Mini Movers Gymnastics
Building the Right Foundation
Metro Gymnastics Center’s Mini Movers Gymnastics Program provides children 12 months old through Kindergarten an opportunity to explore age appropriate activities in a safe, fun, kid-oriented environment. Children are challenged at their own ability levels and praised for their interaction and efforts. We believe that gymnastics builds strength, balance, flexibility and coordination and more importantly self confidence!
We also strongly believe that teaching the kids social skills such as following directions, sharing, taking turns and cooperation are an integral part of not only our gymnastics classes but life itself!
Mini Mover Classes
Metro Gymnastics offers the following Preschool Gymnastics Classes:
This parent participation toddler gymnastics class introduces group activity, sharing, and taking turns. Students work on gross motor skills such as jumping, rolling, and hanging, all with parent help and reassurance. Concentration and hand/eye coordination are improved through music and rhythm.
In this age group, students begin to participate on their own, without parent involvement. Children learn to take direction, wait for turns, and make a line—all important social ideas for this age. All of the gym equipment is used to introduce tumbling, swinging, balancing, and jumping in a safe and correct manner.
Tumbling skills such as donkey kicks (introduction to handstands) and pinwheels (introduction to cartwheels) are covered, as well as correct jumping and landing techniques, tucked rolls, and skills “high in the air” on rings and bars. Stretching time focuses on games and fun ways to warm up muscles.
Instruction includes handstand and cartwheel technique, back rolls, bridges, different kinds of jumps and solid landings are all part of tumbling work. Bar skills such as pullovers, forward rolls and front supports will aid in strength and agility. Loco motor skills such as galloping and skipping are introduced as well.
Proficiency in certain gymnastics skills must be attained before students can move into the Twisters, such as good cartwheel and handstand technique, backward rolls, comfort on the higher beams, basic vaulting concepts, pullovers on bars, and a high level of strength and flexibility.
First of all, thank you for letting our Metro Staff be a part of your child’s life. Our First Aid and CPR certified staff will keep your child safe, happy and healthy.
As a Parent you may ask yourself why my child should do gymnastics. Here are just a few of the reasons and benefits for your preschooler/toddler.
Social Skills: peer interaction, taking turns, watching, listening, cooperation within the class structure.
Cognitive Skills: focus, memorization, problem solving, and following instructions.
Confidence: achievement, overcoming fear, and trying new athletic adventures.
Physical Development: strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, and balance.
Fun: games, music, swinging, rolling, twisting, jumping and climbing.
Here at Metro we hope to build a foundation of skills and positive attitudes so that no matter where they end up in life, they are self confident and successful!
- We have a dressing room and a cubby area to put your belongings into; shoes, socks, and coat.
- Have your gymnast ready in their leotard (shorts and T-shirt for boys) and hair pulled up and away from the face, and all jewelry removed.
- All students sit at the edge of our floor and cubby area and wait for the teachers to begin the classes. Gymnasts and/or parents are not allowed out on the floor or equipment prior to class beginning.
- The Mini Movers, age’s 1-5 years old warm-up on the main floor for the morning classes and on the Rec floor (nearest to cubbies) in the afternoon/evening classes.
- Warm-ups begin with a group song with all the students together and then some cardio running for a few minutes. When finished with the cardio run the students then split up with their individual teacher for stretching and body positions.
- The gymnasts will then receive approximately 10 minutes on 3 different rotations, with some major fun including, jumping and swinging on a rope into one of our two fluffy foam pits! The students are introduced to the various apparatus which includes the bar, beam, floor exercise basics, jumping off springboards and trampoline. We incorporate strength and flexibility into our rotations in fun and creative ways. We practice hanging and swinging, jumping and landing, balancing, coordination and so much more!
- When class is over the Teacher will lead the group over to the cubby area for release and stamp time.
- We do not allow parents onto the gym floor; we have a large viewing area upstairs for you to watch from, with TV monitors that show our different apparatus.
- Most of our Mini Movers come for their fun work-out one-time a week, but you are always welcome to enroll into multiple classes.
Does Metro offer a free trial class?
In order to protect the current students’ class experience, we do not allow any free trial class. Instead we have you register and pay for just 1 class, and if the first class isn’t what you expected, we will drop you from the class.
You are also more than welcome to come in and observe classes from our upstairs viewing area anytime. This gives you an opportunity to see the facility and watch a class in action to determine if it looks like a good fit for your child.
What if I miss a class?
Notify the office when you are unable to attend your regular class. One make-up is allowed per session. Call the office to schedule your make-up. No refunds are given for missed classes.
What to wear?
Girls can wear a leotard, and/or shorts and a t-shirt tucked in. Footless tights are permitted. Boys can wear shorts/sweats with a t-shirt tucked in. Hair must be secured away from the face with binders and clips. Students are not allowed to wear jewelry, jeans, and dresses or chew gum. Leave all jewelry home along with other valuables.
Do I have to stay?
Parents should always wait until the teacher begins class. As long as we have a phone number to get a hold of you, you are welcome to run errands and return before you child’s class is over. All parents and family members observe our classes from our upstairs viewing area.
What should we do when we arrive?
- Have your child put their things into a cubby, shoes and socks off, and sit on the edge of the floor mat next to the cubbies and wait for the teacher to begin class.
- Children are not allowed onto the equipment or gym floor until the teacher begins class. No tumbling or horseplay while waiting.
- Students for all ages must wait inside the building until their ride arrives. Students should be picked up promptly following class.
What if my child is sick or injured?
Please keep sick children and siblings home. Students should report any accident or injury during class to the instructor. If an injury occurs outside of class, please call the office schedule a makeup.
Do you work with Special Needs Families?
We would love to set-up group instruction for your special needs child. This could include field trips or weekly classes. Please email us with your questions.
What about Field Trips?
Plan your field trip to Metro Gymnastics Center: Birthday Parties, going away parties, Girl and Boy Scout Groups, play day trips, preschool outings. Groups of 7 or more please.
Am I allowed out on the gym floor?
Due to safety and liability reasons, only enrolled students are permitted out on the gym floor except for our Toddler classes (see Mini-mover section). All parents and spectators can view the gym from our upstairs viewing area that also has TV monitors.