Dora the Explorer is coming to The Little Gym!!!!
Throw a special birthday adventure with Dora and her friends!
Are you looking for a unique birthday adventure for your child? Well, load up your backpack and head on over to The Little Gym! Nickelodeon and The Little Gym have partnered to create “Dora the Explorer” themed birthday parties with a special storyline and music from the Emmy award-winning animated preschool series.
A Dora the Explorer Birthday Adventure at The Little Gym is the perfect way to make the big day extra special. Your birthday child and their friends will have the entire facility to themselves to take part in a fun imaginative adventure with Dora and the whole The Little Gym gang. The birthday guests will help Dora overcome obstacles to find the Birthday Wands which they will use to fly to the top of Birthday Mountain! During the adventure, they’ll cross Crocodile Lake, jump and bounce through Isa’s Flowery Garden, and more. Along the way, the kids will encounter Tico the Squirrel, Swipper the Fox, and other friends from Dora’s world.
In addition to leading the fun, The Little Gym team will handle everything from invitations to clean-up so you can rest easy and enjoy the fiesta! Many dates and times book up weeks in advance, so call today to reserve your celebration. Let us help make this the most memorable milestone yet!
It is our hope that each week you and your family experience a program that is full of learning & fun with passionate teachers inspiring your kids. We feel so fortunate and grateful that we get to wake up every day and be a part of you and your families lives. You have made our dream of owning a The Little Gym possible and our cup overflows with gratitude.
As we continue to grow in friendship, we hope that you will know how thankful we are for your membership and that you are more than a member, you are our family. We hope that this holiday season brings you happy memories and we wish you all well.
We look forward to watching your children continue to grow at The Little Gym.
With a thankful heart,
Jacquelyn & Matthew Oldham
Attending a dance class is not just about staying fit - it's about making new friends! Children can make new friends in their dance class and increase social skills through co-operating with others. Children will develop bonds of trust and quickly learn a code of courtesy within the class. The dance class can also provide a secure and supportive environment where children can explore their feelings and creativity over a common ground - dance.
Dancing involves using use both sides of your brain: one half for technique and control and the other for creativity and artistry. Dance can therefore increase brain productivity and children can increase their attention spans. Dance is also a 'subject' which requires discipline and motivation, key skills in lifelong learning.
A child’s self-esteem often depends on how he thinks he “measures up” to what people expect. When expectations are realistic, it is easy for a child to experience success and feel personally valuable. On the other hand, when expectations are too high or too rigid, parents often express disappointment in their child’s actions. As disappointments mount up, they begin to eat away at a child’s view of his own value and his self-esteem begins to diminish.
How do I know if my expectations are realistic?
Start by checking your expectations with the basic facts of child development.Learn in a general way what children of a certain age are like. Learn about your child’s current state of development. By comparing your expectations with these general facts, try to determine if your goals are generally within reason. Then, recognizing that no child is “in general” or “average,” check to see that you have adjusted your expectations to suit the needs, interests and environment of your child.
Run a Check on Your Current Expectations
Weed out the expectations that have no meaning for your child at his or her stage of development.
Your child’s self-esteem: Its importanceLike most parents, we want to help our children achieve the goals and dreams which we have for them — and which they have for themselves. If a child has high self-esteem, her chances of attaining her goals in life are increased. Let’s consider more closely, then, the why and how of self-esteem...Why is self-esteem so important? How can parents assess children’s feelings about themselves?
Exactly what is self-esteem?Is it really so important?In simple words, self-esteem is composed of the thoughts, the feelings, and the ideas that a person has about himself. It is his overall judgment of himself. It is how much he likes, accepts and respects himself.
In one way or another most of the things a child or an adult does are directly related to his feelings about himself.The friends he chooses, his creativity, his achievement, his basic personality all are affected by his concept of himself.
Strong self-esteem is not only the foundation of sound mental health, but it is also important in charting a successful and happy life. Building a good self image in our children is one of the most important jobs we do as parents.
Self-esteem is learned. It can be changed.
We are not born with high or low self-esteem.Instead, our feelings about ourselves are learned from birth and continue over our lifetime. Our feelings are constantly revised upward or downward throughout life by the results of each additional experience.
High self-esteem is possible for any person. It is not linked to a family’s wealth, education, social class, having mom at home, or to dad’s occupation. What is important is the quality of the relationship that exists between a child and those who are significant in her life.
1. Be specific in your praise.Have you ever gotten tired of saying “Great job,” or “That’s neat!”? After a while, these stock phrases become overused and don’t convey our enthusiasm very well.
It is much better to focus on a specific thing you appreciate about the child’s performance. For example, you might say “You worked hard to get that assignment done,” or “Your writing is very neat!” Not only will your comments sound more sincere, you will help the child better understand what you appreciate about his or her performance.
2. Focus on effort rather than the product.Rather than wait until Mark cleans his whole room, comment on how well he is progressing. For example, you might say “Mark, your room looks so much better since you’ve started hanging up your clothes.”3. Match your verbal and non-verbal messages of praise.A quick “That’s great, Ann” as you start putting the dishes away is not likely to be interpreted as praise by a child. Children are more likely to believe your praise if you give them your undivided attention.
