Objective: To teach children in a small group setting the fundamental skill of catching, incorporating the Catching Cue Token Board as a visual reinforcement tool.
- Catching Cue Token Board (prepared as per the instructions)
- Multiple soft balls or beanbags for safe catching
- Cones or markers for designated areas
- Warm-Up (10 minutes):
- Dynamic Warmup: Walking, running, galloping and other locomotor
- Stretching: Briefly guide children through basic arm and hand stretches to prepare for catching.
- Skill Instruction (5 minutes):
- Demonstration: Model the correct catching stance and hand position, emphasizing the importance of watching the ball.
- Verbal Cues: Introduce the cue, “Ready? Ball coming,” and explain its purpose.
- Using the Token Board: Briefly showcase the Catching Cue Token Board, explaining that it will be used to track and celebrate their progress during practice.
- Skill Practice (10 minutes):
- Partner Practice: Pair up children for a quick toss and catch session. Start close and, as confidence builds, allow them to take a step back to increase the distance.
- Token Board Reinforcement: After each successful catch, the child can move a Velcro tennis ball onto the hand on the token board, offering a visual representation of their success.
- Feedback and Cool Down (5 minutes):
- Group Reflection: Gather the children for a quick discussion on what they learned and enjoyed.
- Stretching: A brief set of stretches to relax the arms and hands.
- Positive Reinforcement: Offer praises for their effort and highlight any notable progress.
Note: Safety first. Ensure a clear environment and adjust activities based on the group’s comfort. Encourage positive feedback among peers to maintain a supportive atmosphere.