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. 

My Gymboree Play & Music First

Saturday, July 30, 2016 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

Gymboree Play & Music is the first place for my kid to go without mom. He enjoyed it there a lot! He loves to go to his School Skills class. He loves his teachers too!

Gymboree Play & Music in Fremont, CA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

We started Gymboree Play & Music at Fremont for our baby girl when she was 8 months old. After her first class of Play and Learn, she took her first baby step and we could not believe the progress from just one session. Our BG is now over three and a half years old and we are still here.

The teachers at this location are all highly qualified and skilled professionals that know what they are doing. They are very understanding of how each child is different, how to get the best out of them and how to always always encourage them.

Over time, I have enrolled my child in multiple classes and tried them all - Play and Learn (Levels 1 through 6), Art, School Skills (Ongoing), Music (Ongoing at Level 3).

We have Teacher Heather right now. She is AMAZING to say the least. Has a lot of energy, teaches so many things (even us adults learn a thing or two every music class), works hard with the games, projects for the kids and is so much FUN. We have had Teacher Monet, Taylor, Shawnda, Tonya, Shannon,Beth and they are all FANTASTIC. My daughter and I enjoy our time here.

It's a very fun learn and play environment. We look forward to coming here week after week and even had her third birthday party at Gymboree Play & Music. They provide a safe and clean environment for the kids. The teachers meticulously separate and clean the used toys and musical instruments after every class. They are very flexible with makeup classes, vacation holds and free trials making it that much more easy on us parents. One of the best places in Fremont for adult and baby/child classes. I have successfully recommended Gymboree Play & Music to many parents already based on my experience at the Fremont location.

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Wonderful Experiences

My daughter loves Gymboree and her teacher!

We love Gymboree!

Grateful for Gymboree Classes!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

My now 3 year old daughter has been attending Music, Art and School Skills programs at the Bellevue Square Gymboree Play & Music over the last year. She has also attended the the Play & Learn and Sport classes. She absolutely loves teacher Megan in her Music class, whose positive energy, bright smile and warm teaching style has not only helped her learn about rhythm and beat, but has had a huge impact on her confidence levels.

Teacher Megan, Danny, Jeannie and Erin have also had a huge impact in her learning in the School skills program, that have made her Preschool ready. They have made her feel comfortable and secure; created a perfect environment for learning, which made the transition to being in this class without me, absolutely seamless.

Jaanvi loves going to all of her classes at Gymboree, and I would very highly recommend both the Music and the School skills programs to anyone.

We are very grateful to all her teachers at Gymboree! Thank you!

There's Something New at Each Visit

Monday, June 6, 2016 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

All four of my boys have gone/are still going to Gymboree Play & Music.

This facility is wonderful! The staff is amazing, the equipment is immaculately clean and my baby begins to do something new every time we go!!

One of my children attends Skill Schools and has learned so much, does so much and expresses himself freely.

This is a wonderful, nurturing place to be and I highly recommend it to anyone who does not go.

Class Type: Play & Learn 3 (10-16 months)

We Love Our Gymboree! 

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School Ready

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

My son attends two locations. But I would like to applaud the Memorial location for their classes! My 2 year old started school this year and started with no drama...school skills really did help prepare for detachment and for acquiring a better attention span. I would highly recommend this class for 2 year olds.

Class Type: School Skills

Toms River Gymboree Play & Music

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

Michele, Vinnie, and their staff are always warm and inviting, whether when we see them at Gymboree or at a local event (like at the mall). We have been going to Gymboree with my son Josh since he was 2 years old, and we have seen him grow and develop confidence and good play skills at Gymboree, first with the the parent-attended classes, then with School Skills. I am a little sad that he will be aging out of Gymboree when he turns 6 next month. Although he does not attend regular classes now that he is in kindergarten, he still loves to attend the special Gymboree play dates with we have with our local moms club and the special holiday parties.
We thank Michele and Vinnie and Gymboree of Toms River for a wonderful experience. They really are like family.
I am always amazed at Michele's level of energy and ability to remember everyone's names.

Class Type: School Skills

Sports and School Skills

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

We love our Gymboree!!! My son does school and sports skills. He loves Ms. Dana and Ms. Sara, they are just incredible!!! Always so enjoyable to be around and are very very organized!!!

Class Type: Play & Learn

My Children Learn Lots!

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

I am currently enrolled in the School Skills Program in Corona in Miss Jessica's class. Miss Jessica is very knowledgeable and patient. I had my 8 year old girl in her class before and now my 4 year old son. My children learn a lots and always happy to go to the class. I would highly recommend this program in this location. Thank you!

Class Type: School Skills

Teachers are Nice, Accommodating, and Trustworthy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

I would like to thank the Gymboree Play & Music of Nottingham Family for being a part of Mikhaila's early childhood development. She has grown up to be a fun-loving, kid-friendly, and well-disciplined young girl. She enjoyed every class she attended because the teachers are nice, accommodating, and trustworthy. She graduated from School Skills last month and started going to Tiny Tots, in a program for 3 year old kids. She is one of the most well-behaved students, while I am one of the most relaxed moms. She was able to follow her teachers' instructions like sitting with her legs crossed, hands on lap, and mouth closed while listening to the one talking, many thanks to her caring School Skills teacher Ms. Sue, for imparting this and a lot more to her. Gymboree Play & Music is truly worth joining, this is the perfect place to prepare your child for school, and also to prepare parents in dropping off their children to school.

Honestly, it was heart-breaking for me that Mikhaila has grown old enough to graduate from Gymboree Play & Music because I loved seeing the staff and other parents each week, soooo it is a great thing that I also have a younger daughter whom I can bring there. And so the fun continues!

