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Next week; SHOWWEEK!!

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Come watch our 'Superstars' during the Showweek from Monday, July 3rd until Sunday, July 9th! We will celebrate all the skills which the children have had learnt at The Little Gym this school year. Not only physical, but also the social, emotional, cognitive and perceptual skills. That they are willing to cooperate in group or with the instructor, that they know we are all friends and it is nice to share and be nice to each other and many more.

 

We would like to invite not only mums and dads but also grandparents and other family. Do not forget to bring your camera because it will be a great show with medals in the end!

 

Note! The current school year runs until July 23th. After the Showweek we have two more weeks of regular classes before the Summer program will start.


Enrolment for the new school year is now open for everyone!

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Our current school year, running until July 23rd is in full swing and we are enjoying it a lot. Over the last two weeks we had the priority enrollment for our current members to already enrol for the new 2017 - 2018 school year. This priority enrolment has ended and it is now possible for everyone to enrol and reserve a spot for the new school year, running from September 4th 2017 to July 22nd 2018.


 
Enrolment for the current school year is still possible as well. Sign up today for an introductory class to experience our programme. 

 

Check our schedules here

 

For more information or to sign up, call us on 020-4040798 or send an email to amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu


For members only: Priority enrolment for the next school year is about to start!!

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On coming Saturday May 27th we will start the priority enrolment for members for the 2017 - 2018 school year. During our two weeks of priority enrolment, from Saturday the 27th of May until Sunday the 11th of June only members can enrol for their favourite class and day on a space available basis.  Please note that enrolments are done at a first come first serve basis. After this period the enrolment will be also open for new members and children from waiting lists.


Enroll during the Priority enrollment to guarantee a spot in your favorite class!


You can find the new schedule for the 2017-2018 school year here.


Summer is around the corner, sign up today!

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Great fun! During the school holidays, rain or shine The Little Gym camps provide children with a fabulous variety of fun, activity, learning and creativity. Themed sessions that change every week with games and gymnastics, all in the care of our qualified and dedicated team of instructors. From 3 to 8 years old.


 
Our camps run from Monday till Friday and each camp is 3 hours long. Flexible registrations are available. It is possible for your child to join whole days (you will provide lunch) or half days. A healthy snack and drinks during these camps are included. Choose as many days as you like and that suits your schedule.
 
Schedule:
Monday to Thursday:
9-12 am and 1-4 pm
 
Friday:
9-12 am
 
Check the full Summer camps schedule and themes here

 

SUMMER CLASSES

Besides the camps we will offer a few of our regular classes. For the 19 to 36 months old we will have classes on the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. For the 10 to 18 months and the 3 to 5 years old we will have a class on the Saturdays. The Summer classes can be scheduled during the 5 weeks of Summer and can be paid per class.

Check the Summer classes schedule here


NEW at The Little Gym Amsterdam...Power Play!

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At The Little Gym of Amsterdam we know that physical activity provides serious benefits for children. That is why it came as no surprise when a recent study confirmed that physical activity and exercise actually enhances brain development specifically relating to a child’s executive functioning skills. That’s why we’ve created a new program specifically designed to help children gain all of the important benefits of play. This new program, Power Play, incorporates age appropriate activities and games that exercise different parts of the body. These activities are designed to foster communication skills, thinking skills, teamwork, all while building confidence, self esteem, and a whole lot of fun!



Power Play is a 30 minute high energy program for children 3-6 years. 

 

Does your child need to burn some of that endless “kid energy”? Of course they do! Sign up today and try it out on one of the following days:

 

Wednesday May 17th:
11.30 - 12.00 am
16.15 -16.45 pm

 
Friday May 19th:
17.15 -17.45 pm

Monday May 22nd:
17.15 -17.45 pm

Wednesday May 24th:
11.30 - 12.00
15.15 - 15.45

Friday May 26th:
17.15 -17.45 pm

 

To learn more about Power Play or to sign up call 020-4040798 or send an email; click here


Bring a friend week at The Little Gym! (*For members only)

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Next week we have 'Bring a friend' in all our classes from Monday May 1st until Sunday May 7th. All members of the Little Gym can bring a friend to their class and join the fun together.

