Buddy Walkers and Jump Ropes
by Dr. Britt
The main objective this month is General Coordination. Both activities will require young children to work together (with another person, or with an object) to move appropriately. Students will enjoy these activities, but will also be forced to sequence movements as they are performing the skills.
This will lead to better understanding of how the body moves, as well as prepare the body for other sequencing skills, such as math problems.
Students will use buddy walkers as a way to work in teams and to improve balance as a group.
Several different buddy walkers (2- person, 3-person and 5-person)
Activity Buddy Walkers
Students will be informed of the rules of the buddy walkers and how they are supposed to be used.
Students will get the chance to try to move with the different buddy walkers. Students should use all the types (2,3 and 5 person). Races will be held to see who can move the fastest on each buddy walker. 20 min
Students will be reminded about the importance of balance and how working together is a large part of balancing.
Students will jump rope in different forms to improve general coordination skills
Jump ropes (based on size – should come to arm-pits when standing on rope)
Activity: Jump Rope
Show the students how to fit themselves for a jump rope. Also, let the students know the rules for the day with the jump ropes.
Students will be given time to play with the jump ropes. They should use them as something to jump over, something to walk on, and something to jump with. They can use a jump rope in many ways. Younger students may have to do more with the rope than just using it to jump rope with. More advanced students can jump rope individually, or with groups and the larger ropes.
Remind students of the importance of general coordination and how this may help them in the future.
Dr. Britt Johnson