Tumbling Tigers

(ages 9 months-5 years old)

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Age: 9 months – 2 years old with Parent Participation

Class Size: 6 students to 1 teacher

Time: 45 minutes

Location: Mostly Tiger Den. Occasional trips out to the big gym to go on the trampoline or into the loose foam pit.

Format: Class begins with a cardiovascular activity to music. We then sit down and do some basic gymnastic stretching together. Our stretching often involves some “games” that make stretching more fun and interesting for children this age. We will then do 2 groups of circuit rotations throughout class. Our circuit rotations revolve around bars, beam or tumbling skills. Circuit activities will include gross motor activities in addition to gymnastic skills. We also go out to the big gym to work on the trampoline and in the loose foam pit whenever possible. Stretch will take between 10-15 minutes followed up by circuit rotations of approximately 15 minutes each. Class concludes with stamps and praise.

The goal of this class is to nurture the bond between child and adult in a fun and physical atmosphere while at the direction of the teacher.  An emphasis is placed on fine motor (picking up small to big items) as well as gross motor (running and jumping) activities as well as stimulating the vestibular system.  In this class the child will also learn appropriate developmental gymnastics skills.

 

IMG_5439Cool Cubs

Age: 2 years

Class Size: 5 students to 1 teacher

Time: 45 minutes

Location: Mostly Tiger Den. Occasional trips out to the big gym to go on the trampoline or into the loose foam pit.

Format: Class begins with a cardiovascular activity to music. We then sit down and do some basic gymnastic stretching together. Our stretching often involves some “games” that make stretching more fun and interesting for children this age. We will then do 2 groups of circuit rotations throughout class. Our circuit rotations revolve around bars, beam or tumbling skills. Circuit activities will include gross motor activities in addition to gymnastic skills. We also go out to the big gym to work on the trampoline and in the loose foam pit whenever possible. Stretch will take between 10-15 minutes followed up by circuit rotations of approximately 15 minutes each. Class concludes with stamps and praise.

The goal of this class is to be the first unassisted class where the student is independent of the parent/guardian figure in the gym. A parent/guardian is required to shadow the child in class until the coach excuses the parent/guardian. The child must demonstrate the ability to stay with the class and be happy independent of his/her shadow being in the room.

In this class the child will learn Independent Cooperative Play (ICP) skills as well as the appropriate developmental gymnastics skills. These ICP skills include: listening and following directions, sequencing (moving from one activity station to the next sequence), taking turns, and respect for safety in the gym. Students will experience activities that develop gross and fine motor skills, balance, flexibility, strength, rhythm and motion, body awareness and positive self-esteem. This class also incorporates Reading Readiness Skills as they relate to physical movement (colors, numbers, letters and size differentiation).

IMG_0064Twisty Tails

Age: 3 years

Class Size: 6 students to 1 teacher

Time: 55 minutes

Location: Mostly Tiger Den. Class will usually do at least one rotation (trampoline) in the big gym. This class also takes time to work in the loose foam pit.

Equipment: Vaulting Blocks, Small bar modified for hand size and child height, 4” beam, floor (tumbling skills), trampoline.

Format: Class begins with a cardiovascular activity to music. We then sit down and do some basic gymnastic stretching together. Our stretching often involves some “games” that make stretching more fun and interesting for children this age. We will then do 2-3 groups of circuit rotations throughout class. Our circuit rotations revolve around trampoline, vault, bars, beam or tumbling skills. Circuit activities will include gross motor activities in addition to gymnastic skills. We also go out to the big gym to work in the loose foam pit whenever possible. Stretch will take between 10-15 minutes followed up by circuit rotations of approximately 15 minutes each. Class concludes with stamps and praise.

This class continues to reinforce Independent Cooperative Play skills while introducing more advanced gross/fine motor and gymnastics skills. As this class uses variations of basic mastered skills, the beginnings of actual gymnastics skills become apparent: mini-handstands, cartwheels, big beam walking and bar swinging. “Creative Play” is also incorporated into lesson plans here, as this age group is more vocal and likely to use imagery in almost all aspects of play. Activities are kept short and varied. Music, games, and drills for skill development are all utilized to work on locomotor movements, balance, strength and coordination. These classes emphasize listening and following directions and fun! Parents do not participate, but may watch quietly from the waiting area.

DSC03354Playful Paws

Age: 4 years

Class Size: 6 students to 1 teacher

Time: 55 minutes

Location: Starts in the Tiger Den. This class will usually do at least 2 rotations in the big gym. This class also takes time to work in the loose foam pit.

Equipment: Vaulting blocks and boards, Small bar/Big bar, 4” beam (floor height and hip height), floor (tumbling skills), trampoline.

Format: Class begins with a cardiovascular activity to music. We then sit down and do some basic gymnastic stretching together. We will begin working on bridges and splits. Our stretching often involves some “games” that make stretching more fun and interesting for children this age. We will then do 2-3 groups of circuit rotations throughout class. Our circuit rotations revolve around bars, beam or tumbling skills. Circuit activities will include gross and fine motor activities in addition to gymnastics skills. We also go out to the big gym to work in the loose foam pit whenever possible. Stretch will take between 10-15 minutes followed up by circuit rotations of approximately 15 minutes each. Class concludes with stamps and praise.

This class introduces the use of Cognitive Processing to help students understand how the body moves and how these movements relate to gymnastics. Students learn basic body parts and positions and how to demonstrate these positions while moving through space. It is at this level that students can start to see complete skills and is able to develop the strength to make the “little” skills bigger. Bridges and splits are introduced at this level. Children in this class will improve strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Music and games are utilized to help develop concepts of rhythm, colors, numbers, letters, right and left, sharing, listening and following direction, working within a group and taking turns. Parents do not participate, but may watch quietly from the waiting area.

DSCN0105Silly Stripes

Age: 5 years

Class Size: 6 students to 1 teacher

Time: 55 minutes

Location: Starts in Tiger Den. Floor exercise in the pre-school room with most other rotations in the big gym. This class takes time to work in the loose foam pit and on the pit bar.

Equipment: Vaulting blocks and boards, Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise (tumbling skills), trampoline.

Format: Class begins with a cardiovascular activity to music. We then sit down and do some basic gymnastic stretching together. We include bridges and splits as part of our stretching. Our stretching sometimes involves some “games” that make stretching more fun and interesting for children this age. We will then do 2-3 groups of circuit rotations throughout class. Our circuit rotations revolve around trampoline, bars, beam or tumbling skills. Circuit activities will include gross and fine motor activities in addition to gymnastics skills. We also go out to the big gym to work in the loose foam pit whenever possible. Stretch will take between 10-15 minutes followed up by circuit rotations of approximately 15 minutes each. Class concludes with stamps and praise.

This class uses Cognitive Processing to learn body parts and positions as they study muscles and bones and how we use them to move our body through space. These students have mastered the basic fine and gross motor skills and are ready to be challenged with a higher level or combination of skills. Reading Readiness and Independent Cooperative Play skills are maintained in this class. These students seem to be the most active participants in our Theme Weeks. Music and games are utilized to help reinforce concepts of rhythm, colors, numbers, letters, right and left, sharing, listening and following directions, working within a group and taking turns. Parents do not participate, but may watch quietly from the waiting area.