Youth and Pre-k Intersession will be from August 20th to September 3rd


Week 10 (or last week of the session): Fun Week

 

This week is Fun! but it is only free play for the kids.  Coaches must remain hyper- vigilant and keep scanning the room to supervise all the children.  If the kids get hyped up and running fast, that's when accidents can happen. Find ways to engage them in activities that absorb some of that energy.

Remember:  Use the winch as little as possible when using the bungee!  This means Tiny Tots must be lifted into the bungee swing and kept at a low level. You can get the parents to do the lifting.  You can use the winch for Tootsies. If you use the bungee in the afternoon, it is up to you to make sure the green swing is put away completely at the end of your shift.  When untrained coaches try to get it out of the way, serious problems can happen.

Tumblers should use zipline instead of bungee.  Ask for a parent volunteer to unbuckle the belt at the bottom.  Afternoon tumblers should be able to use the zipline, but alert the coaches using the floor below. Due to high traffic in the gym the bungee and zipline get put away at 4pm.

 

Set-up

Upstairs:  giant obstacle course with trapeze, raised balance beam, etc. Bungee boat on west side, area marked by cones.  Leave space between bungee & obstacle course for warm-up.

 

Downstairs:  Mat mountain, rope swing, etc.

 

Rotations

  • 1st 30 minutes:  Tumblers do a short warm-up and then go through the obstacle course.  After about 15-20 min. give zipline rides. Tootsies use bungee boat after a short warm-up.  They can follow tumblers through obstacle course after the ride. No bungee use after 4pm. Earlier pm TR & TT classes can use bungee.  When zipline rides finish, Tumblers can have free play upstairs if there are enough coaches, otherwise have your Tumblers come back up to the bleachers. Tiny Tots extra free play Downstairs & Circle Time (no obstacle course for double section classes to give time for everyone to get bungee rides).  Parachute can be used for circle time.

  • 2nd 20-25 minutes: Tootsies & Tumblers free-play Downstairs. Tiny Tots—free play & bungee rides upstairs.  Acrofitness classes will join Tumblers for zipline use with one coach at each station. If there isn't a second coach on the floor, students must wait after their ride at the bottom of the zipline with the parent volunteer.


1. Priority registration begins Monday 8/13 at 9:00am encourage your students to re-enroll for the Fall session.

2. Please send Erin any names of students who are eligible to move up but do not meet the age requirement. 

3. The Preschool program is looking to fill morning shifts on Monday , Tuesday, and Saturday. Please let Erin know if you are interested in picking up some morning hours or if you know someone who would make a good addition to the team.

 

Week 9: Teamwork

Goal: To work together to get things done. Teamwork makes the dreamwork!


 

Warm-up

  • Row Row Row Your Boat

  • Partner sache holding hands

  • Partner log rolls holding hands

  • Wheelbarrow  

  • Partner Balances:  forward scale, toes together counterbalance, back-to-back sit & stand up.

  • Elbow swing w/partner or hold hands & spin in circle

  • Patty-cake or other partner clapping game

  • Tumbler classes can learn pyramids

 

Obstacles

  • Create one big obstacle course for students to roll barrels on. Work together to push different size barrels around obstacle course.

  • At the end of the obstacle course put hands together and shout TEAMWORK!!

  • Students do the obstacle course after teamwork with the barrel.

Downstairs:

  • Parallel obstacle course for partners (double cheese, tramp, monkey jump etc.)

  • Dual balance-masters

 

Advanced Skills:  Wheelbarrows, Pyramids, Cartwheels

 

Tiny Tots

  • Baby acrobatics with parent/guardian

  • Baby backflip

  • Row row row your boat

  • Parachute

 

Teamwork Games for Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers/ Jr. Pk/ AcroFitness

  • Work together to push the barrel mats or the big ball through an obstacle course.

  • Bucket Brigade:  Toss beanbag one to the next in a line, last person tosses beanbag in upside down mushroom or shape in tunnel and runs to beginning to start next beanbag.  Variations: pass overhead, under legs, add spin, etc.

  • Human Knot:  hold hands in a circle and wind in & out into knot, then try to unwind without letting go.

  • London Bridge.

  • Leap Frog

  • Catch: pass bean bags or balls with partner

  • Work together to push big crash mat over


Week 8:  Sideways

Updates

  • If you haven't already done so, please send your Fall Availability to Erin ASAP…. Fall Session is Sept 4 - Dec 23
    (Note: Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 20 - 25)

  • Remember, if you’d like hours over the two-week break (Meaning no youth, pre-k classes), please send your availability specifically for gym cleanup from Aug 27-30.

  • Tell your families that registration for Fall session begins August 13th. And schedules will be available on Aug. 7th.

  • Stephanie is still out from kidney stones. Thank you to all those who have been covering her shifts!

 

 

 Week 8: Sideways

Goal: This is a good time to note which kids have a strong right or left side dominance.  Challenge the students less dominant side.

 

Warm-Up

  • Chasse (gallop) sideways, both sides

  • Side bear walks

  • One arm/one leg balance

  • Side to side monkey jumps

  • Side stretch in straddle (w/lift seat off floor)

  • Hop on one foot

  • Bear to crab sideways

 

Obstacles

  • Koala hang on minibar and trapeze

  • Sideways bear walk on parallettes

  • Monkey jumps over blue mat on tumbltrak

  • Sideways jumps both sides

  • Sideways walk with legs up on trapezoid or balance beam

  • Star hang & traverse on climbing bars sideways

  • Bear or crab walk over floor beam zig-zag jumps side to side over line (on floor & tumbltrak)

  • Sideways roll over narrow trapezoid

 

Tiny Tots

  • Chasse (gallop) sideways

  • One arm/one leg balance (grow into a flower or tree)

  • Side stretch in straddle

  • “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” (leaning side to side in a standing star position)

  • Rock n Roll side to side

 

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers

  • Side bear walks

  • Monkey Jumps

  • Sideways bear to crab walks

  • Side to side jumps over a line

  • Side to side monkey jumps over the balance beam

  • Side jump off block to safety land

  • Log rolls

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Side to side monkey jumps

  • Safety Vault

  • Speed Vault

  • Koala Hang on beam and bars

 

AcroFitness

  • Floor: Cartwheels, Grapevine

  • Bars: Koala Pull Ups,

  • Beam: Sideways walks, Dip Walks/ Ice Cream Scoops, Koala Hang

 

Review Skills

  • Egg roll

  • Log roll

  • Backward jumps

  • Backward rolls

  • Body positions: tuck, pike, straddle, hollow, arch

Week 7:  Balance

 

Updates

  • Send your Fall Availability to Erin ASAP…. Fall Session is Sept 4 - Dec 23
    (Note: Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 20 - 25)

  • Also, if you’d like hours over the two-week break (Meaning no youth, pre-k classes), please send your availability specifically for gym cleanup from Aug 27-30.

  • Please also, welcome LeeAnn to our PREK Team for the fall. She has been working camp junior over the summer. She cheers for CHEER San Francisco!

  • Please start telling your families that registration for Fall session begins August 13th. And schedules will be available on Aug. 7th.


 

Week 7:  Balance

 

Balancing is a challenging skill. Ask your students to focus their eyes on something while trying to balance and to keep their heads up/shoulders down. Make sure they focus on something still! Reminder:  Kids should be spotted at hips or under shoulders (at armpits) when on the balance beam and NOT by holding hands out to side (if you need to catch them if they lose balance this could risk dislocating or stressing their shoulders).


 

Set-up:  Big mats under the high beam for the downstairs obstacle.  The floor beam should go up on blocks as part of an upstairs obstacle course.

 

Warm-up

  • Hop on right/left foot

  • Tip toe on a straight line

  • Stand on right/left foot

  • Balance with foot to side/front/back

  • 3 & 2 point crab/bear balance

  • Pirouettes

  • Scale/ Arabesque

 

Obstacles

  • Use PROPS!!  Use rings or beanbags to balance on heads/shoulders/tummy.  Use cones to see if kids can touch toes to cones and balance or place cones on sides of balance beam and have kids stop to do a scale at the cone.

  • Please be sure to use the balance-masters and balance beam this week!

  • Use blocks under the ends of the beam for mount and dismount.  

  • Tip: You could place a bean bag or other object at the end of the beam to serve as a focal point for balancing.

  • Use mushrooms for leaning star balance.

  • Straddle beam, tuck feet behind, hands/knees to standing on high beam.  Use downstairs beam as part of simple obstacle course, so you can station yourself there to spot.  Remember to create activities for children waiting for a turn on the beam!!

 

Tiny Tots

  • Balance Rings or Bean bags on heads and walk in a circle.

  • Circle Time: Tuck into a seed, water the seed, the seed grows into a tree/ flower and grows a branch/petal (standing on one foot). A storm comes and blows the tree/ flower down to the ground.

  • Baby Acrobatics: Adult lays on back with feet up in the air. Child stands over adult while adult grabs child’s feet. Child holds on to adult’s feet and adult lifts child up.

  • Twinkle twinkle little star. Lean side to side in a star shape while you sing the song.

 

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers

  • Releve walks

  • Walk on top of jump ropes. (Have students lay down jump ropes on the floor. Students walk on top of jump ropes without falling off).

  • Balance on one leg: posse or arabesque

  • Front support on bar

  • Releve walks on balance beam

  • Handstand: walk feet up the wall.

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Precision jumps: Focus on sticking the landing with heels raised.

  • Forward/Sideways/Backward walks and bear walks on high beam.

