"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Gymnastics Take 2

Second week in and these two monkeys are old pros. They jumped right into class and both followed the teacher's warm-up routine stretch by stretch. Although I am slightly put off by the lack of warm fuzzy teacher/child interactions and silly things like the teachers ignoring me and having no clue of the children's names or their relation to each other, the kids don't seem to mind. (Okay, I'm more than slightly put off but I'm trying to get over it.)I'm not sure why I find this whole class thing so fascinating but I could watch them do it all day. Stretch monkeys! Stretch!Here, Simone's teacher appears to be asking her how old she is. I wonder if Simone actually used her voice in addition to the three fingered answer. It's doubtful she has talked to anyone in class yet... (Photos taken behind glass, FYI.)One of the best things about gymnastics is that they also have a separate indoor playplace we are allowed to use after class. The kids can burn even more energy and I feel like I'm getting my money's worth! They can climb the walls...

Climb the tunnel webs... And tempt fate by falling over each other numerous times without getting hurt...

Good times.

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