Gym Jam is a mobile service providing exciting gymnastics-inspired physical literacy programs to child care centres and schools in Calgary and the surrounding area. We can provide lessons inside your building or visit you with the well-padded, fully equipped Gym Jam Bus!
The importance of safety cannot be over-stated. Mats block off hard or sharp objects that may be in the room and provide cushioned landing surfaces. Equipment is age appropriate. Coaches have years of training and experience, and are certified in first aid.
Children who participate in Gym Jam reap a diversity of benefits. Skill building promotes perseverance, work ethic, focus, and self-confidence. Group activities foster social skills and team work. Playing on our diverse equipment and learning fantastic new ways to move ensures an association between movement and fun; this association is self-reinforcing and life-long!
Gym Jam’s aim is to help kids gain physical competence, confidence, and motivation to enable them to be physically literate and active for life.
Toddlers and Young Children
A typical lesson for young children (not yet school aged) lasts half an hour and starts with a warm up that includes an active song and dance and a fun, imaginative stretch. Next, skills are taught and then practiced in a circuit that has a new theme and skill focus each week! Class concludes with a cool-down activity and with a game if time permits.
Our curriculum has been organized such that the most basic and important skills are taught first, and other skills follow in a developmentally appropriate order. Priority is given to fundamental movement skills (FMS) such as hopping, skipping, balancing, rolling, and jumping. Some fundamental movement skills- specifically ball skills- are not inherent in gymnastics, so we have taken extra steps to ensure that they are also focused on.
School Aged Children
A typical lesson for school aged children lasts half an hour and starts with a warm up that includes an active game, stretches, and strength building exercises. Next, skills are taught and then practiced in a fun circuit that offers options for all skill levels.
Our curriculum has been organized such that the most basic and important skills are taught first, and other skills follow in a developmentally appropriate order. Priority is given to skills that promote agility, balance, and coordination. Most skills are gymnastics-specific.