Children on the snow: learning to ski trains courage


So what is the best way to teach children to ski? In this phase, the figure of the ski instructor assumes great importance, external to that of the parents who usually are loaded with expectations and with whom the children concentrate less because of too much confidence.

The instructor or instructor, on the other hand, is proposed as a guide who applies educational strategies of behavioral analysis. Modeling, positive reinforcement, fading, chaining, are just some of the procedures used to facilitate learning, which at the same time promote motivation and strengthen self-efficacy, a necessary building block for building self-esteem.

At high altitudes, with skis on, it is also easier to stimulate proprioception, also known as the sixth sense, or what is defined as the "sense of position and movement of the limbs and body that one has regardless of sight". This is because skiing is an activity that develops agility and neuro-motor coordination and balance. It is not based on strength but on stability, which in children is favored by the low center of gravity.



Today there are teaching aids that make snow sports more fun than ever. GEA Fun Experience places equipment on the slopes and in the school fields that are not only funny figures but help to simplify learning and stimulate the beginner's acquisition of the basic motor sequences of skiing through play.

Arches and passages are used to make children flex on their knees and learn the movement of the legs to bend, while the cones are positioned to teach them to avoid them by making turns. Even the sound hand with many interchangeable music makes the experience more complete: striking the hand activates various melodies ranging from the Tyrolean one to the sound of a jet leaving. The feedback that drives the little ones crazy! Thanks to the animation of the slopes, the little ones are encouraged to repeat the route and play longer.

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