Our preschool gymnastics classes offer activities that are appropriate for their developmental level. The main ingredient is FUN! Any youngster would love a fun-filled learning experience in our colorful gym full of apparatus and mats. Watch your child smile while moving, learning and growing!
At these ages, the social skills of sharing, helping others, and listening politely are as important to learn as gymnastics skills. Gymnastics classes are typically the first experience with a “school” setting. These classes cater to the children’s need for social development as well as movement education.
Students are presented with basic gymnastics skills such as rolling, bouncing, running, swinging, jumping, and balancing. Body positions are instilled through repetition. More difficult skills such as backward rolls, handstands, and cartwheels are attempted with the aid of the teacher. They are presented with combinations of skills to learn in order to improve memory. The learning of proper gymnastics terminology is also an important element of the curriculum.
At about age 4, progressions of challenging skills for vault, bars, beam, tumbling, and trampoline are presented. The teacher may “spot” the child during skill performance for safety and learning purposes. Safety is foremost with all age groups. With an increased attention span, and improved strength and flexibility, gymnastics skills are acquired more easily at this age.
At about 5 years old, skill acquisition gets easier due to their ability to listen attentively, analyze others, and assimilate information. Physical maturity enables them to perform skills more easily. Through proper progressions, spotting, and repetition, they are capable of mastering many impressive skills and sequences.
Scholastic advantages exist for physically active children. Studies show a direct correlation between physical movement and reading readiness. Additionally, gymnastics students experience numerous movement patterns which enhance memory development and vocabulary as well as longer attention spans, increased communication skills, general problem solving skills and improved self-esteem.