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Pre-school Physical Development Programmes
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Pre-school Physical Development Programmes Extensive research into early childhood education, and many years of practical experience, have been combined into the Catrobatkidz Skill Development programme, offering many unique ideas, which have never before been taught to pre-school children. We bring to your child a learning concept that is guaranteed to benefit, and foster success, for each child, and to enhance his/her self-esteem while enjoying participating.

During the pre-school years, a child's brain is like a sponge, almost effortlessly absorbing and storing information and experiences. The beauty of the Catrobatkidz programme, formulated specifically for the pre-school child, is that the movement skills and patterns targeted in each lesson are assimilated and stored in his absorbent mind while he enjoys the fun and challenge.

It is during these fundamental years that window periods open and close during which your child has the opportunity to develop each skill (balance, locomotion, gross & fine motor, spatial relationships, co-ordination, rhythm & timing, strength and flexibility) to the best of their ability, in order to build a solid foundation that will allow them to achieve both physically and mentally throughout their life.

Lesson plans are sequentially pre-planned for the year - Each week is a different lesson plan!

The Catrobatkidz Skill Development Programme enables children to have experiences in all of the movement spheres, at an age and stage in their lives when they can gain the most benefit from such experiences. More than merely providing the pre-school child with movement opportunities, the Catrobatkidz Skill Development Programme also helps him learn to move with more specific control, refinement and efficiency. These movement skills and patterns, once established in the brain, will remain there to benefit the child throughout life as he moves on to more complex movement activities such as sport, games and dancing. Each school is allocated a qualified permanent instructor that will get to know your child personally and who is dedicated to the progress of each child. We will appreciate the opportunity to teach your child.

All Catrobatkidz children are Winners!

Awards Concept
At the end of each lesson your child is rewarded for their efforts with a Catrobatkidz stamp, or sticker. At the end of the year he/she will receive their certificate of achievement, and medal or similar prize awarded at the End of Year Awards Ceremony presentation.

Life Skills
Each week a motivational sentence is spoken to your child. These words are designed to create awareness of various important social issues such as: self-respect, manners, health, environment, safety etc.

Assessment
Your child's abilities will be assessed during each lesson, and at the end of each term, a specific age related skill assessment is made available to the parents.

Equipment
The vast variety of mini equipment and hand apparatus is specially designed to suit the requirements of pre-school children. All equipment is collapsible and is easily transported from school to school. Catrobatkidz offers a wide variety of stimulating educational music to suit the Programmes needs.
Pre-school Physical Development Programmes



From hip circles, hang tough, cargo net and climbing wall... to ropes, chairs
and towels... children become addicted to exercise with Catrobatkidz while
developing to their full potential both physically and mentally.



Skill Areas

Pre-school Physical Development Programmes Body Awareness
Children are taught body awareness throughout the programme, with constant reference to the various part's of one's body, their purpose and position. They are also taught what part enables them to perform the exercise, and what muscle group they are developing. Body image, the perception of the child himself, is a very important aspect of the child's development, and we at Catrobatkidz firmly believe in building a child's self esteem and confidence by positive reinforcement.

Balance
Balance beam work, rope walking, chair class, balance boards and scooter boards ensure the development of good balance, both static and dynamic. Object balance is also covered.

Locomotion
Mini equipment is used to stimulate children into performing many basic techniques widely used in many sports such as gymnastics, athletics and ball sports. Different types of jumps, landings, rolls, vaults etc. are coached to fully develop the skill of locomotion.

Gross & Fine Motor Skills
Many varied hand apparatus such as pegs and beanbags are used to develop all the facets of fine motor skills. Gross motor skills are exercised constantly throughout each lesson plan, and during the aerobic music warm-up.

Co-ordination
Many lesson plans require co-ordination, and others are specifically designed to develop co-ordination, such as: ball classes - from tennis balls to soccer balls, and flag and streamer classes. All aspects of co-ordination i.e. eye/hand, eye/foot, eye/hand and foot, are explored.

Spatial Relationships
Once again a large variety of apparatus, for example: hats, umbrella's, hula hoops, streamers, balls and chalkboard are used to teach the concept of space and direction. In these lesson plans, space, whether personal, group, or object related, and distance - forward, backward, up down, far near etc. are fully explored. Also covered is the concept of laterality and developing the sense of right and left, and the ever important crossing of the mid-line and brain integration.

Rhythm & Timing
In order to develop both internal and external sense of rhythm, children participate in aerobic warm up music suited to each lesson. Specific lesson plans are also provided which concentrate on rhythm, such as parachute, pom poms, rhythm sticks and maypole.

Strength
To develop upper and lower body strength and improve muscle tone the children partake in many safe, yet sometimes daring and challenging exercises. This is thoroughly enjoyed by all and includes lesson plans such as jumbo ball, high bar, cargo net, chest expanders etc. Children are also exposed to a large variety of acrobatic movements such as shoulder / head / handstands, cartwheels and springs to develop strength, agility and good muscle tone.
Pre-school Physical Development Programmes

Flexibility
Strength and tone of the muscle groups is developed by teaching not only static positions, but also movement that requires flexibility. Through practice children are taught exercises that allow the body to remain supple to let them achieve to the best of their potential.
Pre-school Physical Development Programmes
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