Guru Toddlers: 15 months to 36 months (3 years)
Sessions are 16 weeks long and meet for 45 minutes per class
“Movement is a child’s first ‘language’ and the more they become active in this first language, the better they will develop other powers of expression, exploration and development. Howard Gardner (1983) referred to movement as an ‘entry point’ to acquire knowledge.”
Growth and Developmental Progression
Every child is unique. Each child’s growth and developmental progress will be unlike any other child’s, but their acquisition of motor skills will occur in the same order or sequence as other children. The development of these skills depends on the child’s genetic makeup, environmental and cultural factors, and everyday experiences. Uniqueness is seen in the child’s development where skills acquired are age related not age dependent. This means that children progress sequentially but within a wide boundary of time.
Gross motor skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands and include skills such as running, hopping, catching, throwing, striking and balancing. These skills are important because they are the “building blocks” or fundamental movements for more complex and specialized skills required by children throughout their lives to competently and confidently play different games, sports and recreational activities offered at school and in the community.
There are three fundamental motor skill themes that infants and toddlers need: loco- motor, non-manipulative, and manipulative (Graham, Holt-Hale, & Parker, 2005).
- Locomotor skills are movement patterns that allow movement from one place to another. Crawling, walking, and running are examples of locomotor skills.
- Non-manipulative skills are movement patterns in which the body operates from a stable base while different body parts move. Balancing, turning, pushing up while prone (on stomach), stretching, and reaching are examples of non- manipulative skills.
- Manipulative skills are movement patterns that support gross and fine muscle contact with objects. For infants and toddlers, manipulative skills include grasping and releasing, throwing, kicking, catching, and collecting (Graham et al., 2005). Infants and toddlers need developmentally appropriate opportunities to practice these skills on a regular basis.
Our Program (16 weeks / $160.00 / each class is 45 minutes)
Our program will emphasize having fun in a structured environment that involves utilizing different sports/games to assist with the child’s development. During the period from 15 months to 3 years old, a child develops physical capabilities which progress from being able to walk unsteadily – having only recently taken first steps – into confident mastery of a broad range of complex child development physical skills, such as throwing, catching, running, balancing and kicking.
Because the developmental changes during the first years of life are so major, our techniques are to assist with embedding motor skills in various settings. Our programs focus is on fundament movements. Our program will assist with emerging motor skills and allow for refinement with practice. Because children motor skills need to be used and progressively challenged. They need practice in movements that challenge all areas of the body to develop age-appropriate motor skills. Think of planning for motor development as variations on a theme. The theme of movement is constant, we will vary the experience by providing different toys and equipment to challenge the child’s fundamental motor skills. Taking materials outside expands learning by providing different surface areas and the opportunity to move faster for longer periods.
How we integrate sports into our programs:
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi
With this philosophy in mind we integrate specifics sports into our curriculum while working on proper form for a good foundation.
Here are a few of the sports we integrate into our program: Baseball, basketball, soccer, and football.
How to enroll:
Daycares and Schools: Please contact our office if you would like to offer our service as an add-on to your programming. We offer school and parent pay options.
Parents and Playgroups: We offer our program at several facilities around town. Please contact us for the nearest location to you. We do offer private classes for Playgroups.
Rates: Fall Tuition $160: 16 weeks – each class is 45 minutes long
Spring Tuition $160: 16 weeks – each class is 45 minutes long
* There is a one time annual registration fee in the amount of $15.00
FREE Sports Gurus T-Shirt with enrollment
Holidays and Absences:
No Refunds will be given for classes missed due to absence or public holidays
A two-week written notice is required to withdraw your child from any Sports Gurus Program.
The notice should be dropped off at the program location or e-mailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org