What if we told you that physical activity & motor development during the ‘foundation years’ (0-5yrs old) lays the foundations for much of a child’s acquired physical literacy at later stages of development?
Apart from the obvious benefits gymnastics brings, such as having fun, developing strength, flexibility and coordination, there are many other less visible factors that will enhance your child’s learning experiences while participating in Gymnastics.
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Learning to try and master new skills and take risks in a safe environment each week are key contributors to developing your child’s self-esteem & confidence. Nothing boosts their confidence like achieving a new skill for the first time.
“Mum, I jumped into the pit all by myself and rolled down the big hill in the tunnel!’ Ruby’s confidence is going from strength to strength each week as she unlocks her potential by learning to trust herself & try new skills in her Meteors class. Mum Simone is so happy seeing Ruby’s amazing transformation!”
LISTENING/COGNITIVE SKILLS- Imagination/Problem solving/Independent thinking
During the class is where our Mini Jets really get to work on their ability to listen and take instruction from their Coach.
The variety of activities & exercises that we do in gymnastics allow the neural pathways in the brain to open up. Bilateral movements commonly found in basic gymnastics skills such as climbing a ladder or rope help the communication between the left & right hemispheres of the brain; this is also an essential ability when reading.
INDEPENDENCE & SOCIAL INTERACTION
Even in our Comets classes our Mini Jets are learning independence by following simple routines like- placing shoes in their locker, drink on the stand, coming into the group when the bell rings, stamping their book at the end of class and venturing ahead of their Parent and working out what to do next. This environment also provides wonderful opportunities for social interaction amongst peers.
GROSS/FINE MOTOR CONTROL & HAND/FOOT EYE COORDINATION
“Our Maternal Health Nurse was really impressed with Dallas’ balance & coordination skills in his recent 3 & ½ year old check up. He was asked to balance on one leg & later skip, which he did with ease and the Nurse said how coordinated he was for his age!” Mum Lyndsay told her that he’d been attending Jets Gymnastics since he was 2 years old….”Ahh yes you can see that!” said the Health Nurse.
We all know that Gymnastics offers a variety of gross motor activities that involve the larger muscle group, such as climbing, running, jumping, skipping & hopping but did you know that it also ticks many fine motor control boxes as well. Hanging from the bar & rings, manipulating a small object into a hole, threading a cotton reel onto the string and swatting a balloon, all develop fine motor & grip strength which are valuable in assisting with their pencil/pen grasp and many tasks involving smaller body parts like fingers, toes even facial muscles!
This is why we love to include some type of hand/foot/eye coordination activity into our Mini Jets classes.
LEARN SKILLS THAT ENHANCE OTHER SPORTS
At Jets Gymnastics we believe that skills learned from gymnastics lay the foundations required for all sports and physical activities in life.
BACK IN THE GYM: Jungle Fever
TUMBLE TRAMP– We will be working on Bear walking down the tumble trampoline, perfecting our cartwheels, building our arm strength pushing the Frisbee and having a ride on some elephants!
BARS – We’ll be hanging upside down and climbing like a monkey, building up more wrist and elbow strength with our front support and cylinder rolls and getting our legs working jumping over some small shapes.
TRAMPOLINE – We’ll be doing lots of tuck jumps and might even see us doing some angry Tiger bounces on big trampoline.
BALANCE BEAM – Acting like our favourite animals, crawling like a leopard, jumping over snakes, crawling through bear caves and playing with hoops are all part of the fun on beam this week.
NEXT THEME: Week 7 & 8 February 17th- March 1st