Our Beasts are reaching for great heights! They are building confidence up on the high bar while making friends and being awesome citizen kids sharing the equipment!
It is Fiesta time in San Antonio, and that means that Summer is right around the corner! We already have more than 100 families enrolled for summer classes, and classes are filling up quickly. Call us today to enroll your child so that they can stay active and learn some great physical skills this summer!
Also, do you and your kiddos love The Little Gym camps, but don't know your summer schedule yet? Buy a camp pass! You can get a pass for 5 days of camp for only $135 or 10 days of camp for $250. A Camp Pass gives you the flexibility to bring them throughout the summer without having to plan it all out ahead of time. Just call at least 24 hours in advance to make sure there is space for that day. All summer camps are 3 hours long and are for fully potty-trained children ages 3-8. Check out our camp schedule and brand-new camp themes. Call 822-9252 to get your Camp Pass today!
If you haven’t stopped by yet, come say hi to Miss Noelle and the rest of the team at our new location.
The Little Gym of Alamo Heights has moved into a new location, 5320 Broadway Street, in the city of Alamo Heights. It's across from the Starbucks.
The new location hasn’t been open long, but it’s already hosted some action. Miss Leilani demonstrates to students in a sports skills class in the picture below.
2012 Classes begin January 2nd are open for new student enrollment.
November 5th, 2011By Tom Resing
If you’ve attended a class this week, you might have heard in a class announcement that The Little Gym of Alamo Heights is moving to a brand new facility a couple minutes down the street. If not, here’s the news.We’re very excited to announce that The Little Gym of Alamo Heights is moving to 5320 Broadway in the city of Alamo Heights! The lease is signed, the construction is underway and we’re expecting to move in over the Thanksgiving break.I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the progress and a little background on the decision to move. As you’ll see in the pictures and descriptions below, we’ve invested in a lot that’s new. We’ll be bringing our major equipment with us, so all classes will be at 5320 Broadway after Thanksgiving if the construction goes as planned.
In the picture above from Monday, November 1st, you can see from where the dance room will be all the way back to the restroom and storage closet in the back of the gym area. Floor to ceiling windows will give you the improved view when it’s finished. The dance room and lobby will have hardwood flooring. A big improvement in the gym will be a special gymnastics flooring from the manufacturer Dollamur.
On Thursday, I stopped in again at the construction site and found the electricians finishing some of the network, phone and power outlets at the new front desk and office. If you notice, there’s an electrical outlet halfway up the wall on the right of the picture above. That will be the power for your laptops at our new Wifi Bar!
Also on Thursday, the plumbers were waiting for their inspection so the walls can be finished and they can close up the holes in the floor they made to run new lines. In the picture above, you can see the bathroom that will be located off the lobby and the plumbing to the lobby water fountains and sink in the dance room.
The ceilings are being built higher in the new location for more flexibility in gymnastics classes. In the picture above, you might notice the outline of an area where the ceiling will be about a foot higher above where the balance beam will be. That raised area and a similar one above the uneven bars will allow our advanced grade school gymnastics classes to perform skills requiring more height.
The raised ceilings are an example of the lessons we’ve learned from our first location of The Little Gym which Kerri and I had built out on Thousand Oaks in NE San Antonio. The older students who’ve grown up with us and learned so much over the last 6 years have enjoyed this opportunity to learn. We’re happy to be able to provide the same opportunity when this new location opens.
The Little Gym of Alamo Heights has been serving the Alamo Heights community from the current location on Broadway just north of the city limits for the past 5 years. Before Kerri and I purchased this location in May from the initial ownership group, we knew a decision had to be made at the end of the 5 year lease that was coming soon. As we looked at the customer database, we found that many of the parents were driving in from south of the gym. And we were very excited to find this new space in the heart of Alamo Heights. I hope you find it will be convenient to you and you will take advantage of the big investment we’ve made in improving the facilities.
July 11, 2011By Kerri Resing
On this date six years, my husband and I opened The Little Gym of NE San Antonio for the first time. Then, two months ago, we were fortunate enough to buy The Little Gym of Alamo Heights. So, this seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect back on the experience of owning a location (and now 2) of The Little Gym.
In my six years of experience as a business owner, there are 2 related questions that I have been asked over and over by our Members and their friends. “You and your staff are always so friendly and happy. How do you keep that up?” and “How do you find such patient and caring teachers?”
