The Importance of GymbaROO

Why is it important to come to Gymbaroo classes in each age group?

The Gymbaroo program is currently a 5yr program designed to follow the way that the brain grows and develops from birth through to reading and writing at school.

The program is designed sequentially from 6 weeks of age right through to starting school. I have heard parents say after one term that “I have done Gymbaroo” and not understanding that they have only completed a tiny part of the program. They have only stimulated the part of the brain that was active at that time.

The activities are specially worked out for each age group so that you can make sure that you maximise each 6mths of development for your child and understand the importance of that stage for learning. As you can see the next part of the brain activates about every 6 mths in the early years and then consolidates every 12mths through to starting school.

It is like building a house and if any part of the house has gaps then there can be problems at the next level of building.

Foundations of the house

IN UTERO AND BIRTH

  • Medulla and Cord

Sub Floor

NON MOBILE BABIES

  • Rolling and head control
  • Cerebellum – 2 dimensional

Floor

MOBILE BABIES

  • Commando crawling and creeping on hands and knees
  • Pons and Midbrain – 3 dimensional

Framing

PENGUINS (12-18mths)

  • Walking, body awareness and bilateral movements
  • Early Cortex – upright

Roof

KOALAS (18mths-2yrs)

  • Jumping, language, balance and increased independant movements
  • Early Cortex – upright

Walls

WALLABIES (2-2.5yrs)

  • Integration of the two brain hemispheres
  • Cortex – critical for reading and writing

Doors and windows

KANGAROOS (2.5-3yrs)

  • Completion of the integration, right and left awareness
  • Cortex – able to cross the midline

Plumbing

POSSUMS (3-4yrs)

  • Hopping, thinking and moving at the same time
  • Neocortex – specialisation of each side of the brain (laterality)

Electricity

EMUS (4-5yrs)

  • Skipping, follows sequential instructions, cross pattern marching
  • Neocortex – school readiness program

Finishing off

SCHOOL

  • Reading, writing, music, sport, language, art, emotional intelligence and more
  • Neocortex