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MAKING MUSIC AT THE LITTLE GYM

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Did you know that for over 40 years The Little Gym International has written and recorded music for all of our programmes?! Each age group for each week of the season has a unique playlist with directive music focusing on physical, cognitive, social and emotional learning and background music making classes fun and stimulating.
The directive music is recorded in English so children also benefit from foreign language learning at The Little Gym if English is not their mother language.
Overall The Little Gym music stimulates imagination, movement and learning in every child.

THE SAFETY AND BAHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN IN THE LOBBY

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Dear Parents,

One of our foremost goals is for all families to enjoy a safe, fun and completely fulfilling experience every time they visit The Little Gym Krakow. 

To achieve this we must rely on parents to oversee the safety and behaviour of children in the lobby while they are waiting for a class to start, or waiting for a sibling to finish their class. 

We understand how difficult it can be to keep children positively engaged so here are some suggestions that may help:

  • Encourage the children to use the magnetic white board to expand their creativity, numeracy and literacy. We have magnetic shapes, numbers and letters available at front desk.

  • Bring colouring books, homework, construction kits etc to engage the children positively

  • Read to your child or bring their favourite book for them to read, or load an appropriate audio book on your phone.

  • Enjoy a snack time together

  • Play games together - number games, memory games, OXO, word games, song games, board games etc.

Finally, please do not let your child use the coffee or water machines unsupervised as they are likely to endanger themselves/others and make a tremendous mess in the lobby.

Thank you for your help in keeping The Little Gym Krakow a very safe and positive environment for all.


New Sticker Card gifts at The Little Gym Krakow

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We hope the children will love the new sticker card gifts! Please see a member of the team as soon as your child completes their card so that we can celebrate their effort and give their self-confidence an extra boost!

Aiding 'Whole-Child' Education at The Little Gym Krakow

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Every class at The Little Gym has a completely new gym setup, using different equipment each week and a curriculum developed by child-development experts to deliver new, age-appropriate learning experiences for your child every week.

Here are just a few areas where The Little Gym assists children between 4 months and 12 years, helping to give them the best possible start in life:

  • Sensory integration
  • Gross/fine motor-skills
  • Listening and following skills
  • Sequencing skills
  • Confidence in a group setting
  • Sense of independence, self-confidence and personal safety
  • Socialisation, communication and relationship skills
  • Appreciation of rhythm and music
  • Language development
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • General knowledge
  • Co-operating in a team
  • Enjoyment of physical activity and sense of wellbeing
  • Appreciation of effort leading to success, however small, leading to inner motivation
  • Building gymnastics skills whilst developing focus, control, determination, flexibility, strength, balance and co-ordination

Build up your child’s GRIT with The Little Gym Krakow

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Parenthood used to be all about nurturing your child’s talents. And, of course, there is no parent in the world who would not describe his or her child as somehow gifted. Not only does it fill us with the sense of pride, but also makes us confident that our daughter or son will grow up to be a successful adult who might, perhaps, accomplish something important.

The problem is that an increasing number of scientific studies show that there is no significant correlation between talent and success in adult life.

In her recently published book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, a renowned American psychologist Angela Duckworth points to a single character trait that is a much better indicator of a child’s future success. It is grit, which is a combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals.

Why The Little Gym Krakow is a good place to develop GRIT?

It is because, even before that buzzword gained popularity, the very same concept had been part of the The Little Gym philosophy. The playful gymnastics activities we organize for children are designed to boost their self-confidence and resilience, but also to help them understand that a failure is okay – provided that you try again. Our enthusiastic and committed instructors will always be there for your child – motivating and tutoring until your child builds up the determination to accomplish his or her goal. At The Little Gym Krakow we do not just make kids fitter – we give them tools to be successful as teenagers and adults.

Please visit our The Little Gym in Krakow and see what we can do to install some GRIT in your child.


Parent Involvement Activities

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It's not just the parents of children under 3 who get to have the fun inside the gym! Every few weeks The Little Gym programmes include Parent Involvement Activities in Pre-K and Grade School classes, where you can sample and enjoy some of the Serious Fun yourself.


Bring-A-Friend Week

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We'd like to invite you to bring a friend to your regular class next week (21-27.11)

Bring-A-Friend Week at The Little Gym is when a friend of your child, or a child of your friend, can join your regular class (or other age group) for some extra special fun. Bringing a friend helps the social and emotional development of the children and to build and strengthen their own relationships. We can accommodate one friend per enrolled child, however, please let us know in advance so that we can prepare their welcome!!!


Benefits of Chores

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Do children need chores? According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, young children who are given household chores “build a lasting sense or mastery, responsibility and self-reliance.” And what parent doesn’t want that for their child?

 

The article also found that those who began chores around ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have positive relationships with their families, higher academic success and were also found to be more empathetic and responsive to others needs. Need we say more? Check out these 5 ideas for encouraging your child to help out around the house:

 

  1. Turn on some music while your child sweeps the kitchen or picks up their toys. Adding music to the mix will make doing chores more enjoyable for both of you.
  2. Kids love a good game – set a timer and motivate your kids to do their chore as fast (and efficient) as possible.
  3. Consider the way you approach chores – make it fun and let your child know that they are “helping” you by completing a certain task.
  4. Keep a chore chart - once your child has filled their chart let them choose a “prize” of their choice like staying up “late” on a weekend, ice cream with mom & dad, or a trip to your local children’s museum or zoo.
  5. Have fun with it. Making chores fun is the best way to encourage your child to complete their chores now and for years to come.

 

To read the full article, click here.


Nice Kids Finish First

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The Little Gym helps kids develop social skills, which studies find may be the most important factor for long-term success.


Science has confirmed it: nice guys don’t finish last. At least not according to a new study which suggests that kindergarten students who display pro-social behavior may be more likely to graduate college and have steady jobs. The 20 year national study tracked more than 700 children from kindergarten through age 25. The researchers found that young children that scored highest in social competence skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and listening, were four times more likely to graduate from college than those who did not. The study also found that, in some cases, these types of social skills may be better predictors of future success than academic skills.

Positive social skills are something that can be learned and improved upon throughout childhood. Programs at The Little Gym help children grow and develop social skills in a fun environment that provides a different context for learning. Games are purposefully designed to enhance social development and the non-competitive environment encourages children to play with each other rather than against each other. Children learn to become more considerate of one another, more aware of the feelings of others, and more willing to work together for mutual benefit. These essential life skills help children learn how to interact in positive and socially acceptable ways which helps them become well-rounded little people so that, as research now confirms, they grow into well-rounded adults.