When my brother first started Karate (he was in kindergarten) under Bob Campbell Sensei, he didn't do kata so much as technique. Although he did do kata, he worked mainly techniques, defenses and sparring. How many teachers out there do this or something like it? How many kids/teens have taken part in something like this?
This seems to me a highly effective method for teaching, you keep the childs interest, you keep it simple and of course you make it fun.
I will have to observe one of the "kids sessions" this summercamp to observe different methods.
Once again, I am not a teacher, just interested in different methods of teaching kids, seeing how I am one.
"Once there was a man who hated his own shadow, and his footprints. One day, seeking to rid himself of both, he began to run. After a short while, he turned to look behind him, only to find that he had created many more footprints, while his shadow easily kept up with him. So he ran harder and harder, and faster and faster, until he collapsed and died. If only he had stopped running, he would have created no more footprints, and had he rested in the shade of a tree, he would have cast no shadow. " -Taoist Parable.