Read Anne Josephson's article, 20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should do Gymnastics (That Have Nothing to Do with Learning Gymnastics) for information about the many benefits of gymnastics for preschoolers.
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.
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. View the Joeys Curriculum online.
Baby Ninjas is the first step in creating confidence in young children. In an organized yet playful structure, this grown-up and me class is the perfect way to socialize your child, allow them to learn and understand what it means to follow instruction, and, of course, get them moving! Class goals include listening skills, fundamental movement, coordination, fine and gross motor skill development, body awareness and Ninja imagination and character!
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. View the Elephants Curriculum online.
Lil' Ninjas is the entry level to the all-new sport discipline inspired by gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training, and freestyle movement. Class goals: Listening skills, confidence, trying new things, working through frustration, and manners. We do all this through a strategic mix of skills and progressions. View the Lil' Ninjas Curriculum online.
Designed for the older preschooler who has participated in the Elephants class, Cheetahs continue to learn gymnastics skills and class participation at a more advanced pace than the Elephants. View Cheetahs Curriculum online.
Students in Girls Gym 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 Gym Curriculum online.
Children learn a combination of flips, rolls, jumps, and kicks. Strength and agility are tested through obstacle courses and various training techniques. A progressive level system evaluates and advances children on their skill and knowledge of core values as described in the NinjaZone creed. The levels of NinjaZone are defined by the headband colors of White, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Click here to read the Ninja Curriculum for each level.