 

AcroFitness

  • Lunge and lever hold for handstand

  • Needle kicks

  • Coupe and Passe

  • Arabesque

 

Advanced Skills

  • Lunge wars on low beam (hand-to-hand pushing in lunge position until someone falls off).

  • Lever down & up in lunge


Week 6: Backwards Week

Goal: For students to understand how to move backwards in many ways. Walking backwards helps strengthen sensory abilities by helping to rely on senses apart from sight.

 

Warm-Up

  • Walk, Hop, and Jump backwards in circle

  • Walk on toes and heels backwards

  • Bear/Crab walks backwards

  • Candlestick rolls

 

Obstacles: Obstacle course can be simple and familiar, since backwards makes the challenge.

  • Backward jumps on Tumbltrak

  • Backward swing on trapeze

  • Walk backwards on beam

  • Backwards fall into backwards roll on small cheese mat (Tumblers)

  • Backward bear & crab walks down a cheese mat

  • Backwards bear & crab walks on parallel bars

  • Backwards safety jumps off short block (at or below chest level) – give the choice to put hands down first and donkey kick down or to have hands out ready to catch the block after jumping down.

  • Backwards straddle walk

  • Backwards walking on incline or decline   

 

Tiny Tots- Backwards

Circle Time:

  • “Backwards backwards we are (walking/jumping/running) backwards in our circle.”

  • Baby backflip

  • Rock n Rolls

  • “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat”

 

  • Walk backwards: parents stand on beam facing child and hold both hands gently guiding child backwards.  This activity helps them to feel the backwards motion without having to look where they’re going.

Trampoline:

  • Backwards jumping, “Jumping Backwards in a Circle”  or “backward, backward, seat drop!”

 

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers

  • Crawl backwards through the tunnel

  • Backwards rolls down cheese mat (spotted)

  • Backwards slide down slide

  • Walk backwards on beam

  • Backward jumps off trapezoid

 

Jr.Parkour

  • Bounce backs

  • Backwards shoulder roll

  • Backwards walks on high beam

 

AcroFitness

  • Backwards rolls and backwards straddle rolls

  • Backwards walks on balance beam

  • Cast from front support on bars

 

Advanced Skills

  • Backwards walk on narrow low beam (downstairs)

  • Backwards Straddle roll

  • Backwards Roll

 


Week 5: Straddle/ Pike

 

Updates:

  • Hey coaches, start thinking about your availability for the Fall session. The Fall session runs from September 4th- December 23. There will be no PreK classes over the Thanksgiving holiday, November 20th-25th and over the New Year holiday December 24th- January 2nd. Please plan any vacations accordingly.

  • Please promote this weekends PreK Open House to families. Encourage students to invite a new friend to the gym. The Open House is this Saturday July 14th, from 3-5pm. It is only a $10 drop in for two hours of free play!!

 

Week 5: Straddle /Pike Week

Goal: For students to understand the fundamental straddle and pike positions of gymnastics.

 

Warm-Up

  • Demonstrate tuck/straddle/pike from standing (jump), sitting, lying on back

  • Chasse

  • Jumping jacks

  • Star walks

  • Donkey kicks in tuck, straddle, pike

  • Bear Walks: Emphasis the straddle

  • Straddle jumps over cones (Tumblers)

 

Obstacles

  • Straddle roll on cheese mat

  • Straddle or Pike on trapeze

  • Straddle onto block mat from springboard

  • Straddle bell hang

  • Jumps in tuck/straddle combinations

  • Straddle walk over mats or floor beam

  • Straddle monkey jump along balance beam (Tumblers)

                                   

 

Tiny Tots – Straddle Week

Circle Time:

  • Jumping jacks

  • Wheels on the Bus—use the verse "the doors go OPEN and SHUT"

  • Straddle and pike game:  "open…pike!" or "straddle….pike"…hands can clap together

  • Bear walk:  jump or walk feet out into straddle and back together

  • “Row row your boat” (straddle facing each other holding hands leaning back and forth)

Tramp:

  • Straddle jump song:

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give your hands  a clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Put them in your lap, Seat Drop!

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers

  • Star walks while singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

  • Chasse

  • Bear walks: forward, sideways, backwards

  • Side kicks

  • Straddle donkey kicks

  • Straddle forward roll

Bars:

  • Sit in straddle across top of bars: start in bear walk and have them sit down, spotting under their bottoms and directing their weight toward their hands.

  • Straddle bell hang on mini-bar

  • Koala hang

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Monkey Jumps

  • Safety Vault

  • Crane

  • Tac

 

AcroFitness

  • Lunge

  • Lunge to T

  • Side Cartwheel

  • Sideways walks on the balance beam

  • Straddle and Pike Jumps

 

Advance Skills

  • Swing to straddle on p-bars

  • Spin/skin the cat

  • Cartwheels

  • Forward or Backward straddle roll


Week 4:  Tuck /Pike

 

Updates:

 

  • Happy 4th of July! No classes on Wednesday. You are OFF. Gym is closed.

  • Please make sure to check the Master Binder before class to update your attendance sheets.

  • Pearachute - FYI if you receive any drop-in passes that say “Pearachute,” those students are first-time drop-in students. Please treat them a TRIAL, so give them a quick orientation because they have most likely haven’t ever been to AcroSports

 

Goal: For students to understand the fundamental tuck and pike positions of gymnastics.

 

Warm-Up

  • Egg Roll

  • Frog jump (from lily pad to lily pad using dots or carpet squares)

  • Crab Walk

  • Demonstrate tuck /pike from standing, jumping, sitting, lying on back

  • Donkey kicks in tuck, pike

  • Rockin' Roll to stand, tuck jump

  • Tuck & pike seated (feet off floor)


 

Obstacles

  • Squat on Block

  • Forward/Backward Rolls/Egg Rolls

  • Invert tuck and pike hang on mini-bar

  • Tuck swing and kick down block or mini cheese mat on bar

  • Tuck/Pike support on parallel bar

  • Seat drop on trampoline

  • Tuck/Pike hold on trapeze

  • Tuck squat on balance beam (pick up scarves or beanbags)

  • Tuck jump off block

 

Tiny Tots – Tuck

Circle Time:

  • Wheels on the Bus, with the verse "the people on the bus go UP and DOWN" squatting up and down.

  • The Ants Go Marching One by One…Squatting down with the line "they all go marching down into the ground…."

  • Tuck hug knees, kiss knees, feet get happy and they POP into a pike.

  • Lying on backs, tuck (meatball) and stretch into a flat body (spaghetti noodle).

  • Egg rolls from kneeling tuck

  • Rock n Roll

  • Baby Backflip

 

Jr.Parkour

  • Burpees

  • Squat On- Tuck jump off

  • Spin-The -Cat

  • Cat Crawl on beam

  • Forward Roll/Backward Roll

  • Box Jumps

  • Donkey Kicks

 

AcroFitness

  • Candle Stick Roll

  • Floor: Forward Roll (on the ground), Backwards Roll (on cheese mat), Tuck Ups, Tuck Hold

  • Bars: Chin Hang, Forward roll-pike down to chin hang, Tuck and Pike Hang, Spin-The-Cat

  • Beam: Tuck Sit, Ice Cream Scoops, Tuck Jump Dismount

                       

Advanced Skills

  • Invert pike hang to skin the cat

  • Backwards roll kick out to pike

  • Pike hold on p-bars

  • Tuck jump on beam                       

                                  

Review Skills            

  • Forward Roll

  • Egg Rolls    

  • Monkey Jump

  • Bear/Crab walk

 


Week 3: Rolling

 

FYI: Still looking for a coach for the next PreK Open House on July 14th from 2:30-5.

 

Reminder: REMEMBER TO EMAIL YOUR FAMILIES

We forgot to remind you to do this during the first week of the session. Coaches need to email your classes to introduce yourself if you haven’t already done so. There is a template email in Jackrabbit (our registration system) that you will fill out and send to families. Below are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into Jackrabbit

  2. Click on the "Classes" tab at the top to find your class and click on it.

  3. Click the "Email Class" option button on the top left

  4. Select the "Beginning of Session Coach Email" template in the Template drop-down menu.

  5. Edit the email with your information.

  6. Choose erin@acrosports.org as the "reply to" email, but include YOUR email in the body of the text.

  7. Include this time in your timecard under the 1600/1600 code with a note stating you emailed families via Jackrabbit.


 

Please Note: If you co-coach a class, only one coach needs to email families, but please introduce each coach in the message.

 

TAKING ATTENDANCE

Take attendance at every class! It is very important that you are accurately and consistently taking attendance, as AcroSports needs these records for safety and legal reasons.

Attendance sheets live in your folders/binders, so please make sure you return your folder/binder back to the shelf before you leave the gym. While we are always happy to print you out a new attendance sheet when needed, your old sheets contain important records for student attendance that we need.

 

CHECKING THE MASTER BINDER

Please make sure to check the Master Binder before class to update your attendance sheets. The front office will continue to make enrollment edits in the Master Binder throughout the session, so please remember to check this binder at the start of every shift. It is located under the rotations schedule on the main floor.

If someone shows up for your class and they are not on your list, kindly send them to the office to check on their enrollment with the front desk.

Please take note of "Trial" students on your list. These students are trying out the program to determine if they want to enroll in that class. Please remind them that they need to confirm their enrollment with the office by the end of the day.

 

You may need to remove some students and add others on your attendance lists. It is super important that we get your help with this as the office relies on you as part of the system for guaranteeing that folks are enrolled in the right spaces!

