As an introduction to gymnastics, Gymnastics Palace offers a range of special motor skills classes with a clear emphasis on the joy of movement. The program is designed to encourage whole body exercise, including development in strength, flexibility, and coordination. Classes are structured, but not rigid so that children can channel their physical energy, while learning to socialize with other students in a safe, positive and fun environment.
Coach Deyan begins each class with an opening activity designed to facilitate participation and creative movement. Following the opening activity, Coach Deyan leads the class into "circle time" for some focused gymnastics instruction. Here our gymnasts learn the gymnastics positions, follow the coach's specific directions, and stretch their muscles. Once they are warmed up, Coach Deyan introduces the New Skill of the Day to each one of our little royalties. After all the students have tried the new skill, Coach Deyan takes them to the Obstacle Course of the Day. Each obstacle course provides a variety of motor skills exercises and gymnastics skills for the class to work through and master. Our preschool gymnastics classes always end with a Bounce Palace FUN!
Age 1 - 2 1/2 years.
This introductory level class is designed for the very young gymnast who still requires a parent or guardian to accompany him or her out on the floor. These classes follow the themes and obstacle courses of our other preschool classes, but children are assisted at each station by his or her parent.
Age 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years
For many of our gymnasts, this is their first class experience without a parent. Our primary objectives for this group are following the teacher's instructions, taking turns, and playing well with others within the gymnastics setting. This class develops the skills featured in the parent participation classes, in addition to introducing more challenging ones.
Age 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 years.
At this level gymnasts are able to follow directions more easily and are able to learn more advanced motor skills and gymnastics skills. Each gymnast should be working towards mastering the skills in the lower levels as well as developing the strength and coordination for more complex skills.
Age 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 years.
This is our masters class. Our Kings and Queens are expected to demonstrate good control over the skills worked in the previous classes and show readiness to successfully move on to big kids recreational or competitive programs.