I have seen our younger students use it at Kaposia and how motivated they are to be moving and active on it while working on their foundational gross motor skills of balance, motor planning, problem solving, sharing, etc.
My students for DAPE are all in the lowest percentile for gross motor skills. Your product allows them to work on balance, vestibular, proprioceptive, gravitational insecurities, motor planning, and motor coordination all while “playing” and working at their level. The planks have grips and are larger, which makes it easier and more successful for my students. They can be flat or rounded to work on different types of balance as well as high or low to work on motor planning. I like that we can do different arrangements and heights to help or challenge students and target different components of motor development. I also like that you can build in fitness components for specific muscle groups using the equipment. It will be shared in the school so instead of shipping it back and forth across the district I wanted a second one for our school of 900 so that my DAPE students, preschool students, and the entire mainstreamed physical education students can benefit from having the system.
I love the the Railyard! It can be used for a lot of activities! Health Related Fitness components can all be introduced, maintained and assessed on the Railyard. Kids can up, under, over and around thus improving their power, agility, strength, balance and reaction time, so improving their Skill Related Fitness Components. We use it as a station, fitness station, class obstacle course, movement using locomotor skills, patterns, levels, etc. the possibilities are never ending. But most important , MY KIDS LOVE IT
One of the great aspects of using the Railyard obstacle course is that both sides of the brain are utilized to perform the challenges the course offers, when students have to move across the midlines of their bodies. Students actually have fun meeting the challenges of the course, which disguises the fitness benefits derived by participation.
We enjoy Railyard so much as a district. We have two sets of Railyard that travel to all of our 50 schools within Des Moines Public Schools. Thank you for everything.
The Railyard Obstacle Course provides a dynamic environment for the professional athlete to go up, over, around and under an obstacle, thus improving the agility, strength, and power needed for them to succeed in practices and games