October 26, 2018
Whether your preschool-aged child is currently enrolled in gymnastics at Houston Gymnastics Academy or you’re considering enrolling him or her for the first time, it’s important to know the benefits of early-age enrollment and how gymnastics will benefit your child in the years to come. We sat down with Preschool Director and face of our preschool gymnastics program, Misty Baxter or “Coach Misty” to our current students, to learn more about why gymnastics is most beneficial when started early.
How will gymnastics benefit my child at such a young age?
As you may know, our preschool gymnastics classes begin at just 12 months with our parent-and-me classes and advance as the child ages. Gymnastics is a form-based sport and teaching your child these skills early will enable them to learn proper technique to stretch and grow their muscles as they continue to develop. In addition, your child can expect to see increased flexibility thanks to these techniques.
What skills will my child be learning in gymnastics classes?
Well, specific skills depend on the age and class level of your child. However, overall, your child will develop and improve their motor skills by utilizing all the equipment in the Houston Gymnastics Academy gym. In addition, your child will work on hand-eye coordination by walking on beams of varying width and height, as well as improve their ability to focus by working on the bars. Each piece of equipment in our gym has a specific purpose and will enhance your child’s skills in relation to that piece.
Aside from gymnastics, what other benefits will my child see from weekly participation?
While the overall athletic benefits can’t be emphasized enough, as skills in gymnastics will translate to other sports, there are a number of other benefits. For starters, your child’s social skills will improve substantially as he or she begins to interact regularly in a group setting, engaging in classroom-like routines that will help as they transition to school. Additionally, students learn discipline and good habits are taught and encouraged at a level that is safe and not a disturbance to other students. Lastly, and possibly most important, is self-esteem. Your child will continually build confidence as they tackle new challenges, learn to interact with other kids, and experience the feeling of success and how to overcome obstacles.
To learn more about our preschool gymnastics classes or to enroll your child in our Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 classes, click here.