What is inside an egg?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Gymboree Talks

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.—Dorothy Parker

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.--Eleanor Roosevelt

What’s inside of an egg? What happens when we crack an egg? How do a whole egg and a cooked egg look different?  These are the types of questions we can ask to encourage curiosity in children’s everyday lives whether we’re at home cooking or during science in School Skills at Gymboree Play and Music.

Curiosity is a desire to learn. Children are naturally born with this internal desire and it’s not something we have to make or force our children to learn. We do however; have an important role in supporting children’s eagerness to learn. We can encourage children’s curiosity by:

  • Providing opportunities for children to explore in new ways with various materials
  • Follow the lead of the child so they’ll know their interests are valued
  • Providing a sense of security and trust to allow children to feel safe as they explore new environments and materials

In School Skills, our teachers are trained to look for opportunities to nurture curiosity and encourage children to explore in new ways. Recently in class, children were given the opportunity to explore condensation by breathing into the mirror and watching their breath or “vapor” show up on the mirror. Questions were posed for children to guess and think about their own responses to what they saw such as:

  • “What do you see in the mirror?”
  • What do you think might happen when you breathe on the mirror?
  • Will it stay the same?
  • What happened when you breathed onto the mirror?
  • What do you see? We Love School Skills!
  • Why did it fog up?

Science is a great way to nurture curiosity. Many questions can be raised and many answers can be given. Allow children to come up with their own ideas and suggestions during an activity and gain an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. The more curious a child is, the more he learns. 


Try A Class Today!

Friday, April 6, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, can you hop like a frog? Can you sound like a frog? In our Play & Learn 5 class pretend play is the way to go. The physicality of jumping off equipment into a hoop, oops, it’s a pretend lily pad not a hoop. Children are discovering different ways to jump, hop, run through creative kids activities. So when you see your little one jumping and hopping around and saying “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit” join in with your child and enjoy freedom and laugher of pretend play.


Gymboree Music classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

One of my favorite Preschooler Songs in Gymboree’s Music III class is “On St. Paul’s Steeple”. It’s the perfect example of how Music Classes for Preschoolers supports school readiness.   We sing and play this delightful scale song on a set of eight Hand Bells during our N.W. Isles music lesson.   It is so rewarding to see preschoolers lined up shoulder to shoulder with their minds at work and their social skills engaged in the challenge of working cooperatively with their peers.  Their success is no small feat!  It requires them to listen, take turns, and decipher the order of the musical tones that lead up to just the right moment to play their Hand Bell!  What a valuable lesson in working with others to create something and achieve a goal and can only imagine how proud they are when their masterpiece comes out right! Musical activities like this “Hand Bell Ensemble” and others explored in Gymboree Music classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers touch every area of your child’s development and teach them valuable musical skills too!


Are you a singing diva?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

What do Mariah Carey, Cher, Donna Summer, Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin & Faith Hill have in common?  They’re all part of Music Lessons for children at Gymbore Play and Music!  How could these iconic Divas possibly belong in Music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, you ask? Think about it. As a parent, you may have been surprised & delighted to hear your little one mimic the “hook” found in popular music playing on the car stereo or laughed hysterically at your child’s spontaneous dance moves to music emanating from your Mp3 player.  Good news parents!  Even pop songs explored in an early childhood music program are good for kids because pop songs contain short, simple and memorable rhythm and melody patterns that are just right for building a young child’s memory. And those patterns are repeated over and over again making them more memorable, predictable and more accessible to your child. Gymboree Music I, II and II classes are filled with a variety of global and popular music styles for your child to enjoy and learn from.  So the next time your child wiggles or shouts out “Rah, Rah, ah, ah, ah” to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, you can smile and rest assured her brain is working hard identifying patterns, sequences, musical phrases and melody!


