I have been coming to Gymboree for over two years now. I have not only formed an unbelievable bond with my son, but I have learned about activities for infants and activities for toddlers which I can do with him at home and with my future children. I am now pregnant with my second and I cannot wait to come with him/her to Gymboree and experience the magic which they provide. I began taking baby classes in San Francisco and have recently moved to Los Angeles due to my husbands job. I had a great transitional experience and was able to stay a member of this wonderful program. Gymboree has a great early learning curriculum program and if you are looking for classes for your baby or toddler this is the place for you!
Class Type: Play & Learn 6 (28-36 months)
City: Los Angeles
It’s no coincidence that expressive language skills rapidly grow around the same time that pretend play begins to emerge—social and cognitive abilities do not develop independently; they are intertwined. The use of language supports and enhances imaginary play and vice versa. When a child pretends, she uses words to express feelings and ideas. As pretend play becomes more sophisticated, so do language skills. When your child begins to pretend, engage him in conversation. If he hands you a ball and says, “it’s an apple,” ask him where he got it: From the store? An apple tree? Bring up relevant words and ideas to enhance the play: Let’s make an apple pie? What do we need to make pie dough? Expand on his words and see where he goes with it. It’s important to support pretend play because it encourages your child to use cognitive skills like problem solving (what ingredients do we need for an apple pie), and perspective taking (how does a baker make a pie). The ability to pretend develops on its own without your intervention. You can help take your child’s pretending to the next level. At Gymboree Play & Music our classes incorporate imaginary play and is so important for your child's development.