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  • Rick Mc 4:46 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    In 2011 I don’t have much confidence that children will be physically educated in P.E. class.

    But they certainly would be with this teacher.

    Warm-up for a group of Grade 1-3 students in a school gym, utilizing some principles typical of gymnastics.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    That’s G.Y.M. Consulting out of Regina, SK, Canada. Saskatchewan is a leader in the field of gymnastics instruction for teachers.

    Brian Lewis is a physical education consultant with Regina Catholic Schools. Check out his sites http://growingyoungmovers.com/ and http://www.blognasium.com/.

     
    • UK_Coach 2:40 pm on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I find school classes with younger children easier than rec classes, but older children schools are harder than both. I try to work around a number of themes in schools; landing, rolling, inversion, moving in different ways, balancing and shapes, and partner/group work. Then we might add benches to all of those activities. So far I haven’t used any other (higher) equitment – with 30 children in a class accidents are likely, and even with back to wall I can’t be checking everywhere at once. You can imagine that if I’m cautious, the regular teachers who aren’t so familiar with gymnastics will be even more so.

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  • Rick Mc 10:01 am on September 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    NEW – Gymtastics Gym Tools 

    I’ve been waiting for this. A number of new products for the coach …

    This site just launched.

    Darlene “The Bean” Fedyna:

    At Gymtastics, we know that nothing is more important than developing a child’s self-esteem. That’s why our GymTools program offers a unique and creative coaching philosophy that concentrates on individual growth; emotionally, mentally and physically. We believe that gymnastics can enhance the all-around health of almost everybody on the planet, providing an excellent base for all sports and life in general. (A back flip comes in handy more often than you’d think in life.)

    Gymtastics GymTools is a resource that delivers fun, fitness and fundamentals for parents, teacher and coaches. We provide pre-school, recreational and competitive lesson plans and visual aids developed by qualified and experienced coaches.

    You’ll also find specialty programs like Sports & Games, Summer Camps, the best Birthday Parties on the world wide web and more inspiration than you’ll know what to do with. You’ll be surprised how quickly our website will help you enhance your teaching skills. …

    gymtasticsgymtools.com

    Check out the gorgeous site. I’ll try to meet with Darlene and write up a review of each of the new products.

     
  • Rick Mc 1:48 pm on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Class Planning for Rec Gymnastics 

    by site editor Rick McCharles
    Rick_McCharles@hotmail.com

    Presented at the annual BC Gymnastics Congress.

    Class Planning for Recreational Gymnastics

    Successful programs have good leadership: Yearly Plan, Session Plan and individual Class Plans. In this workshop we will analyze the Class Plan and goals in great detail, the objective to optimize every precious minute we have with the kids.

    Click PLAY or watch my presentation on YouTube.

    Our goal is to MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN the moment the kids arrive until the moment you deliver them to the parents.

    Gymnastics should be the best 90min of their week.

    Coaches requested information links to the best lesson plans for Rec classes. My personal favourites are for SCHOOLS, but they can be adapted to the club situation:

    Up Down All Around – Ruschkin (Keith Russell)

    Try the link for all posts on this site tagged with the term “lesson plan”.

    Questions? Suggestions? … Leave a comment.

     
  • Rick Mc 11:01 am on June 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Camp Lesson Plans 

    Patti Komara offers Week-Long Camp Lesson Plans for Gymnastics. The same plan used at Stars and Stripes Kids Activity Center in Michigan.

    List of themes:
    -Super Scrapbooking
    -Pretty Princess
    -Preschool Gymnastics
    -Pirates
    -Nature’s Discovery
    -My Dolly and Me
    -Just Being a Kid-Games, Games, Games
    -Imagination Station
    -Dinosaur Dig
    -Cooking
    -Cheerleading
    -Arts & Crafts Galore

    Price: $219.95

     
  • Rick Mc 11:27 am on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    CANGYM Rec Gymnastics program 

    Attention Recreation Program Directors.

    I’m impressed with the 2nd Edition of the CANGYM recreation program developed by Gymnastics Alberta. It’s a significant improvement on the original.

    The CANGYM National Badge Program is Gymnastics Canada’s National Skill Development and Evaluation program for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

    This program is intended for use with participants of varying abilities aged 6 and older, including beginner level participants through to entry level competitive gymnasts.

