We’ve been working on something cool for a while now, and it’s time 🙂
For years we’ve had younger siblings in our 3-4 year old class wanting in, and occasionally we let them in for pieces of the class or to come in and play a game with the “big” kids. And they do amazing…
Even at 18 months we have had kids out running obstacle course… balancing on punching bags, jumping off bosu’s, clearing hurdles and vaulting over bags. They’ve taken me down, pinned me, escaped, passed guard and more!
But obviously at this age they need a little more attention then they can get in a class working with other kids and often have some anxiety around new people such as instructors.
We are extremely happy to announce that we are launching a parent & child class for those under 3!
Here’s what this class is going to look like, and what the kids will get out of it:
It will start with a warm up. You will be doing this with them, they will run, jump, backward run & jump, log roll, bear crawl, and other basic movement exercises. This is going to teach them gross motor skills, balance, strength and get them used to moving with a group in a structured way.
We will teach them (and you) how todo basic martial arts techniques. We will show them how do basic escapes, takedowns and pins, as well as teaching you how to ensure their safety and how to get them doing it most effectively with you.
They will do “obstacle courses” stressing agility, strength and balance. Picking up medicine balls, vaulting over punching bags, jumping hurdles and balancing on our balance training equipment.
They will play games emphasizing helping each other and interacting with the other kids.
The primary goal of this class is to build gross motor skills, to have fun with your child, to build their confidence and get them used to a structured class environment. We’ve seen the amazing progress some kids in this age group have made watching sibling and occasionally participating for bits and pieces and are very excited to see how they progress with a full class!
So now the important questions…
When does this class take place?
This class takes place from 2:00pm-2:30pm on Mondays & Wednesdays.
What is the cost?
The cost is $69 / month.
What are the ages?
This will be 18-36 months. That said every child develops differently. For our class a couple milestones we’d like to see before they join are running, climbing stairs, kicking a ball, throwing a ball overhand and the ability to follow simple 2 step requests. (ex come here and sit down, take this toy and put it away, go get your ball and bring it here, etc.)
Kids in this program may have the option to advance into our 3-4 year old class a little early if they are showing good progress as well.
Will the parent’s get a workout?
Parents will be active, however the focus will be on the kids. Parent’s will be racing their child, getting up and falling down a fair bit, doing some basic movement exercises with them, etc. But it will not be a intense workout for the parents, but you will be involved and active.
I’m interested, what now?
Go to this page: http://innovativema.ca/student/signup.php?type=parentchild to get registered