About us

Gymkidz is a pre-school and primary gymnastics and movement education programme.

Basic concept

A huge percentage of a child’s personality and achievement potential is developed during the first 5 years of a child’s life. Gymkidz provides the child with an environment in which he is given nearly unlimited freedom to explore the capabilities of his body, with a reassuring coach at hand to help him along the way.

We believe that the child learns in a fun, safe environment and by learning in such an environment he will raise his level of self confidence which continually feeds on the nourishment of opportunity.

The children learn social skills by working alone, with partners and in groups. Many traditional games are taught to the children. These develop sportsmanship, social interaction and boost self confidence.

Mission statement

  • To assist in the holistic development of children through movement. By exercising the body, we exercise the mind.
  • To ensure lessons are fun varied, interesting and always educational.
  • To identify talented children and refer them to high-level training centres.
  • To identify developmental areas that require remedial attention and to raise awareness with teachers and parents.
  • To increase the variety of movements that a child can perform in order to form a sound foundation for all other sports.

Skills taught

Our programme covers all of the following developmental skills:

  • Flexibility
  • Muscle strength and tone
  • Balance and posture
  • Body awareness and visual perception
  • Gross and fine motor co ordination
  • Concentration
  • Sportsmanship
  • Hand-eye co ordination
  • Ball skills
  • Develop and Improve self-confidence.
  • Improve verbal communication and language development, thinking and creativity in planning basic body movement.
  • To help children develop motor imitation skills. Motor imitation is the ability to watch a demonstration of a body movement and copy that movement.

Integrated Learning Therapy®

We have recently introduced the Integrated Learning Therapy® movement sequencing exercises into our programme. These are very specific movements, which assist in preventing and helping to overcome learning difficulties in children.

These exercises specifically work on the following:

  • Left and right brain hemisphere integration
  • Develops a sense of body in space
  • Helps improve concentration
  • Teaches children to cross the mid line
  • Helps children to isolate and concentrate on specific tasks without other body parts interfering.

For more information, visit their web site at www.ilt.co.za

Programme

Our lessons are divided into four sections:

Warm Up: This consists of stretching exercises, music (action songs), and running, jumping and hopping activities

Integrated Learning Therapy® exercises

Tumbling: Foundation gymnastics skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels etc.

Apparatus Activities: 16 different pieces of equipment are used to add fun and variety to our programme.

Apparatus

1. Hula-hoop
2. Bean bags
3. Balls
4. Big ball
5. High bar
6. Rope
7. Paralettes
8. Boat
9. Stilts
10. 3 legged fun
11. Ribbons
12. Sticks
13. Balance beam
14. Vault
15. Wedge
16. Block
17. Yurchenko
18. Roll
19. Trampoline
20. Springboard
21. Hands
22. Kick and catch
23. Whizz balls
 

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