Teach them to cheer, but play games when they have done well for a while. It depends on the group for how much they will remember. Try out some simple cheers and see how they handle it! If they do very well slowly make the new cheers a little harder. But handling it well doesn't just mean that they can do it after it has been taught. You need to check if they can do it the next practice and the next practice... But make sure that you are having fun too! :)
well if u want them 2 learn alot of cheers then thats what they should do whatever u want them to do they should do it because ur the coach not them..... and sometimes u should play games and sometimes do cheers.....
Little ones are likle sponges, they want to learn. We try not to play at practices, it confuses the the smaller cheerleaders and you can lose control. We do fun things as a group within our league. We have spirit nights with all the cheerleaders and take pics then post them. We have a pre-season run through just for the cheerleaders to show off what they have been working on and follow it with a pizza party. Lots of fun for the girls.
I coached 4-6 year olds last year. What I've learned is that they have short attention spans (which is normal for this age), but are very lively and creative. I would break up the practices with fun activities that teach as well, but I would also incent them as well (but only when they have worked for it) One activity that worked really well last year is I had the girls make up a cheer and teach it to the team. I had one or two girls teach each week. It brought out the creativity in the girls and taught them how to listen attentively. Good Luck!
I think games are a great idea, but I usually save them for the end of practice (They always leave feeling positive and excited to come back). I like to play "Coach says" with lower levels because it is a fun way to learn the basics. It's just like "Simon says" but you call out motions as the commands (jumps and tumbling if there is safely enough space)
I don't necessarily play games at our practices. The kids enjoy interactive learning. For example, when teaching the girls arm motions, we make it fun by teaching the girls the motions first and then playing an elimination game. The elimination games teaches the girls to listen intently while having fun and they learn the arm motions very well and very fast. Another example is when warming up I have them dance (silly dance) to a very fast song and foot race to get the heart rate up. The love it. These are things you can do every practice that they enjoy and will keep their attention. If the games is not teaching a cheerleading skill or builiding character, I generally don't do it.