What is your favorite activity in Play & Learn 2?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

Can you remember the sensation of sliding down a slide and the tickle in your stomach when you reached the bottom of the slide? Did you know your baby can experience that same sensation? Babies are placed at the top of a slide, laying on a blanket, either face up or on tummy, while parents gently pull their little one down the ramp for a slide.  One of baby’s early learning about the force of gravity and becoming more aware of their bodies just like you did when you were a child.


It's Parachute Time At Gymboree

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

 A popular activity is our parachute ride, where children sit in the middle of a large parachute while adults stand moving the parachute around in a circle for a ride. It’s always amazing to witness children crawling, standing working on dynamic balance or better known for balancing their body while in motion. Adults enjoy this tots play as little ones are laughing and proud of their accomplishment.


Music is on my mind!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

We had a blast in Gymboree Music II class last week!  We explored Asian Music during the Chinese New Year Festival.  I love how the songs we learn in Gymboree Music classes are so authentic!  We learned a Japanese Frog song and one of the Japanese moms’ recognized it from her childhood!  She even sang it for us in Japanese!  Now it’s one of my child’s favorites!  It’s great to have a music lesson that features so many different musical styles and cultures! Gymboree Music is really a fun and culturally rich Family Music experience!


Dribble, Dribble, Dribble...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Gymboree Talks

Dribble, dribble, dribble are you thinking about basketball. Then you have scored. Adults and children come together and explore basic skills of basketball. How fun for you to be your child’s coach and fitness fun for kids. Children are learning about eye hand coordination and depth perception making the basket. Get out the basketball and let’s dribble, dribble, dribble!


Play & Learn 6

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

This stage our children are getting bigger and able to make logical connections while pretending through Play & Learn 6. Children come into class and will share a fun journey that they did with their family. In our theme “Around Town” it’s fabulous to ask the children where they would like to go in Gymbo’s town or ask mom or dad where we should go in town. A parent may ask “where did we go this morning? Let’s go back again.” Together parent and child will go on their journey and now the entire class can pretend and go with them.  Wonderful connection between parents, children and even teacher!


Play & Learn 5

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Sausage or pepperoni pizza, which is your favorite? In our pretend play classes, Play & Learn 5 they get to make the decision what they will be. Our great physical play activity - children log roll down a large wedge and pretend to be sausages or pepperoni or something else and will repeat it numerous times. The physicality and discovery is what they enjoy and are learning through their bodies. So next time you go out for pizza, just ask your little one are you sausage or pepperoni?


Play & Learn 4

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

“Side by side, side by side, let’s all play, side by side.” Can children at this stage really play side by side? No it’s more parallel play where children are playing alongside, but not “with” other children in side by side toddler activities.  Play & Learn 4 allows children to develop social skills with side by side activities, such as rolling balls down a ramp. If one child is not ready to roll the ball down, maybe I’ll watch and hold onto my ball, I’m not ready to let it go. It’s a joy watching these children make their own decision of how to explore activities in class. With that said, the exploration of our little “Problem Solvers” is always amazing.


Play & Learn 3

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Play & Learn 3, our little communicators, I call this the pointing stage. They are trying so hard to tell you what they want, but they just don’t have the verbal skills yet, but they point to everything. Where they do express themselves is in playing Peek-a-Boo.  Our Bridge is a great place for this baby play activity. I have found myself starting the game with children and it warms my heart to see their beautiful expressions and smiles, and then turning the activity over to parents. You might even hear a child saying “Boo”. This simple little “Boo” is a major milestone for beginning language skills.


Play & Learn 2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Can babies play soccer? Of course they can and they do in our Play & Learn 2 class. Not sure who enjoys these infant activities the best, the parents or babies. When I call out “It’s time for Baby Soccer”, I get the biggest “YEAH” from the adults. Adults kneel in a circle, holding baby under arms and swing baby to kick a beach ball back and forth to each other. Babies laugh and some have even learned what their body can do. When they get the ball babies have figured out how to hold onto it with their feet and they don’t let go. Awesome physical activity for babies and adults!


