Gymnastics for preschoolers? Well, yes. Kaia's been attending a class at The Little Gym and absolutely loving it. Each week they have different group activities they use as a warm up. The week I took these pictures they used a giant inflatable bouncy room!
We've only gone to a few classes, but I can already see some good things coming from them. Kaia is more comfortable in large groups, she's more comfortable pointing out her own needs, and she's getting more confident in very important skills (like jumping off high platforms). Seriously... it could save her life someday!
The balance beam has been another little accomplishment. When she began she really wanted to hold someone's hand...or even just a finger! If that wasn't an option, she wanted to secure herself with her hands. After a week or two, she was willing to stand and shuffle her feet along the beam. She could cross it without lifting up her feet. Finally, two weeks ago, she did this:
She lifted her feet right off of the beam. Then, she repeated the feat on the tall balance beam. Yeah, I was pretty proud of her. It's so good to see her proud of herself too. She realizes she's conquering little fears. This week she even did it backwards! The teacher did hold everyone's hand as they went backwards, but she still held out her arms and lifted up her feet.
And what does Harry do while Kaia learns new skills and practices amazing tricks? He flirts with the other moms, plays with toys, practices walking, and talks to himself.