Childrens Book on gymnsatics
Childrens Book on gymnsatics

The Happy Handley’s Review Our Gymnastics Books

We sent this home educating family a set of our books (Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Books Volume 1 & 2) to trial and let us know their thoughts. It looks like it was a successful activity with the highlight for me being mum showing off with her one handed cartwheel – GO MUM!

Gymmastics Straddle Shape

 

It is so lovely toGymnastics Fun see children having a go at a gymnastics, it would appear that they are complete beginners to the sport and therefore have the most to learn from our books. I really hope they keep returning to the books in order to improve and be infected with the gymnastics bug!

Thank you once again for reviewing our products.

Please read their full article at Happy Handley Blog (scroll down till you see their post about us).


Kiddycharts 9/10 Review

Follow this link to read the full review written by Helen Neale from Kiddycharts;

Getting kids active through head over heels gymnastics smart app

We sent Helen a book and App for her and her children to review, they awarded us a great 9/10. Her daughter “Chatterbox” put the App through its paces as you can see from the pictures…

The challenging stretches within head over heels about gymnastics ere, of course, the first things my daughter tried to have a go out...and OUCH!
We are hitting some shapes for the head over heels about gymnastics review - this is the long sit, which my daugher is doing rather beautifully if I do say so myself...

 

We are showing off our skills for head over heels about gymnastics - this is the candlestick apparently...

The review is honest and fair highlighting the many positives of the App in great detail as well as noting the flip side. Pointing out that with the great deal of content contained within the App it is timely to download.

Thank you very much Helen and “Chatterbox” at Kiddycharts


Child Led Chaos recommends our book

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Boys & Girls Floor Skills: Gemma Coles (Head Over Heels About Gymnastics, 2013)

I have occasional bug bears with independently published books, especially when cost cutting results in a flimsy and unattractive paper book, but it’s clear that careful thought has been put into both use and content with this beautifully produced guide. With a spiral spine, and the ability to stand upright, this book can be used whilst practising the skills inside. The clear, real-world, photographs illustrate gymnastic skills in easy to follow steps from simple to complex. It can’t replace hands on tuition, but it’s been giving my extremely active climbs-the-walls six year old a lot of new fun things to try. I especially love how it is aimed at boys and girls, and the pictures have a boy and girl equally illustrating the skills. For any child with an interest in gymnastics, this would be an excellent starting point before (or as well as) proper tuition. Check out the Head Over Heels About Gymnastics website for a discount on this clear and well produced guide.

 


Physed Review

PHYS.ED. GAME AND ACTIVITY APPS

In this section, I focus on applications that can be used for lesson planning.

HEAD OVER HEELS APP
(ADDED 1/17/15)

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When I first found this app, I was at the beginning of a gymnastics unit with my students.  Boy, am I glad I found it!  Such a great app to teach students as young as 5 the basics of gymnastics.  Through pictures and short videos, I project the app on the wall and students follow along.  Awesome.

 

Thank you www.physedreview.weebly.com for the recommendation. So great to hear that you are using the App projected on the wall in the gymnasium. We hope your pupils are having lots of fun and improving their gymnastics ability.


Educational App Store Review

Educational App Store have given us a great review written by one of their teachers.

Educational App Store

EAS Review

This app is based on a book, also called “Head Over Heels about Gymnastics”, which covers a range of gymnastics skills. This app uses similar content, but enhances the experience by including videos showing how each skill should be practiced and perfected, including slow motion to show fine details of the skills. There is a free sample to try, which includes the cartwheel skill, or you can purchase the full range which covers all the skills available.

The format of the app makes it very easy to use – the pages of skills are shown in a simple eBook type, with a clear page layout showing photographs, along with complementary notes and including buttons to play the video content. The graphics on the app are professional throughout, and lead users consistently through the key points of the skill. The notes contain enough detail to be very helpful, without overcrowding each page. Graphics are of a high quality throughout, enhanced by the photographs of gymnasts at various stages throughout each move.

