What’s going on in there?
This week we are pretending to be Superheroes and working on our gymnastics routines. Kids can come dressed as their favorites or their own original. We also have fun dress up options here for them to explore.
What’s the point?
Let’s face it, Superheroes are always fun. They are a gateway into our imaginations and allow us to explore our capabilities beyond natural strength. Kids (and our Teachers) love em! This point of the gymnastics session has lead into routines. Gymnastics routines on Bars, Beam and Tumbling are being memorized and fine tuned. They are filled with the gymnastics skills we have drilled throughout the entire session. The goal now is to learn sequences and practice transitions from skill to skill. These are challenges for our balance, coordination, strength and memories. The physical reinforcement done by practicing helps create strong motor pathways in our brains for both physical and mental skills. These will carry over into any sport we choose, music, and academics.
Having kids repeat routines over and over again is not something they are naturally excited to do. We use stories, built around Superheroes to inspire and motivate. We use the equipment in the obstacle courses as Superhero props in our stories so the kids will have an easier time remembering what comes next. Before you know it, the kids have easily performed 5-12 skills in a series. Pretty smart…like Superhero smart!
Fun carry overs at home.
One of our favorite opening circle activities during Superhero weeks is to ask kids what super power they would choose. No limits, it can be anything. We love when it’s stuff like “make the best sandwich ever” or “stop my baby sister from crying”. Have some fun asking at random times what your preschooler would choose. Tell them what you’d pick too!