Classes for the Girls

So I know I haven’t updated in forever, but I want to share some insight on classes I have signed the girls up for .  So for me I have always been big on getting the girls out and in classes.  I do this so that I don’t go crazy, but also so they get out and socialize and have fun too.  These classes have really helped my girls blossom.  I thought parents might be interested in the classes my girls have been involved in and when they started them.

My Gym:
I realized pretty early on with both girls that they are climbers.  They were both pretty early walkers so we got them into My Gym classes.  We loved My Gym because it was close to where we lived (when we started), great teachers, and a place where the girls could climb.  It also really helped there motor skills.  Lastly I find that it really has helped to get them to sit and listen and take instructions when need be.  Both girls started this fairly young. Tara was 9 months old and Norah was 4 months old.  With Norah she was free for the first few months because the youngest class is free except for the onetime membership fee which we had already paid with Tara (it is good for the whole family).  Tara has continued it until just this past month.  Norah still goes every week.  We have made some great friends from the class.  There are also classes available Saturday mornings, which when I worked full time was very important.

Music Together:
We started Music Together because Tara loved to dance around.  We also liked it because it was a class for both girls at once.   Specifically the classes around here have it that siblings under 8 months are free.  So we began when Norah was just 7 months.  Norah loved the class even more then Tara did.  We realized her love for music then.  Sadly we couldn’t afford to pay for both of them for the next session, so we only just got back into it today.  Norah is now almost 15 months, but she still loves it.  She had so much fun today dancing around and playing the instruments.  Tara has fun being there with her sister I think more then she likes the music.

Swim Lessons:
We began swim lessons late for Tara.  She had liked the pool when she was little then one day decided she didn’t like it.  So we had waited to start her on swim classes.  We only just started swim classes for her this past April at 3.  She was hesitant initially, but once we realized that a swim cap covering her ears to keep water out made a huge difference.  Now she is slowly getting into it.  Norah on the other hand we also began this past April at a year.  She is much more comfortable in the water and seems to think it is great fun.  Now if I could just get her to stop licking the water and blow bubbles that would help.

Dance Class:
Today we began Tara in dance class. It is a combination pre ballet and tap class.  It is actually taught by the mom of so people I went to school with and grew up down the street from.  This was because Tara has loved dancing around the house.  She loves to dance and I knew we needed to start something new since she was stopping My Gym (which was only because there wasn’t a good time for the next class for her).  Today she loved it.  We will see if that keeps up.

We started Tara in preschool at 2.5.  We had originally planned to not start her in preschool till age 3, but things kind of feel into place.  So I was getting on the listserv for the preschool I went to so I knew dates for the next school year.  I was curious to see if the preschool was still the way it had been when my folks sent me there.  Well there was an opening in the class for 2.5 and young 3s.  We decided to check it out and it really was the same.  We decided that Tara really did need to get out and socialize otherwise she was just home with Norah and I a lot.  So we went and checked it out.  It is still very play based which we loved.  The other thing that we love is the animals.  There are chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, lizards, etc. and they teach the children how to be really good with animals.  Again here Tara has blossomed.  We love the teachers and the other kids and parents.  Right now is summer break for Tara, but she did do a couple of weeks of summer classes before dance and music together started.

So yes, we do have the girls in a lot of different classes but we love it. We have this summer packed pretty busy, but normally we would not be doing this many activities at once.  We will see what the fall has planned for the girls.

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