From Kiddie Sports to I Smell Sports…..
In the spring of 2018, the preschool staff of St. Albans Boys and Girls club collaborated efforts to introduce a program geared towards providing children with a competency of fundamental sport abilities, along with the confidence and abilities to initiate, and engage in group play.
Through trial and error (but mostly error) Kidsports was launched. Thirty – forty-five-minute lesson plans were created, where children explored their physical abilities through stretches, warm up activities, lessons and opportunities to practice multi-sport basics, cool down techniques, and teachings of teamwork skills.
After a year of admiring the development of physical literacy in your children, and seeing their enjoyment in the process, I am pleased to announce that in spring of 2019 we will be launching “I Smell Sports”, developed and co-founded by your children.
I personally want to thank you for your belief and support of our efforts thus far, and I look forward to your participation in the launch of this new brand in the spring.
With most sincere thanks,
Kiddie Sports is a program developed for children aged Toddlers (14 months–3 years old) through the beginning of Kindergarten (2.5 years old–6 years old) to help encourage a life of healthy behaviours and promote the importance of physical activity. Through the development of basic sport fundamentals, paired with a teaching of the necessary social skills for positive group or team play, children gain the confidence to participate in team sport play regardless of skill level. Children will learn a positive and prosocial approach to sports while exploring and discovering new physical capabilities. Children will gain competency in physical literacy, and with the coaches’ encouragement and enthusiasm for all successes, we hope to guide children to enjoy such a setting.
Children will have the ability to participate in an inclusive, stress free learning environment regardless of skill level and abilities. Kiddie Sports was created to foster development of the whole child, in adherence to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” and “Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings” documents.
Your child’s progress is tracked throughout the 10 week session, and Parents/Guardians are updated with our “Skill Tracker” document mid-session and session end. Pictures and Videos of your child participating are also emailed to parents sporadically (via HiMama) based on location staffing but not promised.
All children should have the right to explore their physical abilities in early childhood!