Summer Bummer…Not!!!

I try not to let my kids get bored this summer so I get them into different activities.  Number one important thing for me is that they learn something from them.   Let me share some with you.

painting
Painting: Creativity/Imagination, Following directions, and Focus is exercised.  This also enhances their eye-hand coordination which is a big help in preparation for big school.
baking
Baking:  A good experience.  It also teaches them how food is made.  That there are ingredients to everything they eat.  Cleanliness and Sanitation are good topics to be taken up during the process.  You don’t have to be a chef to do basic cooking/baking.  They’re kids, they’ll have fun!
swimming
Swimming:  Of course, we’d also like to get into physical activity to strengthen their bodies.  My main goal is for them to learn how to swim for their lives if needed.  You’ll never know what situation you’ll get into in the future.  Besides, swimming is very beneficial for all ages.
Gymnastics: This brings out the fun in doing different tricks in a not so common setting.  It's like playing too!
Gymnastics: This brings out the fun in exercising.  Doing different tricks in a not so common setting. It’s like playing too!  Kids love it coz there are a lot of girls with them.  There are also boys gymnastics available at this Milo Best Gymnastics Camp.

Since Chesca loves to sing and dance, I also enrolled her in Trumpets at the Podium Mall.  This toddler class doesn’t only teach the kids to sing or dance, but it’s also aimed to bring them out of their shells.

 

Try to also incorporate workbook activities with your toddlers this summer.  Simple fun workbooks available in bookstores would do the trick.  This is just so his writing, reading, math skills could be honed over the summer as well.

 

So you see mommies, there’s so much to do out there this summer!  I know the heat has been unbearable the past few weeks and its too lazy to go out, but think of the opportunity you’re giving your kids in letting them experience new things.  This is also where we’d be able to discover what they’re good at and maybe they’ll surprise you in a hidden talent you never thought they had! 🙂

 

Painting and Baking-can easily be done in your own homes.

Swimming- there are a lot of swimming schools around the metro. If you have a pool, private instructors can come over. 

Gymnastics- Club Gymnastica, Kapitolyo.  Little Gym, El Pueblo.  Kids Klub, Shaw.

Trumpets-5th level Podium Mall

 

 

 

 

Extra Curricular Activities in Kinder – Too Soon???

My toddler wanted to try out gymnastics in her school so we attended a trial session.  To my surprise, it was no joke.  Nothing like what I expected at all.  It was the real thing and not like the kiddie gymnastics you have at Little Gym.

The session was 2 hours (which I thought was only an hour), first hour was basically stretching and warming up, then the 2nd hour was more on the bars, beam, trampoline, and floor exercises.

Stretching/warming up.  Just watching them doing these exercises made me tired.  Poor Chesca, she also didn’t know it was gonna be like this.  She kept running to me saying “mommy, I’m tired”, “Mommy, I’m hungry”, and “Mommy, I’m really tired.”

The first thing the coach made them do was run around the gym 6x.  On the 4th round, Chesca was slowing down and could see her tired.  This was right after her class which was  normally her nap time.  But then, she still finished it.  Was so proud she didn’t quit!

When it was time for the bars, she got excited.  It was what she liked about gymnastics.  Hanging on the bars, balancing on the beams, and doing forward rolls.  During this trial session, she actually already experienced hanging upside down, turning around the bars, and doing backward rolls.   So these people really mean business!  They’re not wasting any time!

So as I was observing the entire 2 hour trial session, I was asking myself if it would be good for Chesca to do this 1-2x a week, or if it was too early for her and just wait another year.  I wanted her to enjoy playing first and was even thinking of enrolling her in Little Gym again.

But when I asked her if she wanted to join this club or Little Gym, she chose her school’s gymnastics club.  Then I ask her, “But didn’t you say you got so tired? You can just do Little Gym on weekends”…and guess what she answered:  “But Mommy, you gotta try and try until you can do it, right?”

Oh My!  My baby is growing up too fast!!!

I have 3 more days to decide whether I’ll enroll her or not.  It’s good for her to do so coz she’ll learn discipline but then again, I’m thinking she might be too young for this kind of serious activity.

I guess I’ll just have to do more probing with her…wish me luck 🙂