Educational Gymnastics for Children (Paperback)

Educational Gymnastics for Children By Tina J. Hall, Shirley Holt/Hale Cover Image
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Educational gymnastics is a field that differs from traditional gymnastics. Instead of a focus on developing skills in which all students are expected to develop at the same rate, educational gymnastics provides learning experiences that are designed to meet children at their skill level and expand skills within their level of competence. Educational gymnastics centers on balance as a lifelong skill, on self-responsibility, and on respect for self and others.

Educational Gymnastics for Children takes a child-centered approach to offering highly applied and safe learning experiences as it provides readers with the theoretical foundation and practical application of educational gymnastics for all elementary students. Written by two physical education professionals who have years of experience providing these learning experiences to children in elementary physical education programs, the text offers the following:
  • Gymnastics learning experiences for elementary physical education, most requiring no gymnastics equipment
  • Detailed safety measures for all learning experiences to ensure a safe environment
  • Assessment strategies to enhance student learning
  • A child-centered approach to engage all students in a noncompetitive environment that encourages variety in student response and success for all students, thus fostering social-emotional learning and self-worth
The learning experiences in the text provide a clear understanding of the skills and concepts being taught and come with an easy-to-follow template for teachers. Many of the learning experiences require no equipment; mats are added for safety as the task difficulty increases. A single chapter has been devoted to use of equipment (e.g., boxes, ladders, horizontal bars, climbing frames).

Learning Experiences
The learning experiences in the text are presented as a progression based on the development of children, both physically and cognitively. Each series of learning experiences is preceded by a cognitive focus, a skill focus, criteria for quality, and information on safety, equipment, and organization to maximize participation and learning. Teaching tips are offered throughout to help teachers develop lesson plans to fit the needs of their students.

Educational Gymnastics for Children is organized into three parts. Part I presents the theoretical background for educational gymnastics, comparing it to traditional gymnastics. This part explains how educational gymnastics meets children at their skill level and expands their skills within their level of competence. The components of balance are explored, and these chapters explain how to create a learning environment that is student centered, success oriented, and safe.

Part II presents learning experiences that will help children develop a functional understanding of the components of educational gymnastics. This part explores the skills of balance, weight transfer, and travel. It offers individual and partner sequences, both with and without equipment.

Part III addresses two vital questions for teachers: What is your goal for the children you teach? How do you know they have accomplished that goal? Standards and assessments are examined in this part.

Lifelong Skills
Educational Gymnastics for Children provides teachers with the content and teaching strategies they need to provide students a quality program of educational gymnastics—and to acquire some lifelong skills along the way.

About the Author

Tina J. Hall, PhD, is a retired professor in the department of health and human performance at Middle Tennessee State University. She taught elementary and middle school physical education for 18 years and has been in physical education teacher education since 2003. Dr. Hall has conducted numerous curriculum and content workshops and in-services for physical education teachers across the nation. She is a coauthor of Schoolwide Physical Activity: A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Conducting Programs and Teaching Children Gymnastics. She joined the writing team for Children Moving: A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education (in its 11th edition) in 2018. Dr. Hall is also an author of several articles in refereed publications.

Shirley Holt/Hale, PhD, is a retired physical educator from Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she taught physical education for 38 years. Dr. Holt/Hale is a former National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and has served as president of both the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (now SHAPE America) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She is a coauthor of Children Moving: A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education (in its 11th edition) and a contributing author for three other texts. She served as a member of the task force for the revision of the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. Dr. Holt/Hale is a consultant in elementary physical education curriculum, assessment, and curriculum mapping throughout the United States.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781718212008
ISBN-10: 1718212003
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English