A couple of friends have been asking about the gym classes we are taking the kids to at Gymnademics every weekend and I had been wanting to write about it since last December! I know. Procrastination is my worst enemy. Especially with two kids who vie for attention all the time, sitting in front of my laptop has now become one of my greatest luxury. Thankgod for Instagram which I update quite faithfully because of the convenience, I’ve shared some of the photos we took during their classes on Instagram with the #gymnademics tag. Do check that out!
Let me share about Gymnademics before I share on our experience. Gymnademics’ curriculum is based on many years of intensive research by The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) which was founded by Glenn Doman in 1955. The trainers here at Gymnademics are trained in the Glenn Doman method.
Each session at Gymnademics involves several activities either for their intellectual or physical development. And the kids get to expand on their social skills when they play together. Teanne is going for the Bambino class that is for 5mo – 1yo, and Thaddeus is going for the Pre-Fellow class that is for 1yo-2yo.
(it ain’t called FLASH card for nothing!)
Using Glenn Doman’s program, it should not be a surprise that flash cards are being used extensively during each session. However, I must say I was quite overwhelmed in the first few sessions with how the flash cards were used. Imagine big flash cards with large words and pictures being flashed at the speed of speech or song for several times during each session. I was worried if it was too much for Teanne because she looked somewhat distressed initially. But after a couple of sessions, she got used to the idea and was perfectly fine. In fact, she was starting to enjoy her gym classes then and smiling during these flash card activities too.
Thaddeus, on the other hand, is not too fascinated and gets distracted away from the flash cards at times. It’s probably not a boy’s thing to sit down and look at flash cards for too long.
New words and lyrics to songs related to the theme of the week would be shown to the kids through flash cards as the teachers read and sing to them.
In Pre-fellow class, Thaddeus will do a revision of what they learned the week before by matching the word to the picture. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Thaddeus could match the words to the pictures correctly most of the time!
Besides matching flashcards of words and pictures, the Chinese equivalent of the new words are being taught as well with the aid of flash cards.
Personally, I feel that this is their weakest link. Some of the teachers are not exactly very good with their hanyu pinyin and seemed unsure of how to read the more difficult characters too. I find myself and a few other parents trying to correct the teacher subtly by reading some of the characters in the right pinyin.
A variety of themes help to instill a love for knowledge for the children. The teachers would also provide some nuggets of sophisticated information related to the theme for the children. It may seem advanced at this stage but the kids may just be able to absorb and put that knowledge to use in later years!
With the Mystery Box activity, the kids get to explore on textures and enhance their fine motor skills with items found inside the box.
Tactile learning, yo!
It was really good training for their motor skills and Thaddeus helped us with our Christmas tree at home too!
The kids get to do some music appreciation as well with pitch development and sight reading of the musical notes.
More sharing on the physical activities coming up!
In the meantime, do check out:
293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
SAFRA Toa Payoh #02-01
Tel: 6259 0307
Note: Thaddeus and Teanne were invited to try the Pre-fellow and Bambino classes for review purposes. All opinions expressed are based on the husband’s and my experience and observations, and from information provided by Gymnademics.