Walking into The Little Gym Fresno, I was instantly greeted by smiling faces and it was a relief to get smiles from other moms. As soon as we sat down, I saw that London was excited to get to know the other babies. At his age at The Little Gym, he is considered a bird. 😀
Our teacher for today was Aspen (cool that she has such a unique name just as London). She was a sweet, young girl with a singy-songy voice that put London at ease. Aspen called us to get into a circle where we each introduced our little birds and then we sang a song. At the end of the song, moms were instructed how to flip our birds upside down while we laid on our backs. After that exercise, we were able to free play all around the gym. London enjoyed interacting with the other birds and pulling him self up on the bars.
Five minutes later Aspen called us over with a song and we laid down on a huge blow up pillow and rolled down it (about 12 ft long) with our little ones on our chest. Every time I would flip London he would laugh, it was such a great bonding experience. We continued to participate in mini activities and then would free play in between. Aspen would always instruct us and was free to help out, what I also liked is that she would go over briefly, the Motor skills that we were stimulating.
London especially liked when we would get into a circle and clap songs together. After a few classes, I can definitely see his listening skills improving and he is more inclined to participate.
I highly recommend The Little Gym. Each gym is franchised so the pricing is different depending on where you live. In my opinion, it is affordable and is perfect for my schedule. It’s way to hot to take London to the park right now, and I like that he’s not only gaining social skills but cognitive and motor skills. I was very impressed about how clean this gym is, they also offer sanitizer and wipes before and after class. For more information or to find a location near you, go to: The Little Gym
Below is how they descibe their learning structure and the different age groups.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Sign up for a trial session and go in with no expectations. Don't expect your toddler to listen to the instructor, sit calmly in a circle, learn new skills, or participate fully right away; your child will definitely explore the gym.
- Prepare to sweat! You'll run after your toddler during the entire session! (45 mins)
- Wear layers and cotton clothing. Your child will not be wearing shoes or socks in the gym. He or she will also sweat, so let them wear breathable clothing during the session.
- If you're unsure after the trial, sign up for the monthly payments. See if you can switch to seasonal payments if you and your child really enjoy the program.
- Invite grandparents, your spouse, and your toddler's siblings to the classes!
- These classes will not turn your child into a gymnast, but will lay some foundations.
- Have fun and sing along.