Observe the child involved in gymnastic activities, such as walking on a balance beam, turning somersaults, doing a cartwheel, etc.
Using gym mats for safety, observe the children doing various gymnastic activities after observing a model.
The child attempts to walk on a balance beam, roll on a mat, try a cartwheel, and turn a somersault. Although efforts may not be successful, the child uses approximate movements in the appropriate sequence.
Children of this age are involved in group activities that require more sophisticated, sequenced actions to perform a skill. Gymnastic activities provide opportunities for children to practice more coordinated, sequenced actions requiring use of arms and legs together in varying patterns. These opportunities are important, as children can develop lifelong skills that may translate later into physical abilities for sports or recreational activities.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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