We look for instructors that are positive, passionate about physical fitness, and truly are excited about working with kids. We take them through a multi-step interview process and really get to know them. When we find a kid magnet with all of the above characteristics, we have lucked out and found another amazing TLG teacher. They are also lucky, though, because for that unique person, working at TLG is fun! We get to tumble, play, sweat, work hard, and meet amazing kids and their parents. More than that, every day is filled with kids’ successes: a one-year old taking his first steps, a two-year old feeling confident enough to let go of mom’s hand during the warm up, a seven-year old doing a back handspring by herself for the first time. That is what keeps our instructors going and why they are so energetic and happy every day.
So, highlights of the last six years as a The Little Gym owner and teacher? Sharing successes with kids. Meeting wonderful, invested parents. But, also getting to know so many fantastic staff members that are dedicated to making your child’s week a little more magical. Thank you to all team members past, present, and future. You rock!
By Tom Resing
My connection with The Little Gym started a little more than 7 years ago, but my connection with the principles that guide what we do at The Little Gym go back much farther than that. When I was a little boy, my mother’s first answer to behavior problems was often a semi-joking, “Tom, why don’t you go run around the block.” Often, it was in response to something I did that made my little brother cry or so other small indiscretion. Another common refrain was, “Tom, you’re acting like a 4 year old.” This one I remember more as I got older and I heard it said to the grand children always found running around my mother’s house.
Together those two parenting techniques represent some principles that I often see reflected in the learning and business strategies put in place at The Little Gym. And now, I can see them reflected in our new 3 Dimensional Learning statements. You see, the new Learning Units in our curriculum are more than just a way to group weekly lesson plans into a 3-5 week grouping. The Learning Units reflect a new exposure of the way we’ve always gone about teaching at The Little Gym.
Get Moving is a DIMENSION OF LEARNING. “Go run around the block” was my mom’s way of saying that I clearly needed some physical activity. She knew that my behavior was often reflective of a need. And when she commanded me to Get Moving, what she saw was a need for physical activity. All of us need it, and some of us crave it. When I don’t Get Moving, even today, my body gets restless. I often hear parents say, “She’s going to sleep well tonight” after a particularly strong effort by their son or daughter in a class. I believe physical activity is the number one reason parents come to us every day to help their children.
Citizen Kid is another dimension of learning that we are getting better about expressing in our programs. When my Mom told my oldest niece that she was “acting like a 3 year old,” she said it in a self-mocking way. She wasn’t berating the child, she was doing something that The Little Gym Curriculum Director Randy McCoy calls “embracing the spirit of the child.” To my mom’s eye, some things that seem strange to see a little person do are really what being a child is all about. When you son or daughter negotiates the line of eager 2 year olds trying to get on to the air track to jump, she is learning to play well with others. The occasional 2 year old may get knocked down on each individual child’s path to being a Citizen Kid, but the important part is that we are social animals. Each of us is trying to be a productive part of society and the way that young children learn that is really fascinating to me.
And clearly Brain Boost is the dimension of learning that most closely associates with my day to day activities as a software engineer. While my problem solving activities are computer oriented, motor skills development classes present other challenges. When swinging across a gap between two foam blocks, which way should the hands grip the bar? Is it easier to start a cartwheel with the left hand and left foot or a different combination? Challenges in the gym don’t just present physical learning opportunities, but also offer the opportunity to grown young minds in a different way than we learn with books and computers.
In a way, I’m jealous. I love working as a computer consultant and helping my wife with this great children’s business we are taking part in. But thinking back to my childhood and how much fun I had, just being a kid, I can’t help wanting to be a part of that even now. And that’s something our instructors get to do every day.
Thank you for letting us play a small part in your child’s physical, social and intellectual development. And I hope you are looking forward to lots of 3 dimensional learning.
We're excited to announce some pretty big things happening at The Little Gym. And by "big" we mean enormous. Gigantic. Humongous. All this bigness is coming in the 2011-2012 Season, but we're so excited that we just have to tell you about it now.
Capitalizing on over 35 years of hands-on experience, a mountain of research and thoughtful feedback from parents like you, The Little Gym is launching an enhanced program structure designed to maximize the benefits of our already popular curriculum. Within this new structure, all of our programs will be broken into themed, multi-week Learning Units that lead to a natural progression of skills throughout the Season.
These program enhancements will result in big learning, big fun and big grins. And we think that's a pretty big deal. Call 822-9252 today to learn more about all of the new changes or to reserve your space in the 2011-2012 Season! Enroll now and receive a free gift!
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