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PSIA Children's Instruction Manual -- is it worth the purchase?

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I started my kids skiing last year and put them in about a dozen 2-hour lessons during the season. However, I was thinking of taking on a more significant role next season in their training and development. I am thinking about this for a few reasons -- one is that I got tired of my kids complaining about taking lessons (they always seemed to enjoy the lesson after it was over but protested a lot before going into them).

 

My boys will be 5 and 7 next season and I will probably take them 15-20 times. I found the PSIA Children's Instruction Manual and wondered if it might help me better help them improve their skills. Here is a link to it:

http://www.psia-rm.org/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=70

Children's Instruction Manual - 2nd Edition

Does anyone have experience with this book and would you recommend it?

post #2 of 8

I look at the children's manual as way to help me teach to the children, not so much as what to teach them. I don't have kids so the manual was very good teaching me how children think in relation to age, and why they may act the way they do. There are some nice ideas and teaching tips on specific items but not very many. Is it worth the price, yes if you are interested in learning more about the technical side of skiing and teaching. Is it a "101 different movements to teach your kids", no. 

 

(note that the manual does reference over to the alpine and core concepts manual now and then. not necessary to have the other two, but if you are a knowledge junky of the sport is nice insight into the teaching spectrum) 

post #3 of 8

I am not that impressed with any of the current PSIA books.  I own them all and find the older versions to be better.

post #4 of 8
The Captain Zembo's guide would be a better choice. It contains a bunch of games and tasks designed specifically for kids.
post #5 of 8

I've worked with a kids ski school for years (not my day job) and took the Children's Accreditation this past season and spent a fair amount of time with this book.  I concur with skejunky, this book does not provide much in terms of "what" to teach but I did learn a great deal about how a child learns and how best to teach to the different age groups.  Worth the 25 bucks ?, I'd say so.

post #6 of 8
The Children's Manual actually has a lot of information in it, and you probably would find it helpful in understanding what is, and perhaps what should be, going on with your kids. It covers childhood development and at least touches on an enormous wealth of knowledge, addressing physical development, including coordination and strength, body proportion (which affects center of mass and balancing movements), and development of motor capability. It also covers emotional development, cognitive development, and social, moral, and ethical development, as well as principles of "mutliple intelligence" and such. Lots of stuff! The better you understand these things, the better you'll understand your child--in skiing and everywhere else--and the more effectively you'll be able to help him or her learn.

That said, like all the current PSIA manuals, it is poorly written, despite the wealth of valuable information it contains. And because it covers so many areas, it does not go into much depth in any of them. Still, it will give you a great handle on some of the information that is out there, and if it stimulates your desire to learn more, that's a good thing too.

All in all, I think it's the best of the current manuals--although that is not necessarily much of an endorsement. I'm not aware of any other source of so much information on the subject, even as just an overview or survey course in child education. So I'll recommend it, even though I think it could be much better.

Best regards,
Bob
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

The Children's Manual actually has a lot of information in it, and you probably would find it helpful in understanding what is, and perhaps what should be, going on with your kids. It covers childhood development and at least touches on an enormous wealth of knowledge, addressing physical development, including coordination and strength, body proportion (which affects center of mass and balancing movements), and development of motor capability. It also covers emotional development, cognitive development, and social, moral, and ethical development, as well as principles of "mutliple intelligence" and such. Lots of stuff! The better you understand these things, the better you'll understand your child--in skiing and everywhere else--and the more effectively you'll be able to help him or her learn.

That said, like all the current PSIA manuals, it is poorly written, despite the wealth of valuable information it contains. And because it covers so many areas, it does not go into much depth in any of them. Still, it will give you a great handle on some of the information that is out there, and if it stimulates your desire to learn more, that's a good thing too.

All in all, I think it's the best of the current manuals--although that is not necessarily much of an endorsement. I'm not aware of any other source of so much information on the subject, even as just an overview or survey course in child education. So I'll recommend it, even though I think it could be much better.

Best regards,
Bob

 

Agreed.  Although I wasn't really impressed with the execution of the PSIA Children's manual or any of their other publications, I did find my CS1 and CS2 training to be some of the best I have done within PSIA.  I teach mostly upper level adult students and I use stuff everyday that I learned in my children's training.

 

If the OP is serious about learning this stuff, I would recommend downloading the CS1 or CS2 workbooks from the PSIA website and filling them out in as you work through the material in the manual.  Unfortunately you must be PSIA certified L1 or L2 to take the Children's training so those actual trainings are likely not an option for the OP.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies. I don't plan to get certified but am rather looking for guidance to help me be a better 'Dad instructor.' I'm willing to invest a little time and money into it, which is why I thought a book or two might be in order. Based on the feedback it sounds like this book might be worthwhile but that I need to keep my expectations fairly low. A quick Google search found a PDF download of Captain Zembo's guide and I scanned through it quickly. It does have a lot of suggestions for games and techniques to help children learn certain things, so thanks to Kneale Brownson for that suggestion.

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