Benefits of Mommy & Me Classes

 

 

 

 

Fitting in fitness

Moms spend at least an hour a day interacting with their little ones, yet find it difficult to set aside an hour to go for a Yoga or Pilates class.

Why not take that hour of interacting with your little one and use it as your workout time. You are not losing any quality time with your baby / toddler if you are exercising with them.

Exercise

Postnatal baby weight and Hormonal Fluctuations! These will certainly drive any Mommy crazy. Physical exercise will certainly help with these issues that we have. It will give Moms the opportunity to tone and firm up after having baby and the best part is that it releases mood-boosting endorphins, which in turn also help with hormonal imbalances and postpartum depression, yay.

Bonding

Mommy & Me Fitness Classes give Moms the chance to spend quality time and bond with baby outside of their home. Spending those 45-60 minutes with your little one while you work out helps improve & strengthen your bond. Doing fun movements will have a positive effect on your little one too. When your little one is on the mat in front of you, staring up at you while you are trying hard to hold the plank position, and cooing and smiling at you while doing push-ups, he/she is picking up on your good energy while you are doing something positive for yourself and your little one.

Mommy & Baby/Toddler Time

We all need to take a little time out of our hectic Mommy Day to focus on our health as well as the health of our children.

Socializing

Mommy & Me Fitness Team Classes is such a great place for Moms to meet other Moms and make lifelong friends for Mom and little one. And the best part of all, you don’t have to worry about a bad hair day, your clothes or even about wearing make-up.

Enhances Social Awareness

Mommy & Me Fitness classes allow Moms and their children to interact with each other. Babies/Toddlers meet new people, experience new sights and sounds. Babies will see how other babies act towards their behavior, which is critical for social development.

Provides Sensory Stimulation

Mommy & Me Fitness Team Classes provides sensory stimulation for babies and toddlers. Moms know children learn best when they use all their senses, so joining one of our classes will provide visual, physical, auditory and tactile stimulation which is extremely beneficial for overall development.

Increases Confidence

Mommy & Me Fitness Team Classes will boost their overall confidence, as they will feel a sense of pride bouncing up and down on Mom’s legs during Leg Extensions or crawling through an obstacle etc. The greater their confidence, the greater their development.

Allows Moms to Make Connections

Moms, joining our Mommy & Me Fitness Team Classes gives you the opportunity to meet other Moms and make lifelong friends. Your Little Ones will make lifelong friends and it will create a support system for you

Improves Mood

Mommy & Me Fitness Team Classes not only gets you out of the house and meeting new Moms, it gets you physically active which helps release those “Feel Good” endorphins. As mentioned earlier, Physical exercise will certainly help with these issues that we have with postnatal weight and the hormonal fluctuations. It will give Moms the opportunity to tone and firm up after having baby and the best part is that it releases mood-boosting endorphins, which in turn also help with hormonal imbalances and postpartum depression.

Strengthens the Parent/Child Bond

There is nothing better than a Mommy & Me Fitness class that helps you

bond with your little one without the normal daily pressure of feeding,

crying and burping! You are spending quality bonding time with your little one while you work out and they play and laugh with you.

 

 

 

Benefits of Mommy & Me Fun Chef Classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baking with Children Boosts their Development
Baking / Cooking can help young children learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills. It may take a little flexibility and some simple prep work, but with the right expectations, your time in the kitchen with your child can be a culinary adventure that you will both enjoy. Measure one cup of water, Stir the mixture or rolling out the Dough… all of these tasks help children to develop necessary academic, cognitive and motor skills. I am sure you didn’t even know that each time you let your child help you to prepare a meal, you are preparing them for success in school and in life. Baking/Cooking with your Children can offer a great variety of opportunities to learn and grow.

Benefits of Baking / Cooking with Children Increases Language Development
Every time you bake/cook, you are labeling ingredients which increases your Child’s vocabulary. They also have to follow directions which enhances receptive language skills. Whilst Baking/Cooking, explain each step in detail and then have your child describe what they are doing for even greater language development. For the older children have them predict what will happen next or have them guess what the next ingredient would be.

Enhances Fine Motor Skills
Allowing Children to mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, using cookie cutters or rolling little balls are all excellent ways to enhance their fine motor strength and to develop control. These skills will assist to develop their academic skills such as writing, cutting and coloring. You can also help to improve these skills even more by allowing them to help pour the ingredients into the mixing bowl, or allowing them to mix the ingredients together.

Bilateral Coordination
Baking/Cooking can give your child lots of opportunity to develop and use the hands in a coordinated way. Developing good bilateral coordination skills can help teach your child to tie shoelaces, cut with scissors and draw a line with a ruler. Rolling balls of dough, rolling out dough with a rolling pin and flattening the dough with the hands are all great ways of letting children practice their bilateral coordination skills. Sifting flour also trains your child to use one hand to “support” while the other does heavy work.

Eye-Hand Coordination
Pouring ingredients into bowls or jugs and pouring batter into tins are all good ways for children to practice heir eye-hand coordination. Decorating cookies with icing on cookies or putting the frosting on cupcakes also uses eye-hand coordination.

