Our Class Structure at Gymbaroo carries out a definite routine (so loved and important for child development!). Each term is planned with a term theme and a weekly topic related to that theme.
Our babies classes are structured slightly differently than the toddler classes.
BabyROO (2-12 Months)
Our classes will give you 45 minutes of precious, quality time with your baby. It will give you the opportunity to learn how to provide activities at home to help your child learn about their world and get a jump start on their education.
Research has proved that tummy time is one of the most important stages to help your child learn more about themselves and their environment.
Classes cover activities such as massage, auditory activities, movement, gentle exercises, music/rhythm/dance, visual (eye tracking) plus lots and lots of fun ideas for tummy time.
Gymbaroo (Early Walkers, Toddlers)
Throughout the term we cover various areas of development – gross motor and fine motor. The sessions offer a certain routine for your child and some challenges as well throughout the term.
A 45min class includes:
Each lesson begins with 10 min of explorative play on our large equipment and is a nice time to socialise with other parents and children.
Mat time starts with bubbles and music. The parents and children are invited to come and sit on the mat together as a group and sing our Gymbaroo hello song followed by, exercises, hand development activities, essential skills, small equipment, massage, dance and our treasure bag will follow. Each exercise is shown and explained to you to enable you to do the same at home. This 20 mins on the mat finishes with our special treasure bag time which follows the theme for the term. This is loved by the children and is important for language, social interaction, tactile experiences, imagination, and reinforces the word for the week (on purpose) quickly flashed to your child. This stimulates memory and pre-reading skills. Being fully involved with the activities of your child is beneficial for all children and enhances love, security, joy and learning. We request during this time that you refrain from chatting with the other parents around you as this is time to be spent with your child and an active listening parent makes for an active listening child.
Another 10 mins on our specially designed equipment will give the chance for your child to exercise his skills. We have a whole room full of equipment where your children can experiment with their bodies and their own personal capacities. Teachers are always nearby to offer guidance and teach new skills. Older children will enjoy the challenge of following the circuit and practising new movement exercises. The equipment circuit is changed every two weeks to introduce new challenges. We positively encourage and not force. This must be FUN!
The session is concluded with music and parachute time. Each week we have a musical instrument to play and dance with and our big colourful parachute comes out for the children to lie under or play games with. Then everyone sings our traditional goodbye song and goes back home with the week’s word and picture for their GymbaROO scrapbook to use at home.
Kindy & School Readiness (3 Years – 5 Years)
What happens in a Kindy/ School Readiness class…
- Age specific activities that focus on laterality, cross pattern work and independent function of individual body parts.
- Fun activities using small equipment that refine hand-eye co-ordination skills. (Hoops, balls, beanbags)
- Perceptual motor program games.
- Group activities, team work, bonding, patience and turn taking.
- Language and pre-reading skills.
- Music, dance, singing and parachute games.
- Patterning, sequencing, word recognition and our very own reading program.
- Cutting, pasting, threading and more.