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Early Learning Curriculum Physical Education Standards for 4-Year-Olds
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Core Standards of the Course

Motor skill development includes both small muscle and large muscle movements. Gross (large) motor skills include walking, kicking, hopping, galloping, running, sliding, skipping, leaping, and jumping. Fine (small) motor skills include activities to strengthen the hand and wrist, helping students to begin to develop pre-writing skills.

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Sub-strand: GROSS MOTOR

Standard PE 4 yr.1.1
Demonstrate control and balance during movement that moves the child from one place to another (for example, walk forward in a straight line, hop, run and stop, change direction, and jump over low objects).

Standard PE 4 yr.1.2
Demonstrate coordination and balance in movement that does not move the child from one place to another (for example, balance on one foot, and move body parts in isolation).

Standard PE 4 yr.1.3
Demonstrate control of large muscles to manipulate objects (for example, throw and catch a ball, use a club to move a ball, ride wheeled toys).

Sub-strand: FINE MOTOR

Standard PE 4 yr.1.4
Demonstrate wrist, hand, and finger control (for example, screw on and off lids, button, zip, push an object, use scissors, create art).

Standard PE 4 yr.1.5
Hold a pencil and other writing tools with a beginning pincer grasp (thumb to index finger grasp).

Standard PE 4 yr.1.6
Demonstrate eye-hand coordination (for example, pour from one object to another, strike a stationary object).

Standard PE 4 yr.1.7
Demonstrate eye-hand coordination by independently creating simple handwriting strokes such as straight and intersecting lines, circles, and other simple shapes using a variety of writing tools.

Efficient movement and performance are attained by demonstrating increasing control over body movements and an awareness of personal boundaries.

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Standard PE 4 yr.2.1
Begin to maintain personal boundaries while participating in movement activities.

Children will identify activities that bring satisfaction and pleasure through participating and through reflecting on physical activity and how it can promote a lifetime of wellness.

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Standard PE 4 yr.3.1
Recognize how exercise and physical activity influence our physical and emotional wellness (for example, feel the change in breathing or heart rate, talk about how it helps our muscles and body, ask what physical activities a child enjoys).

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Jessica Mackley and see the Early Learning website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer Throndsen.

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