Early Childhood Curriculum

SPARK folio for the Early Childhood Curriculum Program

 Four young SPARK students do arts & crafts at a table

SPARK Early Childhood was created for and during a study involving over 100 Title 1 Early Childhood classes in Memphis City Schools. When the project concluded in the winter of 2004, the results showed the curriculum was well received and highly rated by the Head Start teachers in the intervention setting. It also increased students’ moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) levels to over 50% of class time and improved the number of minutes their children engaged in activity throughout the day.

This isn’t just a curriculum – you also get training and content-matched equipment packs. SPARK Early Childhood curriculum is designed to prepare children for school and is researched-backed with effective, specific tools and lesson plans for instructors that address the learnings for ages 3 to 5 in an engaging environment.

More than 300 activities prepare ages 3 to 5 for school! Energetic activities develop and enhance fine/gross motor and school readiness skills in young children preparing to enter Kindergarten. The manual includes over 300 activities in the Ready, set, go! format for quick implementation and participation. All activities include academic components, inclusion ideas, and adaptions for space limitations. CD includes music for all the activities and lessons taught. Choose all resources digitally or in combination with printed materials. Set 3 adds everything printed and organized in the custom SPARKfolio box set, plus 450 color-coded activity cards and additional teaching materials.

SPARK Early Childhood Physical Education program is made up of three key components:



SPARK Early Childhood Curriculum Program including the digital subscription, manual, CD set, and folio.

Early Childhood Curriculum

Increase physical activity and school readiness in ages 3 to 5! Energetic activities develop and enhance fine/gross motor and activity levels in children preparing to enter Kindergarten. Over 300 activities are designed for quick implementation and participation, and all activities include academic components, inclusion ideas, and adaptions for space limitations. Choose all resources digitally or in combination with printed materials. Set 3 adds everything printed and organized in the custom SPARKfolio box set, plus 450 color-coded activity cards and additional teaching materials.


SPARK trainer smiles with a football in hand.

Early Childhood Professional Development & Teacher Training

Bring SPARK to life and ensure program longevity with engaging, personalized trainings! The SPARK Early Childhood curriculum is not a book, it’s a program. Over the years, SPARK has tested numerous instructional strategies that are best conveyed during face-to-face training opportunities. The “what to do” (the lesson plans) come alive when the “how to do it” is provided via SPARK training. SPARK workshops are fun and “hands-on”, and teachers are motivated by SPARK’s dynamic and knowledgeable trainers.

To learn more or schedule your SPARK training, contact us at 833-73 SPARK or spark@gophersport.com.


SPARK equipment shown includes a variety of balls, hoops, discs, bouncers, and more.

Early Childhood Equipment Packages

All the quality equipment you need to successfully implement your Early Childhood program! Proper equipment is the key to successfully implementing any curriculum. These hand-selected equipment packages were designed specifically for the Early Childhood program and include everything you need to properly instruct each activity in the SPARK curriculum. And best of all, each package is made up of the industry’s top-quality equipment exclusively from GOPHER!




SPARK Early Childhood Physical Education curriculum is available in three options to meet the needs of your program


SPARK Set 1 includes a 3 year digital subscription to all online services.

Set 1

3-Year Digital subscription includes online access to:
  • e-Manual
  • Hundreds of activity videos & music files
  • Assessment tools
SPARK Set 2 includes everything in Set 1, as well as a manual and CD.

Set 2

Includes Set 1 plus:
  • Printed manual
  • Music CD
SPARK Set 3 includes everything in Set 2, as well as SPARK folio.

Set 3

Includes Set 2 plus:
  • SPARKfolio, a custom box with ALL materials printed and organized by unit & topic