 

FOLLOWING ROTATIONS

Please refer to and follow the rotation schedule for your class! The rotations live on the bulletin board in the gym just outside of the office and also are posted downstairs for PREK. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the rotations. As a reminder, Youth classes will alternate between A & B rotations.


 

Week 3:  Rolling

Goal: To learn how to safely roll with proper technique, head tucked in and a strong finish. If students are struggling with their forward rolls and stalling on their head have the student hold a bean bag under their chin while they try the roll. Try the same bean bag technique for advanced students trying backwards rolls.

 

Warm-up

  • Running & Jumping

  • Egg Rolls

  • Log Rolls

  • Rockin' Rolls in Tuck, Straddle, Pike

  • Kaboom Rolls

  • Spaghetti & meatballs (on back, stretch & tuck)

  • Plank turns (front to back, straight tight body)

  • Bear/crab turns

  • Candle Stick Rolls

 

Obstacles

  • Log Rolls, Egg Rolls, Straddle Rolls, Fwd & Bwd Rolls (down cheese mat).

  • Kaboom Rolls (start in tuck, roll to side and straddle arms & legs on back, roll over to tuck)

  • Jump off of block into safety roll

  • Forward roll down a cheese mat. If that is easy, try rolling up the cheese mat.

  • Forward or egg roll down cheese on tumbltrak (remove cheese mat for running Tiny Tots!! )

Tiny Tots

  • Start with “The Wheels on The Bus”

  • Rock n Roll with kids in the lap of parents, back and forth and side to side.

  • Dance Party: STOP, DROP, and ROLL

  • Tummy Time: Log Roll

 

Jr.Parkour

  • Candle Stick Rolls

  • Forward and Backward Rolls

  • Safety Roll off of different heights

  • Dive Rolls

 

AcroFitness

  • Candle Stick Rolls

  • Hollow Body Rocks

  • Floor: Backward Rolls

Introduce Handstands: Lunge, T- Hold, Needle Kick

  • Beam: Tuck and V-sit, F/S/B walks, Bear Walks, Ice Cream Scoops

  • Bars: Front Support Forward Roll, Spin-The-Cat, Pull Over using wall to assist

 

Tiny Tots

  • Ants Go Marching One By One

  • Spaghetti & meatballs (on back, stretch & tuck)

  • Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes

  • Log roll

  • Egg roll

  • Forward roll

  • Rockin' Rolls in Tuck, Straddle, Pike

              

Advanced Skills

  • Forward roll stand up without hands

  • Straddle roll

  • Backward roll down the cheese mat

  • Spin-The-Cat


 


Week 2: Safety Landing & Safety Falls

 

  • I am looking for a coach for the next PreK Open House, it is July 14th from 2:30-5.

  • AcroSports is preparing for the 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade, with Hector Zavala, AcroSports’ Production Director,  as Lead Coordinator.

  • The San Francisco Pride Parade takes place Sunday, June 24th and begins at 10:30AM on Market Street, from Embarcadero to Civic Center in San Francisco.  If you've ever wanted to participate in the San Francisco Annual Pride Parade, now's the time because it is AcroSports’ 25th anniversary and first time participating in this parade. We invite you to join us!

  • HOW DO I JOIN?  

  • Sign up at the following link. Meet us at our assembly block at Beale, between Mission and Howard on Sunday June 24th, between 1:30 and 2:30 PM.  Our expected start time is 3:00 PM!!

  • What to wear?  It’s Gay Pride!!! Lets fill Market street with the colors of the rainbow.  Come dressed in your best version of rainbow power outfit. (Avoid wearing Black and/or any brand names or logos)

  • Tuesday, July 19: 6-10 PM Tine's Birthday Dinner/Performance/Parangal Benefit... You are invited! If you don't want to eat. It's okay. Just come! https://roadtopadayon.brownpapertickets.com

 

Week 2: Safety Landings & Safety Falls

Goal: To learn how to fall from out of balance positions and land with proper landing technique (knees bent no more than 90 degrees, flat feet, arms up, and ready hands) and to learn recovery techniques for bigger falls (jump with a forward, backward or side roll).

 

Warm-up

  • Run and Stop! Practice running and freezing or dancing and freezing.

  • Run and crash!!  (Choose your location wisely: tumble track to pit and dance floor to crash mat are optimal).

  • Jump to freeze off different levels:  Stick the landing!!

  • Jump to roll from different levels (start from the floor and work up)


 

Obstacles

  • Lots of safety jumps from different heights.

  • Try sideways, backwards, and forwards jumps into safety land.

    • TIP:  If children are landing with knees bent past 90 degrees it might be because the surface they're jumping from is too high!

 

  • Island Hopping:  jump between a series of mats, hula hoops, or carpet squares at varied distances.

  • Make a game of falling from different apparatus (low beams, bars, rings, or trapeze) and backward on trampoline.  Landing into a shoulder or side roll for forward & side jumps, backward into a rockin' roll with arms overhead. Emphasize how the elbow joint flexes and why not to reach behind with hands when falling.

  • Trapeze:  Place a panel mat on the mats below for 2 foot landings.

 

Tiny Tots

  • Start with walking in a circle….. and now it’s time to stop (continue with running and jumping)! Emphasize the safety land position when you stop.

  • Practice bouncing knees up and down in the safety land position.

  • Please remind parents: When jumping off a block spotter should stand in front of jumper and hold both hands to encourage children to bend both legs and jump off both feet.

  • If student is struggling with jumping, practice bouncing knees at the edge of the block before take off or try jumping off a lower surface.

Jr. Parkour

  • Review the importance of landing on your feet!

  • Jump to safety land & jump to safety roll from multiple heights.

  • Precision jump challenge! Set kids up on a stationary line, have kids jump as far as they can. Mark their landing spot with chalk and challenge them to jump farther than the chalked line.

  • Review how to safely mount and dismount the balance beam.

  • Bounce backs.

AcroFitness

  • Vault: teach students how to punch the springboard and stick the landing.

  • Review how to safely mount and dismount the balance beam.

 

Review

  • Teamwork: taking turns, making a train, staying together.

  • Run and crash onto big mat

  • Jump off block into safety roll.  Be sure feet land before knees!! The bigger and sillier your pratfall in the demo , the better to inspire kids to get into it!


Week 1: Orientation

 

Welcome to Summer!

 

Please remember that we have new summer rotations, so keep an eye out for them on our board. And during the week, obstacle courses are now created in the outback, not on the main floor.

 

Each week, all preschool classes utilize our weekly themes as the backbone of our curriculum. While classes still focus on building the skills off of our skill sheets each week, weekly themes give us class direction and motif.

 

It’s up to the coach to decide what is appropriate for each class, and use the weekly themes as inspiration for learning. It is not required that coaches follow the curriculum word for word, but use it as a tool to improve the class experience. The obstacle course, circle time, and flow of the class should reflect the weekly theme.

 

Themes begin on the Monday of each week and run through Sunday.

 

Week 1: Orientation


 

Goal:  Teach basic class management (communicate your expectations clearly to your students and their guardians).

  • making a train

  • staying with the group

  • getting into a circle for circle time

  • following an obstacle course

  • familiarize students with gym equipment

 

If you have a class that is mostly returning students, then use this week as a time to review

skills.  

 

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers/ TumbleCircus// Jr. Parkour/AcroFitness     **10-15 minute warm-up

  • Name Game (ie, in Butterfly)

  • Basic positions (tuck, straddle, pike, seal, bear)

  • Freeze in safety landing position

  • Hold hands to balance on one foot together

  • Ring Around the Rosie or Motorboat song

  • Equipment name game: “Where is the….(trapeze, cheese mat, parallel bars, etc.)

 

Songs & Games

  • Freeze dance and see if students can freeze in landing position on command.

  • Follow the Leader

  • Jumping in and freeze on trampoline


 

Obstacle Course

  • Simple and easy obstacle course

  • Island hopping or stepping stones

  • Hot lava game (don't touch floor)

  • Bell hang on minibar

  • Bear walk on parallel bars

  • Monkey Jump on red hand block

  • Forward Roll down cheese mat

  • Safety jump/land off block or trapeze

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Safety landing

  • Safety rolls

  • Hot lava game

 

AcroFitness

  • Review body shapes (ex: tuck, straddle, pike, arch, hollow)

  • Floor: candlestick rolls, forward rolls, straddle rolls, backward rolls

  • Beam: safety land on low beam, front support on high beam, mounting and dismounting high beam.

  • Bars: front support, introduce over and under grip, chin hang


 

Tiny Tots

**Downstairs Orientation :

  • Be sure to introduce yourself to all the parents and go over safety rules and your expectations.  

  • Overview of class structure

  • Parent/guardian 5-foot distance from child at all times

  • Equipment that is off limits (high beams, above yellow letters on rock wall)

  • Trampoline rules (adult standing at open side, jump one at a time, everyone off at circle time)

  • TumblTrak and foam pit (one way street toward foam pit, one at a time in foam pit)

  • Emphasize importance of waiting on benches or toy area until class starts and going straight to lockers after stamp time.

  • Sorry parents/siblings…equipment is for registered students only

 

**Circle Time

  • Establish circle time song that informs all parents/children where they should be; such as "Walking in a Circle", "Wheels on the Bus", "Ring-around-the –rosy", or Parachute

  • Head-Shoulders-Knees and Toes

  • Butterfly Stretch and song

  • Rockin' Roll

  • Straddle with "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or ABC song

**Obstacles

  • Teaching parents how to spot their children on our equipment is one of the most important goals of this class.