 

Do not forget to sign up the friend as places are limited especially in full classes.

You can sign up by phone: 020-4040798 or by email: click here

The Little Gym closed during public holidays

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Public holidays are coming up, because of this the gym will be closed on the following days:

 

Easter: Sunday 16th and Monday 17th of April

Kingsday: Thursday 27th of April

Ascension: Thursday 25th of May

Pentecost: Sunday 4th and Monday 5th of June

 

If your class is on one of the above dates, you can schedule a make-up class on any other day during the current season. We are happy to help you!


Holiday camps in April, sign up now!

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Holiday camps in April!
In April we will have holiday camps for children from 3 to 8 years old, on the following days:

Thursday April 20th 12.30 - 3.30 pm

Monday April 24th 12.30 - 3.30pm

Reserve your spot on time as places filling up fast. You can reserve the Winter break camps by phone;
020-4040798 or by email; amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu

Easter event at The Little Gym *for members only

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On Sunday April 9th we will have an Easter event at The Little Gym. As a member of The Little Gym you are more then welcome to join in the fun. To make sure everyone can fully enjoy the party, we decided to divide the day into two times for different age groups.

 

From 3.30pm to 4.30pm we will focus on activities for the parent-child groups. This is the age group between 4 and 36 months.

 

From 4.30pm to 6pm we will organize activities specially for the 3 to 12 years old.

 

Sign up at the frontdesk or send an email: amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu


The Little Gym Amsterdam is recruiting

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Are you looking for a fun and rewarding job working with kids? We are hiring!

Fixed hours for Saturday and or Sunday shifts available and for flexible hours during the weekdays! We teach a variety of classes of gymnastics and we offer birthday parties. It is required to have knowledge of the Dutch language and can speak it fluently.

 

For more information please contact amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu for the attention of Carlijn van Mosselveld.


Extra Giggle worms / Good friends class

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Because of all our loyal and enthusiastic customers, we are ready to open another Giggle worm / Good friends class on Tuesday from 3.45 to 4.45 pm! As of Tuesday March 28th, it is possible to join this class. Is your child enrolled in another class at the moment and would you like to switch to the Tuesday? Please let us know by sending an e-mail or come see us at the desk.

Check the full class schedule here


Grade-school night out!

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On Friday, March 17th from 6.30 - 8.30 pm we will organise a very cool party for all our Grade-school kids who are joining the Hotshots/Flips and Twisters classes (6-12 years old). We will do all kind of fun activities in the gym and the lobby/birthday room. The evening will start with dinner, pizaaaaaa. So please let us know if your child has an allergy.

 

We look forward to this cool event for our Grade-school kids, do not forget to register your son/daughter.

 

Call: 020-4040798 or send an email: click here


Bring a friend week (*for members only)

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Next week we have 'Bring a friend' in all our classes from Monday March 6th until Sunday March 12th. All members of the Little Gym can bring a friend to their class and join the fun together.

 

Do not forget to sign up the friend as places are limited especially in full classes.

You can sign up by phone: 020-4040798 or by email: click here


Holiday camps during the Spring break..Sign up today!!

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The Little Gym will be open for regular classes during the Spring break from the 20th until the 27th of February. In addition to the classes we will have holiday camps for children from 3 to 8 years old, on the following days:

 

Monday, February 20th from 12.30-3.30 pm

Tuesday, February 21st from 2 to 5 pm

Thursday, February 23rd from 12.30-3.30 pm

 

Reserve your spot on time as places filling up fast. You can reserve the Winter break camps by phone;
020-4040798 or by email; amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu


So much to choose from

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A new phase has started in your child’s life! They are turning 6 and a whole world of new possibilities opens up for them and you. The offer of sports activities is more varied and can at times be overwhelming. What will be the best choice for you and your child?

 

Maybe you are very fond of dance or rugby and you would love to see your child enjoy these sports as you have done during your youth. Maybe the whole class is joining the ballet school and you child would like to join his friends?

