My daughter Hailey and I have been going to Gymboree Play & Music since she was 7 weeks old. Now she is 20 months old and I can say with all honesty that becoming part of Gymboree Play & Music was one of the best decisions I've made for her as a parent. We started out doing the play classes, then when she was six months we added music classes as well. Then, she turned 18 months and we started doing art classes. She LOVES all of the classes and all of her teachers at Gymboree! After all, she has known Miss Jackie and Miss Anna almost as long as she has known me! And of course, she LOVES Gymbo. Her "Gymboree Day" is her favorite day of the week, and mine as well. It is an awesome feeling to see her truly enjoy an activity the way she does in her classes. We have recently moved about two hours away from the Gymboree we have always been going to for years. The staff there has become so much a part of Hailey's life that we continue to drive there for the classes each week. In short, both Hailey and I thank Gymbo, Gymboree, and all of the instructors for providing such joy in our lives!
Class Type: Play & Learn, Music & Art
The benefits of music in early childhood are perhaps most obvious in the area of physical development. Engaging in singing and movement games and playing simple rhythm instruments create challenging experiences that support fine and gross motor skill development and overall coordination and timing. Even before children are able to do these activities themselves, parents instinctively engage in singing, rocking, bouncing, dancing and musical play activities with their babies. These activities provide important sensory stimulation that supports the development of head, neck and torso control, balance, and body awareness. But the physical benefits inherent in musical activities are only part of the picture.