Penguins/Koalas (1-2yr)

Throughout the term we cover various areas of development- gross motor and fine motor. The sessions offer a certain routine for your child and some challenges as well throughout the term. A 45min class includes:

Free play – Each lesson begins with 10 min free explorative play on our large equipment and is a nice time to socialise with other parents and children. Free play is followed by mat time.

Mat time – Mat time starts with bubbles and music. The parents and children are invited to come and sit on the mat together as a group and sing a hello song. Small equipment skills (balls etc), exercises, massage and a dance will follow. Each exercise is shown and explained to you to enable you to do the same at home. This 10 mins on the mat finishes with our special treasure bag time which follows the theme for the term. This is loved by the children and is important for language, social interaction, tactile experiences, imagination, and reinforces the word for the week which is quickly flashed to your child. This stimulates memory and pre-reading skills. Being fully involved with the activities of your child is beneficial for all children and enhances love, security, joy and learning.

Equipment time – Another 15 mins on our specially designed equipment will give the chance for your child to practice his skills, develop new skills and explore. We have a whole room full of equipment where your children can experiment with their bodies and their own personal capacities. Teachers are always nearby to offer guidance and teach new skills. Older children will enjoy the challenge of following the circuit and practising new movement exercises. The equipment circuit is changed every two weeks to introduce new challenges. We positively encourage and do not force. This must be FUN!

Music time – The session is concluded with music and parachute time. Each week we have a musical instrument to play and dance with and our big colourful parachute comes out for the children to lie under or play games with. Then everyone sings our traditional goodbye song and goes back home with the week’s picture and word for their GymbaROO scrapbook to use and talk about at home.