GYMBAROO FOR KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS: THE UNLOCKING POTENTIAL (UP) PROGRAM
ABOUT THE UNLOCKING POTENTIAL PROGRAM
Unlocking Potential is a unique sensorimotor movement program specifically designed for Australian primary schools. This program focuses on motor skill development and draws on the latest research to assist the stimulation of brain development important to learning, skill development and behaviour. GymbaROO firmly believe that all students need to be given the opportunity to lay the crucial neurological building blocks essential for learning and thus given the chance to reach their optimum level of both mental and physical function. This program proposes to unlock the potential for all children.
Your teachers have attended a comprehensive training program run by professionally qualified GymbaROO consultants allowing the school to run the daily program throughout the next 5 years. Children from Kindergarten to Year 2 have been chosen to participate.
WHAT WILL THE CHILDREN BE DOING AS PART OF THE PROGRAM?
The UP Program is a 25 minute daily lesson of activities that will involve students removing their shoes, including
- Fun warm up activities
- Specific developmental movement exercises
- Body awareness games, dance, group games
The activities will be done every day as a block or split into shorter segments depending on the classroom teachers and daily routines.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING THE PROGRAM?
The UP Program has been trialled in 5 Australian schools so far and the results are very exciting. Children doing the daily program have shown improvements in:
- Learning ability
- NAPLAN results
- Classroom and playground behaviour
- Letter reversals
- Ability to follow instructions
- Overall happiness and enjoyment of school
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT YOUR CHILD?
It is important for children to enjoy the program and participate every day for the best results. If your child does not want to participate please speak to your teacher as activities can be adapted to suit.
Your teacher may send home “Movement Homework” in the form of the simple exercises. These will be explained to the children and instructions included for them to do at home. The more often children repeat these exercises the better their results.
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