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Excerpt — Teaching Children Gymnastics-3rd Edition

Defining Developmentally Appropriate Gymnastics

Gymnastics may be globally defined as any physical exercise on the floor or apparatus that promotes endurance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and body control.

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How Gymnastics Should Be Taught

If you want children to become skilled gymnasts with positive attitudes toward managing their bodies well, you must adhere to the following practices.

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Learning Experiences

Earlier in this chapter we compared the skill themes of gymnastics to sets of actions. Each of the skill themes can be taught alone as a separate set, or they may be taught in combination so they overlap and interact with one another.

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Traveling Transformers

As a result of participating in this learning experience, children will improve their ability to travel in a variety of locomotor patterns changing pathways.

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As a result of participating in this learning experience, children will improve their ability to balance while using different dimensions of the body—small, big, wide, narrow.

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