Play & Learn 1

Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Who likes a PBJ (peanut butter & jelly sandwich)? That takes me back to my childhood, and even today still love a PBJ! In our Play & Learn 1 class we make our precious newborns into a pretend PBJ. This fun infant activity is done to recorded music. Parents are engaged with tactile and sensory play with baby while pretending to crunch the peanuts, squish the grapes and then spread these delicious ingredients all over baby for a delightful sandwich. The greatest joy is watching parents bond with baby as they pick up there priceless sandwich, oops bundle of joy, for a big hug!


Musical Moments

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

I’m riding high on the magical moments that occurred during my Music classes today!  It was week 3 of our exploration of Broadway Music.  As a teacher, the responses I hear from children on the third week of exploring a musical style in Gymboree Music never cease to amaze me!  Our littlest musicians in Gymboree Music I class (6-16 months) clearly recognize the songs we’ve been learning!  I and the other mom’s, dad’s, grandparents and caretakers in class watched with amazement as little Tamar mouthed all the words to Peter Pan’s “I Won’t Grow Up”, managing to blurt out the word “up” at the end of every musical phrase!  A remarkable accomplishment in just 3 weeks time!  

We also celebrated the fact that our classmate Yan started crawling and was finally able to crawl to the front of the singing circle to stare intently at the singing sounds coming from the teacher!  The friendship and connections made in music class are truly special.  Together, we used the power of music to sooth and comfort our newest classmate who was crying loudly during class. We turned the room lights down low, rocked and held our babies heart to heart and sang “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music as a lullaby for our babies.  It worked like a charm!  What a gift for everyone to share such a special and loving moment with their children and one another in the middle of an otherwise hectic day. 

The amazing musical moments just kept coming in my Music II class (16-28 months). It was a delight to watch these toddlers cup their little hands together to make a nest for imaginary bird eggs, stand and sway like trees and dance  to “Egg Nest and Tree” from Suessical the Musical!  Practice made perfect for our Gymboree Music III children (28-60 months)!  They mastered playing a C major scale on the hand bells to the song “Do Re Mi “from The Sound of Music.  Their focus and concentration was so intense as they watched the “conductor’s” baton for cues to play the bells in unison or await a turn to play their note of the scale on cue.  The smiles, laughter, and requests to do it over and over again reflected the fun they were having and their pride in what they accomplished!  For me, it was another most rewarding day filled with the joy that comes from seeing children learn and grow at Gymboree Play and Music!   I can’t wait to see the progress they make and experience the fun we’ll have  as we embark on a musical journey through Europe next week!


Summer Art Classes

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Grab your flip flops and creativity and head on over to Gymboree Art classes for our very special summer art studios. Our Art 1, 2 and 3 classes will be filled with the best story books, songs and creative kids activities related to summer fun. Together we will take a beach adventure and build some sand sculptures. Light-filled summer days are the perfect time to explore a splash of water color paint on your paper. Our maybe we'll be rolling out some dough with colorful beach balls.  All of our adventures will spark the senses and summer creativity, while giving you a cool and comfy place to expand your imaginations. Check out our Art classes for Summer today at Gymboree Play and Music!

Class Type: Art

 


The 80's are back in Gymboree's Music Classes!

Friday, May 27, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

I just came back from teaching the second week of Gymboree's Music classes. Our lesson plan this week is Totally 80's! As a Program Developer, Trainer and Teacher, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing the progress the little ones make in such a short amount of time.  One of this week's favorite toddler activities was an 80's song titled "Da Da Da" by the group Trio.  Everyone had so much fun chanting and exploring the song's crazy beginnin, "Uh huh, Uh huh, Uh huh Uh huh Uh hu"--What you do and and what you don't, what you will and what you won't, what you can and what you cant!" etc.   It never ceases to amaze me how fascinated young children are with the sound of a simple pure tone melody played on the chimes.  In this case it was notes  f, f, and e--the melody pattern in "da da' da'.  It's just right for children because it's just two notes, sung on a very familiar syllable, one that is often one of their first words--"da da"!  The beauty of today's music activities for children was seeing how many little ones had actually started singing the pattern after exploring it last week!  Not only did they sing it, but they sang it right on pitch to the surprise and amazement of their parents! What a joy it was to  hear so many young children using their singing voices for the first time! Such moments really help us understand how musical development is like language development.  Children understand much more than they can actually say-- or sing as is the case with songs.  It's so exciting to see little ones progress from knowing a song to being able to produce small fragments of it at a time. The other rewarding part of teaching today's lesson was having parents tell me how much fun they had! They seemed to love going back to the 80's and reliving music that was popular when they were kids. So don't ' be surprised if you walk into your local Gymboree Play and Music center and see teachers and customers dressed in leg warmers, neon T-shirts, big hair and spiked bangs for Totally 80's week!  It's all about how Gymboree Music makes musical learning active, playful and fun!  Next stop on tour musical  Journey after Totally 80's is --Broadway!

