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Ava the Artist

Ava began Gymboree art class!

The teacher is great and the class is set up very developmentally appropriate.  The first 8 min or so was free time with play dough, which Ava loved!  Then we moved to the carpet for movement and parachute fun.  Then back to the tables for art #1 creating a valentine train.  When I asked Ava if we were going to make a train she said “truck”.  She is still loving trucks. She put the glue on the shapes and I placed them to form the body of the truck.  I asked her to glue down the wheels this was a challenge as it was her first experience with glue!  I put the glue down and she stuck the wheels on the paper.  She then put the heart stickers down.  She was soooo over sitting at the table at this point which originally was a selling point! We moved back to the carpet for snack and story time in which the melt down began. She decided that she wanted to leave the Art room and play in the gym, AHH!!!  I was worried about that!  Eventually we made it back into art, missed the second project but got there for music and block time.  I think once she gets the routine down she will love art class as much as play class but it will take persistence on my part!

I have decided that this adventure is more about teaching her that fun can happen even when she does not get to choose every step… for my strong headed darling this will be a challenge but also I believe a good lesson and experience!

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When Ava began crawling just after her 5 month birthday I knew I was going to be one busy mom! At that time I was a member of Stroller Strides; a workout group including other moms and of course our babies and strollers. I really enjoyed the workout. Ava however, hated being stuck in her stroller. It turned into an hour of Ava fussing and unhappy which in the end meant that I did not really workout! So I researched other options and finally ended on a one day a week Play and Learn Gymboree class

The gym itself is wonderfully colorful, varied, child focused, safe and clean. There are slides, stairs, balls, ramps, bubbles, a parachute and the set-up changes every 2 weeks. Ava squeals with delight each time we arrive. What sold me on Gymboree over other similar programs was that with your membership you could attend any and all open gym times. We of course do not make it there five days a week, but it sure is nice knowing that is an option!

The classes are leveled and each week the gym’s set-up supports new developmentally appropriate skills. What really makes Ava’s class however, is the instructor; Ethan. We have attended classes with other instructors and had fun but there is something special about Ethan! There are some people that are just meant to be around children! The mood, music and feel of the class is so positive and enjoyable. Thank you Gymboree and Ethan for making our week just a little more fun!

Photographer: Kim Smith

Photographer: Kim Smith

Photographer: Kim Smith

Photographer: Kim Smith

bubbles

 

Note: Gymboree makes the best bubbles and bubble blower ever: Gymboree Bubble Oodles! With one blow you can make 20+ bubbles. There is a side to make lots of little bubbles or larger ones. Ava LOVES it and it is so easy!!!

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