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Not a Fan of Back to School, How About Back to Gymnastics?

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With about five weeks to go in the summer of 2009, our family is in no rush to go “back to school.”  We don’t even know who London and Maddie will have as teachers or as classmates for the third and second grade yet.  However, when I get a rainy Sunday like today, I can’t help but use it to do unpleasant tasks like paperwork and planning out London and Maddie’s Fall schedules.  It looks like they will be taking ballet and dance classes two days a week at Garden State Ballet in Randolph, NJ, which leaves two days each week to schedule in the girls’ lessons at Randolph Gymnastics in Randolph, New Jersey, and Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis in Chester, NJ.

The girls have improved their skills and are ready to move up to the next level in both gymnastics and tennis.  Last Spring, Maddie came home from her gymnastics lesson beaming with pride. “Maddie’s got news!” her sister, London, called out. “I’ll tell you all about it at dinner,” Maddie said secretively. Turns out that after training for a couple of years in Novice I, Maddie is ready to move on to Novice II, while London will step up to Novice III in the Fall. Just when I had started to fear that Maddie had inherited my can’t-do-a-cartwheel gene, she proves me wrong and moves ahead… one step closer to the Olympics and celebrity product endorsements. Congratulations, Maddie… way to go!  Congratulations are also in order for one of Maddie’s rising second grade friends, who’s spending five days a week training at Randolph Gymnastics this summer and is now on the official Randolph Gymnastics team.  Way to go, Ava!

You should know that while there’s little to no chance that either of my daughters will be headed to London, England for the 2012 Summer Olympics, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that Randolph Gymnastics is fully outfitted with Olympic grade equipment. The photos in this post include three in-ground trampolines, balance beams at several heights, a spring floor, parallel and uneven bars, and an in-ground power tumble track. Randolph Gymnastics offers group classes for every age and ability, starting with a 45 minute Mommy and Me toddler class for 18 months to 2 1/2 year-olds. Pre-schoolers step out on their own for 45 minute classes starting at age 2 1/2, and are broken out into groups by age: 2 1/2 to 3 year-olds, 3 to 4 year-olds, and hour-long classes for 4 to 5 year-olds.

Two main types of classes are gymnastics classes (using all equipment) or tumbling classes (focusing on floor, trampoline and tumble track). Girls’ gymnastics programs (Novice I, II, and III, Intermediate and Advanced) and tumbling programs (Beginner I and II, Intermediate and Advanced) are offered to girls ages 5 (entering kindergarten) and up. The children work on all the girls’ Olympic events as well as the trampoline and tumble track to help build strength and coordination. Boys’ programs (Intro Boys, Beginner Boys I and II, Intermediate and Advanced) are offered to boys ages 5 (entering kindergarten) and up. The children work on all the boys’ Olympic events as well as the trampoline and tumble track to help build strength and coordination. All of these programs are based on both age and ability. New students will be evaluated to determine which level is appropriate.

London and Maddie have been taking weekly gymnastics lessons at Randolph Gymnastics since we discovered the Olympic-size facility as a birthday party venue when the girls were pre-schoolers at Westmont Montessori in Mendham, NJ. They started with morning pre-school level gymnastics classes. Both girls moved up to Novice I when London started Kindergarten, but London quickly progressed to Novice II at the end of her first grade year, while her younger sister Maddie spent another year with the less experienced gymnasts.

Open registration is going on right now for the Fall session, which runs from August 31st through November 14th. The most popular/convenient days and times fill up quickly, so pick up the phone and reserve your child’s space as soon as possible.

In addition, there are still four weeks left of the Randolph Gymnastics Summer Day Camp 2009 program.  While most camps are winding down (London and Maddie finish up with the Big Show at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills, NJ this Friday, August 7th), kids can still get their ya yas out and enjoy air conditioned day camp at Randolph Gymnastics through Friday, August 28th. Both a full and half day camp schedule is available. The full day runs from 9:00am through 4:00pm and half day runs 9:00am through -1:00pm. Before and after care is available if needed. The minimum age for Randolph Gymnastics Summer Day Camp is five years old. Some of the camp’s activities include: recreational gymnastics & open work-out, arts & crafts, games and races, swimming, non-contact team sports, and a climbing wall. The schedule is flexible, and you’ll find rates on the Randolph Gymnastics web site for one to five days per week and one to ten weeks of camp.

Call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 to learn more about Fall lessons or summer camp. If you let Shannon know that Roxy sent you, she’ll arrange for an age and skill appropriate free trial class for your child.

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