"I LOVE it!
The kids in my daycare LOVE
it! We have included it into our everyday schedule! It is great for me too, to do along with the kids. You would think chasing lil' ones all day I would be in great shape, but I find myself out of breathe when I do it, so it's a great addition to my day as well."
- Renee VanHeck, Daycare owner
“I loved the videos! I got them yesterday, you’re so talented…my kids and I did one of them last night. We had a riot jumping around my basement.”
- Amanda R.
“After watching GYMTRIX
™, I have been inspired! Life around our house has since been filled with a little more physical activity between my toddler and I. It has been so much fun, and is priceless for my toddler’s development! Some of my favorite GYMTRIX
™ activities are quite simple, yet I had not even thought of implementing them into our daily lives. But, after watching the DVD
and learning all the benefits of “physical literacy”, I am encouraged AND
equipped to implement this play periodically throughout the day!
My favorite activities in these DVDs are… really basic! Like the work with rolling, tossing and catching the balls and stuffed animals.
I also really enjoy the warm-up routines which are about 6 minutes long and so fun to do in the mornings and afternoons! My little girl even uses the “scissor arms” move she learned, as a signature dance move!
What a great way to get that blood moving! It is especially encouraging for me to see my toddler having so much fun, and feeling good about her efforts.”
“I believe that your products serve to gently encourage movement, and, avoids the “I can’t do it because I don’t have the financial where-with-all to invest in the equipment.” You solve that dilemma with materials readily found within the home environment. Previously I taught kindergarten for 13 years and already started to see those students lacking strength, stamina, and agility lining up at the door to be first to go inside, bringing out a toy from home and walk around with it,or opt to just sit and watch. Not only were they fostering a rut of indifference and feeling inferior, they were missing out on the social and emotional relationships with peers that will only escalate if not addressed.
I see many educators just throw out equipment out the storage room and say “go play!” Yet, in the classroom we differentiate our instruction and nurture from a solid foundation of the basics. For some odd reason we infrequently implement the same bridging into systematically enhancing skill development toward well-being, self-esteem in a prescribed movement program so that all students will access life long actively pursuits.
Your resource provides the means to offset the indifference to the vital basics that lets children now say, “I can do it.” Additionally, the parent friendly format is straightforward and not intimidating to caregivers (or teachers ) who are “physically (actively) challenged.”
- Dr. Sharon Burow
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Wisconsin Lutheran College
“We use Gymtrix activities for the Family Literacy School where I work. Our babies (8-11 months old) loved the bubble eye-tracking activity! The batting balloons hand-eye coordination session was a great way for our parents and kids (age 2-5) to have fun together one-on-one while gaining valuable physical skills! My 8-month old daughter, Kaylee, loves doing a backward “roll” down my legs and off my lap. She also loves “flying” on her back (or however). I can’t wait to try the other activities on the videos!”
- Amy Smith
South Bend, IN
“Over the past semester, some innovative young people from Paidia International Development have been using the GymTrix curriculum to benefit children with disabilities in the city of Bethlehem, in the West Bank.
Once a week, 30 kids from the House of Hope (a school for special education in Bethlehem) look forward to the chance to spend time playing games, exercising and working together, without even realizing that they are also learning. Teachers from the school have commented on the efficacy of the program, and have noticed improvements in areas such as motor skills, listening ability, peer cooperation, and cognitive ability. They also know that the children love the program.
In fact, the House of Hope has agreed to continue the program for the upcoming year, and other special education centers in the area have signed on as well. It appears that the GymTrix curriculum will continue to have a positive impact on the young people in this historic city.”
- Erich Strehl
Paidia International Development