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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves 

    I had to click through to a post with that title. :-)

    There’s no doubt we need change our current “children’s prison” model. In Japan there’s a brave, new model.

    Architect Takaharu Tezuka explains in a TEDx Kyoto talk how one school created a kindergarten that doesn’t fight against kids’ natural impulses. It counts on them. …

    The roof is a giant ring of a playground. Why? Kids love to run in circles. …

    A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves

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    Click PLAY or watch a TED Talk on YouTube. Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rings are great for strength 

    For boys and girls. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Rings are one of least expensive apparatus you can add to your gym. Those from Tumbl Trak cost as little as $56.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Laser Beam – Special Needs Gymnastics 

    Occupational therapists, physical therapists, school professionals, and movement educators discover the benefits of using the Laser Beam for spacial awareness, proprioceptive feedback, balance and more!

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    More videos like this on Tumbl Trak the Grow Through Movement playlist.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Fitness Wheel – Special Needs Gymnastics 

    Soft. Safe. Round.

    The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. And ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bean Bag Activities 

    Gymtastic Gymtools

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 7:33 am on March 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sprinting Fun with Tumbl Trak 

    via Doug Davis – “Run Fast. Jump Hard

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Needs Gymnastics 

    The best Tumbl Trak video yet for physically and mentally challenged kids.

    Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    ALL our kids are special. Growth and Development chronologies are similar. The only differences is that these specialists have broken down the movement patterns into smaller pieces. In safer environments. Soft and rounded.

     
  • Rick Mc 12:56 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    South African School Gymnastics programs 

    International Gymnastics Federation:

    Three years ago, the South African Department of Sport and Recreation joined forces with the National Department of Education and nearly a dozen South African Sports Federations to introduce a sports curriculum into South Africa’s schools. …

    “The structured approach to school sport was to redress the effects of 20 years with little or in most case no physical education in our schools,” explains Caron Henry, who manages Gym for All and Schools programmes for the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF). …

    Studying Gymnastics as sport, fitness and fun in South Africa

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
    • zema meytey pema 1:07 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Rick

      I am a certified coach and follow your blog. I’m looking for new opportunities in coaching. Also I love traveling. I wanted to ask you if you knew of any openings. I have 18 yrs experience coaching and designing recreational programs for preschool to school aged children. I found your most recent article interesting and also a phenomenal step forward in bringing gymnastics and other sports to schools all over the world. I have a BA in education with a double minor in child psychology and music. I would love to correspond with you if you have the time. Thank you for your time concerning this matter.

      Sincerely Cora Wright

      Sent from my iPhone

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  • Rick Mc 8:12 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sports for Preschoolers 

    Which sports?

    The Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers (HOPP) Study at McMaster University (Canada) asked parents of 3- to 5-year-olds about sport participation.

    87% of parents reported participation in organized activities in the last month and 90% in the last year. The sports most often reported were: swimming (79%), soccer (48%), gymnastics (40%), dance (30%), ice hockey (21%), and T-ball (9%). …

    CBC

    SWIM – swimming (79%)
    RUN – soccer (48%)
    GYM – gymnastics (40%)

    Elite Gymnastics and Cheer

    Gymnastics and Trampoline are as important as running and swimming for very young children. We teach Motor and Physical Fitness better than any other sport.

    What can parents do?

    Be a positive sports role model!
    Emphasize the fun of sports!
    Don’t focus on the rules, keeping score or competition in the early years.
    Be sure the sports program and equipment are safe and age-appropriate.
    Be supportive of your child’s coach and teammates.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    getting kids to be more physically active 

    Scientific American:

    Kids should exercise at least one hour a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in the U.S., less than half of six- to 11-year-olds and only 8 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds meet that target. …

    Over in Denmark, a longitudinal study of how schoolchildren move through urban environments provided an opportunity to find out by outfitting hundreds of students with accelerometers and GPS trackers during their waking hours. …

    The researchers found that children were significantly more active when playing on grassy areas and at sites featuring playground equipment. …

    … in all five areas studied, girls spent more time being sedentary than boys. …

    Playgrounds Are Not All Created Equally

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Our Gyms are padded playgrounds, the perfect environment for children’s fitness. :-)

     
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