Karibou’s program was created with the objective of offering children the opportunity to repeat a multitude of motor skills in a safe, adapted way and in a stimulating, playful environment. Why?
According to studies, researchers agree on the notion that a child’s acquisition of fundamental motor abilities (walking, running, jumping, throwing, etc.) is marked by 3 precise stages (initial, intermediate and final). For any given motor ability, access to the next stage depends on the quality (type of intervention) and the quantity of experiences that each child has. The motor development of young children is in fact achieved by a gradual learning process made up of the modification of a certain behaviour by the repetition of a particular task, among other things.
Even though the 7 levels of the program contain more than 90 different motor activities, it could appear to you, and rightly so, that certain activities are repetitive. This is normal! As we have previously said: in order to learn, children, like adults, must repeat a certain action several times in order to be able to acquire it. When we learn to play tennis, we have to hit a forehand hundreds of times in order to master this stroke and win our matches!
What’s more, it is not possible to perform certain motor abilities without learning others beforehand. We learn to walk before we run, for example, or you may have even noticed that your child walks down stairs by placing both feet on a step before he can do so by alternating his feet. Thanks to the 7 age-based levels of the program and their precise goals, the motor capacities of children are respected.
Finally, children often really enjoy having fun with Karibou, even if they jump on the same trampoline, throw the same colourful balls or shake the same maracas each week. They do all of this with a big smile on their faces: they’re having fun!
*Karibou’s program was made by taking into account the broad principles of child development and is inspired by Paoletti’s (1999) approach to motor education.