At CoachArt, we see the first lesson of any match as the perfect opportunity to build a stable foundation for the next 8 weeks with your student. Whether it’s getting to know their interests and personality, or gauging their skill level in a certain activity, the more information you can collect in the first lesson, the better your match will be. Here are some resources to help you out with your preparation!

Planning your lessons

Whether you’ll be making cupcakes, painting kitties, shooting hoops, scoring goals or planting tomatoes… here are some helpful things to consider when mapping out your CoachArt curriculum for your student(s).

Lessons Timeline

  • Week 1: Intro
    • Introductions, icebreakers, skill assessments, physical assessments
  • Weeks 2-7: Programming
  • Week 8: Wrap Up and Celebration
    • Give certificates, have a showcase, finale, etc. See our celebrations page for fun ideas and certificate templates.

We recommend using our activity planning template to plan out your lessons.

What’s my budget?

Please see below to identify your budget for all 8 weeks of lessons.

Category 1 Student 2 Students 3 Students 4 Students
Music $22 $28 $38 $48
Cooking $180 $210 $240 $270
Art $85 $90 $95 $100
Sports $50 $55 $60 $65


  • Music- If needed, an instrument will be provided by CoachArt. This budget is intended for music, etc.
  • Cooking- Typically the family provides the basics like flour, oil etc. Be sure to check and see what they already have on hand


Option One: Please submit ALL reimbursement requests using this Google Form.

Option Two: Please email your receipts to your assigned program manager. If you have paper receipts, photograph them clearly and email the photos. See below for the email address of the program manager for your region:

Skill Assessment Activities

In order to prepare for your lessons, you’ll need to see what they already know. Here are some fun and basic activities you can do with your student during your first to lesson to assess their skill level!

CoachArt Pro Tip: If you don’t see any specific activities that can help you in your planning, just start by asking the student a few easy, open-ended questions:

  • Have they ever done the activity before?
  • What about the subject are they most interested in learning?
  • Do they have a favorite? Painting, player, color, etc…

Be sure to check out our CoachArt Pinterest page for more ideas.

If you’re a little nervous for your first lesson, there’s a good chance your student may be nervous too. Here are a few ideas on how to “break the ice” and create a comfortable environment for both you and the student to thrive in!

CoachArt Pro Tip: To take your icebreakers to the next level, modify the theme of the game to include the subject that you’ll be teaching. This will help you collect invaluable information that you can use for future lessons.

If your CoachArt student is differently-abled, check out our page on adapting to special needs by clicking here for some helpful tips.

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