Gymboree Play and Learning
Gymboree Play and Learn

Gymboree Play & Learn Classes

Designed by child development experts, each of our seven levels focus on and support the specific developmental milestone your child is working on at his/her age--from sensory explorations for young babies to cause and effect, two-way communication, "motor planning", imaginary play, to early listening and language skills. Each program level incorporates fundamental, engaging activities that help to build your child's cognitive, social and physical skills.

Level 1 0 - 6 months

The Thoughtful Observer: Becoming calm, attentive and interested in the world

In these early months, newborns are learning to feel comfortable in the outside world. They are working on regulating their eating and sleeping cycles and even their body temperature. What's most important for babies during this time is that they feel comfortable, safe, and secure. When they do, they are not only better learners, they're also better able to connect with their loved ones. All the skills newborns are developing help them achieve these two critical goals

These classes focus on developing your baby’s interest in the world through sensory exploration. Stimulating age-appropriate activities such as tummy time, flashlight play and infant massage help to build trust and security and emotional connections with others. Parent discussion time at the end of each class helps you to connect with other parents and learn more about your child’s development.

Level 2 6 - 10 months

The Doer: Acting with purpose and intention

During this time, babies learn about cause and effect and how they can make things happen. They understand that they can show what they want by making special noises or using gestures and facial expressions. For example, they know that when they smile, mommy usually smiles back. They respond to people who talk or play with them by making sounds, faces, and gestures such as reaching out. They use all the skills they're developing to make an impact on and learn about the world.

Babies learn how they can make things happen as they explore cause and effect and work on strength building activities by using our ramps, slides, climbers and tunnels. The music and movement of baby boogies is also a fun way to encourage social awareness and stimulate early brain development. Parent sharing time at the end of each class, helps you to connect with other parents and learn more about your child’s development.

Level 3 10 - 16 months

The Communicator: Becoming Skilled in back – and – forth interaction

Children this age are adept communicators. They show what they want or need through actions such as pointing at a toy or leading you by the hand to open a door for them. When they crawl or walk to a caregiver, or tap an adult's leg, they are using gestures to communicate a full sentence, such as "Mommy, I want you to read this to me." And when they roll a ball back and forth with an adult, they are learning about two-way communication and taking turns.

Two-way communication has started! Children are gaining skills that allow them to show you what they want, think and feel as they participate in a range of developmental activities on our playscapes. You can experience, observe and guide your child’s new sense of balance, coordination and strength and observe how your child interacts and plays with other children as their learning style begins to emerge.

Level 4 16 - 22 months

The Problem Solver: Figuring out how the world works

At this stage, toddlers use all their skills to become good problem solvers. They begin to understand the patterns and actions they need to perform, and in what order, to reach a goal-this is known as "motor planning." Through imitation, they come to understand the functional use of objects and use that knowledge to be effective in the world. They learn that some behaviors lead to certain reactions, for example, that putting away toys will earn them a hug from mom or dad.

Motor planning is key at this phase of development. We explore patterns, sequences of action and cooperative play using our Gymboree playscapes as a tool for physical, cognitive and social development. Parents help children learn to be competent problem solvers: from how to get in and out of the tunnel, to taking turns, to sharing and more.

Level 5 22 - 28 months

The Emerging Creative Thinker: using words and symbols to express ideas

Children at this level use words and symbols such as pictures and objects to communicate and develop their own ideas. They can form mental images of their desires. For instance, they picture the cookie they are craving-what it looks and tastes like-then use their words to demand, "Cookie!" They enjoy make-believe play, such as using a spoon to "feed" a stuffed bear. Blocks that previously were simply for stacking now can be arranged to become a house for their toy animals.

Imaginary themes and creative play support the development of “symbolic thinking”. We transform our Gymboree slides, tunnels and climbers into doghouses, fire engines and more! We use special props and games to encourage language development and social skill development at an age when many children begin pre-school and can benefit from learning these seemingly simple skills

Level 6 28 - 36 months

The Logical Thinker: learning to make connections between ideas

At this age children are good abstract thinkers. They express their feelings and ideas in complex ways, both in everyday interactions and through pretend play. If you hand them the wrong toy, they may say "No want that!" or they might express mixed feelings about a new sibling by sending a baby doll back to the "hospital." Children at this age start to create stories that make logical sense. Their imaginations are so developed at this point that they can substitute symbols for real objects.

Through imaginary play, storybooks, equipment play, group and independent play, children learn critical listening and language skills that support their pre-school readiness. Our activities also focus on cooperative play, building your child’s imagination and thinking skills.

School Skills 36 - 60 months

Understanding how objects and people in the world work

At Gymboree, children between the ages of three and five years eagerly explore group activities. They are refining motor skills and also vital thinking, language, communication and social skills. This is also when children learn many self-help skills such as dressing and feeding themselves. Their new cognitive ability to categorize and sort helps them understand the similarities and differences between people, which makes this a great time to help them learn about respecting differences and getting along. Here we focus on all the key skills as an integral component of school readiness–- physical, cognitive and social development is crucial for engaging in peer activities and group play. Listening, cooperation and creativity are integrated into a variety of developmental skill building activities through science, alphabets, shapes and numbers exploration.

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