Some of you may have read about my challenges with Luke going into the “big boy” class at The Little Gym. We decided to try taking a class with Cody which resulted in them (mostly Luke!) just wanting to play and Luke being a distraction soo…we tried another class at the Liberty branch and I’ve been amazed at how far Luke has come.
I was told, many times by family and some friends, that perhaps Luke wasn’t ready and maybe I should pull him out of class for 6 months and give him some time. My gut told me that would make the problem worse and I just knew what was happening wasn’t Luke’s personality and the whole thing didn’t sit well with me. I decided to forge ahead and continued to work with the teachers and we had a pretty good plan that seemed to be working really well. I’ve learned a lot out of this situation – the biggest thing being that kids have to learn to feel secure and safe without their parents and there are situations that can hinder the process or make it easier. Yes, every child is different but I’ve learned that once you find the right “fit” with the class and teachers it makes a world of a difference. Kids really know when an adult is getting down on their level and connecting with them and when that doesn’t happen I think it can make it difficult for kids to feel comfortable in certain situations.
I’ve known friends who have tried a couple different day care programs or preschool classes and followed their kids cues as to what is the best fit for them. Kids are so honest and they really can tell when something doesn’t feel right to them. When kids are so young (before Kindergarten) I think it’s important to listen to them because this is the age they are learning to be independent and safe by themselves. Once they’re older and starting school I think it’s important to start teaching them that they may not like their teacher or kids at school but they have to figure out a way to work through it and they can’t run away from those kinds of challenges. I think everyone has had to work with someone they don’t particularly like or get along with but you have to work through it and find a way to make it work. Unfortunately, real life problems start at a young age, don’t they?
I can’t say enough good things about The Little Gym, I’m always amazed to see the teachers working with the kids – they are truly passionate about what they do! This place is not just a tumbling gym, they treat Luke as if he were their own. Last week was the first week there were no tears from Luke going into gym class and I have to thank all his teachers for all their patience, hard work and dedication to getting Luke over this speed bump. I know they would say “it’s what we do!” but the appreciation we have for The Little Gym is immeasurable. It was each of his teachers who truly helped him feel secure, happy and independent without me being in the room and I know that was because they worked so hard to create a lasting bond and connection with him. He even calls Mr.Nic…Uncle Nic! That speaks of how much he talks about each of his teachers and how much he enjoys his time with them! I can now sit and watch him happily run around his class with a HUGE smile on his face! I’m also happy to report that Luke is back to his old self at home too and no longer freaks out when I try to leave the house without him. Looking back, I now know that this was a big side effect to him feeling extremely insecure and the previous class simply wasn’t a good fit for us. Each child is different so finding that right fit will be different for everyone. Some kids do better in bigger or smaller classes, some kids need a more strict teacher while others need a quiet voice leading them. It’s different for everyone but you’ll know when do find that sweet spot because you will see your child(ren) soar and grow without limits!
We’ve been so torn between preschool choices for Luke that I was thrilled to hear TLG will be offering a new program this Fall called, WonderKids! I’m so excited because I’m thinking this will be the perfect program for Luke leading up to Kindergarten! Here’s a little more information about WonderKids:
What: 3 hours of enrichment, one hour in the gym, two hours in the multi purpose room. We will work on physical skill growth in the gym, and learning centers, reading, crafts, and more in the multi purpose room.When: Our tenative times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to Noon.Ages: 3,4, and 5Are we a pre-school? No, but our curriculum is professionaly written. This would be a great program for the younger 3 year old that isn’t doing any school yet, or an awesome supplement for your child that might just do one or two days a week.Call the gym for more details!!! -513-204-1400