Suggested Grade Level:
Put the ends(handles)of the jump rope into each hand. Begin with the jump rope behind your body.
Next, swing the jump rope gently to the front of your body and then to the back. Practice this several times going front and back.
Now swing the jump rope to the front and let it stay on the ground. Keep the rope still and jump over it. Practice this step several times.
Next step is to swing the jump rope to the front of your body and when it gets close to your feet, JUMP! It takes practice to get the timing just right.
Once you get the rhythm you continue to jump. You may want to try traveling by stepping over the jump rope.
Remind students that all children learn to jump rope at different times, like riding a bike, but the more you practice the better you get and it's great exercise. Also, for safety I remind my students not to swing the rope over their head(like a lassso), around their body and not to tie anyone or anything up with their jump rope.
Submitted by Joannie Kellum who teaches at Eastern Elementary in Washington, NC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 2/6/2009 12:09:20 PM. Viewed 22199 times since 1/11/2009.