How to Teach the Essential Skills of Bouncing
Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat). Bounce is one of the primary eleven important fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early Childhood. Teachers will learn the importance of bouncing the ball, as these
actions require proper coordination and strength from multiple body segments
to produce the skill. Children will develop improved hand-eye coordination
through ball and game play.
In this unit you will learn to develop the following skill set in your students:
Eyes focused forward throughout the bounce
Contact the ball with the fingers of one hand at about hip height
Wrist and elbows bend then straighten to push the ball
Hips and knees slightly flexed during the bounce
Ball bounces in front of and to the side of the body
Teaching Bounce is a great way to engage your students with essential
fundamental movement skills. This unit promotes coordination and team
skills. Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Bounce Lessons Pack (click the link above). You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2. You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.