How It Works

Mosman GymbaROO's program provides both structured and free play within a familiar routine. Both forms of play are extremely important for brain development and each have their place in our program. Each term is planned over 9 weeks, around a theme, with a weekly topic related to that theme being explored.

There are 2 parts to our program BabyROO (for the first year of life) & GymbaROO Toddler / Pre-schooler classes, each are structured slightly differently.

BabyROO - The first year of life

Platypus & Goannas (Non-mobile)

BabyROO offers you 45 minutes to connect with your baby. During these classes, you are given information about infant development and how reflexes help your baby survive and learn about their world. We also provide activities for you to use at your home to ensure healthy brain development. Smart Start by Margaret Sasse is available for those who would like a handbook for home.

Our BabyROO sessions include lots of help with tummy time activities vital to brain development and learning. Research has proved that tummy time is one of the most important stages to help your child learn more about themselves and their environment.

The classes are graded into BabyROO Platypus (for babies new born and older who are not yet strong on their tummies) and BabyROO Goannas (for babies who are holding their heads up well, may be rolling but not yet crawling). Classes cover activities such as massage, auditory activities, movement, gentle exercises, music/rhythm/dance, visual (eye tracking) plus lots and lots of fun ideas for tummy time.

Wombats (Mobile)

These babies are happiest on their tummy (i.e. rolling onto tummies, spinning, moving forwards and backwards), creeping up on all fours and commando crawling (tummy crawling).

Wombats classes are part of our BabyROO program and include all of the activities listed above however the format is the same as the GymbaROO classes- Free play/ mat time/ Equipment time/ Music time.

GymbaROO Walkers, Toddlers & Pre-schoolers

Throughout the term we cover all areas of development - gross motor and fine motor, vision, auditory... Our sessions offer a specific routine for your child plus some challenges throughout the term. The 45min classes includes:

  • Free play - Each lesson begins with 5 min free explorative play on our large equipment and is a nice time to socialise with other parents and children. Free play is followed by mat time.
  • Mat time - Mat time starts with bubbles and music. The parents and children are invited to come and sit on the mat together as a group and sing our hello song. This is a time for you and your child and we ask that during this time you do not talk to other parents. Small equipment skills (balls etc), massage, exercises and a dance will follow. Each exercise is shown and explained to you to enable you to do the same at home (SMART START is available if you would like a handbook). These 20 mins on the mat finishes with our special treasure bag time (which follows the chosen theme of the term). This is loved by the children and is important for language, social interaction, tactile experiences, imagination, and reinforces the word for the week which is quickly flashed to your child. This stimulates memory and pre-reading skills. Being thoroughly involved with your child's activities is beneficial for all children and enhances love, security, joy and learning.
  • Equipment time - Another 10 mins on our specially designed equipment will give the chance for your child to exercise his skills. We have a dedicated room full of equipment, where your children can experiment with their bodies and their own personal capabilities. Teachers are always nearby to offer guidance and teach new skills. Older children will enjoy the challenge of following the circuit and practising new movement exercises. The equipment circuit is changed every two to three weeks to introduce new challenges.
  • Music time - The session is concluded with music and parachute time. Each week we have a musical instrument to play and dance with and our big colourful parachute comes out for the children to lie under or play games with. After that, everyone sings our traditional GymbaROO goodbye song and gets back their GymbaROO scrapbook to talk about at home. The week's picture and word are also available for those interested.

Why is it important to come to GymbaROO classes through each developmental stage?

The Gymbaroo program is at present a five-year program, which is designed to follow the way that the brain grows and develops from birth through to reading and writing at school.

The program is designed sequentially from six weeks of age right through to starting school. The activities are specifically designed for each six months of your child's development and to ensure that you understand the importance of that stage for learning.

It is similar to growth of a tree.

Roots

IN UTERO AND BIRTH  Genes, metabolic and structural influences that continue through life to be vital to health and learning

Trunk

BabyROO NON-MOBILE BABIES rolling and head control - Cerebellum

MOBILE BABIES commando crawling and creeping on hands and knees - Pons and Midbrain

Branches

12 to 18 months - Penguins walking, body awareness and bilateral movements - Early Cortex - upright

18 to 24 months - Koalas jumping, language, balance and increased independant movements - Early Cortex - upright

Leaves

2 to 2.5 years - Wallabies Integration of the two brain hemispheres - Cortex - critical for reading and writing

2.5 to 3 years - Kangaroos Completion of the integration, right and left awareness - Cortex - able to cross the midline

Fruit

3 to 4 years - Possums Hopping, thinking and moving at the same time - Neocortex - specialisation of each side of brain (laterality)

4 to 5 years - Emus Skipping, follows sequential instructions, cross pattern marching - Neocortex - school readiness program

SCHOOL Reading, writing, music, sport, language, art, emotional intelligence and more - Neocortex

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