  • Jumping: hands in front, 2-ft take off, parents hold both hands or offer arm for kids to reach for with both hands, emphasize "down…UP!" and "bouncy knees" to help beginner jumpers get off the ground

  • Trampoline:  Freeze and jump in the center; learning to take turns

  • Balance beam: show parents how to spot on low beams  (spot the hips or hold hands)

  • Climbing wall:  Spot from below holding child's heels, guiding to next rung as needed.

  • Remind adults that children will lean their weight into whatever support is given, so that holding them by the torso counteracts what they need to teach.

  • Parallel bars: Hold child up with one hand under the stomach, use other hand to guide hands and feet in bear walk

  • Forward roll:  Don't start roll until the head is lower than the hips.  Tuck head under with one hand and tip hips forward with the other.  Watch for the "neck reflex" in the youngest children. They will arch their head back when it gets lower than the hips.  This is a normal reflex that wears off over time. Children with a noticeable neck reflex are not ready for forward rolls until they grow out of it. Encourage parents to play peekaboo games at home where the child has to look between their legs.

  • Standing Bar:  Don't start child on the bar if s/he cannot touch the ground.  Use the mat to get to the right height. Let child control lifting his legs at first to make sure shoulders and arms are engaged. Spot under the hips to curl  all the way up to bell hang. Be ready to catch child if s/he lets go.

  • TumblTrak:  One way street!  Space children apart just enough to avoid a bottleneck (more than one can jump at the same time).  Parents can hold one hand and walk beside, on the ground. Encourage 2-foot jumping.

  • Pit:  One at a time.


Week 10: Fun Week  (or last week of the session)

 

Big welcome to our new preschool staff coach Camilla B., who is originally from Italy. She is a doctor doing a research study/internship at UCSF. She also use to be rhythmic gymnast. She will be working with Tine on Sundays! You’ll know her by her awesome silver streak in her hair!

 

Updates!

 

  • This Week: Preschool Staff Meeting about the Summer Session
    Thursday, June 7, 1-2 PM -  LUNCH will be provided. We’ll be going over things like  rotations, how to work around camp, etc.

  • Special Rotations will be up on the board so please be on the lookout for it. This is also the first week of Youth Summer Camp. But, they will work around us.

  • Schedules are now up on WhenIWork for the Summer Session

  • Remember, we are looking for folks to work the Pre-K Open Gym on Saturday, June 9, 2:30 - 5 PM.

  • Again, USA Gymnastics Regional Congress is coming up, August 24 - 26 in San Jose. Who wants to go? If there are enough folks interested, Acro will pay for you all to go. Let Erin know, here is more info about USA Gymnastics Regional Congress


 

Week 10: Fun Week  (or last week of the session)

 

This week is Fun! but it is only free play for the kids.  Coaches must remain hyper- vigilant and keep scanning the room to supervise all the children.  If the kids get hyped up and running fast, that's when accidents can happen. Find ways to engage them in activities that absorb some of that energy.

Remember:  Use the winch as little as possible when using the bungee!  This means Tiny Tots must be lifted into the bungee swing and kept at a low level. You can get the parents to do the lifting.  You can use the winch for Tootsies. If you use the bungee in the afternoon, it is up to you to make sure the green swing is put away completely at the end of your shift.  When untrained coaches try to get it out of the way, serious problems can happen.

Tumblers should use zipline instead of bungee.  Ask for a parent volunteer to unbuckle the belt at the bottom.  Afternoon tumblers should be able to use the zipline, but alert the coaches using the floor below. Due to high traffic in the gym the bungee and zipline get put away at 4pm.

 

Set-up

Upstairs:  giant obstacle course with trapeze, raised balance beam, etc. Bungee boat on west side, area marked by cones.  Leave space between bungee & obstacle course for warm-up.

 

Downstairs:  Mat mountain, rope swing, etc.

 

Rotations

  • 1st 30 minutes:  Tumblers do a short warm-up and then go through the obstacle course.  After about 15-20 min. give zipline rides. Tootsies use bungee boat after a short warm-up.  They can follow tumblers through obstacle course after the ride. No bungee use after 4pm. Earlier pm TR & TT classes can use bungee. When zipline rides finish, Tumblers can have free play upstairs if there are enough coaches, otherwise have your Tumblers come back up to the bleachers. Tiny Tots extra free play Downstairs & Circle Time (no obstacle course for double section classes to give time for everyone to get bungee rides).  Parachute can be used for circle time.

  • 2nd 20-25 minutes: Tootsies & Tumblers free-play Downstairs. Tiny Tots—free play & bungee rides upstairs.  Acrofitness classes will join Tumblers for zipline use with one coach at each station. If there isn't a second coach on the floor, students must wait after their ride at the bottom of the zipline with the parent volunteer.


Week 9: Team Work

 

Updates! Only two more weeks left of spring! Summer Session begins June 11th! Thank you for all your hard work this crazy 25th Anniversary session and for everything that you do ev’ry damn day.  

 

Things to Know

  • Save the Date! Preschool Staff Meeting about the Summer Session
    Thursday, June 7, 1-2 PM -  LUNCH will be provided. We’ll be going over things like  rotations, how to work around camp, etc.

  • We are looking for folks to work the Pre-K Open Gym on Saturday, June 9, 2:30 - 5 PM.
    Please let Erin know if you are interested.

  • Still looking for Saturday and Sunday morning coverage for the summer. Looking for at least one person to do the 10:30 AM -12:30 PM shift on Saturday. Unless you would like more hours, then we can open up a 9:30 AM class. Or, if you know anyone who would be a great new coach send them Erin’s way.  

  • USA Gymnastics Regional Congress is coming up, August 24 - 26 in San Jose. Who wants to go? If there are enough folks interested, Acro will pay for you all to go. Let Erin know, here is more info about USA Gymnastics Regional Congress

  • Also, the winner of the Best Make-A-Circus Coach Costume is Tine!!!!!!!! Thank you for all those who casted their votes. She get the $25 Whole Foods Gift Card.  


 

Week 9: Teamwork

 

Warm-up

  • Row Row Row Your Boat

  • Partner sache holding hands

  • Partner log rolls holding hands

  • Wheelbarrow  

  • Partner Balances:  forward scale, toes together counterbalance, back-to-back sit & stand up.

  • Elbow swing w/partner or hold hands & spin in circle

  • Patty-cake or other partner clapping game

  • Tumbler classes can learn pyramids

 

Obstacles

  • Create one big obstacle course for students to roll barrels on. Work together to push different size barrels around obstacle course.

  • At the end of the obstacle course put hands together and shout TEAMWORK!!

  • Students do the obstacle course after teamwork with the barrel.

Downstairs:

  • Parallel obstacle course for partners (double cheese, tramp, monkey jump etc.)

  • Dual balance-masters

 

Advanced Skills:  Wheelbarrows, Pyramids, Cartwheels

 

Teamwork Games

  • Work together to push the barrel mats or the big ball through an obstacle course.

  • Bucket Brigade:  Toss beanbag one to the next in a line, last person tosses beanbag in upside down mushroom or shape in tunnel and runs to beginning to start next beanbag.  Variations: pass overhead, under legs, add spin, etc.

  • Human Knot:  hold hands in a circle and wind in & out into knot, then try to unwind without letting go.

  • London Bridge.

  • Leap Frog

  • Catch: pass beanbags or balls with partner

  • Work together to push big crash mat over

 

Tiny Tots

  • Baby acrobatics with parent/guardian

  • Baby backflip

  • Row row row your boat

  • Parachute


Week 7: MAKE-A-CIRCUS!

 

It’s SHOW TIME!

 

Please arrive on-time to your normal setup time. Coaches it’s highly encouraged to wear your own costume… i.e. silly clown, fun party/birthday getup. BEST COACH COSTUME gets a $25 Whole-Foods Gift Certificate.

 

  • All Make-A-Circus classes meet in grandstands. Open gym will meet downstairs.

  • Here is the Stage Directions for Make-A-Circus (MAC)

  • At the end of each performance, families can meet their students DOWNSTAIRS

  • Have kids/parents return COSTUMES to Bins and make sure kids get their “PINWHEEL” party favors

  • EXIT East Stairway

Order of Events
General Class Time Order

Intro :00 - 05  minutes

Warm-Up :05 - 15 minutes

Act Creation :15 - 35 minutes

Costumes (Bins on main floor) :35 - 40 minutes

Stage Ready :40 minutes (Main floor, underneath the Uneven Bars)

Show-Time : 40 - 55 minutes

 

*After performance, bring your kids downstairs to be picked up

Show Order for the Week

Monday

9:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Mick

  • Tootsie: Stephanie

  • TumbleDance: Tine

10:00am

  • Tiny Tots I: Stephanie

  • Tootsie Rollers: Tine

  • Jr. Parkour: Mick

11:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Stephanie

  • Tootsie Rollers: Mick

  • Tumblers: Tine

 

Tuesday

9:00am

  • Tiny Tot I: Stephanie

  • Tootsies: Tine

  • Tumblers: Alex

10:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Julz, Alex

  • Tootsie Roller: Stephanie

  • Peter's Place: Erin

11:00am

  • Tiny Tots I: Tine, Alex

  • Tootsie Rollers: Julz

  • Tumblers: Stephanie

 

Wednesday

9:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Dharam

  • Tootsie Rollers: Tine

  • Tumblers: Erin

10:00am

  • Tiny Tots I: Dharam

  • Tootsie Rollers: Erin

  • Tumblers: Tine

11:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Erin

  • Tootsie Rollers: Tine

  • Tumblers: Dharam

 

Thursday

9:00am

  • Tiny Tots I: Dharam

  • Tootsie Rollers: Michelle

  • TumbleDance: Stephanie

10:00am

  • Tiny Tots II: Dharam

  • Tootsie Rollers: Michelle

  • Tumblers: Stephanie

 

11:00am

  • Tiny Tots I: Stephanie

  • Tootsie Roller: Dharam

  • Tumblers: Michelle

3:30 pm

  • Jr. Parkour: Mick

  • Tootsie: Michelle

  • Tumblers: Erin, Tine

4:30 pm

  • Tootsie: Mick

  • Tumblers: Erin

  • AcroFitness: Tine, Michelle

CHOREOGRAPHY

Please note: Check PDF drawings for floor setup. Everyone must be upstairs, ready to perform by 20 til the end of class.