Hand Strengthening
Baking/Cooking with children can give them loads of opportunities to strengthen their hand and finger muscles. Squeezing dough into balls gets the hands working, even sprinkling cheese can give the fingers a workout

Spatial Perception and Planning Skills
There should always be a recipe involved when baking with kids!
Whether they read the recipe themselves (in words or pictures) or follow your verbal instructions, following a recipe can boost your child’s listening and sequencing skills. Following instructions is an important school skill and baking/cooking can give your child lots of practice in this.
Spatial perception and planning skills are also boosted when your child has to cut out cookies. Challenge your child to get as many cookies as possible from single roll-out of the dough –this will challenge your child to place the cookie cutters in a way to minimize waste.

Increases Math Skills
As we all know Baking / Cooking involves a great deal of measuring. Whilst Baking/ Cooking children will learn various measurements such as cups, teaspoons and tablespoons etc. Children will also learn to understand fractions as well as how to use their addition and subtraction skills. You can help your child with basic math skills by doing something simple as counting eggs, or pouring water into a measuring cup. You can ask what comes first, second and third or count together as you spoon dough into baking tray.

Exploring with their Senses
Children also learn by exploring with their senses and the kitchen is an ideal place to do that. Let them listen to the whir of the mixer, pound the dough and watch it rise, smell things baking in the oven and finally taste it fresh from the oven. If it smells good, looks appealing and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it!

Improves Reading & Language Skills
Baking/Cooking can offer a great opportunity to help with language development. Talking and describing what you are doing can expose young children to new words and terms. As children get older they can describe to you what they are doing, what the see, smell and how things feel etc. Once reading, they can practice the skill by reading the recipe.
Following the steps in the recipe can also work on listening skills. For younger children, start with the numbers for example “2” Cups of flour or “4” tablespoons of butter etc. Older children can also read each step and then follow the instructions of what they have read. This will also help enhance their reading comprehension.

Increases Focus and Attention
When Baking/Cooking children need to stay focused and pay attention to every detail or the recipe will not be completed correctly. If they miss the first step or any step in between their final product will be a “flop”. Children learn very quickly that they have to pay attention if they want to eat that brownie or cookie at the end!

Teaches them Life Skills
Baking/Cooking is a Life skill that is needed to be an Independent adult. Children can learn early on how to make their own sandwich or pour something to drink. Older children can learn to cook meals for themselves and their family to enjoy, or help to bake that awesome birthday cake! Teaching them to Bake/Cook will allow children to become more independent and responsible individuals.
Baking / Cooking will also teach your child various important safety lessons such as using a knife correctly, not to touch a hot stove or oven or not to leave a pot or pan handle sticking over the counter top and much more.

Promotes Healthy Eating
As parents we all struggle to get our children to eat more healthy foods as we all know children are notoriously picky eaters. Encourage children taste new ingredients you are working with and talk about what they like and how healthy foods make a body grow. Allowing our Children to bake/cook helps to teach them what foods are healthy and what foods are not. It will also encourage your child to try new foods if they are involved with making it and will encourage them to eat at home instead of out which can often provide unhealthy options.

Exploring with their Senses
Children also learn by exploring with their senses and the kitchen is an ideal place to do that. Let them listen to the whir of the mixer, pound the dough and watch it rise, smell things baking in the oven and finally taste it fresh from the oven. If it smells good, looks appealing and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Mommy & Me Messy Fun Classes

Fine Motor Skills
Messy Fun helps young children develop their early motor skills. When children squeeze soft dough, scoop up sand or make marks in crazy foam, they are learning to refine their fine motor skills by using the muscles in their fingers, wrists, arms, toes and shoulders to make small movements. Children also practice coordinating their fine motor skills by combining muscles together when picking up different objects throughout Messy Fun.

Gross Motor Skills
Taking Messy Fun to the next level also helps to develop children’s gross motor skills as well. When children jump in water, throw sand, or produce large scale mark making with bigger objects such as brooms, they are also enhancing their gross motor skills. Children use the larger muscles in their arms, legs, feet and body to make bigger movements which support balance, coordination and strength.

Muscle Strengthening
When children practice fine and gross motor skills in Messy Fun, they are strengthening their muscles and developing muscle control in their body. Introducing children to a variety of Messy Fun activities will build up strength in their different muscle groups. Mark making in paint helps children improve the muscles in their hands and fingers, which also prepares them for holding a pencil and controlling these movements for writing, whereas, activities such as stomping in mud will strengthen the muscles in their legs.

Hand Eye Coordination
Experimenting with Messy Fun through touch also enhances the children’s hand-eye coordination. Certain Messy Fun activities prompt and improve children’s concentration, such as cutting shapes out of play dough or throwing goo at a target, which helps children develop their hand-eye coordination.

Body Control & Balance
Messy Fun is an extremely hands-on sensory activity, which enhances children’s body control and balance through the large and small movements that they make when they play. Simple actions, such as holding a paint brush over an easel or pouring water from one container to another, helps children focus their fine and gross motor skills, which improves their control and balance with practice.

Spatial Awareness
Messy Fun also makes children more body aware, which gives them the opportunity to learn about boundaries. When participating in group Messy Fun activities, such as playing imaginative play kitchens with outdoor mud kitchens, children begin to respect each other’s space and develop social skills.

And so much more…

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