We decided a while ago that we wanted to get Lucy involved in some sort of activity. Friends and acquaintances had suggested ballet, maybe because Lucy is a girl, but anyone who knows my daughter knows that she is NOT the ballet type. She is more into running, jumping and tumbling, which is why we decided gymnastics would be a good fit for her.
And, boy, did we make the right decision! Gymnastics class is the highlight of her week, and she cries when the 30 minutes are up. We took her to the first class dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, and then realized that they want the girls to wear leotards. So, we went right out and bought her one. She looks so incredibly grown up in it to me.
Class always starts with a warm-up activity (last week is was bouncing across the warm-up area on balls) and stretching. Lucy is getting really good at getting all the stretches right, and her flexibility amazes me. She can touch her nose to the ground. I hope she always has good flexibility.
Then, we normally do something like handstands against the wall — and last week we did some wall climbing — before we do the circuit. Last week’s circuit consisted of a somersault from a standing position, jumping onto a block and then off, going under an arch, and then jumping on this octagon-shaped rolling thing and doing a roll off it. The kids normally do each activity three times. The teacher changes up everything each week, which I like because they don’t get bored doing the same thing (although, Lucy would be completely happy doing the monkey bars all the time, which is what they did two weeks ago). They also usually get in some balance beam work, and class always ends with a jump into the foam block pit (which terrifies Lucy).
We’re so glad we signed her up for this summer class, and I think we’re going to sign her up for the longer class once the school year starts. I have a feeling this is not going to be a fleeting interest for Lucy, which I’m so glad about. I’m going to have to go buy a “Gymnastics Mom” magnet for my car now!