The nearest Gymboree site to us is about 45 minutes away so we hadn’t thought about attending regularly. However after our discounted first class we were sold. We started attending every Thursday and Natalie quickly learned the routines. I saw her imagination blossom with each new class. Very soon she would wake up in the morning and her response to “guess where you’re going?” would always be “to Gymboree?” with a big smile, followed by a small frown if the answer was someplace else. Now she’s learned the days of the week so she knows “it’s Thursday” a Gymboree day as opposed to “it’s Sunday” time for church. The most spectacular development for me was her learning to sing. Right from the beginning she started learning the words to all the class songs and soon wanted to teach them to the rest of her family. I loved hearing about how she kept telling her other grandfather, “there are bubbles in the air… in the sky” and “everywhere” till my daughter asked me where she had learned this particular song. Since then she sings ALL the time. When she first started singing the Gymboree songs outside of class she didn’t like me to sing with her. She insisted “that’s Ms. Ashley’s song” and would get upset if I sang it too. However now she likes everyone to sing with her and last week she sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to her 1-week old baby sister. Sometimes I get exasperated while she insists every counting begin with “cowgirl, cowgirl open the gate” and doesn’t always only count to 8. We make up different rhymes for different numbers and she has learned to understand that rhyming words sound the same, thanks in part to her class activities. My funniest memory was during a class while we were “looking” for Baby Gymbo. When her teacher asked, “where is Baby Gymbo” Natalie yelled out “in back of your shirt” to the amusement of all the adults there. I look at all her new developments and wonder what they show for her future. Will she be a gymnast since every straight line on the ground is now a balance beam to walk upon? It drives me crazy at times as she locates curbs, lines in parking lots and designs in carpets all to be walked upon slowly, foot in front of foot. Perhaps she will become a musician because she loves her maracas and bangs her Gymboree Play & Music drum in rhythm whenever she can. In any case I know that she loves going to Gymboree! She is practicing sharing or showing empathy with other kids there and remembers the friends she has made there in between her class days. So even with the extra time it takes to get there and back, I give thanks each week that we have a Gymboree day.
Class Type: Play & Learn 5 (22-28 months)
City: Toco Hills