After a few sessions of gym, it became quite clear that Thaddeus is enjoying the physical activities more. Guess it’s a boys’ thing!
The active circuit helps to enhance the gross motor skills and develop a child’s spatial awareness.
I’m a proud mama whenever I see Thaddeus getting better at going through the circuit, becoming more confident and gradually not needing much help from us/teachers.
Teanne is a slow-poke in terms of milestones. When she started on the Bambino class at about 6 months old, she could barely creep/crawl because she doesn’t have much opportunities at home to do that. She’s hardly on the floor because we are worried her brother and cousins may trample on her!
So she couldn’t go onto the little standard obstacle course for babies and we were guided on how to help her to crawl with practice on the mat.
With the lack of practice, my dragonlady is quite the lazybum when it comes to creeping/crawling. She would move a little and then lie down to rest.
Crawl, creep, crawl
Working her charm on the teacher to get out of crawling practice
The tips/techniques shared by the teacher to encourage Teanne to creep/crawl was helpful. She managed to try a small part of the circuit – SLOPE after some sessions of practice.
Trapeze is one of my favourite activities at the gym for the kids because we can’t replicate this at home. I was impressed to learn from the teachers that the trapeze has wonderful benefits like developing the child’s lung capacity for physical exercises / breathing, which in in turns help develop good speech abilities. On top of that, the trapeze also develops the child’s finger strength in preparation for motor writing skills. I could never have known!
Unfortunately, Thaddeus is quite the wuss when it comes to the trapeze. We only managed to get him up the trapeze ONCE.
Sometimes he would be reluctant to touch it and sometimes he will try to play with it. The teachers tried ways to encourage him to go on it but he refuses.
Teanne doesn’t freak out when we put her on the trapeze. I take it that she’s okay with it! She’s fine as long as she can see me standing in front of her and catching her when she’s done swinging.
I love the attention activities too! Such joy to watch my kids looking out for things they have learned.
The attention activities are usually related to the theme and requires the child to pay attention using their senses and act accordingly.
For example, in Bambino class, Teanne would look out for the puppets and flash cards while I help her with the corresponding actions. She gets really excited over this, which is very cute to watch!
An example in Pre-fellow class would be Thaddeus paying attention to the animal sounds and imitate the animal whose sound he heard.
What I like about the gym classes at Gymnademics is the variety of activities they have for the children and how they rotate the physical activities and the more-sedated activities that focus on intellectual development. Because their attention span is short, the duration of each activity is kept short and sweet. Guess both kids really enjoy classes when they go home all spent from having fun at Gymnademics!
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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.