GREETINGS/INTRO

Erin Speaks...

Music begins. Coaches enter clapping.

TINY TOTS

MUSIC: Celebrate Good Times - Kool & the Gang

 

  • Tiny Tots walk out with parent

  • Coach leads “walking in a circle” around birthday table

  • “Running” in a circle

  • “Jumping” in a circle

  • Parent/child lines up in one long line parallel to grandstands

  • Do baby back flip

  • Do Stilts

  • Everyone stands up, holds hands and takes a bow

*If parent/nanny doesn’t want to do partner acro they can dance with kid in the background

TOOTSIE ROLLERS

MUSIC: 69 Boyz Tootsie Roll

PROPS: SCARVES

 

  • Tootsies enter by rolling to the tables, each doing their favorite rolls

  • Grab scarves and free dance for about a minute or less

  • Coach “hollers (create their own call like “CHOO CHOO”) and kids line up Stage Right (SR) on the cheese mat that leads up to the block table

  • Tootsies walk up cheese mat one by one, walk/dances across the table and throws scarves into the air in the middle of the table

  • FORWARD ROLL down the cheese mat on the other side of the table

  • Then lays on the floor, facing upstage (in front of tables), waiting for their partner, getting ready to do partner LOG ROLLS back to the SR (Do course 2x)

  • Wait, in butterfly position until everyone gets together

  • All hold hands and bow

 

TUMBLERS/TUMBLE DANCE

MUSIC: EARTH, WIND AND FIRE - SEPTEMBER

PROPS: Plates and Sticks

*Setup Simple Obstacle Course/Take Down Trapeze. Coach starts the routine.

 

  • Fast Track

  • Slide

  • Simple Obstacle Course (Trapeze, Rolls, etc. start obstacle nearer to the slide, one long one)

  • Grab plates from table and spin them for a minute

  • All stop balancing plates and line up to bow when Coach does the “Call”

  • Everyone bows using the plate like a hat

 

ACROFITNESS

Music: Happy by Pharrell

*Keep tables the way they are don’t need to change, draw chalk lines in front. Set up spring boards behind the two blocks. Setup cones.

 

  • Forward Rolls to Chalk Line with partner across from them

  • Cartwheels “

  • Handstands “
    (After each pass, runs either SL or SR to go back into the same line)

  • Stage right goes right, Stage left goes left to line up behind the two cones that are behind the tables to prepare for VAULT

  • Donkey Kick up to blocks

  • Strike POSE

  • High-five Partner

  • Jump down then prepare for pyramid

  • GROUP PYRAMID (1 or 2)  or Partner Balancing. Hold and smile for audience

  • Get up to Hold Hands and Bow

 

JR. PARKOUR

Music: Jump Around by House of Pain

*Remember to create a little obstacle course in front of the tables for them. Probably should remove table cloth and other props. Setup cones.

 

  • Coach comes out first and does the head bang with hand to that famous beat. Then, flips one block to its side and lays it on the other block.

  • Kids enter to do STRIDES across three panel mats on the blocks, Start Stage Left

  • From Stage Right, does obstacle course in a circuit… (Do course 2x)

  • Kids make two lines behind cones, as coach puts the block down and makes the blocks stand upright so they can do their wall climbs

  • Do a WALL CLIMBS up block and jump off towards audience, strike a POSE

  • All lines up, hold hands and bow


 

Erin SPEAKS again… “On the count of three let’s wish HBD to AcroSports!”


Week 6: Hand-Eye Coordination

We are switching up this week since we are practicing for Make-A-Circus next week. Ahhhhhh!!! So we are doing hand-eye-coordination earlier than usual. Please make sure to use plates and sticks AND scarves. Also, feel free to practice any “tricks” during your class time that you know the kids will be doing in the show. This will also help you remember the choreography.

*Example: Practice the BABY BACK FLIP and STILTS in your circle time this week for Tiny Tots!

UPDATES:

  • Here is the Stage Directions for Make-A-Circus (MAC) [https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_Hk4YuKFppJelBud3BxTFV1YTNEdUM5d0FyR2xJY1hJb293] and the Choreography Info [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NkPG6fEICRP0Z2Mg4O1v-SyE69-8XTWt8SRqHZ6hPRc]

  • Please submit your summer session availability through this form if you haven’t already done so, it was due May 6th. We need coach availability for the Summer Session. Summer runs from June 11- August 20th.

  • Don’t forget to remind your classes that Celebration Week is next week! And and that unless they signed up, they DO NOT have class. But, there is still space to sign up.

  • OR, they can also check in with the office for a free pass to the Circus Lab Showcase or the Youth Arts Showcase instead (If they are frustrated because they can’t make any of the activities, then they can do a make-up class during another week haha).

Week 6: Hand-Eye Coordination

 

Warm-up

  • **Scarves:  Use underhand throw.  Catch with two hands or opposite hands

  • **Plates: Practice using the plates and sticks. Spin plates or just try to balance on the stick. If that is too difficult, have them use one finger and spin the plate on their finger.

  • Balls:  Sit in straddle and roll to each other

  • Bounce pass standing

  • Jump & Clap

  • Hoops:  Roll hoop and try to catch or run through

  • Play catch with bean bags or balls (Bounce catch/ Toss & catch balls)

 

Obstacles

  • Use Props!

  • Use  ball as a station.  Bounce and catch; also can bounce ball on a ring

  • Jumping catches: catch beanbag while jumping on tumbltrak into foam pit.

  • Doughnut Hole:  Throw beanbags through doughnut mat.  Underhand and overhand throws.

  • Tumbltrak:  Tumblers can catch and throw while jumping (use medic  ball).

  • Rings and balls in bucket:  overturn a mushroom and throw rings and balls into it from big block.

  • Place rings high in Russian bars. Kids climb up grab rings and place them on same color cone.

  • Beam: Pick up scarves and juggle or have them balance the plates on the sticks while walking across the beam

 

Advance Skills

  • Juggling scarves

  • Juggling bean bags

 

Tiny Tots

Circle Time:  

  • Use scarves!!  They can be blankets, washcloths, veils, stretching aids, etc.  Ball up in lap for tuck & pike surprise.

  • Song:  Skip to my Lou (throw and catch scarf on the line “lost my partner, what’ll I do”)

  • Chase rings or hoops upstairs:  Roll them down incline mats for kids to chase.

  • Catch beanbags:  Parent can help them hold both arms out in front of their chests to make a “basket” for you to aim into.

 

**Please remember to return all props to equipment bins after use.  If your tiny tots remove props from stations, please put them back afterwards.**

 


Week 5: Straddle /Pike Week

 

Reminder! Mandatory Preschool Coach Meeting for Make-A-Circus this week. You will learn the choreography for your classes. Pick whichever day works best for you:

  • May 2nd, 12:30 - 1:30 PM (Wednesday)

  • May 3rd, 12:30 - 1:30 PM (Thursday)

If you cannot make either of the rehearsal days please email Erin to reschedule.

Please submit your summer session availability through this form by May 6th!

Don’t forget to make an announcement in your classes about Celebration Week!

PLEASE remind your parents to sign up for Make-A-Circus or Open Gym. Sign-up has begun. I asked a lot of my classes if they received the email or if they knew what it even was… and the majority of mamas and papas had no idea.

 

Get your students excited about Make-a-Circus by talking about this opportunity in class! (Tips: Talk about it during your “circle time” in Tiny Tots or make the announcement in the grandstands. Tell your kids to remind their parents when they get stamps.)

 

I am putting the FAQs about Make-A-Circus again after the description of this week’s themes. THANK YOU ALL!!!!  I know this is a lot.


 

Week 5: Straddle /Pike Week

Goal: For students to understand the fundamental straddle and pike positions of gymnastics.

 

Warm-Up

  • Demonstrate tuck/straddle/pike from standing (jump), sitting, lying on back

  • Chasse

  • Jumping jacks

  • Star walks

  • Donkey kicks in tuck, straddle, pike

  • Bear Walks: Emphasis the straddle

  • Straddle jumps over cones (Tumblers)

 

Obstacles

  • Straddle roll on cheese mat

  • Straddle or Pike on trapeze

  • Straddle onto block mat from springboard

  • Straddle bell hang

  • Jumps in tuck/straddle combinations

  • Straddle walk over mats or floor beam

  • Straddle monkey jump along balance beam (Tumblers)

                                   

 

Tiny Tots – Straddle Week

Circle Time:

  • Jumping jacks

  • Wheels on the Bus—use the verse "the doors go OPEN and SHUT"

  • Straddle and pike game:  "open…pike!" or "straddle….pike"…hands can clap together

  • Bear walk:  jump or walk feet out into straddle and back together

  • “Row row your boat” (straddle facing each other holding hands leaning back and forth)

Tramp:

  • Straddle jump song:

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give your hands  a clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Put them in your lap, Seat Drop!

