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  [347] Parkour with Developmental and Creative MovementInstructor: Matthew Smith
Grades: 3yr to KRoom: Pending
Year: 2019Time: 10:00 AM
Class Size: 6 to 12Prerequisites: Potty Trained
Tuition: $24.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 30 minutes
Student Provided Materials: Water Bottle; Athletic shoes and clothes, although classes will often be barefoot.
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description: N.A.
Homework: Homework is always the same: Eat Vegetables!
Class Description: Students will run, jump, vault, climb, balance, leap, roll, tumble, and move in every quadrupedal and bipedal manner imaginable to problem-solve while in motion. Classes will include obstacle courses, a variety of movement games, folk and creative dances, and exercises in equipment manipulation. Equipment manipulation will use sheets of paper, pvc pipes, foam nunchukus, bean bags, etc to go beyond the usual ball-and-stick manipulations. Obstacles and parkour will introduce and repeat natural human movement vocabularies. Parkour, movement games, and dance reinforce developmental movement patterns, which improve integration of primitive reflexes (reflexes common to all primates). Reflex integration promotes self-awareness, spatial awareness, confidence, posture, coordination, agility, and correlates with improved executive function and expanded attention/focus. Class will promote social-emotional development, requiring sharing, taking turns, communication, and self-expression.