VEGEMITE SurfGroms adopts an approach to learning that uses group-based games to not only equip kids with the skills they need to surf, but also to encourage their participation by having fun.
Every VEGEMITE SurfGroms lesson is designed purposefully to create a positive and supportive learning environment so that every participant can experience the confidence and freedom of surfing for a lifetime.
The VEGEMITE SurfGroms approach is characterised by five key concepts:
FUNN – every lesson is designed to be FUNN, where Functional Understanding is Not Necessary. Kids learn more powerfully, and participate more fully, when their learning is disguised through fun. A FUNN approach reflects a good sense of humour and spontaneity, where kids are allowed and indeed, encouraged to laugh with (as opposed to ‘laugh at’) one another. Obvious fun is contagious and it's also hard to stand away from. Or, in other words, if it looks fun, kids will want to be a part of it.
Challenge by Choice – each lesson is designed to give every VEGEMITE SurfGrom the freedom to choose and determine their own level of participation. This approach is one of the most powerful educational philosophies on the planet, because when kids are comfortable and feel supported in their efforts, they are more likely to push (or challenge) themselves beyond their self-perceived boundaries. This approach is more than just giving kids lots of choices; it's about creating a supportive learning environment in which kids feel encouraged to 'give it a go.'
Progressively Sequenced – every VEGEMITE SurfGroms lesson is designed to be wholly flexible so that you can use the right activity at the right time, to gradually prepare your group for success at every level of the program. This approach allows you to focus on the needs of your particular group of VEGEMITE SurfGroms, not an agenda, and will help you achieve your key program objectives.
Valued Participation – the design and conduct of every activity aims to invite and involve the participation of every VEGEMITE SurfGrom participant. Every kid is valued, regardless of their skills and abilities, where the focus is on participation rather than winning or losing. This approach also provides opportunities for kids to develop vital interpersonal skills such as confidence, self-expression, supporting and valuing others.
Experiential Learning – a 'learning by doing' approach provides a valuable opportunity for kids to draw more from their experience than just having fun. Although practical in nature, learning doesn't always occur just because the lessons involve lots of 'doing.' The VEGEMITE SurfGroms approach invites you to conduct regular debriefs (or reviews) to help kids discover what they can learn from their experience, from simple group games to technical surfing instruction.
Put simply, VEGEMITE SurfGroms’ unique approach to programming reflects and upholds CHOICE, FUN and DISCOVERY all within a VALUED and carefully SEQUENCED environment.
When you adopt this approach, you are well on the way to successfully engaging the participation of every kid in your group, not to mention, help them realise their surfing dreams.