Gymnastics Fun & Games

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Human Kinetics, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 124 pages
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Gymnastics Fun and Games features ready-to-use games and activities to help elementary and middle school physical educators introduce noncompetitive gymnastics into the curriculum safely and effectively. This well-organized reference includes nearly 50 illustrations to guide physical educators in accurately recreating the activity with their students. It also features safety guidelines from the USA Gymnastics Safety Handbook.

Special features include:

- 13 warm-up and stretching games and activities that are also useful as cool-down exercises
- 29 skill-development activities that focus on jumping and landing, balances and poses, body awareness, and movement
- 9 conditioning and endurance activities for children in upper grades that improve strength, balance, and flexibility
- A handy Game Finder for quick reference to games and activities by name, number, location in the book, activity type, skill development, or suggested grade level and complexity

Gymnastics Fun and Games not only allows K-8 physical educators to take a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching noncompetitive gymnastics, but it also makes a great reference for gymnastics instructors.

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About the author (1996)


Patty Hacker, PhD, is an associate professor of health, physical education, and recreation and coordinator of undergraduate physical-education teacher education at South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings. She has more than 23 years teaching experience, 17 of them teaching physical education gymnastics and tumbling in a public-school setting. She has also conducted workshops across the United States using Sequential Gymnastics II, a text she coauthored.

Patty, who coached girl's gymnastics from 1974 to 1987, has judged girl's gymnastics in both high schools and private clubs since 1977. She chairs the USA Gymnastics National Education Subcommittee and is a member of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the South Dakota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Patty received an SDSU Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996, the USA Gymnastics Award for Service in 1991, and was nominated for the SDSU Teacher of the Year award in 1995 and 1996. She earned her doctorate in physical education pedagogy from the University of Wyoming in 1988.

Eric Malmberg, EdD, is an associate professor of physical education and coordinator of pedagogy at State University of New York College at Cortland. He has taught physical education at all levels, preschool to college, and has coached gymnastics for more than 20 years. For the past 18 years Eric has coached at the national level, allowing him to study physical education and gymnastics methodologies from around the world.

Eric is the author of Kidnastics: A School-Appropriate Model for the Teaching of Gymnastics, a book that combines educational gymnastics and traditional gymnastics into a safe and easy-to- implement teaching method for physical educators.

As a college gymnastics coach, Eric was a four-time winner of the National College Coach of the Year for NCAA Division II and III men's gymnastics. He is a member of AAHPERD and the USA Gymnastics Education Subcommittee.

Eric earned his doctorate degree in teaching and curriculum from Syracuse University in 1993.

Jim Nance, EdS, is an associate professor of kinesiology and health promotion at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He has more than 30 years of experience teaching college physical education majors how to teach gymnastics. He also coached gymnastics for 9 years and judged for 20 years. For 17 years he directed the Kentucky High School Gynmastics Championships.

Jim is a member of the USA Gymnastics Education Subcommittee. He has received several service awards for his gymnastics clinics and workshops, including the USA Gymnastics Service Award in 1991 and the University of Kentucky Achievement in Service award in 1985 and 1992.

Patty, Eric, and Jim are also coauthors of three other books: Sequential Gymnastics II, which is used by USA Gymnastics as part of its certification program, I Can Do Gymnastics Beginner, and I Can Do Gymnastics Intermediate. Like Gymnastics Fun and Games, these books were also designed for use in a school setting.

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