I am going to start working with a 4th grader for the first time. And need help from experienced trainers with that age group. She’s not all that wild about the idea, so it has to be fun. I have all the typical toys: ropes, ladders, balls, sandbags/bells, etc. I have 30 years experience as a trainer, so don’t need basic trainer advice. just need a format and some tips to keep it moving. about her: she is on a swim team and takes hip-hop at the dance studio. Her mother is concerned about her weight and would like her to be influenced by the idea of exercise being fun.
Although you have many years of experience, training a youth that young is different from training an adult with regard to their programming, growing bodies and limitations. IDEA has a few good articles on this, and it may be helpful to go through a few to start. I personally would not feel comfortable training someone that young unless I did some research. I do agree that it needs to be fun, so hopefully you can find something she likes. I have trained teenagers, and if there is a way you can incorporate some music they like, that seems to work well to add to the fun.
Hope this helps you and good luck!