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Hot Shots – Head Start

Hot Shots - Head Start

The Vida Head Start program is the start of the My Vida Journey for kids aged 3 to 5. It covers fundamental perceptual motor skills, the building blocks of sport, physical activity, and child development.

These things don’t develop automatically. Children without FPMS are severely disadvantaged when it comes to sports and all the other physical and psychological experiences they will encounter during their lifetime. Through early purposeful play experiences, they will be able to develop sensory and movement abilities, including:

  • Locomotion and balance
  • Catch, track, and intercept
  • Throw, kick, and strike
  • Cognitive skills

Our goal is to provide each student with every opportunity to develop a love of sport, health, and fitness.

Each activity will use a combination of some or all FPMS at any one time and be linked to the game of tennis to help the child transition into the next stages of their My Vida Journey program.

The program has four levels, which are structured around four key developmental areas listed above.

Once the child has completed the first objectives in each of the four developmental areas, they will receive their 1/4 certificate. Each Head Start level guides the child further towards mastering their FPMS and achieving their FULL Head Start certificate.

Level - Quarter

The Head Start – Quarter level is the first stage of a child’s Vida Journey and is the start of their fundamental perceptual motor skill development with Vida. It starts the child’s introduction to tennis through motor skill activities that are vital to the sport and everyday living.

Each child will develop at different rates in the various motor skill areas. Again, these skills don’t develop automatically, so it is important to create an environment for purposeful play.

Below are the areas and specific challenges the child has to complete to receive their first certificate Head Start Quarter:

Level - Half

The Head Start – Half level is the second stage of a child’s Vida Journey and is the halfway point in the mastering of their fundamental perceptual motor skills with Vida. It continues the child’s introduction to tennis through motor skill activities vital to the sport and everyday living.

Below are the areas and specific challenges the child has to complete to receive their second certificate Head Start Half:

Level - Three Quarter

The Head Start – Three Quarter level is the third stage of a child’s Vida Journey and is the three-quarter point in the mastering of their fundamental perceptual motor skills with Vida. It starts to develop the child’s understanding of tennis through motor skill activities vital to the sport and everyday living, particularly tracking and hand-eye coordination.

Below are the areas and specific challenges the child has to complete to receive their third certificate Head Start Three Quarter:

Level - Full

The Head Start – Full level is the last stage of a child’s Vida Head Start Journey and is the point when they have mastered their fundamental perceptual motor skills with vida. This level continues to develop the child’s understanding of tennis through motor skill activities vital to the sport and everyday living, particularly tracking, hand-eye coordination and cooperative play.

At this stage, the child is ready to move onto the next stage in their my Vida journey: the My Progress Program.

The mastery of motor skills is no simple feat and marks a milestone in the child’s development. These skills impact bigger muscle groups like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first ones a child develops, and mastering them helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial awareness.

Good motor skills also nourish the mind-body connection needed for learning.

Below are the areas and specific challenges the child has to complete to receive their last Head Start certificate Head Start Full:

What are Fundamental Perceptual Motor skills?

The easiest way to understand fundamental perceptual motor skills is to understand its different parts:

  • Fundamental – the foundation, base, or essential component of a structure or system
  • Perceptual – the recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli
  • Motor – referring to motion or movement
  • Skill – proficiency that is acquired through training or experience

Fundamental perceptual motor skills can therefore be summarized as the foundation skills required to be able to use sensory information to accurately carry out purposeful movements.

Fundamental perceptual motor skills can be broken into four categories:

  1. Locomotion and Balance – Locomotion is the ability to move from one position to another, and these can take many forms, such as crawling, walking, running, or hopping.Balance refers to the ability to maintain a state of bodily equilibrium or the desired static position or position during movement.
  2. Catching and Interception – Catching is stopping a moving object in the hands or arms. Interception is stopping an object like a ball without actually holding it. Examples would be heading the ball or blocking it with the chest in football.
  3. Throwing and Striking – Throwing is the act of propelling an object through the air with the arm or hand via an underarm, sidearm, or overarm motion.Striking is the act of contacting a stationary or moving object with either the hand or implement in the hand or hands such as a bat.
  4. Kicking and Punting – Kicking is the act of propelling a stationary or moving object, such as a ball, through the air with the motion of the foot or leg.Punting is essentially the same motion but with the ball being dropped from the hands.
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