Her Interest in Tumbling
May Stretch the Budget

Bending 12.14.09
My, how time flies. Work, projects, volunteering at the school. I need to spend the week just catching up on all the missed blog opportunities.

I’ll start with tumbling, which seems to be Lael’s sport. I put her in the park district class at the beginning of the fall semester.

She didn’t just like the classes – she LOVED them. The kid is a wiggly, bending, rolling, jumping dervish.

Sadly, I couldn’t get Lael into the follow-up classes, so for the past couple months she has been climbing the furniture instead. The instructor said Lael should be at one of those professional gymnastics gyms. Just find one that doesn’t encourage kids to starve to death, the teacher said.

The bigger problem, though, is finances. Wayyyy to expensive for me at this phase of my under-employment. At least I was able to get Lael into back-to-back classes starting in January and lasting until early April.

Jumping 12.14.09

7 thoughts on “Her Interest in Tumbling
May Stretch the Budget

  1. Rayne of Terror

    We just started Henry in tumbling 2 months ago. He is the only boy but he doesn’t mind and he’s definitely the most enthusiastic student. The way he throws his body down the mat without a care in the world is thrilling.

  2. AJ

    Do a price comparison with Capoeira classes in your area. It has elements of gymnastics. It’s a martial art, but has infrequent physical contact, and in that way it’s also like a spontaneous dance where you anticipate your partner’s moves. I like it because it’s co-ed and is most often called a game (with no winners). Girls play on-par with boys right on up through adulthood. If it interests you, attend an annual Batizado (a show + students receive new belts) to spark initial interest.

  3. AJ

    Here’s a video of a Tempe group:
    And a girl holding a birthday roda:
    The roda (hoe-duh) is an informal sparring (game). Notice that when two people are playing, the group surrounds them in a circle, clapping and singing. It’s a very supportive environment no matter the skill level. My daughter got interested after seeing a performance at a fair.
    And one more vid, of a mestre (Capoeira teacher) speaking on its importance for children.
    Okay, preaching done.


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