It’s been almost five weeks since we started Faith on the Crucero class at Gymnademics and what progress she has made!
When Faith had her first lesson, she was just creeping but now she is walking steadily and is more confident at performing the various activities in that one-hour lesson. Through each class, I became more aware of her weaknesses as they were pointed out during the class by the teachers and I could help her overcome them during the course of the week.
Each lesson is jam-packed with purposeful activities, ranging from thematic learning of language and music to physical activities that focus on areas of balance, manual, mobility and tactile competencies. We are advised to arrive about 15 minutes earlier for the class so that Faith could settle down and be familiarised with the environment and teachers. After all, she is only attending once a week.
Lesson begins with a welcome song and the teacher flashes the words of the song using her placards to each child.
Following that, Faith learns about the different parts of the body (which is the current theme) through the teacher’s use of word cards and picture cards, something that I’m not consistent in doing. Thankfully, after each class, we are given the Child Bonding Package which includes materials that we can go through with Faith for the week to reinforce her learning.
I love the physical activities the most because through them, I got to know what Faith is afraid of in terms of her mobility, for instance, and then help her overcome her fears by working on them during the week. For example, Faith could not hang on to the trapeze bar (which helps strengthens the fine muscle tones like hands and fingers) for long and she definitely did NOT have a swinging good time because she is just frightened of the movement. But gradually, she could and I am so proud of her!
Faith loves to work on the obstacles and I believe it has given her much confidence when she could complete the course. I’m thankful that the teachers also share with us what we could do to encourage Faith to walk (when she was still at the creeping stage). As first-time parents, the hubs and I are not the most well-informed, I’m afraid and those information certainly helps a lot.
Not a minute is wasted in the one-hour lesson and I must say, it’s a pretty good workout for the parents too. For the rest of the week, I use what I have learnt from each class to teach Faith and go through the activities that would help her in terms of her balance (at this point in time). We are definitely looking forward to the next lesson!
Gymnademics is an early enrichment centre for children from 5 months to 5 years of age. They adopt a holistic approach towards early childhood development, by incorporating both intellectual and physical activities in the classes. The curriculum is designed to be purposefully fun and engaging for both parents and children and is built upon the foundation of the Glenn Doman method. To find out more about the classes at Gymnademics, you can visit the website or their facebook page.
[GIVEAWAY] I’m happy to inform you that Gymnademics is giving away a 4-hour Weekday Free Play pass worth $40 (you don’t have to use up all in one go) at ARC (Alexandra Retail Centre). Their fully padded and colourful studio is ideal for kids to play safely in, and there are a lot of fun and educational toys, musical instruments, learning materials and gym equipment to to be found there. I know Faith was fully occupied with them when we first visited the studio. 🙂
What you need to do is to share with me ONE purposeful play activity that you do with your child via the comment’s section in this blog post.
– 1 winner will be chosen at random
– Giveaway is only open to Singapore residents.
– Ends on 26 January 2014
– The winner will be announced on this blog post and on lynnlly’s facebook page the following day.
All the best!
Read my previous post on Gymnademics here.