October 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 City, 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 nearly seven years of working with children at The Little Gym of Winchester, 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.
Friendships provide children with more than just fun playmates. In fact, they are essential for healthy psychological development. Programs at The Little Gym are purposefully designed to help children become "Citizen Kids!" by improving their social and emotional development. Songs, games, and activities focus on listening, sharing, and taking turns. Friends solve problems together, imitate each other, help foster creativity, and pass on knowledge. Throughout the Season we have special themed weeks to celebrate your child's friendships. Our next Bring a Friend Week will occur the week of March 26. Encourage your child to invite one of their friends to join them for this special occasion.
You can also invite a friend to join you for a session anytime during the season. If you know someone that would love The Little Gym, invite them to register for an introductory class. You'll receive $20 family credit when your referral becomes a member. So share the smiles, fun and high 5's with people all around you. It's our way of saying thank you for spreading the word about The Little Gym!
June 11-15 TLG’s Crazy Carnival! Carnival rides and games in The Little Gym? Crazy, right? Well that’s exactly what we have planned for our “campers” this week! Using our safe equipment, music and imagination we will create all of this and more. Oh, and don’t forget about the carnival “Talent Show” on the last day! “Come one, come all to TLG’s Crazy Carnival”!
June 18-22 Cars, Planes, Trucks and Trains Is your child crazy about “Trucks”? “Trains”? Do they dream of flying, or speeding across the finish line in their racecar?! Each day this camp offers fun activities, music and games about one of these modes of transportation; an exciting week of Transportation Fascination!
June 25-29 X-treme Sports of ALL Sorts Tired of the regular old sports? How about challenging yourself with some X-treme Sports – TLG Style?! The kids will have a BLAST taking part in some creatively-modified X-treme sports activities such as “Base Jumping”, “Cliff-Diving”, “Surfing” and even “Zorbing” – riding INSIDE our donut! All of these safe activities are sure to Thrill!
July 2-6 (Closed July 4) Superheroes! Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No – it’s your Superhero child flying, dashing and speeding around The Little Gym “saving the day” with their super powers! The kids will have fun pretending to be their favorite superhero during this Marvel-ous week of camp! We’ll even have some visits throughout the week by our REAL-LIFE superheroes – police officers, firefighters and paramedics!
July 16-20 Lights, Camera, Action! Who knows how many of our TLG campers of today just might be the Movie Stars or Broadway actors of tomorrow? What we DO know is that each child will have many fun-filled creative movement, role-playing and even acting experiences this week! By the end of the week we just might even have a “World Premier Movie” – starring all of our campers – to show the parents!
July 23-27 Secret Agent: “Gyms Bond”! “My name is ‘Bond’, ‘Gyms Bond’! You get the point! Our campers will have an adventure-packed week pretending to be “secret agents” Each day includes fun, creative activities and games including “secret hiding places”, “searching for clues to a solve a mystery”, and fun “catch me if you can” – challenges!
July 30-August 3 Hip-Hop Karate Chop! As the theme suggests, this week will be an incredible action-packed combination of karate and hip-hop dance skills! Whether your child is already a “dancer in the making”, an aspiring “ninja” – or just a curious little “mover”, this camp will be an energetic, rhythmic adventure like no other!
August 6-10 The Little Gym Olympics The Summer Olympics are back once again in 2012! We will celebrate by having our own The Little Gym Olympics during this week of camp – complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and of course the Grand Awards Presentation! Each day will offer fun-filled sports activities. But be forewarned! Along with familiar sports, we might try some fun Whacky Sports that have never been done before!
August 13 -17 My Animal Planet Is your child fascinated by animals? Do they pretend to be their favorite animal on a daily basis?! If so, this is the perfect camp for them! We will explore “animals” through creative movement, music and games. Each day of camp will focus on animals found in different parts of the world! We even plan on having some REAL “animal visitors” come to the gym throughout the week!
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