We have been struggling to find a gym class for Bubba for a while now. So far, we have signed her up for music classes and a playgroup which focussed more on story time, music as well as art and craft. Now you may wonder, why even bother to sign Bubba classes on the weekends when she already go to school from Mondays to Fridays?
To be honest, before we had Bubba, the Man and I said that we won’t become one of those over-zealous parents to sign our kids up for loads of enrichment classes. Not sure about eating our words now, but we found that going to these classes helped foster a stronger bond with Bubba. Not that we needed it but it was nice to accompany Bubba at these classes while we explored other methods of interaction that was supervised. Learning coupled with play was what we thought was a healthy mix at this point in time.
The Man was more interested to sign Bubba up for gym classes for he wanted to hone her physical skills more than academic skills. Well, for me, I thought it would be a great way for her to exert her energy. That way, she would be able to sleep through the night if she was running about during the gym class. Hehe..
I looked around and even went for several trial classes at a couple of renowned gym classes. However, it wasn’t what I was looking for in a class for Bubba. It was either that the session was too free-flowing (ie: not really much of a structure), too many kids and not enough teachers or the learning environment just didn’t feel too conducive.
I first learned about Sparkanauts through Mama Libby and was really thrilled when Steven approached us for a trial lesson for their Baby Cadet class. After going through a few trial classes elsewhere, we had in mind what to look out for if we want to put Bubba through a semester there. We knew what ticked, what didn’t and at the end of the day, we knew instantly whether we would be comfortable putting Bubba through at least a semester.
After our first trial with Sparkanauts, we were pretty pleased with the format, the programme philosophy as well as the teachers who conducted the class which eventually led to this 10-lessons sponsorship by Sparkanauts for Bubba. 🙂
Even though Bubba just turned one and technically should be in the Cadet class (12 – 18 months), the school decided to assign Bubba in the Cadet class (6-12 months). Reason being that Bubba is still not attuned to how the session ran, so they wanted to keep her in the Baby Cadet class and let her get used to how the session would be conducted before promoting her to the next level.
Here’s how the lesson is being structured to ensure that your child gets a full range of activities during the 75minute session:
- Locomotor Activities
- Non-locomotor Activities
- Music appreciation and movement
- Action rhymes
- Craft Activities
- Flash Cards
What made us want to try out a semester with Sparkanauts instead of going with other play-gyms is because we liked how the lessons are not a one-dimensional approach for the child but they are structured with focus on both learning with play.
Believe me when I say, if your child ain’t tired after all the above activities, you sure would be. This is where I’m glad that both the parents are able to be part of the lesson. I leave the physical part of the running and twirling about to the Man while I keep Bubba company for the other not-so-strenuous parts of the session.
Here’s what you been waiting for!! Sparkanauts has very kindly given us 2 trial passes worth S$58 each to be given to our readers – your child should be within 5 months to 5 years of age.
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2 Sparkanauts trial passes worth S$58 each
Contest will close on 12 July 2015 and is open to readers residing in Singapore. Good luck! Contest is now closed and the winners will be announced soon!
Stick around with us as we document Bubba’s progress with Sparkanauts in the next 10 weeks. Can’t wait to see what new tricks she will pick up at the end of it all.
Note: Sparkanauts has very kindly sponsored Bubba’s play-gym sessions for 10 weeks for the purpose of this review. No additional monetary rewards were given. All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to our experience.