Is this for a co-op? Or for your family? Just wondering... I thought from reading it that you must be teaching a co-op class, but others have given great suggestions for a home setting.
If it is co-op
, I was a bystander during my daughter's gym time.
Not a teacher, mind you. Bystander. Or By-sitter, if that's a word. We were blessed with a fantastic teacher with extensive fitness training who is also a godly woman who just happens to be using MFW K this year too! I was so pleased to hear that she is teaching the class for this age group again this year!
Sometimes there were a dozen children, sometimes just a few like you will have. They were mostly older fours and younger fives with a few six year olds mixed in, but these ideas could still work with K-1st graders. Some of the things the leader did with this age group were:
Teaching about group games. Some of the children (like my daughter) came from homes with few or only one child, and did not know how to play group games such as duck-duck-goose, "What time is it Mr. Fox?" and red light/green light and the like.
Exercises. These were usually incoporated into listening games, such as "If I hold up the green ball, do five jumping jacks. If I hold up the red balloon, run in place..." and etc. I like how these incorporated listening and attention skills. The teacher also used other learning games with exercise such as taping up a paper with shapes and saying, "Skip to the triangle. Jump to the circle. Crawl to the rectangle."
You get the idea.
Sports skills. We didn't have enough children to play sports, but the teacher would work on team sports skills, such as kicking or passing a soccer ball and the like. Since we don't watch television, I am sad to say that my daughter did not know the difference between a soccer ball and a basketball, until she was in this co-op class. I suppose i just forgot to teach her those things.
Obstacle courses. Sometimes we went outdoors, where the teacher had an obstacle course of sorts set up. Cones and other markers would indicate areas. Then it was: kick the ball to the cone and around it, then pick up the ball and throw it to the teacher, then run to the beanbag and do five jumping jacks, then race to the finish line. That sort of thing.
Stretches. The teacher spent time on the floor with the children, teaching them stretches. But she would give fun descriptors, such as "Reach up, high high high as you can! make you arms feel longer and longer! Great job, Silas, you are reaching so high! Higher, Gail... great! Stretch up and up!"
Politeness/taking turns/encouragement. So much of this class was about working with others, taking turns, ladies going first, being gentlemen, encouragement, etcetera. This was a great aspect and I saw many of the lessons taught being used in other classes. Great for my only child who was not used to having to take turns!
A highlight for the children was a huddle activity at the end, when they would gather around the teacher and choose something to shout in unison. It was a great closure for the class.
If this isn't a co-op class you're teaching, I suppose these could still be good ideas for the home.
I don't know anything about the specific thing you asked for... STRETCHES!!! But I hope you like some of the ideas I shared.
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