This program focuses on the child’s social and emotional development to prepare them for future athletic experiences.
During this beginning phase of our progressive program, teachers and coaches are advocates of fun & fundamentals. We will focus on the early exploration of basic motor development and social skills to increase emerging motor, social and listening skills.
The environment is age appropriate, nurturing, loving and happy. Children are given lots of praise and support. We will stretch, utilize music and fun educational tools, such as bean bags, bubbles and games to encourage the children to interact with one another.
It is understood that children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when they will learn a given skill. Since children have their own developmental time-table, normal range is much more important than average age. Only be concerned if children are beyond 90% of the normal range in most skills. Boys and girls differ as to when they perform certain skills. Being early or late doesn’t matter – children’s bodies perform skills when they’re ready.
Throw a ball overhand
Pull object behind while walking
Carry large or multiple toys
Balance on both feet
Stand on tiptoes
Imitate behavior of others, especially adults and older children
Identify self as separate from others
Get excited about company of other children
Begin to include other children in activities.
Demonstrate increasing independence
Identify and/or control defiant behavior
Encourage ease of separation (anxiety typically increases toward mid-year and then fades)