Gymnastics is an outstanding sport to improve the motor skills of children. In addition, it offers plenty of creativity, challenges, possibilities for social contacts and opportunities to develop one’s personality. In primary school, gymnastic exercises play a key role in the physical education teaching package.
Thanks to the financial assistance of the Flemish Government, the Gymnastics Federation of Flanders has developed a didactical and methodical programme for physical education teachers and trainers of recreation groups in gymnastics clubs.
Through the GymStars-project the Gymnastics Federation would like to contribute to a uniform and high-quality sports education for children and young people in Flanders. The ultimate goal is achieving ‘excellent performances of children in accordance with their own possibilities.’
The programme was developed for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years (including 1 or 2 training sessions per week) and is composed of 5 movement themes. These constitute the basis of 66 movement skills (Skill cards), which are approached in 6 levels and comprise 1200 exercises (tracks, variations, progresses, …).
The GymStars app allows effortless navigation through the various levels, as well as movement themes and exercises. It pays attention to the methodology of the basic movements of elementary apparatus gymnastics (floor, plinth, balance beam/parallel bars, asymmetrical bars/horizontal bar).
Per Skil card, the tracks offer a large amount of preparatory exercise material allowing you to teach each movement. We start with the forward roll (level 1) and end with the forward somersault (level 6). The didactical tips are supplied to help the teacher training the basic elements, giving the necessary feedback and offering variations and remedial exercises. In short, this tool is essential for every school and club!
GymStars consists of: the GymStars portfolio for coaches (380 pages) and 6 posters.
In addition, there are gym booklets and certificates for the children.
More information: http://www.gymstars.be