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 SRU offers free movement education class to pre-schoolers 




November 25, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



SRU offers free movement education class to pre-schoolers


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marybeth Miller, assistant professor of physical education at Slippery Rock University, is looking for children ages 3-5 to join her "Movement Education" class. The class helps her  SRU students learn to teach fundamental motor skills while simultaneously helping the children improve their skills.

           The free, on-campus movement activities program is titled "Moving Concepts." Classes will be offered each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Morrow Field House beginning Jan. 29.

           "This is an inclusive program designed for preschool-age children with and without disabilities. It is rich in developmentally appropriate movement experiences centered upon themes of body awareness, space awareness, effort, relationship to others, and Character Counts program themes emphasizing the elements of cooperation intertwined with fundamental motor skills," Miller said. She offered a similar program last spring.

           The program is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten. A series of child-centered movement activities important to a young child's development will be offered weekly.  

           The sessions are part of an on-campus service-learning educational movement program anchored to the class. Teacher candidates in physical education, special education, early childhood education and elementary education who are enrolled in the SRU course will provide safe instruction that promotes social skills among participants.

           Those interested in enrolling their child or needing further information should call Miller at 724.738.2789.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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