Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Organization of Worms

Gymnastics class for two and three-year-olds is like organizing worms. The good thing about having a big class is that statistically speaking, there will be a single child paying attention at any particular point. It makes the coach feel better, even if the rest of the class is exploring the fascinating window latch or removing all the beanbags in the obstacle course, one by one.

Lucinda at Suburban Turmoil wrote about how there is a lot of pressure to enroll your kids in a million different toddler programs to accelerate their development. If you don't, you are a bad, neglectful parent whose children will grow up to work the drive-through window at McDonald's. I agree that the marketing spiels have gotten pretty much out of control.

I look at gymnastics class as basically a big room where Q can run around and fling himself at nicely padded objects, and maybe pick up a few skills, like lining up to get hand-stamps at the end of class. That, the boy does very well. Listening to other directions, not so much. He loves being upside down, so the class is probably worth it just for that.

Here's his develope a la seconde. Clearly, he needs a little work on his turnout, but we're waiting until he turns two to get on his case about that. Totally kidding, guys.

6 comments:

Suzanne said...

I agree with the assessment of worms, and the somewhat dubious link between career outcome and walking on a balance beam at age 3. That said, I did enroll my daughter in a gymnastics class, but only because I thought it would be fun. And it was!

Jenny said...

Worms...hell yes.

I had Hailey in gymnastics for awhile but she seemed to be just as happy at the park for free.

Of course when she can't do a double flip-flop round-off at age 3 I'll be kicking myself.

Rohini said...

With you on the pressure to enrol kids younger and younger into activities. Here, in Mumbai, most parents are sending their kids to playgroup as early as 17 months!

Rohini said...

With you on the pressure to enrol kids younger and younger into activities. Here, in Mumbai, most parents are sending their kids to playgroup as early as 17 months!

Mamacita Tina said...

"...like organizing worms", love that metaphor! Too true, too true. Ian and I have taken several classes together. Lots of fun to watch the kids run around and sometimes interact with each other. I laugh and quiver at the same time when the teacher puts out an art project for us to do.

Lady M said...

With the art classes, the best thing is not having to clean paint off your house afterwards!