Parallel Bars:

  • Sit in straddle across top of bars: start in bear walk and have them sit down, spotting under their bottoms and directing their weight toward their hands.

  • Straddle bell hang on mini-bar

Obstacles:

  • Straddle donkey kicks on springboard

  • Straddle forward roll

  • Straddle walk on two panel mats or down two little cheese mats linked together.

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Monkey Jumps

  • Safety Vault

  • Crane

  • Tac

 

AcroFitness

  • Lunge

  • Lunge to T

  • Side Cartwheel

  • Sideways walks on the balance beam

  • Straddle and Pike Jumps

 

Advance Skills

  • Swing to straddle on p-bars

  • Spin/skin the cat

  • Cartwheels

  • Backward roll

 

FAQ: Make-A-Circus

(You know you have questions, families will too!)

 

Q: When is celebration week for Acro’s 25th Anniversary? What’s Happening?

A:

  • No regularly scheduled classes will be held

  • Students can register for either MAKE-A-CIRCUS or OPEN GYM
    May 14 - 17, Monday - Thursday

  • FAMILY & FRIENDS are invited to attend their child’s mini-circus performance
    *Tell them to arrive 15 Minutes before the end of the hour

  • Classes regularly scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes can join Make-A-Circus OR Open GYM

 

Q: Do I have to register my kid for Make-A-Circus if he/she is already enrolled in a class?

A: Yes, all students must pre-register through the parent portal to participate in Make-A-Circus or Open Gym.

 

Q: Can students register for Make-A-Circus and Open Gym? Or participate more than once?

A: Each student is allocated one entry ticket per class they attend.

 

Q: How do I register and find out about the schedule?

A: You will be emailed a link or you can register on acrosports.org

 

Q: What is Make-A-Circus and when is it?

A: Monday - Thursday (May 14 - 17) weekday mornings, from 9 AM - 12 noon, every hour, students can take part in a Make-A-Circus kids performance workshop!

 

*Afternoon Make-A-Circus: Thursday, May 17

 

Q: When is their performance?

A: During the last 10 minutes of the workshop, pre-k students will perform in a mini-circus show for their family and friends.

 

Q: What does open gym mean?

A: On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, students (ages 3 - 5 years old) are invited to participate in a one-hour Open Gym session either at 3:30 PM or 4:30 PM with some guided activities and free play with instructor.

 

 

Q: What is offered instead of regular classes?

Make-A-Circus and Open Gym

 

Q: What should students wear?

A: Still to be announced

 

Q: When should family and friends of the performers arrive?

A: 15 minutes before the end of class

 

Q: When do we have to pre-register for Make-A-Circus or Open Gym?

A: Registration starts today, 4/23

 

Q: Can I register the day of?

A: No. In order to participate in these events, students MUST pre-register for Make-a-Circus or Open Gym. In order for the event be the best possible experience for everyone, we cannot accommodate students who do not pre-register.

 

Q: What happens if students can't make it to Make-A-Circus or Open Gym?

They get a free pass to see either the Student Art Showcase or Circus Lab Showcase that weekend. If that doesn't work for them, they can make-up another week.

 

Q: When is the actual AcroSports Anniversary Gala? Is there a cost to attend?

It’s May 18th & 19th. Tickets are now available at acrosports.org


Week 4: Tuck /Pike

 

Updates: MAKE-A-CIRCUS is fast approaching. Please start reminding your parents about it. They should have already received emails about it. 

 

Please note: Make-A-Circus Choreography Days

  • May 2nd and 3rd, 12:30-1:30pm

 

You only need to attend one of the choreography days. This rehearsal is mandatory, if you cannot make it to one of the rehearsal days please email Erin to reschedule. 

 

Thank you!

 

Goal: For students to understand the fundamental tuck and pike positions of gymnastics.

 

Warm-Up

  • Egg Roll

  • Frog jump (from lily pad to lily pad using dots or carpet squares)

  • Crab Walk

  • Demonstrate tuck /pike from standing, jumping, sitting, lying on back

  • Donkey kicks in tuck, pike

  • Rockin' Roll to stand, tuck jump

  • Tuck & pike seated (feet off floor)


 

Obstacles

  • Squat on Block

  • Forward/Backward Rolls/Egg Rolls

  • Invert tuck and pike hang on mini-bar

  • Tuck swing and kick down block or mini cheese mat on bar

  • Tuck/Pike support on parallel bar

  • Seat drop on trampoline

  • Tuck/Pike hold on trapeze

  • Tuck squat on balance beam (pick up scarves or beanbags)

  • Tuck jump off block

 

Tiny Tots – Tuck

Circle Time:

  • Wheels on the Bus, with the verse "the people on the bus go UP and DOWN" squatting up and down.

  • The Ants Go Marching One by One…Squatting down with the line "they all go marching down into the ground…."

  • Tuck hug knees, kiss knees, feet get happy and they POP into a pike.

  • Lying on backs, tuck (meatball) and stretch into a flat body (spaghetti noodle).

  • Egg rolls from kneeling tuck

  • Rock n Roll

  • Baby Backflip

 

Jr.Parkour

  • Burpees

  • Squat On- Tuck jump off

  • Spin-The -Cat

  • Cat Crawl on beam

  • Forward Roll/Backward Roll

  • Box Jumps

  • Donkey Kicks

 

AcroFitness

  • Candle Stick Roll

  • Floor: Forward Roll (on the ground), Backwards Roll (on cheese mat), Tuck Ups, Tuck Hold

  • Bars: Chin Hang, Forward roll-pike down to chin hang, Tuck and Pike Hang, Spin-The-Cat

  • Beam: Tuck Sit, Ice Cream Scoops, Tuck Jump Dismount

                  

Advanced Skills

  • Invert pike hang to skin the cat

  • Backwards roll kick out to pike

  • Pike hold on p-bars

  • Tuck jump on beam                       

                                  

Review Skills            

  • Forward Roll

  • Egg Rolls    

  • Monkey Jump

  • Bear/Crab walk


Week 3: Rolling

UPDATES!

ACROSTAFF BIOS

So, Tine is in charge of organizing and gathering YOUR preschool staff bios for AcroSports.org. So please let her know what you want the world to know about YOU.

At the moment, there isn’t a deadline, BUT please let Tine know if you would rather schedule a quick 10-minute interview with her (so she can write it for you) OR you can email her your bio to tinejoy@acrosports.org and in the SUBJ: write, “ATTN: Preschool Bio”  

If you have it readily available, please go ahead and email it ASAP. Also, if you have good headshot of yourself, please send that as well. Or, we’ll take one for you.

 

Things to Keep in Mind...

  1. Write in THIRD PERSON

  2. Tell Us a little bit about yourself in 150 words or less…

 

Questions To Think About

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself… POSITION @ Acro

  • What is your area of expertise?

  • How many years/months/days have you been with Acro? Or how many years teaching/training in general?

  • Degrees? Credentials? Schooling? Training?

  • Which Acro programs do you work in?

  • What is your favorite ACRO/DANCE/PARKOUR/AERIAL Movement? Or favorite coach tip for your students?

  • What are some of the things you are passionate about?

  • Is there anything specific that you want people to know about you?

 

i.e. Sample Bio:

WC: 138

*COACH HEADSHOT*

Tine Ferrer, Preschool Coordinator

 

Christine Joy Ferrer (AKA Coach TINE, pronounced "TEEN") is the AcroSports preschool coordinator and has been a coach at AcroSports since 2010. Tine is a cultural movement arts practitioner/educator by morning and a freelance multi-media creative by night who grew up in San Francisco’s Lakeview district. She delivers solutions for community organizations and individuals acting for the greater good. She is a member of Parangal, a Philippine folkloric dance company based in San Francisco. And for the last several years, Tine has focused primarily on Philippine, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Haitian Folkloric dance. She graduated from SF State with a B.A. Dual Degree in Journalism and Dance, emphasis on magazine and dance teaching. To learn more about her, or *inserting shameless plug here* could possibly be in-need of her graphic and web design services, please visit eomvmnt.org.

What is your favorite Acro Movement? Handstand walking!

Week 3:  Rolling

Goal: To learn how to safely roll with proper technique, head tucked in and a strong finish. If students are struggling with their forward rolls and stalling on their head have the student hold a bean bag under their chin while they try the roll. Try the same bean bag technique for advanced students trying backwards rolls.

 

Warm-up

  • Running & Jumping

  • Egg Rolls

  • Log Rolls

  • Rockin' Rolls in Tuck, Straddle, Pike

  • Kaboom Rolls

  • Spaghetti & meatballs (on back, stretch & tuck)

  • Plank turns (front to back, straight tight body)

  • Bear/crab turns

  • Candle Stick Rolls

 

Obstacles

  • Log Rolls, Egg Rolls, Straddle Rolls, Fwd & Bwd Rolls (down cheese mat).

  • Kaboom Rolls (start in tuck, roll to side and straddle arms & legs on back, roll over to tuck)

  • Jump off of block into safety roll

  • Forward roll down a cheese mat. If that is easy, try rolling up the cheese mat.

  • Forward or egg roll down cheese on tumbltrak (remove cheese mat for running Tiny Tots!! )

Tiny Tots

  • Start with “The Wheels on The Bus”

  • Rock n Roll with kids in the lap of parents, back and forth and side to side.

