Tumble Bugs at SVGTC has been a preschool activity staple in the Valley for the past nine years and this year we have made some exciting changes to make it “Out of This World” great! We continue to offer two separate Tumble Bugs programs. Come Explore With Me! is designed for children to have a parent or caregiver by their side while All Me! is an independent gymnastics class. Another important distinction is that Come Explore With Me! can be a drop in class but both All Me! 1 and All Me! 2 have enrollment based tuition, not attendance based.
New this year, every single class will be themed based. We won’t be simply doing straight jumps on balance beam, for example: you will find us jumping over props like moon rocks and other creative play adventures.
Tumble Bugs: Come Explore With Me! (0-5 years old)– this theme based class is designed to be an interactive bonding time between parent(s) or caregiver(s) and child. It is not free play or preschool open gym. Class will begin promptly at 9:15 on Mondays (8:15 Saturdays), when children and their adult will be invited to find a carpet square in our circle for a few minutes of music, movement and stretching. After that there will be a group activity introducing new gymnastics or gross motor skills through play. At least fifteen minutes of class will leave time for children to advance around the gym to explore pre-determined stations with their parent or caregiver directly by their side. Come Explore With Me! will follow the same themes used in Tumble Bugs: All Me! however, the stations will be geared toward parent child interaction for the younger child. Children who are not yet walking are absolutely welcome to join class free of charge. The class is primarily geared towards toddlers but can be a fun exeperience for younger babies and is also appropriate for 3-5 year olds who want or need the extra time with a parent or caregiver. Older preschoolers will be expected to exercise care around the younger children in class for safety reasons.
Tumble Bugs: Come Explore With Me! meets Mondays at 9:15a.m. and Saturdays at 8:15a.m.
Cost: $10 drop in or $70 for a punch card of 10 classes. All previously purchased Come Explore With Me! punch cards will remain active and can be used for this class and/or open gym. Punch cards can also be converted to a credit of their dollar value to be used towards All Me! tuition when children are ready to advance.
Tumble Bugs All Me! is an independent theme based preschool gymnastics class. Our new curriculum for Tumble Bugs All Me! includes a few minutes of music and movement time at the beginning and end of each class. We incorporate gross motor skill development, pre gymnastics movement and basic gymnastics skills. Children will also have opportunities to advance their social and cognitive skills. Taking turns, following directions, walking in a line are all examples of social skills your child will have opportunities to practice in our classes. In addittion there will shape symbols at stations, counting forwards and backwards, number and color recognition etc. -all in a kinesthetic learning environment. We have scaled down equipment for all major gymnastics apparatus. Little gymnasts will spend time on floor skills, trampoline, bars, balance beam, rings, uneven bars, vault and parallel bars.
New to this session, we are separating three to five year olds into Tumble Bugs! 1 and Tumble Bugs! 2. You can consult with staff about which class is best for your child or make your best guess at enrollment. If we feel your child needs moved to the other class, we will let you know so that we can make that adjustment. In general a Tumble Bug needs to have mastered most or all of the skills on the Tumble Bugs! 1 checklist (below) and have mastered the ability to follow directions and complete stations with minimal redirection.
We will be celebrating children’s progress using our Star Achievement Charts.
I am excited to introduce our first Tumble Bugs Theme: Space Adventures!
Week 1: BLAST OFF! We will introduce basic gymnastics shapes as well as being introduced to the basic ground rules and structure of a Tumble Bugs! class. For some it will be a review, but for all it will be an adventure!
Week 2: Fun In The Sun! We will work on “orbiting” in an obstacle course. This structure helps keep Tumble Bugs busy and active instead of waiting too long in line for turns.
Week 3: Astronaut Acrobatics! Tumble Bugs will focus on correct forward and backwards rolls (down hill for 1’s, on the floor for 2’s). We will also work on sideways movement and cartwheels.
Week 4: You’re a STAR at SVGTC! This week we will celebrate the conclusion of our Space theme and hand out individual checklists.
***Please do not be afraid to use the waitlist for your child. If we know you are looking for a spot for them we will do our best to find one so that everyone can participate! Thank you***
Tuition in the below chart is monthly. There is a 10% discount for prepaying the session and a 5% discount for accounts that are on Easy Monthly Auto Pay.