Now for the first time ever, hundred’s of gymnastics skill illustrations and step-by-step professionally written and designed pre-school, recreational and pre-competitive lesson plans available to you to download right to your computer in seconds. GymtasticsGymTools.com is a great resource for all gymnastics coaches. Check us out and let us know what you think!
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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.
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That’s G.Y.M. Consulting out of Regina, SK, Canada. Saskatchewan is a leader in the field of gymnastics instruction for teachers.
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I’ve been waiting for this. A number of new products for the coach …
This site just launched.
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. …
Check out the gorgeous site. I’ll try to meet with Darlene and write up a review of each of the new products.
by site editor Rick McCharles
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.
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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.
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:
-My Dolly and Me
-Just Being a Kid-Games, Games, Games
-Arts & Crafts Galore
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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.
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. …
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.
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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
Another great instructional from Darlene of Gymtastics GymTools.
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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”.
They offer a number of services and products, including this $8 poster.
Kara particularly likes their lesson plan subscription service, $120.00 / year.
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.
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