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R101: Preschool Fundamentals Theory

Course Description

This course is a must have for preschool instructors and teachers. R101 covers young child development theory in the context of gymnastics movement education. This course will help instructors better understand their students and better prepare, organize, and run safe and successful preschool classes. It provides a foundation of knowledge for all preschool educators.

Course topics include teaching philosophy, stages of child development, characteristics of a good teacher, class management, safety considerations, skill deconstruction, lesson planning, and program assessment.

R101 Preschool Fundamentals: Theory is offered solely online. The course will take approximately four hours to complete. Participants will have access to the course for 30 days after registration and may access the course as often as they wish during that period. The course must be completed during this time or re-registration and payment is required. Re-registration can only be achieved by contacting member services at 1-800-345-4719.

The course is comprised of four modules or sections. At the end of each module, participants will be required to take an exam. Users must pass the exam at 100% or better and have an unlimited number of tries to pass the exam. The exam must be passed before moving to the next module. There will not be a comprehensive exam at the end.

It is strongly recommended to complete R101 prior to taking R102 Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (HOTPS), but this is not a requirement.

The course will take approximately four hours to complete.

This is an online course!

Online courses are a great way to complete courses on your own time and on your own schedule.


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Fees & Policies

  • Current USA Gymnastics Member Online R101: Registration: $39 NEW LOWER PRICE!
  • Current USA Gymnastics Member In-House R101 Registration: $44
  • R101 Course Audit: $59 (a certificate/university credit is unavailable to non-members)
  • Non-Member: $54. Click here to become a Member and receive the course for $39!
Online course fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another individual.

Course attendees must be a minimum of 14 years old.

Additional Course Information

The R101 Preschool Fundamentals course has been developed to:
  • Enhance the status of recreational gymnastics programs throughout the United States.
  • Establish requirements for certification which will help identify competent preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
  • Provide appropriate information for preschool and recreational gymnastics teachers.
  • Help standardize recreational gymnastics teaching throughout the United States.
  • Provide resources, instructional materials, and assistance at all levels of teaching.
This course is focused on teaching gymnastics movement education to preschool children (ages 1-5).

USA Gymnastics University

The R101 Preschool Fundamentals: Theory is a required course in the School of Recreation within the USA Gymnastics University.

Upon completion of the course, members can print out a certificate of course completion on their USA Gymnastics "My Profile" page. To print course certificates, individuals must have an active USA Gymnastics membership (Recreational Coach, Competitive Coach, Judge, Owner/Managing Director, or Athlete).