4. Praise in private.This tells a child “I’m special” without embarrassing the child. It also avoids competition with other children.
5. Be careful of exaggerations.“You’re the fastest runner in the whole world” may be offered with pride. But it is unlikely to be true. Saying “You ran faster today than you did yesterday” is both truthful and helpful.
6. Avoid comparing children.“Jenny got her chores done the fastest” suggests that only Jenny did a good job. Instead you might say “I’m glad you all got your chores done quickly.”
7. Avoid combining praise and constructive criticism.If you notice a child has not been careful in folding his clothes, ask him to do a similar task another time. Before starting the task, show him how to neatly fold clothes and put them away.
8. Encourage children to be the final judge of their work.By helping children decide for themselves if they achieved their goals, you will encourage them to think for themselves. This will also avoid making them dependent on others for praise.
Feeling good about yourself is important to children. By focusing on what children do right, and by paying attention to how we praise children, we are more likely to promote positive self-esteem.
Patricia Tanner Nelson, Ed.D.Extension Family & Human Development Specialist
Adapted by Patricia T. Nelson, Ed.D., Family and Child Development Specialist, University of Delaware, from materials prepared for the Cooperative Extension System by specialists from Texas A & M and Michigan State University.
We are excited to announce that on January 19th, 2012 we will re-open the gym and be the new owners of The Little Gym of Arlington/Mansfield, TX. Operating a The Little Gym in Texas has been a dream of ours and we are more than thrilled to be making this dream come true!
Matt & Jacquelyn have been a part of The Little Gym family for some time now and proud native Texans! Jacquelyn grew up in the Gulf Coast town of La Porte, TX and attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City where for two years she company managed several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. As a company manager in New York she worked with stars like Julie Andrews, Mia Farrow, Alec Baldwin and many more!
Matt grew up in Wimberley, TX and also attended Stephen F. Austin State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Matt worked with ACME Truck Lines as a Sales Rep for a year until accepting an opportunity to work in the golf business. Matt worked for Wilson Sporting Goods Golf Division for 4 years as a Sales Rep covering South Texas and Louisiana.
Jacquelyn and Matt fell in love with The Little Gym concept almost 4 years ago when they made the decision to prepare to start a family. Jacquelyn began working in The Little Gym of The Woodlands location as a Program Director in 2008. Her hard work, dedication, spunky personality and love for the children and families quickly landed her as the General Manager for The Woodlands, TX and Spring, TX locations in the North-Houston area. She ran and operated both gyms simultaneously for almost two fun-filled years! During her time working in the gym Matt and Jacquelyn both grew in passion and appreciation for The Little Gym Program. Being around the love and laughter of the children and families inspired them to start their own. In 2009, they welcomed Matthew Wyatt Oldham. Wyatt has followed in his Mom’s footsteps at The Little Gym starting as a Bug at 4 months and has now grown to a 2 ½ year old Super Beast…and boy is he ever!
Jacquelyn’s hard work and success as a General Manager earned her an opportunity to move to Scottsdale, AZ and work for The Little Gym International corporate team as a Training Specialist. During her time at the corporate level, she was responsible for training new franchise owners in every aspect of running a successful The Little Gym business.
Matt has spent the last 2 years living and working at an award winning Golf Course in Scottsdale, AZ as an Assistant Golf Pro. Matt’s favorite part of his job was teaching young golfers in Junior Golf Clinics how to hone and strengthen their golf skills.
As you can see, we have a lot of experience with children and The Little Gym. We believe in the vision that the Founder of The Little Gym, Robin Wes, had from the start: to create a place where children can have fun, be safe, and build confidence while learning new physical skills. We are honored to work in a business that is devoted to creating well-rounded children! We look forward to the opportunity, to influence the development of your children, and integrate ourselves into the community of Arlington/Mansfield. We are excited to be back in Texas, closer to friends, family and the southern hospitality we love.
As we re-open on January 19, 2012 you will see some exciting new changes to the facility and a new energy when you come to class, as we breathe our own passion for the program into The Little Gym of Arlington/Mansfield.
We will continue to gradually make upgrades to the facility and we will be conducting some team training sessions that will enhance your experience as a customer. And of course you will see some new faces…Jacquelyn, Matt and on occasion, maybe even our Super Beast Wyatt.
What will not change is the fact that The Little Gym is still the ideal place for your child to develop new physical skills all while having Serious Fun! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment and continued dedication to your child’s development. Each and every time you come to class, your child has the opportunity to grow, and we are looking forward to playing an integral role in helping your child attain the skills needed for a lifetime of success. Thanks for being such an important part of The Little Gym family!
For those of you who haven’t been to The Little Gym in a while, we would like to welcome you back with an re-introductory visit! We would love to have you come in to visit the fresh new look and faces of the gym! To determine the best class time for your child, and reserve your space, please call, email or come by the gym!
To all of our valued customers, we welcome and encourage feedback, and we look forward to getting to know you and building a long lasting relationship. See you for our first day of class January 23, 2012!
Jacquelyn and Matthew Oldham
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