Class Type: Music


It's Pizza Time!

Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Calling all pizza lovers! These children Play & Learn 5 love this lesson and really get into pretending to make pizzas. From tossing balls into a barrel to make pizza sauce, and of course colorful balls turn into heirloom tomatoes and then, so much fun as they toss the barrel over and all the wonderful pretend sauce rolls everywhere. Next we have to roll out the pizza dough. I lay down on the mat with the children and allow the adults to roll the big log over myself and children as the pizza dough. Every time I do these toddler activities in class, I say to myself: “the things I do for Gymboree Play and Music?” It’s all worth it, but I do get back at the adults saying: “If I can get down and have you roll the airlog over me, then your job at home is to make your little one a real pizza. Reinforce with your child that we pretended to make pizza today.”


Oh the memories you form at Gymboree!

Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

Watching parents bond in Gymboree Play & Learn 1 with their newborn and baby responding back to mom, dad or even grandma is such a beautiful experience to observe. The joy of teaching this level is truly awesome. Every class we have parents do a little cradle dance to lullaby music. This particular class dad just happened to come along with mom and baby. When it came time for the lullaby dance just happened to play a more up beat song instead of the lullaby. In trying to put on the correct song turned around and everyone was dancing went ahead and left the song on. Talk about an awesome dad who came to play classes for the first time is holding baby, while mom has her arms on dad’s shoulders, having a ball dancing the salsa together. This is what makes teaching worthwhile with spontaneous moments and celebrating parents and children. 

Oh, and one more thing, when mom came to class the following week, mentioned how dad could not stop talking about how much fun he had in his baby play group!


Science is a great way to nurture curiosity!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by Gymboree Talks

What’s inside of an egg?

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.—Dorothy Parker

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.--Eleanor Roosevelt

What’s inside of an egg? What happens when we crack an egg? How do a whole egg and a cooked egg look different?  These are the types of questions we can ask to encourage curiosity in children’s everyday lives whether we’re at home cooking or during science in School Skills at Gymboree Play and Music.

Curiosity is a desire to learn. Children are naturally born with this internal desire and it’s not something we have to make or force our children to learn. We do however; have an important role in supporting children’s eagerness to learn. We can encourage children’s curiosity by:

·         Providing opportunities for children to explore in new ways with various materials

·         Follow the lead of the child so they’ll know their interests are valued

·         Providing a sense of security and trust to allow children to feel safe as they explore new environments and materials

 

In School Skills classes, our teachers are trained to look for opportunities to nurture curiosity and encourage children to explore in new ways. Recently in class, children were given the opportunity to explore condensation by breathing into the mirror and watching their breath or “vapor” show up on the mirror. Questions were posed for children to guess and think about their own responses to what they saw such as:

  • “What do you see in the mirror?”
  • What do you think might happen when you breathe on the mirror?
  • Will it stay the same?
  • What happened when you breathed onto the mirror?
  • What do you see?
  • Why did it fog up?

Science is a great way to nurture curiosity. Many questions can be raised and many answers can be given. Allow children to come up with their own ideas and suggestions during an activity and gain an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out. The more curious a child is, the more he learns.