Teaching movement to children using ribbons in morning circle

Teaching movement to children using ribbons in morning circle

You do not need to be an experienced athlete to start teaching movement to children, nor do you need to have had extensive training in sports or in physical education.

However, good child-management skills are essential for teaching a movement session. It’s a bonus if you have a resource for fun and safe activity ideas that will save planning time and will boost your confidence. This helps so that you can teach with purpose and enthusiasm.

Let’s start with a few basics.

1  Teach skills that YOU feel comfortable teaching.

Perhaps you are comfortable with doing ball activities, or movement to music, or even just having fun with scarves and ribbons. All such activities are beneficial for children. Start there and then experiment with other types of movement and equipment as you become more confident and competent with teaching.

2  Use your voice to good effect.

Use a clear and loud voice when teaching and demonstrating. Use sound effects for variety and to engage the children. The occasional contrast of a whisper is a sure way to gain the attention and focus of the children.

3  Plan your activities.

Keep it simple. Teach just two or three activities in one session. Or spread things out through the day. Teach one activity in several different environments. For example, teach a group activity in the morning circle, play a movement game outdoors and then maybe one locomotive movement, such as animal walks, when going from one place to another.

4  Learn from your children.

Observe what types of movement they like to do best and repeat activities you know they like. In doing so, you are guaranteed to improve the mood and concentration capabilities of your children and yourself, too.

5  Adjust levels for achievement.

If an activity is proving too difficult or too easy, consider the variables and change it up. For example, if the children are doing throw-and-catch-a-ball with a partner and it is easily achieved, increase the throwing distance or change the throw type from underhand to overhand. If the children are struggling, reduce the throwing distance or do throw-and-catch with them yourself, moving from one child to the next.

So find your comfort zone to start teaching movement to children. Teach the skills you are most comfortable with first, use your voice to engage the children, have a simple plan and do activities they like.

Take the time to ensure that every child is achieving. You cannot go wrong with these concepts in mind.

Let’s keep our kids moving!

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