Movement and Muscles is for the older active kids at co-op. My two boys are in and as well as a few other kids in the seven-12 age range. I think I would have had more students, but *someone* decided to offer a Lego class the same period. Drat! If I would have let them, I would have lost Mal and Xav as well, but since I designed the whole class for their benefit and they can play Legos all day at home, I nixed that idea.
The class begins with a lesson about a muscle group. It's very short, just 5-10 minutes, usually followed by an activity or two that involves using those specific muscles. I think it's really important that they get used to recognizing what muscles are being engaged as they participate. The remainder of the one hour class goes by quickly, as that's when we go a little crazy.
Some of our activities this year included:
- Jump ropes
- Hula hoops
- Dribbling balls with our feet around cones
- Chinese jumprope
- Exercise bands
- ABCs of exercise (I've found a lot of these lists online)
- Beanbag games
- Threading nuts onto bolts
It has been a very busy year!
Unfortunately, Mal often misses out on half of the activities. He's really having a hard time reigning himself in for the class and not just losing all control. And, like every class lucky enough to get both of my boys, I have to keep them separated. They are learning that we are a team, but like most of us, some lessons are harder for them than others.
Thinking about all of the fun and goofiness we've had in this class brings a huge smile to my face. I really appreciate the moms who have been so helpful to us and were/are so willing to participate. Mid-year we lost Ms. Jane, who Malachi absolutely adored, but Mrs. Anderson is still jumping jacking her way through school with us and I really appreciate her help.