For parents, few things are as nerve-wracking as transitioning your little one from preschool into kindergarten. Relinquishing control and being unable to watch over your child all day long can be a worrisome prospect; and that’s not even to mention the feelings your child may have about entering school! However, this move forward in the education system is absolutely necessary for a child to grow independent, confident, and capable.
According to both Parenting Magazine and The Little Gym of The Upper East Side, one of the best ways to prepare a child for the mental and social responsibilities of kindergarten is through enriching sports, arts, and kid's gymnastics classes. Beyond allowing students the opportunity to expend youthful energy and have fun, these classes teach children how to interact in a social setting, a skill that is absolutely essential within the school system.
Students of The Little Gym of the Upper East Side meet new peers, complete projects together, and play in a safe setting. Children who have taken classes at The Little Gym feel more confident when approaching kindergarten for the first time, as they’ve experienced a similar environment before.
These children also develop one of the most essential skills for kindergarten success – a clear sense of play time vs. work time. The instructors of The Little Gym of The Upper East Side divide each gymnastics or dance session into learning time, application of lessons learned, and then free play time. Kindergarten functions with a similar structure and children without experience in a controlled setting can become confused in the transition.
Parents can prepare their little one for the challenges and rewards of kindergarten by registering him or her for classes at New York City’s top kids gym a few months before the semester begins. To learn more about the classes available for young children at The Little Gym of The Upper East Side, visit the website or call (212) 787-1124.