Bunnies Ages 18-24 months
A FUN child development soccer program
Building life skills through the game of soccer....
Children and adults play structured activities designed to enhance the child's development and build confidence. Classes include the use of sensory tools such as songs, bubbles and parachutes to help stimulate learning. Classes are 50 minutes, once a week with a child-to-coach ratio of 15:1. Adult participation is required.
Welcome to Bunnies
Thank you for choosing the Lil' Kickers Program. We are excited to share this important part of your child's life. We invite you to take a moment to learn about our program's philosophy and why the Lil' Kickers approach is exactly what your child needs at this age.
While you play with your child during our Bunnies classes you can't help but notice the smiles, the laughter and the fun they are having. But there's more going on in Lil' Kickers than what meets the eye. Lil' Kickers is really a child development program. We use soccer as a tool to help children develop their social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. But most importantly we focus on building your child's self esteem. Our clases are designed specifically to provide a positive, safe atmosphere to help children attain the develpmental milestones that are a natural part of childhood while building their confidence.
Right now your Bunny is learning and growing at an amazing rate, gaining new skills daily. Your toddler can probably walk and say a few words-maybe even run, kick and throw a ball. Other children have different abilities. Regardless of where your child is with regard to development, they will continue to develop at their own pace, bringing to the class their unique needs and abilities. Bunnies classes are designed specifically to meet the unique developmental needs of children between ages of 18-24 months.
A Developmental Perspective
Being mindful of developmental milestones is the key to our success and to the success of each child in our program. Our teaching methods, philospohy and curriculum are based on child developmental theory, drawing upon the works of two influential and well-respected theorists: Erik Wrikson and Jean Piaget.
The research tells is even though learning is rampant at this stage, children are limited in their ability to understand new things. This is a time when children often stumble onto new ideas and information based on simple movements of their bodies. Learning then becomes more purposeful becasue the child will repeat the event which created the unique outcome. Watch any toddler manipulate a new toy and you'll see lots of trial and error. Suddenly the light bulb comes on and, as if by magic, they have learned of the toy operates. Not only do they continue to have fun with the toy, but also they discover new and creative ways to use the toy.
However, too much information too soon leads to frustration and failure, which can be detrimental to their desire to try new things. So, new information must be given in a manner children can digest and in a way they can handle emotionally. Providing repetition and sensory acitivities is the best way to teach children new skills because it captures their attention and allows them to put new information into a context they understand.
Sensory activities are important because toddlers still are in the stage of thinking with their senses and learning through direct interaction with their enviroment. They are centered on their bodily expirences. Revealing new information to children by using colors, bubbles, textured balls, songs, and other tools that activate the senses allows the children to use their bodies to interpret new information. Once they have had to solidfy learninging. And, much like reading your child's favorite story for the 100th time, the repetitive actions never are boring to your child.
Repetition helps children develop cognitive "maps." These maps are a way of building