Thanks a lot,

Class Type: School Skills

My Teacher Is Absolutely Wonderful!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

I want to give a big Kudos to Ms. Tanya, who teaches the School Skills Class, at the Upland, CA Gymboree Play and Music location. My daughter is 3 and with no prior classroom/daycare experience, the transition to a drop-off class made me really nervous. I have to say that I feel happy and excited for Lia to go to class. Ms. Tanya is absolutely wonderful. My daughter loves her and speaks about what she did in class with her teacher to everyone she meets. Ms. Tanya is genuinely caring, sweet and a natural fit at Gymboree. All the children in her class give her goodbye hugs when they leave. It is very apparent that they enjoy their time with her. I love that she always gets down on one knee to interact with them, even outside of the classroom. I am very pleased with my daughters progress and I credit Ms. Tanya for being such a great teacher. We love you Ms. Tanya!

Class Type: School Skills
City: Upland
State: California

Teachers are Nice, Kind, and Warm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

The teachers have a lot of knowledge and are nice, kind, and warm. My daughter is not a native English speaker but is very comfortable attending her school skills class and is comfortable with the teachers and other kids. Her English is also surely improving.. :) she enjoys her class a lot!! Thank you so much!! :)

Class Type: School Skills 

The Staff at Gymboree is So Warm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

All the staff at Gymboree is so warm, welcoming and enthusiastic. My son's teacher Ms. Liz is simply incredible. Her patience, kindness and will to really work with the student is just amazing. Given this job requires more dedication than anything considering toddlers are a handful, she never fails to exceed the parents expectations. Other credible staff members we really adore are Ariel and the former staff member Nina. Kelsey the replacement for Nina is truly a doll as well, always smiling and ready to embrace the kids. Thank you Gymboree for discovering the talents on our kids and bringing out their confidence!

Class Type: School Skills

My Twins Love School Skills

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

My twins have been going to Gymboree Play & Music since they were 9 months old and they are now in the 2s drop off program. The manager, Ms. Stephanie is great, always so friendly and so accommodating. She is always very involved, knows every child and parents by name. All the teachers are great, Ms Asiah, Ms Giselle, Ms Jenn. They take such great care of the kids and genuinely love them.

My kids are 2 1/2 and now know their ABCs, counting, colors. They have learned so much. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. If we were staying in the city, I would have placed my kids in the 3s program without a doubt!

Thank you to the whole staff at the 73rd St. Gymboree Play & Music.

Class Type: School Skills

City: New York

State: New York


Tribeca Gymboree Play & Music

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

I enthusiastically want to thank you, and compliment 2 outstanding individuals at our Gymboree in Tribeca.
Christine McEwan is a very skilled, engaging, confident, warm, wonderful teacher to our 2 year old girl, Nora. She stood out to me from Day 1 as absolutely remarkable. Nora adores her and looooves going to School Skills with her.
Also, John Mothershead has offered a sincere upbeat greeting every time we arrive. He has also offered terrific customer service and follow up with any of my questions, and emails. Well done on finding them both.
Gymboree was recommended to me by a very happy friend, and it has exceeded my high expectations.

Class Type: School Skills

So many colors, so little mess

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

Miss Alex, Art class, Sat at 1pm... Jaydon moved to School Skills class from Miss Alex's art class. We are very grateful for having Miss Alex as an art teacher. Not only is she extremely kind and patient, but is very instrumental when it comes to teaching our little ones about colors, combining colors, sharing, taking turns and staying clean. How she does that, I don't  know, but am so happy she keeps them happy, inspired and clean. We love to see her on School Skills days when she is available to help with Miss Coco's class. She's always ready in case she is needed in class. Always with such a warm smile. No wonder she is one of Jaydon's favorite people there at Gymboree!! We miss doing art class with Miss Alex, but are happy to see her when she there to help out with SS class. Thank you Miss Alex for always greeting us with a smile and kindness. It is because of teachers like you that we keep coming back.

Class Type: Art
City: Corona
State: California

School Skills

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

My son is 3 and half years old. We have been attending gym classes since he was a year old and is currently in School Skills classes. I love the teachers at Gymboree Play & Music of Millersville. They treat the kids with respect and act like family. Couldn't ask for a better place to help kids grow their social skills and find enjoyment in learning.

Class Type: School Skills

Potty Trained For Class

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Gymbo Buzz Blog Contest

After a year of trying to potty train our 2 yrsGymboree Play & Music old she finally was encourage when she saw a School Skills class taking place. She wanted to be in this class so bad and would constantly ask if she could please go to the big kid's class. We explained that she was almost 3 BUT she needed to go to the potty for this class. From that point on she was motivated to get potty trained. She was fully potty trained in 1 week and on her 3rd Birthday she went to her first School Skills class. She was so proud of herself and was so excited that she was finally part of the big kids class.

Class Type: School Skills
City: Eastvale
State: California


One Day Without Shoes

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Gymboree Play & Music Family and Friends

School Skills At GymboreeIn support of "One Day Without Shoes" the Gymboree Play & Learn in Lexington, KY got a shot of our School Skills Class toes!!

Class Type: School Skills
City: Lexington
State: Kentucky


Gymboree Necessity ;)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Gymbo Buzz Blog Contest

Here is a our cute christmas card picture of our almost 3Gymboree Play & Music yr old son looking handsome in his new car!! Cut to the next picture of him on three wheels, running over an undisclosed object (thank goodness not the dog) and taking out the entire sports net. Haha- After that, we signed him up for Gymboree - some school skills, awesome art and indoor fun with other kids was necessary for our little "Mario Andretti" We love it...

Class Type: Play & Learn 6 (28-36 months)
City: San Diego
State: California