 

Luckily your child has been working on a very strong foundation in their Giggle worms/ Good Friends class. They have grown stronger, more flexible and agile. They have learned to work together and be part of a team. Not that their improved physical abilities have opened up a new world of possibilities their class at The Little Gym will change accordingly….

 

Our Hot Shots and Flips classes are based on the official USA curriculum; it is all about learning cartwheel, handstand and back hand spring! The primary focus of a Hot Shots / Flips class is learning gymnastics skills. The groups will be divided based on individual level and specifically for those children that are ready for an even bigger gymnastic challenge, we have the Twisters class.

 

We challenge the children at their own level in a non competitive-environment where it is more important to try your best than be the best. Working with small groups and a ratio of one teacher to 7 children, every child will receive ample individual feedback. The themes of the classes specifically suit this age group with a strong focus on working together and helping each other to succeed.

 

Please come see us at the front desk with any questions you might still have. We are ready to discuss the different options for you and your child.


When your child goes to school!

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How time flies! Your little one is already turning 4 and that means ‘school’. Your child might be ready for it, but are you too? Perhaps you would like to read a little bit more about what you can expect.

 

As a parent you might worry that your child’s first period at school is too tiring. They will start with 5 days, having to complete many different assignments while sitting still for a long time. In addition your child needs to get used to a new group dynamic in a classroom and having to share the attention of the teacher with 28 other children. No wonder this can be exhausting! Luckily your child has had the opportunity to prepare for this upcoming challenge in our Funny Bugs class. They have learned to follow instructions, to stay with a group and to build a trusting relationship with an instructor. Now that the expectations of your little pupil are changing, The Little Gym class will change as well.

 

The Giggle Worms / Good friends classes are specifically developed for children 4 years and older to support them during this important new phase in their life. We offer these classes after school and during the weekend.

 

After a day of sitting still, your child will be eager to go to a warm and nurturing environment that they already know, where they can burn energy and be themselves.

 

Every child is different and each will have their individual pace to get adjusted to their new schedule. This is not only a big change for your child, but also for you as a parent!

 

We are ready to help you to find a suitable solution for you and your child. Please come and see us at the front desk to discuss the different options that we have to offer.


Join our Open Doors!

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An afternoon filled with fun, games, group activities and more.


On Saturday, February 4th from 2.30 to 4.30pm we invite everyone to our OPEN DOORS to experience our The Little Gym program. Come join us for a 'Serious fun' and active afternoon filled with games, age related activities and gymnastics. 


We offer fun activities for babies, toddlers, pre-school, kindergarden and grade school age groups (4 months to 12 years old). The Instructors will be their to help you with your questions about our programs. 
Members of The Litte Gym are also welcome to join the open doors, do not forget to bring your friends with children to this fun afternoon.

Put Saturday, February 4th on your agenda to make sure you will not miss the fun.

We look forward to see you all!


Bring a friend to The Little Gym *for members only

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Did you know that we have 'Bring a fiend' in class next week from Monday January 16th until Sunday January 22th. All members of the Little Gym can bring a friend to their class and join the fun together.

Do not forget, you need to sign up the friend as places are limited especially in full classes.

You can sign up by phone: 020-4040798 or by email: click here.



First aid workshop for babies and children at The Little Gym (*for members only)

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Make sure that you know how to deal with the most common accidents with baby’s and children.


During this workshop a certified first aid instructor will teach you how to act when a child is choking, has bruises or burns, a heavy bleed, broken bones, brain or spinal injuries or has taken something poisonous. Of course you will be able to ask any related questions you may have.

 

Come around on Wednesday the 15th of February for a coffee and an evening filled with useful information. The workshop on Wednesday the 15th will be in English.
Please note that we have the same workshop in Dutch, the Dutch workshop will be on Wednesday February 8th, same time.

