Jumping In Place and Traveling

Kids must use a series of REPETITIONS

All play skills, including basic movement abilities, when developed with your guidance as the child’s first teacher, will build a solid foundation of fundamental movements. Honing their abilities will build confidence and motor skills.

Children must master:

  • Locomotor skills and steps: hopping, running, walking, posture, jumping, sliding, galloping, skipping, leaping, jumping.
  • Balance and coordination abilities
  • Body in motion management
  • Control of stopping.
  • Exploration of movements
  • Expressiveness with use of their body.

To nurture the development of these kid skills, you may use the progressively organized series of tasks in the Training Program.

Using part of play times as practice times that are filled with repetitions, like the piano scales will embed these coordinations for your children.

These repeated physical actions cultivate confidence and that I Can Do That! feeling for themselves.

As a bonus, these skills done WELL, feel RIGHT, and make ‘brain and muscles connections’. Brain science research is proving that.

The more connectivity that a child makes between their bodies and their brain cells: means a richer cognitive wealth in their brain.

Play SKILLS include: body + body connections

Because the various movement tasks are satisfying the student. they will want to do the skills again and again. A person tends to repeat with an eagerness, those activities that make us feel accomplished.

Remember the number of times your children ask you to : Watch Me!

This self-confidence in moving and doing well is the aim.

Play Skills: Simple Drill: moving in place

Both feet jump apart

1.   Start with parallel feet.
2.   Use your hands (the helper) and CLAP a rhythm. 1-2-3-4
3.   Have the child JUMP into the air while moving the feet APART.

LAND with a slight knee bending.
4.  Use your voice well to say
APART
    TOGETHER
       APART
   TOGETHER
       APART
* Variations: Use different tempos. Increase the duration of practice. Think in terms of a month of sessions, suggest  15 seconds initially and extend the task practice  to 30 seconds.
*Helper Hints: 
1.  Look carefully to make sure YOU see the child’s whole foot contacting the floor. Remember though that there are strong arches that ‘lift’ the under surface of the foot.
2.  Keep width of JUMP as wide as shoulders.

Practice these patterns in place. perhaps place a chalk mark on the floor to help mark the place to land.
NO TRAVELING!!

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Now let’s get the kids moving forward and later backwards while jumping, using both legs and feet evenly.

Ask your child to begin with:

Landing a jump in control

  1.   Feet together.  Stand TALL.
  2.   Bend the knees slightly and JUMP forward.
  3.    But make it a TINY JUMP!
  4.   Try to keep the ankles CLOSE together as you land.
  5.   Do another TINY JUMP!
  6.   Don’t let the feet separate as you LAND.
  7.   NOW, do a BIG JUMP!
  8.   Repeat the series:  tiny  tiny  BIG!

Repeat this pattern:  three jumps while traveling forward:  tiny, tiny BIG several times, if the child is eager. Stop if they become unfocused. Repeat next practice session.
*Hint: Use a hand clap with the words, ‘Tiny, Tiny, BIG’. Vary the pace and speed as skill improves.

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