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Parent and Tot Class Ideas with Limited Equipment

AmyK__

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So I generally teach preschoolers at a gym that I work at, but I have taken on a second job with a community recreation centre. I am teaching a parent tot gymnastics class, with 18months - 3yrs, in a small recreation room and it is an hour long. I have about 9 kids, and this week was the first week.

Lesson plan attached. I had a basic circuit set up with lots of small equipment. Within the first 10 minutes all of the equipment was strung across the room, and I had very little participation in the warm up. The hour was a mess. The poly dots were in a circle but ended up stacked and scattered. Some of the older siblings were completely moving the tunnel around, and the parents didn't seem to be 'disciplining' at all.

I would love some warm up ideas, as well as general management ideas. I know it will always feel a little crazy but hopefully it can get slightly better.

Following this with no time in between I have a 3-5yr old class. The circuit worked alright with them, and the class went really well. So whatever I do, I need to be able to quickly set it up for the 3-5yr old class.

I have two ideas that I would like thoughts on. As the only major equipment I have is panel mats. I was thinking of doing a line of them, and introducing the small equipment one at a time. When done with it, putting it out of reach so I only have 1/2 small equipment things going at a time to feel less chaotic, until they understand not to move stuff everywhere.



If I was to continue to do circuit stuff, I was thinking to do exploration time first? Im not sure if that would work better or not?

Thoughts and ideas? As well as what expectations should I have/mention to the parents?

Equipment I have access to: Panel mats, a ladder bar set, tunnel, small slide, hula hoops, cones, scarves, ribbons, poly dots, soccer/dodge balls, ride on toys, musical instruments, parachute, masking tape
 

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Cmumgym

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I think your main focus is to make the parents understand that they are responsible for their child. The main focus on parent classes are to help the children learn how to focus even if it is for one minute. Warm up should be around the parachute. Running. Explaining skipping. Step hop. Walking on their toes like giraffes or hands and feet like lions. Then using the parachute to jump from the floor onto the parachute and back. Then with circuits get the parents to sit the children down and eyes on you. You quickly demonstrate the circuit explaining to parents how they can be involved with the child whilst going around the circuit. Then you stay on one thing to support the child I.e forward rolls. And the parents then go around the rest of the circuit with their child following the instruction you gave the parents.
 

Cmumgym

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Just remember also it takes the little ones two to three weeks to get used to the structure so don’t give up.
 
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