Definition: Educational Gymnastics is a component of an elementary physical education curriculum that emphasizes learning body management skills and problem solving through applying the movement framework. Student learning is individualized and assessment is based on task accomplishments demonstrating creativity, effort and skill development
As a result of participating in an educational gymnastic lesson or unit a student will:
- Increase body coordination.
- Develop health related fitness components; strength, strength endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.
- Increase body and spatial awareness.
- Develop and perform a sequence of movements.
- Experience success through skill acquisition.
- Learn to set goals.
- Learn to cooperate with others to accomplish a task
- Learn to gain and maintain static and dynamic balances using different body parts, shapes and bases of support.
- Learn the skills and knowledge to be able to rotate the body on a vertical, horizontal and transverse axis.
- Learn to transfer weight from one body part to another, using traveling movements, rolling, and flight movements.
- Learn to suspend their body using hanging movements and shapes.
- Demonstrate traveling, rotation, hanging and balance movements and shapes using different pieces of equipment.
- Perform rotation, balance, hanging and traveling movements and shapes individually and in relationship to others.