Early Childhood Gymnastics
Fox Valley Gymnastics early childhood classes are a great way to develop and focus your child’s natural energy. In our fun and engaging classes, we will help your child develop the strength, flexibility, and coordination necessary not only for gymnastics but for all sports. For the safety of all concerned, anyone who is not participating in a class will be asked to remain in the lobby until class is completed. In lieu of view week, a gymnastics showcase will be held in December & June. The gymnastics staff reserves the right to move a student to an appropriate level if needed. Appropriate attire is mandatory, please refer to your confirmation receipt for details. In an effort to provide quality instruction while maintaining appropriate ratios we do not offer make-ups for missed classes.
BabyNastics (crawling – 18 months)
Focusing on exploration and movement, this parent / care-giver participation class is for mobile babies who are crawling to 18 months old. Our baby classes build strength, spatial understanding, and social skills, giving your child a leg-up in those important formative years. You are invited to participate in your baby’s introduction to gymnastics and celebrate every exciting discovery along the way.
TotNastics (walking – 36 months)
This class focuses on basic gymnastics and motor skills, as well as socialization and listening skills. Much like the baby class, the parent tot program focuses on developing strength, spatial awareness, and social skills. You are invited to participate as your child develops trust and independence in a fun and safe environment, learning the basic skills and vocabulary of gymnastics. This is a parent / care-giver participation class for children who are confidently walking to 36 months old.
Both Baby classes are 30 minutes and Tot classes are 40 minutes:
- General Exploration: Set-up changes weekly – 5 minutes
- Circle Time: 5 minutes
- Gymnastics Skills: With the teacher or on the equipment – 15 minutes
- Gross Motor Skills/Activity: 5-10 minutes
Preschool Gymnastics (3-4 year olds)
Child should be able to stay independently with the teacher for the class time. This class focuses on building physical coordination, as well as introducing basic gymnastics skills using traditional gymnastics equipment, obstacle courses and stations. Participants must be potty trained.
KinderNastics (4-5 year olds)
KinderNastics focuses on mastering basic skills on the equipment and begins to focus on technique as well as combinations of skills. Children under the age of 4 years old must be evaluated or recommended by an instructor.
Creative Play Gymnastics (4-6 year olds)
Creative Play Preschool students can extend their day with our enrichment program! Our staff will pick up your child from their preschool classroom and bring them to gymnastics. Classes focus on balance, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and self-esteem.
Early Childhood Gymnastics classes are 45 minutes long:
- Warm Up/Stretch: 10 minutes
- Three Gymnastics Event Rotations: 10 minutes each
- Closing Activity: 5-10 minutes
Our Youth Gymnastics classes are designed to teach flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness using gymnastics skills while building positive self-esteem in a fun, yet challenging environment. Gymnastics skills are developed through progression and proper technique. Required skills must be mastered to register for a specific level. The gymnastics staff reserves the right to move a student to an appropriate level if needed. For the safety of all concerned, anyone who is not participating in a class will be asked to remain in the lobby until class is completed. In lieu of view week, a gymnastics showcase will be held in December & June. Appropriate attire is mandatory, please refer to your confirmation receipt for details. In an effort to provide quality instruction while maintaining appropriate ratios we do not offer make-ups for missed classes.
Junior Beginner (5-6 year olds)
This class focuses on skills and body positions that are taught at the beginner level of our Recreation Program. Progression of skills as well as combinations of skills are explored. Children under the age of 5 years must be evaluated or recommended by an instructor.
Beginner (7-10 year olds)
Gymnasts learn fundamentals while concentrating on coordination, strength, flexibility, balance and self-confidence as they are introduced to skills on gymnastics equipment.
Continuing Beginner (7-10 year olds)
This class is for gymnasts who have mastered beginner level skills. Emphasis is on building skills while focusing on form and technique. Required skills: cartwheel ¼ turn, handstand against wedge, bridge from back.
Intermediate (8-12 year olds)
Emphasis is on perfecting skills, sequencing while introducing new skills while increasing flexibility and strength. Required skills: cartwheel step in, backward roll to push up, bridge kickover.
Advanced (8-12 year olds)
Development on advanced skills and combinations to create a sequence is the focus of this class. Required skills: handstand bridge kickover, handstand forward roll, back walkover.
Middle School Gymnastics (10-14 year olds)
Whether you are a beginner for experienced gymnast, this class is for middle schoolers to have the gym to themselves. Students are grouped by ability and assigned an instructor to work on skills with.
Youth Gymnastics classes are 60-70 minutes long:
- Warm Up/Stretch: 10 minutes
- Two Gymnastics Event Rotations: 15 minutes each
- Tumbling: 15-20 minutes
- Closing Activity: 10-15 minutes
Each session, evaluations are completed by the instructor of your child’s class. Along with mastery of skills, factors that affect mobility can include behavior, ability to receive instruction and make changes and potential. Repetition of a class does not mean the gymnast isn’t learning anything new. Gymnasts are perfecting skills, improving technique and basics. Gymnastics is a slow sport to learn properly; therefore, repeating a level is very common.