Gymnastics class

It’s a class of older girls, with Noah, and lots of jumping and climbing. Of course he loves it! Today was his first day, it took a while for me to decide to switch him from yoga to gymnastics, but it is so much better for him! Our Y has lots of sports class for 3 years olds (and up, this is 3-5) and its funny how even with three year olds there is definitely a divide- this is four girls and Noah, and the floor hockey classes usually have maybe one girl in them. But this seems like it’s teaching him a lot of body skills that will be good for anything for the rest of his life, so I’m glad he
picked gymnastics. The other choices were hockey, basketball, soccer, or mixed sports, but they were all at one pm, which is a little risky to do a fifteen minute car ride at that hour. Risk of napping, that is.

So, in gymnastics, they did stretching, then jumping on a mini springboard onto a big mat where they did a somersault, now they are on a 6 inch high balance beam going forwards, then sideways and backwards. There’s an itty bitty high bar they are doing hip circles on, and then a tumbling line with soft blocks to climb and slide down. It’s adorable, and I can see Noah working hard and getting better even by his last turn on each piece of equipment.

We never did My Gym, or any of the other toddler gym classes (for one thing, they are really pricey) but this is a whole lot of happiness packed into 45 minutes.

Addenda: leaving the gym, we actually saw one of those assholes that have been making their own parking spot because the real spots that are close to the entrance are full. The whole lot isn’t full, just the good spots, and it makes the lot much more dangerous to cross with a bouncy three year old. I said to her, “that isn’t a parking spot” but unsurprisingly, she was suddenly struck deaf and didn’t acknowledge me. Why are you going to the gym if you are too lazy to walk across a parking lot?!?

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5 Comments

  1. Eileen said,

    February 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Sounds like a fun class for Noah. I bet he’s popular with those older ladies too 🙂

    • variableclouds said,

      February 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      You know, I used to think he was a happy kid. After yesterday (which also included playing with Sara and two trips to the playground) I realized what Noah actually happy looks like- he floats a couple of inches off the ground. And he’s asked me at least 5 times whether he will get to go again.

  2. Jennifer said,

    February 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Aw… that sounds like amazing fun! I agree, he is also learning transferable body skills, so I think it will be a good experience for him. I think that activities like gymnastics that force you to orient yourself in three dimensions, rather than just two, are probably good for kids’ spatial development. It looks like all the other possibilities were mostly standing up sports, which isn’t bad, but he already does lots of standing up and running around, so this is a new kind of challenge. Chandra found that Cameron’s gymnastics class really helped him with developing coordination (not a problem for Noah, but fine anecdotal evidence of its benefit).

    Bring the camera next time? I want to see the happy floating! (and all the other stuff too… it sounds like a super cute class to watch).

  3. Jennifer said,

    February 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Also, inconsiderate parkers suck. A “bad” parking spot isn’t the end of the world!

  4. Mom said,

    February 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Great fun for Noah!


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