Hey everyone. I moved away from the city I lived in for many years to a smaller city last spring..
There is no hooping community in my new home and I've had some minor successes introducing the hoop to its locals....and now something HUGE has happened.
I am a new Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and they past my name on to the City who booked me to host a hoop workshop at the Annual Girl Power Conference for ages 10-15.
My name got passed around some more and the biggest fitness complex in town got in contact with me to create hoop classes for kids ages 8-13 and families. I am so super excited about these opportunities.
Children's development and wellbeing has always been an interest of mine and I've had jobs working with kids before --- but hooping with kids will be a first.
All the classes I've taken have been with adults and I have taught adult classes as well -- I was just looking for ideas and thoughts about kids hooping and keeping things interesting for those age groups.
Any input would be great!
Wooo, that's really exciting! What a great opportunity and sounds like tons of fun. I don't think kids 8-13 are going to be a whole lot different than teaching adults, probably just more noise and the different maturity level. But I think they are old enough to understand instruction and really have fun with learning different tricks and movements.
I have seen a few threads floating around of different games and ice breakers you can do for hoop classes. If you search hoop games or teaching hoop, there are a handful of threads that come up with some ideas. There's also a teacher's group on here: http://www.hoopcity.ca/group/startingandteachingahoopclass?commentI... that could be a great resource for you as well as being a place to ask more specific questions.
I'd highly suggest signing up for Diana Lopez' (BodyHoops) Fit Kids distance teacher training program. I've been getting requests for kids hoop classes and programs for soooo long, but having little to no experience with kids I just wasn't comfortable with it. (I was the worst babysitter ever.) The training gives you ideas of what to work on with kids, what types of games, activities and hoop tricks are appropriate for what ages (for example younger children don't have the motor skills to learn hip hooping or chest hooping, but older kids do). It's been so helpful and it's only like $125 (and you need at least a month of HoopingUniversity—$20/mo.). Well worth the cost. I can't wait to start trying it out. Kids make me anxious and I feel like this will give me the confidence to fill hours of activities for them. :)