 

Cost: € 25 per person (special price for members of The Little Gym)
Location: The Little Gym
Adress: Henkenshage 4, 1083 BX Amsterdam
Time: from 7 pm untill 10 pm

 

If you like to attend please contact:
Mieke Kooijman
tel: 06 14290910
email: info@kooijman-ehbo.nl

(Please note if you would like to join the English (Febr. 15th) or the Dutch workshop (Febr. 8th)



Happy New Year & Opening hours this week

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We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!

This week The Little Gym is still closed for all the regular classes, as of Saturday, January 7th the classes will start again. Until then the the gym will be open for holiday camps for children from 3 to 8 years old. 

We look forward to see all of our members as of January 7th again! 


So much fun during the Christmas camps, come and join the fun!

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Still looking for a fun activity for your kids during the Christmas holidays?

We are having two weeks of Christmas camps for children from 3 to 8 years old. Last week we have started already and the children had lots of fun making their own The Little Gym Christmas tree.

To check the camps schedule click here and for more specific information or to sign up call us now 020-4040798.


See you during the Christmas holidays!!


Do you know what your little baby’s vision is between 0 and 12 months?

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As of next week we will pay attention to this in our Bugs (4-10 months) and Birds (10-18 months) babygym classes. Besides this we will pay attention to color recognizing.

To get to know more about your baby’s vision click here


Christmas camps at The Little Gym

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Join the fun during the Christmas holidays!

During the Christmas holidays we are open for Christmas camps for children from 3 to 8 years old. The Christmas camps run from Monday, December 19th until Friday, January 6th. 

Sign up now as places are filling up quickly, click here for the full schedule. You can call us on 020-4040798 or send an email click here


Sinterklaas event for members only

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On Saturday November 26th The Little Gym organizes specially for all our members a 'Sinterklaas event'.
To make sure everyone can fully enjoy the event, we decided to divide the day into two times for different age groups.

From 2.30 pm to 4pm we will focus on activities for the parent-child groups. This is the age group between 4 and 36 months.
From 4 pm to 5.30 pm we will organize activities specially for the 3 to 6 years old and the 6 to 12 years old.

During the Sinterklaas event you and your child are more than welcome to join in the fun, to shake hands with Sinterklaas,to be active in the gym, do some coloring, eat pepernoten and much more. 

If you want to join this active, fun Sinterklaas event please sign up before November 29th at the frontdesk or send an email, click here

Enrollment for the full season

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We would like to inform you about the different options for enrollment. At The Little Gym it is possible to enroll for a half season (until February 23rd) or for a full season (until July 23rd). We are happy to announce that a lot of you will be joining our classes until the summer; a full season!

Until November 20th we still offer a 5% discount upon enrolling for the second season. If you have signed up your child for the first part only, and you wish to enroll for the second part as well, come to the desk and we will help you reserve the spot.

Not only will we offer the 5% discount, but we will also be able to guarantee the spot in the preferred class. We have waiting lists for some classes, and we would like to offer you the option to reserve now. Especially for the Beasts (19-29 months), the Funny Bugs (3-4 years) and Giggle Worms/Good Friends (4-5 years) classes are filling up quickly.


Autumn camps are coming up!

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The Little Gym will be open for regular classes during the Autumn holiday from the 17th until the 23rd of October. In addition to the classes we will have holiday camps for children from 3 to 8 years old, on the following days:

Monday, October 17th from 12.30-3.30

Tuesday, October 18th from 2 to 5 pm

Thursday, October 20th from 12.30-3.30

Reserve your spot on time as places filling up fast.


Start of the new 2016-2017 school year!

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We hope everyone is enjoying a great Summer with nice weather, family and friends. We are having a great Summer full of camps and are already preparing for the new 2016-2017 school year. The new school year is starting in August and we are looking forward to see you all (back).

The new school starts on August 29th and will run until July 23rd. If you have not reserved a spot yet for you child in one of your preffered class yet, please ask one of the instructors to help or give us a call: 020-4040798 email: amsterdam@thelittlegym.eu 

You can find the new schedule here


Find The Little Gym Amsterdam on Facebook

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Follow and like The Little Gym Amsterdam Facebook page; link and receive regular updates regarding our program, team and other exciting events.