  • Dance Party: STOP, DROP, and ROLL

  • Tummy Time: Log Roll

 

Jr.Parkour

  • Candle Stick Rolls

  • Forward and Backward Rolls

  • Safety Roll off of different heights

  • Dive Rolls

 

AcroFitness

  • Candle Stick Rolls

  • Hollow Body Rocks

  • Floor: Backward Rolls

Introduce Handstands: Lunge, T- Hold, Needle Kick

  • Beam: Tuck and V-sit, F/S/B walks, Bear Walks, Ice Cream Scoops

  • Bars: Front Support Forward Roll, Spin-The-Cat, Pull Over using wall to assist

 

Tiny Tots

  • Ants Go Marching One By One

  • Spaghetti & meatballs (on back, stretch & tuck)

  • Head-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toes

  • Log roll

  • Egg roll

  • Forward roll

  • Rockin' Rolls in Tuck, Straddle, Pike

             

Advanced Skills

  • Forward roll stand up without hands

  • Straddle roll

  • Backward roll down the cheese mat

  • Spin-The-Cat


THIS IS A LONG ONE - Get ready!

 

This week, please remember to:

  • Finish sending out parent emails if you have not already.

  • Check the master roll binder for new and dropped students. If a student comes to class who is not on your roll sheet please send the parent to the office to see where the miscommunication happens.

  • Classes with less than 2 students will be closed by the end of the week. If your class is canceled I will assign you other work around the gym.

  • Positive reinforcement is your best friend. Praise students for their good behavior.

Also, parents will be receiving emails this week regarding the 25th anniversary celebration week and Make-A-Circus. Hype it up in your classes!!! If YOU or any of your students/parents have any questions regarding Make-A-Circus, ask Erin!

FYI, if you need a SUB here is the link to the staff contact list if you didn’t already have it: Acro Staff Contact List

AND WELCOME Bissie Barzakov! She is our newest preschool coach who will be working on Sundays! Bistra goes by “Bissie.” She worked with kids for about 9 years. She works in an elementary school as a student advisor in addition to coaching at AcroSports. Her love for moving started at a young age when her mother put her and her twin sister into gymnastics. As a young child she competed in an AllStar team and traveled around the country. She learned how to dance, tumble and throw friends high in the air. And, of course, catch them. Coming from this background, she hopes to inspire students to enjoy the bliss of dancing and tumbling through the air.


 

Week 2: Safety Landings & Safety Falls

 

Goal:  To learn how to fall from out of balance positions and land with proper landing technique (knees bent no more than 90 degrees, flat feet, arms up, and ready hands) and to learn recovery techniques for bigger falls (jump with a forward, backward or side roll).

Warm-up

  • Run and Stop! Practice running and freezing or dancing and freezing.

  • Run and crash!!  (Choose your location wisely: tumble track to pit and dance floor to crash mat are optimal).

  • Jump to freeze off different levels:  Stick the landing!!

  • Jump to roll from different levels (start from the floor and work up)

Obstacles

  • Lots of safety jumps from different heights.

  • Try sideways, backwards, and forwards jumps into safety land.

    • TIP:  If children are landing with knees bent past 90 degrees it might be because the surface they're jumping from is too high!

  • Island Hopping:  jump between a series of mats, hula hoops, or carpet squares at varied distances.

  • Make a game of falling from different apparatus (low beams, bars, rings, or trapeze) and backward on trampoline.  Landing into a shoulder or side roll for forward & side jumps, backward into a rockin' roll with arms overhead. Emphasize how the elbow joint flexes and why not to reach behind with hands when falling.

  • Trapeze:  Place a panel mat on the mats below for 2 foot landings.

Tiny Tots

  • Start with walking in a circle….. and now it’s time to stop (continue with running and jumping)! Emphasize the safety land position when you stop.

  • Practice bouncing knees up and down in the safety land position.

  • Please remind parents: When jumping off a block spotter should stand in front of jumper and hold both hands to encourage children to bend both legs and jump off both feet.

  • If student is struggling with jumping, practice bouncing knees at the edge of the block before take off or try jumping off a lower surface.

Jr. Parkour

  • Review the importance of landing on your feet!

  • Jump to safety land & jump to safety roll from multiple heights.

  • Precision jump challenge! Set kids up on a stationary line, have kids jump as far as they can. Mark their landing spot with chalk and challenge them to jump farther than the chalked line.

  • Review how to safely mount and dismount the balance beam.

  • Bounce backs.

AcroFitness

  • Vault: teach students how to punch the springboard and stick the landing.

  • Review how to safely mount and dismount the balance beam.

Review

  • Teamwork: taking turns, making a train, staying together.

  • Run and crash onto big mat

  • Jump off block into safety roll.  Be sure feet land before knees!! The bigger and sillier your pratfall in the demo , the better to inspire kids to get into it!

REMEMBER TO EMAIL YOUR FAMILIES

Coaches need to email your classes to introduce yourself. Please do so by 4/13. There is a template email in Jackrabbit (our registration system) that you will fill out and send to families. Below are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into Jackrabbit

  2. Click on the "Classes" tab at the top to find your class and click on it.

  3. Click the "Email Class" option button on the top left

  4. Select the "Beginning of Session Coach Email" template in the Template drop-down menu.

  5. Edit the email with your information.

  6. Choose riana@acrosports.org as the "reply to" email, but include YOUR email in the body of the text.

  7. Include this time in your timecard under the 1600/1600 code with a note stating you emailed families via Jackrabbit.

 

Please Note: If you co-coach a class, only one coach needs to email families, but please introduce each coach in the message.

TAKING ATTENDANCE

Take attendance at every class! It is very important that you are accurately and consistently taking attendance, as AcroSports needs these records for safety and legal reasons.

Attendance sheets live in your folders/binders, so please make sure you return your folder/binder back to the shelf before you leave the gym. While we are always happy to print you out a new attendance sheet when needed, your old sheets contain important records for student attendance that we need.

CHECKING THE MASTER BINDER

Beginning next week, please make sure to check the Master Binder before class to update your attendance sheets. The front office will continue to make enrollment edits in the Master Binder throughout the session, so please remember to check this binder at the start of every shift. It is located under the rotations schedule on the main floor.

If someone shows up for your class and they are not on your list, kindly send them to the office to check on their enrollment with the front desk.

Please take note of "Trial" students on your list. These students are trying out the program to determine if they want to enroll in that class. Please remind them that they need to confirm their enrollment with the office by the end of the day.

You may need to remove some students and add others on your attendance lists. It is super important that we get your help with this as the office relies on you as part of the system for guaranteeing that folks are enrolled in the right spaces!

FOLLOWING ROTATIONS

Please refer to and follow the rotation schedule for your class! The rotations live on the bulletin board in the gym just outside of the office. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the rotations. As a reminder, Youth classes will alternate between A & B rotations.

IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS

Spring Session: 4/2 - 4/10

All Staff Meeting: 4/4 (6:30-8:00pm)

25th Anniversary Celebration Week: 5/14 - 5/20

Lastly, please remember that reading and responding to emails is a requirement for all coaches at AcroSports! If you made it to the bottom of this email, please add 15 minutes to your timesheet and include your favorite vegetable in the notes section.


PreK Weekly Themes

Each week, all preschool classes utilize our weekly themes as the backbone of our curriculum. While classes still focus on building the skills off of our skill sheets each week, weekly themes give us class direction and motif.

It’s up to the coach to decide what is appropriate for each class, and use the weekly themes as inspiration for learning. It is not required that coaches follow the curriculum word for word, but use it as a tool to improve the class experience. The obstacle course, circle time, and flow of the class should reflect the weekly theme.

Themes begin on the Monday of each week and run through Sunday.

 

Week 1: Orientation
 

Goal:  Teach basic class management (communicate your expectations clearly to your students and their guardians).

  • making a train

  • staying with the group

  • getting into a circle for circle time

  • following an obstacle course

  • familiarize students with gym equipment

If you have a class that is mostly returning students, then use this week as a time to review skills.  

 

Tootsie Rollers/ Tumblers/ TumbleCircus// Jr. Parkour/AcroFitness     **10-15 minute warm-up

  • Name Game (ie, in Butterfly)

  • Basic positions (tuck, straddle, pike, seal, bear)

  • Freeze in safety landing position

  • Hold hands to balance on one foot together

  • Ring Around the Rosie or Motorboat song

  • Equipment name game: “Where is the….(trapeze, cheese mat, parallel bars, etc.)

 

Songs & Games

  • Freeze dance and see if students can freeze in landing position on command.

  • Follow the Leader

  • Jumping in and freeze on trampoline


 

Obstacle Course

  • Simple and easy obstacle course

  • Island hopping or stepping stones

  • Hot lava game (don't touch floor)

  • Bell hang on minibar

  • Bear walk on parallel bars

  • Monkey Jump on red hand block

  • Forward Roll down cheese mat

  • Safety jump/land off block or trapeze

 

Jr. Parkour

  • Safety landing

  • Safety rolls

  • Hot lava game

 

AcroFitness

  • Review body shapes (ex: tuck, straddle, pike, arch, hollow)

  • Floor: candlestick rolls, forward rolls, straddle rolls, backward rolls

  • Beam: safety land on low beam, front support on high beam, mounting and dismounting high beam.

  • Bars: front support, introduce over and under grip, chin hang

  •  

Tiny Tots

**Downstairs Orientation :

  • Be sure to introduce yourself to all the parents and go over safety rules and your expectations.  