    Utilizing the CANGYM badge program allows participants, coaches, and parents to monitor progress in addition to being a motivational tool for athletes. …

    Gymnastics Canada

    It’s a big binder with supporting documentation available on an accompanying disk. There is no on-line support, however.

    CANGYM looks expensive at $110 from Gymnastics Canada. But a club needs purchase only 1 copy. Everything is photocopy ready. In fact, I would say it’s a bargain. I’m not aware of any other badge system as good.

    The CANGYM levels are often used for Report Cards.

    The program is not perfect for every club, but it’s a great “starting point” for building your own program.

    The most controversial part is the CANGYM badge program. Many clubs use it. Savvy coaches break some of the levels into 2 parts, allowing more kids to progress more sessions. Some clubs even produce their own badges rather than use the astonishingly expensive official badges. ($2.53ea).

    Overall, I highly recommend the binder as a resource for every recreation program.

    details on Gymnastics Canada

     
    • Coach S 11:07 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We use our own ribbons. The cangym badges are nice but too expensive for us.

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  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    teaching landing and falling 

    The best material on this ESSENTIAL topic was written by Keith Russell from University of Saskatchewan.

    Keith’s system for teaching landings can be found in many of his coaching manuals back to 1979. Still on the internet from the 1990s:

    … The purpose of teaching Landings is to “make the child indestructible“…Landings are very important life skills which will ensure safe activity, once perfected.

    Up Down All Around: Gymnastics Lesson Plans. (Series A, Lesson 1). Ruschkin Publishing, 1994.

    Can we teach children to be indestructible on any landings in our facility?

    … we can try.

    This illustration is from one of his most recent manuals:

    Gymnastics Foundations – available from the Gymnastics Canada boutique $75

     
  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on February 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    preschool gymnastics tips 

    Another great instructional from Darlene of Gymtastics GymTools.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    From little things, big things grow

    Educational Teaching Tools • Gymnastics Program Tools • Specialty Program Tools • Visual Aid Tools • Marketing Tools • Management Tools

    GymtasticsGymTools.com

    I’m confident that Darlene and staff can teach backward rolling safely to preschoolers. But I try to avoid that skill, myself, with “pumpkin heads”.

     
  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    teddy bear theme day 

    Gymtastics Gym Tools posted some sample of their excellent lesson plans.

    I love the graphics. They remind me of Up Down All Around.

    Details on Gymtastics Gym Tools. … Those lesson plans are still being developed. I’ll post a link when they (eventually) go on sale.

     
  • Rick Mc 5:01 am on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Flipping Education 

    Kara Thorpe, from P.A. Aerials, recommends Flipping Education.

    That’s Linda Thorberg and Brant Lutska, Rec gurus from the States.

    They offer a number of services and products, including this $8 poster.

    Kara particularly likes their lesson plan subscription service, $120.00 / year.

    Check it out for yourself – Flipping Education. Or click directly to a sample lesson. (PDF)

    _____

    My review at a glance:

    Content of the sample lesson looks good. But the graphics and layout of the Up Down All Around lesson plans is far superior.

    Leave a comment if you’ve tried the subscription.

     
  • Rick Mc 5:06 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    best gymnastics lesson plans 

    One of the best resources most gymnastics coaches have never seen:

    • 60 lesson plans
    • for age 5-11
    • easy to follow
    • inexpensive — about $1 a lesson.

    Keith Russell, the driving force behind the excellent Canadian gymnastics coaching materials, is the principle author.

    The graphics are clean & easy to understand. Gene Schembri, the man who developed many fantastic Australian coaching materials, did the illustrations.

    Each of the 60 lesson plans is a 4 page, self-contained pull-out:

    • 1 page of warm-up activities
    • 1 page of teacher directed learning,
    • 1 page of student exploratory learning
    • 1 page of repetition and reinforcement material (from previous lessons)

    Up Down All Around lesson plans were originally written for the school environment. I am one of many coaches who adapts them for use in gymnastics clubs.

    • continuity week-to-week
    • variety of games
    • comprehensive approach

    Parents love them. Coaches have a base plan from which to teach. (Modify as needed, depending on the individuals in your class.)

    These lesson plans are professional, taught in Universities, endorsed by school boards. Written by world experts. What more could we ask?

    So where can you get more information on these lesson plans? Check the official website: Ruschkin.com

     
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