So much fun, celebrate your birthday party at The Little Gym!

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Your fully supervised, gymnastic based, private party will be filled with music, games, obstacle courses and of course laughter. This may be their first try at gymnastics or you could have a household of budding Olympians, the key to our parties is FUN, FUN, FUN !

Our parties are for kids of all ages, led by trained staff in our custom designed, bright and colourful gym including the very comfortable lobby (see above) where parents and young children are catered for. Bring wine and nibbles and relax whilst our team of instructors entertain the children. You have exclusive use of the whole facility for the duration of your party! We create your individual party to meet the needs of each child.

Our friendly team takes care of the whole party so parents and carers can just sit back and enjoy the FUN!



Get Up and Get Moving!

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The times, they’re changing, and it’s becoming even more difficult to keep our kids engaged, happy, and well, out of our hair. I know I’m not alone when I say that I have used my friends: television, computer, and tablet as a distraction for my children when I need 30 minutes of peace.

 

As parents, we know it’s not always easy, but are kids being exposed to too much technology? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children spend an average of 7 hours a day using media including television, computer, internet, video games, and cell phones. In an ever growing media driven world, it’s becoming even more important to make sure your child is getting active every day.

 

So, how can you encourage your child to get active? Show them that being active is fun! Exercise as a family by going for a nightly walk, jog, or having a family soccer game in the back yard. You can also get your children involved in activities outside of the home like The Little Gym to help them appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come. Whether you’re running, jumping, or tumbling, get moving with your child to build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits!


Our Top 5 Family Dinners

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You know how important it is that your kids eat a healthy dinner every night and we know how hard it is to get your kids to eat the food you want them to eat. If you’re tired of mac & cheese and frozen chicken nuggets, here’s a list of our top five healthy dinners that the whole family will enjoy.

 

  • Looking for a way to pump more vegetables into your kids’ diet? Let’s start with Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. The spaghetti squash is packed full of nutrients. The recipe also includes a healthy amount of celery, carrots, and tomatoes all disguised in the sauce. If you want to make it even healthier, try trading the ground beef for ground turkey.
  • These Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls are stuffed full of healthy things like black beans, spinach, and corn. If you want to make them even heartier try adding some cooked chicken breast. These save so well you might even want to make a double batch so your kids can eat them the next night, too!
  • We love burgers! As a parent you’ll love these Ultimate Turkey & Black Bean Burgers even more because not only are they made with healthy ground turkey but there is also a serving of protein- and fiber-rich black beans in each one. Add some sliced avocado to really make it healthy to the max.
  • We love this recipe for Sesame Chicken Salad because it’s a little out of the ordinary and easy as can be. Your kids will love eating the carrots, snow peas, chicken and pasta, especially when they’re the ones who mix the peanut butter dressing.
  • Your family will beg you every week to make these Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers, a fun play on the traditional chicken pot pie. You’ll be surprised how easy it they are to make. This recipe calls for chicken breast, celery, and carrots, but don’t be scared to add other vegetables to the mix.


Happy eating!


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.


Oh where, oh where have our dear manners gone? Oh where, oh where could they be?

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Good manners are not something that children will naturally pick up. Children need to be taught, reminded, and reminded again of the importance of having good manners.  Good manners help children become well-rounded adults. The trick is to teach your child manners that are age-appropriate so they are able to understand why manners are SO important!  Here are 6 manners that are at the top of our good-manners list.