All the videos provided are very useful, going into a deal of detail on the skill and making it clear how to start out and then how to continue to refine technique. Again, the quality is very high, with the videos very well structured and presented. Sound quality is also good, meaning that it is easy to follow and understand the instructions given. This makes the app appropriate for beginners through to more skilled gymnasts. In terms of the scope of this app, it could be useful in a range of situations, from children practising at home to school and club situations.  At present, the app provides a single volume of floor skills – although there is potential for further volumes to be added in future.

Overall, this app is very slickly presented and offers opportunities for those wanting to learn or teach gymnastics skills. The format makes it useful for either encountering new skills or developing and refining existing skills, as well as useful for differentiation between this variety of uses. It is worth noting in particular the potential for using the videos on an interactive whiteboard for whole class demonstration and use.

– See more at: http://www.educationalappstore.com/app/head-over-heels-about-gymnastics#sthash.1dYlAB5s.dpuf


Read It Daddy has fun with Charlotte

Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday – Head Over Heels About…Gymnastics by Gemma Coles (Head Over Heels Gymnastics)

Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Volume 1 – By Head Coach Gemma Coles

For Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday and our second indie book for today, we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to look at Gemma Coles’ excellent “Head Over Heels About…Gymnastics”. Described as “An absolute must-have for anyone with an interest in gymnastics”, it got Charlotte very excited about taking a look at some of the exercises, and giving them a try at home.

In fact, I’m handing over the review to Charlotte – who loved the book so much that she couldn’t wait to start trying out some of the exercises. Here’s Charlotte doing some Teddy Bear Rolls.

Volume 1 covers floor skills for girls and boys, with brilliant clear photography and progressive ‘shadow moves’ to demonstrate each move in detail. Of course, most important is a section on warming up and stretching, and we emphasise this strongly for the purposes of our review, the book should be used with supervision for younger children.

It’s hugely encouraging, and Charlotte liked the idea that the book ‘stands up’ (and hooray, it’s spiral-bound too – so it stays put for you to be able to concentrate on move progression without having to juggle with the book while you do so!

What? How does she do that? I can’t do that!

Charlotte does Ballet at school and is very active, so the book was definitely of huge interest to her. She now wants to do gymnastics at school as soon as the more organised programmes begin (her school do a gym class but it’s fairly informal and doesn’t have the structure that the books demonstrate so well).

Charlotte demonstrates a warm-up straddle stretch.

When someone is as passionate about what they do as Gemma obviously is – and puts their expertise and knowledge into a book like this, it really shines through, and provides a fantastic accompaniment to gymnastic classes or even offers pointers to children and parents who may want to try out some of the simpler moves themselves before progressing to organised classes in and outside school.

It got a huge thumbs up from all three of us (Charlotte, my wife and me of course) and anything that positively encourages children to take up physical activity in such a fantastic way is definitely worth looking into. Here’s Charlotte again with the second part of her routine. What a little star!

“Head Over Heels About…Gymnastics – Volume 1” can be obtained from Gemma’s website, priced at £11.99 :

http://www.headoverheelsgymnastics.co.uk

Charlotte’s best bit: All of it! Particularly putting a routine together, and doing teddy bear rolls.

Daddy and Mummy’s Favourite bit: A hugely positive response from Charlotte to a book that really does capture the essence of gymnastics, and presents it in a clear, concise and above all fun way to inspire children to get active!

(Very kindly supplied for review by Gemma Coles)


Physedreview are “glad they found” our App!

 

PHYS.ED. GAME AND ACTIVITY APPS

In this section, I focus on applications that can be used for lesson planning.

HEAD OVER HEELS APP
(ADDED 1/17/15)

Picture

When I first found this app, I was at the beginning of a gymnastics unit with my students.  Boy, am I glad I found it!  Such a great app to teach students as young as 5 the basics of gymnastics.  Through pictures and short videos, I project the app on the wall and students follow along.  Awesome.


Mum Says Review 10th October 2013

Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Vol.1 by Gemma Coles 

The review has been done by Laura, Mum to Sophie (5), Alfie (3) and Ava 6 Months.

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Lorraine

‘Head Over Heels About Gymnastics’ is a child friendly book that provides step-by-step instructions and top tips explaining how to perform a large variety of gymnastic floor skills via simple language and eye catching photography…

The Head Over Heels About Gymnastics review has been done by Laura, Mum to Sophie (5), Alfie (3) and Ava 6 Months.