  • Overview of class structure

  • Parent/guardian 5-foot distance from child at all times

  • Equipment that is off limits (high beams, above yellow letters on rock wall)

  • Trampoline rules (adult standing at open side, jump one at a time, everyone off at circle time)

  • TumblTrak and foam pit (one way street toward foam pit, one at a time in foam pit)

  • Emphasize importance of waiting on benches or toy area until class starts and going straight to lockers after stamp time.

  • Sorry parents/siblings…equipment is for registered students only

 

**Circle Time

  • Establish circle time song that informs all parents/children where they should be; such as "Walking in a Circle", "Wheels on the Bus", "Ring-around-the –rosy", or Parachute

  • Head-Shoulders-Knees and Toes

  • Butterfly Stretch and song

  • Rockin' Roll

  • Straddle with "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or ABC song

**Obstacles

  • Teaching parents how to spot their children on our equipment is one of the most important goals of this class.

  • Jumping: hands in front, 2-ft take off, parents hold both hands or offer arm for kids to reach for with both hands, emphasize "down…UP!" and "bouncy knees" to help beginner jumpers get off the ground

  • Trampoline:  Freeze and jump in the center; learning to take turns

  • Balance beam: show parents how to spot on low beams  (spot the hips or hold hands)

  • Climbing wall:  Spot from below holding child's heels, guiding to next rung as needed.

  • Remind adults that children will lean their weight into whatever support is given, so that holding them by the torso counteracts what they need to teach.

  • Parallel bars: Hold child up with one hand under the stomach, use other hand to guide hands and feet in bear walk

  • Forward roll:  Don't start roll until the head is lower than the hips.  Tuck head under with one hand and tip hips forward with the other.  Watch for the "neck reflex" in the youngest children. They will arch their head back when it gets lower than the hips.  This is a normal reflex that wears off over time. Children with a noticeable neck reflex are not ready for forward rolls until they grow out of it. Encourage parents to play peekaboo games at home where the child has to look between their legs.

  • Standing Bar:  Don't start child on the bar if s/he cannot touch the ground.  Use the mat to get to the right height. Let child control lifting his legs at first to make sure shoulders and arms are engaged. Spot under the hips to curl  all the way up to bell hang. Be ready to catch child if s/he lets go.

  • TumblTrak:  One way street!  Space children apart just enough to avoid a bottleneck (more than one can jump at the same time).  Parents can hold one hand and walk beside, on the ground. Encourage 2-foot jumping.

  • Pit:  One at a time.


 ENJOY YOUR SPRING BREAK!!


Week 12: Fun Week!

1. PreK Staff Schedules are updated on WhenIWork. Please look over your schedule and contact Erin if anything looks out of the ordinary.

2. Reminder: No PreK or Youth classes the week of March 26-1st. Enjoy your Spring Break!!

3. New rotations for Fun Week!

This week is Fun! but it is only free play for the kids.  Coaches must remain hyper- vigilant and keep scanning the room to supervise all the children.  If the kids get hyped up and running fast, that's when accidents can happen. Find ways to engage them in activities that absorb some of that energy.

Remember:  Use the winch as little as possible when using the bungee!  This means Tiny Tots must be lifted into the bungee swing and kept at a low level. You can get the parents to do the lifting.  You can use the winch for Tootsies. If you use the bungee in the afternoon, it is up to you to make sure the green swing is put away completely at the end of your shift.  When untrained coaches try to get it out of the way, serious problems can happen.

Tumblers should use zipline instead of bungee.  Ask for a parent volunteer to unbuckle the belt at the bottom.  Check new Fun Week rotations before class! Due to high traffic in the gym the bungee and zipline get put away at 4pm.

 

Set-up

Upstairs:  giant obstacle course with trapeze, raised balance beam, etc. Bungee boat on west side, area marked by cones.  Leave space between bungee & obstacle course for warm-up.

 

Downstairs:  Mat mountain, rope swing, etc.

 

Rotations

  • 1st 30 minutes:  Tumblers do a short warm-up and then go through the obstacle course.  After about 15-20 min. give zipline rides. Tootsies use bungee boat after a short warm-up.  They can follow tumblers through obstacle course after the ride. No bungee use after 4pm. Earlier pm TR & TT classes can use bungee.  When zipline rides finish, Tumblers can have free play upstairs if there are enough coaches, otherwise have your Tumblers come back up to the bleachers. Tiny Tots extra free play Downstairs & Circle Time (no obstacle course for double section classes to give time for everyone to get bungee rides).  Parachute can be used for circle time.

  • 2nd 20-25 minutes: Tootsies & Tumblers free-play Downstairs. Tiny Tots—free play & bungee rides upstairs.  Acrofitness classes will join Tumblers for zipline use with one coach at each station. If there isn't a second coach on the floor, students must wait after their ride at the bottom of the zipline with the parent volunteer.


Week 11: Teamwork

Warm-up

  • Row Row Row Your Boat

  • Partner sache holding hands

  • Partner log rolls holding hands

  • Wheelbarrow  

  • Partner Balances:  forward scale, toes together counterbalance, back-to-back sit & stand up.

  • Elbow swing w/partner or hold hands & spin in circle

  • Patty-cake or other partner clapping game

  • Tumbler classes can learn pyramids

Obstacles

  • Create one big obstacle course for students to roll barrels on. Work together to push different size barrels around obstacle course.

  • At the end of the obstacle course put hands together and shout TEAMWORK!!

  • Students do the obstacle course after teamwork with the barrel.

Downstairs:

  • Parallel obstacle course for partners (double cheese, tramp, monkey jump etc.)

  • Dual balance-masters

 

Advanced Skills:  Wheelbarrows, Pyramids, Cartwheels

 

Teamwork Games

  • Work together to push the barrel mats or the big ball through an obstacle course.

  • Bucket Brigade:  Toss beanbag one to the next in a line, last person tosses beanbag in upside down mushroom or shape in tunnel and runs to beginning to start next beanbag.  Variations: pass overhead, under legs, add spin, etc.

  • Human Knot:  hold hands in a circle and wind in & out into knot, then try to unwind without letting go.

  • London Bridge.

  • Leap Frog

  • Catch: pass beanbags or balls with partner

  • Work together to push big crash mat over

Tiny Tots

  • Baby acrobatics with parent/guardian

  • Baby backflip

  • Row row row your boat

  • Parachute


Week 10: Hand-Eye Coordination

Erin is searching for a Saturday and Sunday morning coach. 

Move Ups: Send Erin the first and last names of students who are ready to move up to the next level. 

Coaching Opportunities: AcroSports will be hosting a Pre-K Open House every 2nd Saturday of the month beginning March 10th from 3-5pm. I am searching for staff who are interested in helping supervise the next couple events.

Warm-up

  • Scarves:  Use underhand throw.  Catch with 2 hands or opposite hand

  • Balls:  Sit in straddle and roll to each other.

  • Bounce pass standing

  • Jump & Clap

  • Hoops:  Roll hoop and try to catch or run through

  • Play catch with bean bags or balls (Bounce catch/ Toss & catch balls)

Obstacles

  • Use Props!

  • Use  ball as a station.  Bounce and catch; also can bounce ball on a ring

  • Jumping catches: catch beanbag while jumping on tumbltrak into foam pit.

  • Doughnut Hole:  Throw beanbags through doughnut mat.  Underhand and overhand throws.

  • Tumbltrak:  Tumblers can catch and throw while jumping (use medic  ball).  

  • Rings and balls in bucket:  overturn a mushroom and throw rings and balls into it from big block.

  • Place rings high in Russian bars. Kids climb up grab rings and place them on same color cone.

  • Beam:  Pick up scarves and juggle.

Advance Skills

  • Juggling scarves

  • Juggling bean bags

Tiny Tots

Circle Time:  

  • Use scarves!!  They can be blankets, washcloths, veils, stretching aids, etc.  Ball up in lap for tuck & pike surprise.

  • Song:  Skip to my Lou (throw and catch scarf on the line “lost my partner, what’ll I do”)

  • Chase rings or hoops upstairs:  Roll them down incline mats for kids to chase.

  • Catch beanbags:  Parent can help them hold both arms out in front of their chests to make a “basket” for you to aim into.

**Please remember to return all props to equipment bins after use.  If your tiny tots remove props from stations, please put them back afterwards.**


Week 9  Opposites

A good way to review skills is to teach concepts and allow kids to creatively answer questions like:

  • What can you do backwards/forwards … (or other opposite pair)?

  • How can you do that faster/slower….?

  • How high/low can you go?

Warm-Up

  • Play with opposites:  backwards/forwards, up/down, tall/short, right/left, moving/still, fast/slow, big/little, wide/narrow, hollow/arch.  Use body shapes  (eg. tiptoes/squat) and locomotive movements (eg. baby steps/giant steps).

  • Have kids run on the tumbltrak and jump to touch a noodle or jump over a noodle you are holding into the foam pit.  

Obstacles

  • Over & Under:  bear walk over parallettes or bear walk under, front support ontop of bar or bell hang under bar

  • Large & small blocks for jumping

  • High & Low: Climb Russian bars at different heights to cross sideways.

  • Long/Short jumps between carpet squares

  • In & Out of donut

  • Upside down/right side up:  handstands against wall, donkey kicks

  • Build a mountain cave/tunnel for under and over:  2 big spotting block with 2 panel mats as a roof

Tiny Tots

Circle Time:

  • “Wheels On the Bus”

  • “The Ants Go Marching”

  • “Row row your boat” (straddle facing each other holding hands leaning back and forth)

Advanced Skills   

  • Bell hang on trapeze

  • Donkey Kick to handstand

  • Lever into monkey jump or handstand                   

Games

  • Red light/Green light

  • Freeze Dance