I have a relatively small club, and all the students are beginners (some have achieved the first two ranks, but that is still very much beginner stage). I'm finding that we are hitting a bit of content saturation and progress is slowing down significantly. I strive to train kihon, applications of kihon on pads, practical combination pad drills, kata, bunkai partner drills, bunkai pad drills, and kata based sparring. Some students are starting the fourth kata in our system, and they are becoming overwhelmed. As we work on new material, they are not necessarily reviewing the previous material on their own, and when I have a quick review class, they seem lost, as if learning it for the first time. As a result, progress is slowing down significantly, and we are not getting to other elements of training (like kata based sparring, which we haven't done in a long time...). And to complicate matters, I have a few children in the class (10-12 yrs old), and so I have to split time between having them to "fun stuff" while the adults do the application stuff.
So, my question is, are there better ways I could be managing my classes? How do others structure their classes? How do you introduce new material while not forgetting about training the previous material? How to keep the class progressing in meaningful ways? (I don't want to progress just for the sake of progressing, but I also want the students to feel positive reinforcement and a sense of accomplishment, which is part of Western culture. I can't expect them to have a Eastern perspective when learning this Eastern martial art and train one kata for 10 yrs...LOL, because we are Westerners and don't have that same mindset. Actually, the younger generations in the East also don't seem to have that same perspective as in the past, but that's a whole other discussion.)
Any recommendations would be much appreciated.