Monday, April 19, 2010

Fast and the Furious: SCBG

This whole post was inspired by the following:

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Mark was sick this past weekend and I was looking for something to get the kids out of the house until dinner time. I loaded up some bikes and trikes and headed to this big parking lot in the back of the botanical gardens. There is nobody in this parking lot. Ever. Until this past Saturday. I guess there was a wedding, a plant sale, and then this caravan of Hondas (pictured above) that constantly ran in and out of this parking lot. At any rate, the kids had a great time! Apparently this big flat parking lot had just enough of a hill to be slightly dangerous. The boys would joyfully push their riding toy up the hill:

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Then they would wait for John to count them off. "Uno for the money, duo for the show..."

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Then they would ride down to the other side of the parking lot.

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They seriously did this over and over for an hour, then cried when it was time to go. I bet if we tried this again, they would hate it...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gymnastics - James

James's preschool class starts about 15 minutes after Andy's class ends. During this time we go potty and try to keep everyone from melting. James's class is more structured than Andy's. When it is time to start the kids WALK from the waiting area to a yellow dot for stretching. Here is James doing a butterfly:
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Now, at this time, most of the other parents just sit there and watch class. Not me, I have Andy and I am fairly certain he would destroy the whole gym if we had to do that. I usually take him on a walk on the Health and Heritage walking trail:
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Here is a nice old house:
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And here is the cemetary where Thomas Green Clemson is buried:
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When we get back from our walk, we usually still have 30 minutes of class left.*sigh

I am always impressed with the level of disapline in James's class. They line up and walk from station to station, and wait patiently for their turn.

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James gets in trouble a lot.

I am always impressed by how they teach these three year olds to do things. They are telling them to put their hands the right way and their feet in the right place. I am just trying to give James something to do, but they are really teaching gymnastics!

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Here is James with Ms. Kipp. James LOVES Ms. Kipp, even more than Ms. Jenny I think!

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At the end class, they form a circle and sing a song. It is a little wierd:
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Then they put their hands on their heads to get their stamps.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Andy - gymnastics

This is the first in a two part series on gymnastics class. This winter, I signed the boys up for gymnastics at upstate gymnastics because it was something that both kids could do. Andy is in the mom and tot class and James is in the preschool class. Andy's class is first.

The mom and tot class is very informal. It starts with a warm up and some stretching.
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Being tots, sometimes they don't take their strecthing serious. (to be honest, neither do I!)

After strecthing, the tots are free to roam anywhere in the gym as long as the parents go with them. There are different stations set up to play on. Here is Andy in the "quiet corner" with little toys to sit and play with:
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Here is the ring station. I am so impressed he can do these!
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Other climbing/juming stations:
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Here is Andy on the trampoline:
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Andy likes to run full speed up and down the trampoline and crash into the ends:

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Since Andy's class is first, James has to sit in the waiting area for us. This has gone better than I expected, although he usually annoying the other kids:
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At the end of class, James is allowed to join us for "music time":
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Then all the kids line up to get their hand stamped, another good day at gymnastics!
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Open for the season

Introducing, Dinner on the Screened-In Porch.

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Call now for reservations.