To teach children in a small group setting the fundamental skill of an underhand throw, incorporating the Throwing Cue Token Board as a visual reinforcement tool.
- Throwing Cue Token Board (prepared similarly to the Catching Token Board)
- Multiple soft balls or beanbags for safe throwing
- Cones or markers for designated areas
- Warm-Up (5 minutes):
- Dynamic Warmup: Engage children in movements like walking, running, and galloping to prepare their muscles.
- Stretching: Guide children through basic arm and leg stretches to prepare for throwing.
- Skill Instruction (10 minutes):
- Demonstration: Model the correct stance for an underhand throw, including foot placement, swinging motion, and ball release.
- Verbal Cues: Introduce the sequence: “Step, swing, release,” and explain each cue’s significance.
- Using the Token Board: Showcase the Throwing 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 underhand throw and catch session. Begin close, and as they gain confidence, allow them to increase the distance.
- Token Board Reinforcement: After each successful underhand throw towards a partner or target, the child can move a Velcro tennis ball onto the target on the token board, offering a visual representation of their success.
- Feedback and Cool Down (5 minutes):
- Group Reflection: Assemble the children for a brief discussion on what they learned, challenges faced, and any enjoyable moments.
- Stretching: Engage in a short set of stretches to relax the arms, legs, and torso.
- Positive Reinforcement: Praise the children for their effort, enthusiasm, and any progress noted.
Note: Prioritize safety. Ensure the environment is clear of obstructions and adjust activities based on the group’s comfort and skill level. Emphasize the importance of not throwing until everyone is ready, and encourage peer feedback to foster a supportive environment.