Head, Toes, Knees, and Shoulders

Today, in one of Horizon’s Cartwheel Club classes, Miss Janet taught the children a game called “Head, Toes, Knees and Shoulders”. Miss Janet would tell the class to put their hands on their heads, then on their knees, then on their toes. But sometimes, she would say “toes” but point to her head. At first, it was very confusing, but after a few tries, they learned to listen to what Miss Janet said and think about it before acting.
You may have seen your child play a similar game in his or her class. And while it may appear to just be a time-filler, the game has a very important purpose. A recent study in Developmental Psychology revealed that a child who learns to excel at the game will have surpassed his classmates by 3.4 months in math and 2 months in vocabulary over a nine-month school year. The key to the game is self-regulation, the ability to control one’s impulses in order to see the big picture.
In the 1960’s Dr. Walter Mischel did a study with marshmallows. How fun is that? In his study, he set a marshmallow in front of hungry four-year-olds and told the child he could either eat the marshmallow right away, or he could have two marshmallows if he waited for until the facilitator returned to the room. About one in three of the children was able to distract himself and wait for the second marshmallow. These children who exhibited outstanding self-control, went on to score an average of 200 points higher on the SAT than the students who chose to chow down on their marshmallow right away. It’s amazing what you can learn from snacks, isn’t it?
For years, educators and parents alike have been plagued by the question of why some children are naturally good students and some aren’t. While obvious factors like IQ and demographics play a part, there are pieces to the puzzle still missing. Self control is one of those pieces.
How can we teach self-regulation? Games like “Head, Toes, Knees and Shoulders” are a start. Children can also learn by playing made-up games with elaborate rules and self-imposed consequences and minimal adult interference. For older children, it’s important to know when to say when. If a child forgets his homework, or doesn’t study for his spelling test, his mom may not be too quick to bail him out, but instead use it as an opportunity to teach about responsibility and discipline (remember those from out Powerful Words series?).
Learning self-regulation is going to make children better people going forward. It will help them do their homework before watching television, and stop them from grabbing that Disney magazine at the supermarket checkout. Perhaps we adults could use a little “Head, Toes, Knees and Shoulders”.
(summarized from a 09/09/09 article in USA Today by Laura Vanderkam

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Cheer

Cheer Tumbling:
This program is designed to help athletes, junior high through high school, prepare for cheerleading tryouts, upcoming events, or just to improve overall fitness and readiness for the sport of cheer.  The main focus in this one hour long class is to safely progress each athlete at their own pace.  Our experienced and educated cheer staff will challenge each athlete to grow in strength and gain new skills needed to be a successful cheerleader.  Take advantage of our back handspring machines, 3 in ground trampolines, tumble track, rod floor, foam pit, and bungee system.

Rip Roar ‘N’ Cheer:
This fun and active program was developed to give younger athletes a taste of what it’s like to be a cheerleader.  Athletes will develop key tools and skills to help them better understand the sport of cheer.  They will learn cheer routines, stunting, and also work on tumbling necessary for cheerleading.  It’s a great opportunity to teach your child important leadership skills and to encourage team work.

Cheer Squad Training:
Horizon is proud to open our doors and facility to cheer squads from throughout the local community.  Many squads need a place with a qualified coach with a background in gymnastics to help teach the tumbling skills necessary for the sport.  Our coaches are educated and specialize in tumbling and gymnastics and work closely with the cheer coaches to maximize and focus on specific needs.  Cheer squads can come in and focus on the safe and proper way to execute tumbling skills in a fun and challenging setting.  Horizon has all of the equipment necessary to teach these new skills.  Come in and try out our 3 in ground trampolines, foam pit, tumble track, rod floor, and bungee system. We will work with each squad and the schools coach to set up a specific day and time for you to attend.

 

Dance

Horizon currently offers dance classes for 2-11 year olds!  Please use the drop down menu under Dance to find out more.

A few words from our awesome new dance instructor:

My name is Kaitlyn Bultema and I have been dancing since the age of 3. I would have to say that I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for dance. I learned how to be poised, confident, but most of all I enjoyed expressing how I felt through movement. Dance is a language and being able to express feelings and emotions through your body movement is just amazing! Dance is FUN and can be enjoyed by children of any age or level. I began primarily with ballet, and gradually got into tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. I studied the Checetti form of Ballet and passed all of the structured Grades I-VI. I then attended Grand Valley State University for dance and was a member of the GVSU Ballet Company for 2 years before taking a different path with my education. However, everything in life comes full circle and here I am teaching! I love dance; it is my true passion and I am so blessed to be here at Horizon contributing to their wonderful staff!

Gymnastics

Classes available for children 4 months to teen Horizon has four divisions in the gymnastics program including:

•Peek a Boo Sports for 4 months to 3-1/2 years.
•Cartwheel Club for preschoolers ranging from 3-1/2 to 6 years.
•Born to Flip for School-age children ranging from 1st grade to teen
•Teams for 4 years to teen.

School-age Gymnastics
Born to Flip is for gymnastics skill levels 1 through 10. Level 1 is the entry level for beginning, school-aged children and level 10 is multiple flipping.

Everyone can do Gymnastics! Horizon makes it FUN!
Each level of BORN TO FLIP is awarded with a different color bracelet that say Born to Flip and a certificate to WOW each child’s achievement from level to level.

Come in for a FREE evaluation and we will place you in the proper level for your ability! Call now. Our number is 616-669-7722

OPEN GYMNASTICS- September  – May  – not available in the summer
Kindergarteners and older can join us for School-Aged Open Gymnastics, from 7-9pm on Fridays.
Members and Non-members welcome. Non-members must have parents complete a  ‘Release Form to participate.

•Cost – $7 for each participant
•A trained, safety-certified adult instructor is on staff during these hours.
•No pre-registration required.

New!  Toddler & Preschool Open Gymnastics – September – Aprilnot available in the summer
Ages 1-5, 9:30-11am on Tuesdays.  Members and Non-members are welcome.  Non-members must have a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate.  Caregiver must assist the child at the open gym- no drop offs allowed.  A trained, safety-certified adult instructor is on staff during open gym.
$6/participant, no pre-registration required.

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Give your children an unfair advantage in life….. enroll them in gymnastics, dance
or cheer and see them develop strength, become coordinated, have FUN, make
new friends, build strong character traits and so much more.

With our safety and CPR certified adult instructors, you will feel confident that your children are receiving the best instruction in the area. Fun but structured classtime will ensure your children are having a blast while getting fit!! You can enjoy some ‘down-time’ in our relaxing lobby area with viewing windows to most of our rooms and ample seating areas.

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