiratory Endurance Exercises
Muscular Strength and Endurance Exercises
Flexibility Exercises
Part II Fitness Activities
Chapter 4 Cardiorespiratory Endurance Activities
Aerobic Dance Circuit
Aerobic Task Card
Around the Block
Cardio Circuit
Circle Drills
Crazy Cones
Crazy Sprints
Distance Running and Walking
Four, Three, Two, One
Frizz-B Fren-Z
Grass Drills
In, Out, and Around
Interval Running
Jump and Jog
Line Leader
Map Reading and Run
Motion Pictures
Movin' to the Beat
Pennant Fever
Run-and-Touch Task Card
Shuttle Run
Slide, Hop, and Run Movement Course
Spot Jumping
Step Aerobics
Chapter 5 Muscular Strength and Endurance
Ball Exercises
Beat the Bell
Circuit Training
Color-Coded Exercises
Exercise Task Card
Fitness Bag
Group Secret Exercises
Individual Secret Exercises
Parachute Exercises
Partner Circuit Training
Resistance-Training Circuit
Chapter 6 Flexibility
Flexibility Circuit
Flexibility Photo * Flexibility Tag
Flexibility Task Card
Magic Box
Muscle Match
Secret Stretches
Appendix A Making the Equipment You Need