This fall I decided to enroll Everly in the rec centre "kindergym". Which is basically a really laid back gymnastics class. She loved it so much I decided to enroll her in a "real" class at a gymnastics club. The rec centre class is pretty much a free for all. The kids do what they like and play together. I love that about it. The club class is very structured and the children must do a warm up together and then do different circuits.
The first few times I took her to the club class she really didn't listen at all, and I had to constantly keep her on track, while keeping it all fun. On Monday we had our last class and it was so amazing to see the difference. She didn't take her eyes off the instructor and did the whole warm up with only one reminder (to do bunny hops instead of runs). She was just so fully engaged.
She gets so excited for both classes now and it is amazing to see what she is able to do. She is so coordinated - much more so then many of my 4 year old students. It will be interesting to see if she is just an early bloomer or if she will always be so coordinated. She can do the beam all by herself and she does it quite quickly. Her forward rolls are easy for her now. I am just encouraging her to stand up right after, because that does take some strength on her part. On the trampoline she is starting to be able to land on her bum and back on her feet, which I don't think they even bother teaching for another year or two.
She is always asking about taking ballet lessons. We are holding off on those until next year because for one there isn't a convenient class with a good teacher, and two I just don't think she is ready to follow that much structure. We dance at home most days, and for now that is enough.
I never thought I would put my kids into ballet, but Everly is totally taken with it. I also get almost free classes at the studio's I teach at, and with money being tight it means she gets to do something she loves without breaking the bank.
I think it is really important for kids to develop their coordination, strength and flexibility right from the start. Enjoying being active is really important to me and I hope both my kids find something that they love participating in. That way they are more likely to want to stay active as adults.