What is Practice Time?
Practice Time is an opportunity for your child to Get Moving for more Serious Fun at The Little Gym! It is a 30-45 minute session that is based on the previous week's Lesson Plan. The children will explore on the equipment, practice the skills they learned last week and participate in other group activities.
How is Practice Time different from Classes?
The Curriculum for our classes is very structured and theme-based whereas Practice Time leaves more time for independent exploration. Practice Time is based on the previous week's Lesson Plan so the kids will review skills that they've learned and play games they know.
Is this similar to open gym?
No. Practice Time has been created to give your child more opportunities to learn physical skills, enhance their listening skills, and build their self-confidence in a safe environment. Practice Time is also divided by age group.
OK, I am excited. Tell me more!
Each Friday, an email will go out to all families with students currently enrolled in classes listing the practice times for the coming week. The times and age groups offered will change weekly to allow for everyone to get a chance to come. To enroll, you will need to call us at 216-752-9049 and reserve a space. Space is limited, so it is very important that you call before coming. Reservations are required.
How long is it?
Parent Child Practice Time will be 30 minutes. Pre-K and Grade School will be 45 minutes.
My child is signed up for dance/sports skills/karate. When do we get to come?
You would attend during the age- appropriate time. Since gymnastics is the core of each program we offer, we are giving kids the opportunity to practice their gymnastics skills. These skills contribute to their balance and flexibility which are also vital to sports, karate and dance.
Can I bring a child not enrolled in class to Practice Time?
Since Practice Time works on skills the kids have been working on in class, it is very important that the child coming to Practice Time is enrolled in class. Unenrolled friends or siblings are welcomed to watch from the lobby (babes in arms must be in a carrier).
How Physical Activity Helps Foster Healthy, Smart Children
(September 2012) – Parents looking to help young children achieve their best later in life may find that physical activity programs, such as at The Little Gym of Shaker Heights, will do more than just teach children how to tumble. New research suggests that creative physical activity may be the key to fostering confident, successful kids.
At The Little Gym, we take a whole child approach that uses physical activity as a conduit for Three-Dimensional Learning, a philosophy that helps children develop new skills in a non-competitive setting. We build confidence in children by helping them develop skills that will benefit them at home, in the classroom and throughout life.
The first tenet of Three-Dimensional Learning is “Get Moving.” This helps build flexibility and strength, and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy activity. Studies have shown that young children who acquire “fundamental movement skills” such as running and hopping, catching and throwing, and balancing and twisting are more likely to get and stay physically active. It should come as no surprise that active children are more likely to become active adults!
Our second tenet, “Brain Boost,” fosters listening skills, sustained concentration, and decision-making. A study published in Preventive Medicine in 2011 demonstrated that physical activity helps boost children’s mental functioning. Young children’s brains undergo tremendous growth and change, and participation in structured and repetitive physical activities help foster this intellectual growth.
Rounding out Three-Dimensional Learning is an element we call “Citizen Kid.” These activities focus on helping children develop skills like cooperation, listening, sharing and taking turns. Groundbreaking studies conducted by Columbia University have tracked the leadership success of children who developed the ability to take turns and wait for a reward. These children grew into adolescents who were better able to handle frustration and stress, pay attention and make plans, and generally perform better in both school and social situations.
After 8 years of working with children at The Little Gym of Shaker Heights, we can say with confidence that children who keep active, build their concentration skills, and learn to positively engage with others are certain to be champions in life.
Just a quick reminder about our policies regarding excused absences and make-up classes:
Make-up classes are offered for classes missed provided that you notified us in advance, and your tuition is current. Make-up classes must be scheduled in advance to ensure there is adequate space in the class.
Refunds are not givem for missed classes. NO EXCEPTIONS! We will do everythingto help you schedule your make-up in any age appropriate class; however make-up classes are not guaranteed.
Please take note that we will only be able to offer a make-up class if your child's tuition is current. You will be unable to use them if you choose not to continue with classes at The Little Gym.
Also, please keep in mind that we will only be able to give you an excused absence if you call ahead, so please let us know if you cannot make it in - we would be happy to reschedule!
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