My 5 year old daughter Sophie has recently started gymnastic classes and has been really keen to practice the different moves at home. I was on the lookout for a gymnastic book when I was asked to review Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Vol.1 by Gemma Coles.

When the book arrived I was impressed with the clear layout and abundant use of photographs. I could read the text to Sophie and prompt her using the written advice, while she could follow the pictures herself.

Sophie has got her forward rolls down to a tee but other moves like a bridge and handstand had me nervous and I was struggling to know how best to safely prompt her without curbing her enthusiasm.

This book absolutely helped with this and the clear images and accompanying text was easy to follow.

It also has a clear, methodical format starting with a whole body warm up including stretches and pulse-raising activities then moving through different stages and skills and finally ending with routines to follow and practice.

I love how the book can stand up on it’s own and I thought the bright, modern layout and size was just perfect for little hands. Just the right amount of photos and words.

Scattered throughout the book are little ‘thumbs up’ sections which contain extra bits of information to compliment the activities on the page. This helped prompt me on different ways of explaining to Sophie. In addition to the thumbs up sections, there are also little post-it note areas which give additional advice and expert knowledge as you go along.

What struck me most was not only how child friendly it was but also how it was great for beginners plus also for those who were developing their core skills too. So once you had mastered a forward roll you could move onto a forward roll into a straddle stand for example. This would allow the book to be excellent for beginners and intermediates alike.

We have been working through the book at our own pace, and I like how it has really help hold Sophie’s attention. She enjoys the warm up and then picks an activity to do and I tell her additional pieces of information which she loves.

Overall, this book has longevity which I really like. We have been working on consolidating the skills she already has and just touched on some new skills. I think that this will be a great source of learning, refreshing and resourcing over the coming months. I also like how it is easy to use with clear photos and how it can stand up on its own.

I asked Sophie to tell me why liked it and she said it was ‘fan-dabby’ and helped her stretch.

Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to other parents who had children who were interested in Gymnastics. A brilliant, informative book and a must have for any budding gymnast.

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September brings great reviews!

Check out these new great reviews on Amazon this month;
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young gymnasts!, 16 Sep 2013
This review is from: Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Floor Skills (Hardcover)

Very well thought out book which has great photos and illustrations to help your child achieve great results with regular practise. Recommended for any young, keen gymnasts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 15 Sep 2013
This review is from: Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Floor Skills (Hardcover)

A great book to get your child enthusiastic in gymnastics. Fun, bright and easy for young people to look through.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all ages, 15 Sep 2013
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Great book, my 6 year old enjoyed it very much. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!highly recommend

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5.0 out of 5 stars From head to toes, 15 Sep 2013
This review is from: Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Floor Skills (Hardcover)

Excellently written book which demonstrates the building blocks of floor skills and can help the budding gymnast learn the basics and perfect them into well conditioned moves.

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Rick’s Review on recgymnastics.com

Quote; ‘Graphics are superb. Gymnastics correct. It would make a great gift for a young gymnast’

Thank you Rick for the review on your blog and for donating the book to one of the biggest gymnastics library’s in the world.

Rick Mc 1:41 am on May 20, 2013 Reply

Head Over Heels About Gymnastics

The author sent me a review copy.

Graphics are superb. Gymnastics correct. High quality paper and binding.

It would make a great gift for a young gymnast.

Head Over Heels About Gymnastics is a child friendly picture book written by Gemma Coles that introduces aspiring young gymnasts to the basics of gymnastics. Through photographs and easy to follow steps, the author guides you through the essential floor skills, and includes little helpful tips along the way!

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… Overall I found this book very well written, and I would certainly recommend it to any parent interested with helping their young gymnast succeed.

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Coach Gemma Coles runs a successful gymnastics club in the U.K.


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Gymnastics Learning Book

This book is a learning tool that helps children with the fundamental building blocks of gymnastics. This book teaches all of the basics for gymnastics, if you want a book that you can instantly pick up and have your child cartwheeling and getting active with then this is the book for you. The book is designed with all the correct techniques and endorsed by fully qualified gymnastics coaches currently teaching the sport.You will find this book helpful, easy to understand and fun.