Looking for 3 hours of alone time this summer? If you child is between the ages of 3-12 we have camp options for you. Here is the camp schedule. The camps are meant to be flexible….drop your child off for 1 day a week, 3 days a week, every Monday you come ‘anytime’.
Looking for a little structure for the summer? try one of the non-competitive gymnastics classes at the little gym of Edina, here is the class schedule. Classes start at 4 months and go until 12 years old in gymnastics, dance (hip hop, tap & ballet) and sports.
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I came across this article from ‘playground dad’ on twitter. I thought it fit very well with the spirit that The Little Gym was founded on and it was worth a share. It talks about raising a ‘non-athletic son’, I do not have boys but I feel the points are valid to raising all kids, athletic and non-athletic. I consider myself an expert in non-competitive activities that happens to run a gym that uses gymnastics as its tool to grow skills. This article touches on a few points that can be applied to raising all kids, the only thing I would add is to praise his/her strengths in a specific manner and not a general way (great job=bla, great job using the color purple in your drawing=specific and good).
Enjoy and thanks for reading.
Raising non-athletic kids
Enrolling for Summer Camps at The Little Gym of Edina is going on NOW!
We all know how busy the Summers can be for parents. Why not drop your children off for Summer Camps at The Little Gym of Edina for 3 hours of endless activity! Our Summer themed camps include; Secret Agent: Gyms Bond, Sky Rangers, X-treme sports of all sorts and Lights, Camera, Action. We promise to keep them active with gymnastics, movement challenges, music, Themed arts and crafts and plenty of smiles! This will allow you the opportunity to enjoy 3 hours of crossing some things off your Summer To Do List!
Summer Camps at The Little Gym of Edina will be offered starting June 10th through Aug 23rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 11:00am-3:00 Friday. Space is limited, so what are you waiting for???
Call us to get registered at (952) 924-0083, or visit our website at
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The next 4 weeks belong to a learning unit that will focus on encouraging an all-around healthy lifestyle through our gymnastics. Using fun gymnastics and fitness challenges, your kids will focus on the "chores" involved in keeping one's body, mind, and home healthy and fit. The following weekly topics will bring more awareness to each child's personal responsibilities to keep their mind, body, home, and environment clean and healthy:
• March 4th-10th : RESPONSIBILITIES. Let's learn about what this word means and how they apply in our community, in class, and at home.
• March 11th-17th : HEALTHY ME. Your children will have lots of opportunities in their gymnastics this week to build confidence in who they are as individuals. All of us are unique and it's important to teach kids to be proud of that!
• March 18th-24th : HEALTHY HOME. A parent favorite! Using our gymnastics to pretend and to inspire us to help with chores at home!
• March 25th-31st : HEALTHY WORLD. This week we focus on pollution. What it is and how to prevent it to keep our world clean and beautiful!
It has been a long time coming but we have finally did it!! Hip Hop dance will be offered on a limited basis at The Little Gym of Edina. I wanted to show what this class will look like on paper and in video. The link to the YouTube video is below.
Introducing Hip Hop Dance – Pre/K!
Here are a few informational points to get you familiar with the structure and flow of the program.
Here is a summary of the Hip Hop Pre/K Class Structure:
1. Opening Circle
2. Hip Hop Warm-Up
3. Hip Hop “Move of the Week”
4. Hip Hop Dance Progressions
5. Center Floor Combinations (Among other skills, the kids will learn a new Hip Hop Dance Combo for each Learning Unit! The combo includes all the “Moves of the Week” the kids have helped create during the Learning Unit. They then perform the Combo for the parents on the last day of each Learning Unit!)
6. Creative Movement (Gymnastics in the Gym) W-up/Gr. Act., Stations, Game, Closing Circle
The schedule of when the new class will be offered is still in the 'discussion phase' and will posted on our website soon. Most likely it will be Tuesday evening 5:45-6:45 and one other day around the 1:00pm time frame.
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It’s true, you can tell by the tired parents walking around that still need a vacation from their vacation. The resolutions have started and we are all back at the daily grind (or fun) of work. I just read a pretty good article about a present that was a success over the holidays that I thought I would share. Enjoy the read.
I found out today that November 12th is world pneumonia day. Pneumonia is preventable by vaccines and yet it still kills children every 20 seconds. It is known as the silent killer and we have the technology to save lives but need more funding. Here are some preventable steps we can take to start saving more lives and educate others on the silent killer.
World Pneumonia Day
How can you give your child all the tools they need to survive? Schools, buses, playgrounds etc...can be traumatic experiences for the timid and shy kids. They can even be traumatic for even the self-confident kids who seem to be well adverse in handling difficult social situations. What makes one child so "mean" and "aggressive" and others so "quiet" and timid? I think it is safe to say that it is how the kids are wired from birth, like it or not, but we can change some behavior and form new habits that are life changing. It seems like "Bulling" is a hot topic is schools right now and the only thing hotter is how to stop it. Teaching kids self-confidence can help, and we certainly build self-confidence at The Little Gym of Edina but the other major component that seems to be missing is conflict resolution. There is a program that is starting to gain some steam in the "Bully Prevention" arena, although they do not say "we prevent bullying", they will tell you that the "anti-bullying" is an outcome of their curriculum.
Playworks' success rate on the topic of "Bullying" is off the charts and everyone wants to know what their magic bullet is in bully prevention. The magic bullet is so simple that it is overlooked, it’s called engagement.
Please read the article on Playworks that was addressed to me.
Here is a little Foot Education.
As you all know, we prefer your child participate in our class with bare feet. Playing in bare feet helps strengthen all of their foot muscles. A child learning to walk receives important sensory information from the bottom of their feet. It is important to allow your child to go barefoot regularly to help them develop balance, coordination and posture. This week in class we brought some awareness to their ‘Tender Tootsies’, the role they play in your child’s development and their ability to balance! Your child’s feet undergo many changes as they grow – some of which help facilitate the locomotor stages your child goes through. Flat feet are normal in a young child due to weak muscle tone in the foot, a generous padding of fat and loose ankle ligaments that permit the foot to lean inwards. As your child masters walking, the ligaments and muscles will strengthen and the fat pads in the arch area won’t be so noticeable. By around five years of age, your child should have normal arches in both feet.
And you thought the only reason we had the kids go in bare feet was so we could tickle them and give them stamps!
A few common asked questions that are not on our website:
How much do the classes cost?
This is a common question and the answer is not really on the website. In general the cost is about $18-$20 per class depending on how and when you enroll. Our curriculum for the school year is built around 40 classes with new learning units about every 4 weeks within the 40-week period. While your enrollment can start any week, the ending options are either at our ½ season week (January 14-20th) or June 4-10th.
Yes we allow make-ups classes for missed classes.
Yes you can enroll during any week; you will be pro-rated for classes that you have missed.
Yes you have one other option for classes than the 40 weeks; the ½ season is 20 weeks.
What are our classes?
Basically we are a gymnastics facility, but so much more. While we use gymnastics to grow their physical skills, we are also growing other skills, such as social, emotional and perceptual. Our core philosophy in non-competitive in spirit where we encourage the kids to try their best not be the best. They are kids after all; we have many different age groups in order to offer age appropriate activities and expectations.
Can I try a class?
Absolutely, we understand how kids learn and it would be crazy for us to not understand how parents learn as well. Our introductory class allows you to try a class with no commitment. The cost is $20 to try one class, if or when you enroll that $20 will be deducted from your tuition thus making it free to you.
I could go on for days about all the things our classes can offer, if you are still reading this far down the paragraph that means you are still interested J and I think you can give us a call and we can answer the last few questions over the phone. 952-924-0083.
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