LIttle PUMA Milestones

Little PUMA Learners

The Little PUMA Syllabus is different to the Junior and Adult Syllabus. We teach them life and development skills which include using the foundations and basic skills of Taekwondo. Below is a short explaination of what you can expect in terms of development for your child during Little PUMAs.

It is useful to understand your child’s development milestones so you can have realistic expectations of the contribution the Little PUMAs classes will have to your child’s progression through their early years. Little PUMAs can help improve their coordination, confidence, flexibility, respect, discipline and politeness to name a few; but these are a combination of all of the influences that make up the ‘whole’ of their development from school, home, Little PUMAs classes, play with friends, own playtime and so on.

Maybe 1 in 100 with have a higher than average coordination and be able to process the complexity of multiple movements necessary to punch or kick like a good taekwondo student, but this is not normal and don’t expect this – if they can it’s a bonus. They learn so much that every progression, however small, deserves praise. It can be that praise and reassurance that gives them the confidence to keep moving forward and practice the next new thing without reservation or fear of failure.

The other tabs will give you an idea of some of their general development milestones.

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As your child grows, you will notice new and exciting abilities that your child develops.  While children may progress at different rates and have diverse interests, the following are some common milestones children may reach in this age group:

4 to 5 year olds

Posture and large movements

  • Appreciate size & movement of own body in relation to external objects and space.
  • Can stand & walk on tiptoes.
  • Stands on preferred foot momentarily when shown.
  • Throws overhead and can catch a large ball on or between extended arms.
  • Kick ball forcibly.

Activities of daily life

  • Very basic drawing skills e.g. Man with a head and possibly some other features.
  • Eats with a fork & spoon.
  • Can pull pants down but still needs help with fastenings and buttons.
  • Likes to help with adult domestic activities e.g. baking, shopping.
  • Understands sharing toys.

As your child grows, you will notice new and exciting abilities that your child develops.  While children may progress at different rates and have diverse interests, the following are some common milestones children may reach in this age group:

5 to 6 year olds

Posture and large movements

  • Can stand, walk and run on tiptoes.
  • Stands on preferred foot for 3 to 5 seconds and hops on preferred foot.
  • Shows increased skills in ball games, throwing, catching, bouncing, kicking and may include use of a bat.

Activities of daily life

  • Draws basic, recognisable shapes e.g. house and man.
  • Eats skilfully with fork and spoon.
  • Washes and dries hands.
  • Brushes teeth.
  • Can undress and dress except for laces, ties and back buttons.
  • Are willing to play cooperatively, take turns, and share.

As your child grows, you will notice new and exciting abilities that your child develops.  While children may progress at different rates and have diverse interests, the following are some common milestones children may reach in this age group:

6-7 Year Olds

Posture and large movements

  • Walks easily on a narrow line.
  • Runs lightly on toes.
  • Skips on alternate feet.
  • Moves rhythmically to music.
  • Can stand on foot for 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Can hop on both feet.

Activities of daily life

  • Colours pictures neatly, mostly staying with in the lines.
  • Uses knife and fork competently.
  • Washes and dries face and hands.
  • Dress and undress alone.
  • Knows right and left hands
  • Can understand commands with three separate instructions.
  • Cooperates and shares

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