A Guide to Engaging Parents in School Physical Education and Physical Activity: Resources and Examples
Active Schools is a national movement to ensure that students are getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day in K -12 schools across the country. Active Schools just released a new resource that provides a variety of creative ideas and simple suggestions for cultivating parental involvement at your school titled A Guide to Engaging Parents in School Physical Education and Physical Activity: Resources and Examples. This guide can be used by teachers, individuals, and groups who work with parents, such as physical education teachers, parent/ family engagement staff, principals, PTA/PTOs, and school health/wellness committees. The compendium of resources illustrated throughout the guide can help parents play a significant role in supporting physical activity opportunities at school.
Take a look at these resources for parents of kids with disabilities:
• Parent Engagement strategies for Involving Parents in School Health: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/protective/pdf/parent_engagement_strategies.pdf
• Discover Leisure Education: https://www.nchpad.org/discoverleisure/index.html
• Kids Korner: https://www.nchpad.org/Articles/Monthly~Columns/85/Kids~Korner
• Discover Camp: https://www.nchpad.org/discover/index.html
I encourage everyone to recreate their past experiences of family engagement in physical activity with their children. This practice not only benefits the children but it also benefits you – the PARENT. Access the resources presented in this article and go out and create your own memories. Ensure that family engagement happens through every stage of children’s development and ensure that engagement in physical activity is passed on to future generations.