We’ve all heard the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Here at The Little Gym, however, we believe it’s more important that “practice makes progress.” Which is why we’re excited to offer our members a special benefit called Practice Time.
Open to all students throughout the Season, Practice Time is not the same thing as weekly classes. It’s also not a time for free play. Practice Time is a structured and supervised period for children to reinforce the skills they’re learning in class each week.
Practice Time focuses specifically on gymnastics techniques...those essential skills that form the core of nearly every physical activity. Led by one of our nurturing and trained Instructors, students in all classes can improve upon the gymnastics skills learned during their weekly class and have more free time to explore the gym and use the equipment.
With every session spent at The Little Gym, your child is gaining confidence and refining skills. And with Practice Time, the path to progress just got a little more direct.
Our Practice Time schedule at The Little Gym of Hunt Valley changes monthly in an attempt to best suit the schedules of ALL of our members. Make sure you check out the new posted schedule each month to find out the Practice Time for your child’s age range and let us know if you will be attending so that we can reserve your spot!
It starts with a sniffle -- next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. Before long, the common cold, or worse, seasonal flu, is upon you.
According to the CDC, up to 20% of the population gets the flu each year. The Mayo Clinic cites the common cold as the number one culprit of stay-home-sick-from-school days in children.
While you can't completely germ-proof your child, you can separate fact from fiction to keep your family healthier, and save time, money, and frustration. Start by putting some of the more common myths and misunderstandings to rest by reading about the top 3 cold and flu related myths.
Myth #1: The flu vaccine causes the flu
Truth: Getting a flu shot may cause symptoms that feel like the flu, but the viruses contained in the flu shots have been killed, or "inactivated." which means they can't cause infection. While there may be some achy side effects that can sometimes follow the flu shot, it just means your immune system is responding and processing the vaccine.
Myth #2: You're more likely to get sick if you're cold
Truth: Despite mom's warnings that you should bundle up, being cold does not cause a cold. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, infections prevail in winter months because they are spread when more people stay indoors for longer periods of time and are in closer contact with each other.
Myth #3: Hugging and kissing are great ways to spread cold and flu germs.
Truth: Cold and flu viruses like to enter the body through the nose or eyes, so a hug or a peck on the cheek isn't likely to be dangerous. Don't be afraid to give your sick child plenty of affection, and don't worry that a kiss or hug will spread your germs to him (or vice- versa).
Many parents recognize The Little Gym locations as safe and clean gyms for children. We work hard to ensure each and every visit lives up to your expectations. Daily and weekly cleaning and sanitation helps keep our environment sparkly and keeps the germs away.
Here’s where you can help. As with any other illness, we ask that you do not come to class if your child is coughing, sneezing, or has had a fever within the last 24 hours. Our generous make-up policy allows you to attend a make-up class by simply calling us prior to the absence.
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