Wow! It’s startling to read that almost 10% of children less than 5 years old are overweight isn’t it? As they say, knowledge is powerful, right? On that line of thinking, I thought I would share a few tips that might help you keep your children out of the overweight category. One is our academic preschool program called WisdomGym. Gymnastics and exercise are included in the curriculum for every lesson.
Included are bars, beam, and tumbling on specialized preschool gymastics equipment, the trampoline, the Tumbl-trak, and the children exercise to music! There are props to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination, foot-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and rhythmic patterns that help with reading readiness.
In Glenn Doman’s book, Teaching Your Baby to Read, he says that laterality, directionality, and many gross motor skills learned in preschool gymnastics help children to read.
In WisdomGym the children also learn about the “sometimes foods” and “always foods.” Children are familiar with these terms which are regularly used on Sesame Street and other PBS programs. When children learn a new letter, an example of nutrition is also included such as “A is for Apple. Apples taste good and are full of vitamins!” Or, “H is for Healthy Eating!” Also when teaching the alphabet, we talk about exercises that start with that letter like “jump” for “J.”
You can easily have your children be successful by joining this program. If you are consistent and have fun while learning, your child will be consistent and have fun too!
We are taking enrollment for WisdomGym for the fall of 2011 now. If you are interested in enrolling, or would like more information, just give our office at Horizon Complex a call at 616-669-7722. Or, even better, come to our open house on Monday, February 21 between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. We’d love to see you and your child there!