 

  1. “Thank you” is a word that both parents and The Little Gym instructors cannot stress enough!  A simple thank you sends a powerful message of gratitude. When someone does something for you, gives you a compliment, gives you a gift, etc. it is important to always say thank you. When a child is old enough, a good practice is for children to write their own personal thank you notes when receiving a gift or spending time at a friend’s house. A written note goes a long way!
  2. “Please” or “the magic word”, is an important tool for children to get what they want. Please is a great manner to learn for even children who are not yet talking. If a child wants something it is important for them to use their manners by expressing ‘please’ and following it up with a ‘thank you’.
  3. “Excuse me” or “pardon me”, at a certain age children should learn not to interrupt adults when they are having a conversation. Rather, they should learn to wait their turn or say ‘excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’ if they need to interrupt. These phrases also work when in public and your child needs to get around a person who may be in their way, or when your child bumps into someone by accident. By using ‘excuse me’ or ‘pardon me’ your child will not only be heard but will be doing this in a positive manner.
  4. “Hello” and “goodbye”; Greetings and goodbyes are basic functions of communication. Beginning at a young age children should learn the appropriate way to address people when they enter and leave a room. Greetings and goodbyes are a great way to teach children how to interact with one another.
  5. Table manners; starting at a very young age children can learn table manners. Starting when children begin eating solid foods they are often re-directed when throwing or spitting food. This helps children learn what is acceptable and what is not. When children get a bit older it is important for them to learn basic table manners; knowing how to use your utensils, asking for things to be passed when they are out of reach, and asking to be excused when they are finished with their meals. Basic table manners follow children throughout their lives and helps parents enjoy their mealtimes as well!
  6. Be kind to others; it is important for children to learn how to be kind and positive. Teaching children that mean words and teasing is hurtful helps a child understand the importance of kindness.

 

Practice makes perfect – keep practicing and reminding your child of the importance of having good manners. Be repetitive, if your child does not say please then simply make them ‘say the magic word’ and they will begin to catch on! Often times role-playing is a great way to have your child experience the appropriate way to act in certain situations. Great manners go a long way and it is best to begin good practices at a young age!


Cold and Flu Myths

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It starts with a sniffle – next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, and passing tissues. If you’re feeling confused about how to treat colds and the flu, you’re not alone. Separate the facts from the fiction and check out the top 3 cold and flu related myths.

 

Myth #1: The flu vaccine causes the flu: Getting a flu shot may cause symptoms that feel like the flu, but the viruses contained in the flu shots have been killed, or “inactivated.” which means they can’t cause infection. While there may be some achy side effects that can sometimes follow the flu shot, it just means your immune system is responding and processing the vaccine.

Myth #2: You’re more likely to get sick if you’re cold: Despite mom’s warnings that you should bundle up, being cold does not cause a cold. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, infections prevail in winter months because they are spread when more people stay indoors for longer periods of time and are in closer contact with each other.

Myth #3: Hugging and kissing are great ways to spread cold and flu germs: Cold and flu viruses like to enter the body through the nose or eyes, so a hug or a peck on the cheek isn’t likely to be dangerous. Don’t be afraid to give your sick child plenty of affection, and don’t worry that a kiss or hug will spread your germs to him (or vice-versa).

 

Many parents recognize The Little Gym as a safe and clean place in which to bring their children. We work hard to ensure each and every visit lives up to your expectations. Daily and weekly cleaning and sanitation helps keep our environment sparkly and keeps the germs away.  And if your child is feeling a little under the weather, our generous make-up policy allows you to attend a make-up class by simply calling us prior to the absence.


6 Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

6 Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

Parents are a child’s greatest influence. As a parent, there are many things you can be doing to establish and strengthen your child’s confidence. Here are 6 tips for strengthening your child’s confidence.

 

  1. Consider the compliments you give your child. Words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities. Try using Specific Positive Feedback to focus on specific feedback rather than simply saying “Good Job”.
  2. Nurture your child’s special interests. Every child is unique, as parents and caregivers it is your job to help your children feel confident about those interests.
  3. Provide endless encouragement for your child. Your child will never forget the way you make them feel – that’s why it is important to be supportive of your child. Encourage them to reach for the stars!
  4. Do not label your child as anything – this may limit them and the way they feel about themselves as they grow.
  5. Extend trust in your child and let them make decisions.
  6. Focus on the glass half full – teach your child optimism. Teaching your child how to have an optimistic mindset will allow their confidence to shine!

 

Building self-confidence begins very early in life, it is important to set your child up for success. Use these simple tips to help your child become more confident.