Hope’s a pretty active kid so this past week we had a lot of fun watching her in her first gymnastics lesson. We figured that seeing how it’s getting cooler that it might be wise to give swimming a break and try something new. So we signed her up for a trial lesson at The Little Gym. The Little Gym is great for young kids – with a large padded room full of gymnastics apparatus – it seems to be a fun and safe place to play and begin to learn gymnastics. Hope is naturally a shy child when she’s in unfamiliar places so the first 15 minutes of her lesson we watched her as she was testing the waters and getting comfortable. You could tell she was nervous in a room full of strangers, while Jason and I both watched through the windows. For Hope to open up it only took getting her involved in her first activity of the “Crocodile Egg” bean bags, where she got to lift up “Crocodile Eggs” (bean bags) with her feet to rescue them to safety.
She clearly loved the balance beam, regardless of how high off the ground it was. And she had a blast jumping up on the spring board. The most apprehensive part of the lesson for her was the bar apparatus where she learned to turn all the way over the bar, with help of course.
In the end, we signed her up – and by the way, that’s all she’s talked about this last week. So we’re excited to see her learn new things and develop her skills. Oh, and there’s a new set in flickr: gymnatics 2006. So go check out the photos!