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Jungle Jym-tastics!™, our preschool-aged gymnastics program for children walking to Kindergarten, focuses on the development of fine and gross motor skills, playground readiness, social skills, and gymnastics skills, as well as helping to develop proprioceptive and vestibular integrations. Our specially designed gymnastics equipment is scaled to fit toddlers' and preschoolers' that is smaller hands and bodies allowing our tiniest athletes to do gymnastics “just like the big kids.” Circuits and stations assure that these active children do not have downtime and in ground trampolines and foam pits provide safe environment for these young jumpers. While age is the general guideline for how our classes are organized, our curriculum allows for flexibility that acknowledges that children develop at different rates. To find out which class is right for you, be sure to download our JAG Gym Class and Program Quick Reference Guide or read below.
Cubs class is an experiential class for infants who still need a parent or caregiver to move about but is prepared for sensory activities and tactile feedback. The children develop and refine their gross motor and sensory integration skills. The class will be highly musical with props and manipulatives throughout. Parents should be prepared for full involvement and group activities.
Joeys class is a caregiver participation class for children walking through three years of age. A structured class, the toddlers develop and refine their fine and gross motor skills, body awareness and coordination while learning social and listening skills. Basic gymnastics, combined with music and games create a fun and healthy atmosphere.
Zebras is a gymnastics class for preschool students aged three through five. Students transition to Zebras once fully three years old and developmentally ready for a class without a caregiver. This class is designed to create a fun, safe and challenging environment for your child filled with obstacle courses, learning stations, fitness and gymnastics. While gymnastics is the primary focus of the class, special attention is placed on skills needed for Kindergarten as well as basic sports readiness.
Designed for the older preschooler, Elephants learn gymnastics skills using preschool equipment and the “big kid” equipment. This class is designed to create a fun, safe and challenging environment for your child filled with obstacle courses, learning stations, fitness and gymnastics. While gymnastics is the primary focus of the class, special attention is placed on skills needed for Kindergarten as well as basic sports readiness.
Hot Shots is a 90 minute class for girls ages 4 to 6 years who are interested in moving at an accelerated pace in gymnastics. For a more accelerated learning experience twice/week is recommended. The class follows our Academy Curriculum (Blue/Yellow) focusing on basics like rolls, cartwheels and handstands as well as fundamentals on vault, beam and bars. Both the trampoline and tumble tracks are used to further air awareness and to introduce more advanced tumbling skills. Additionally, there is an emphasis on body shaping, conditioning and flexibility that forms the basis for readiness to enter into a Team program if so desired upon completion of Hot Shots. If competitive gymnastics is not of interest, then the gymnast enters our Academy program at the Green/Orange level.
Students in Girls Blue/Yellow are able to handle a class which is more 'skill oriented' than Elephants and has children of varying ages. This girls-only class is the first in our Academy program. Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on bars, beam, and vault. View the Girls Blue/Yellow Curriculum online.
Students enrolled in Boys Gym classes are able to handle a class which is more 'skill oriented' than Elephants. This boys-only class is the first in our Academy program. Students will learn using the Boys Gym curriculum, while also including many motor and social skills that are essential to Kindergarten success. Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on rings, p-bars, high bar, pommel horse, and vault. Skills taught include cartwheels, handstands and rolls as well as basics on rings, p-bars, high bar, pommel horse, and vault.