Hayden went to gymnastics camp for one week/four days in June. Some other kids in our neighborhood had signed up so I thought it was a good opportunity to try a summer day camp for him when I could get some assistance with the carpooling. He took gymnastics classes earlier in the year, about which he was lukewarm. I would say he was similarly lukewarm about gymnastics camp as the week went on. It was from 9 -1, and that is probably a big chunk of time for a 3 year old. He would have rather stayed home and played trains (the boy is obsessed by trains currently), and I couldn’t seem to get him to understand that it was either gymnastics camp or preschool/day care since I was working while he was at camp.
On the last day they put on a performance that the parents could come watch. I got to see Hayden doing all the different apparatuses (trampoline, bars, beam, vault. It was really cute. He has always been a very cautious little guy, so I was glad to see there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do. The owner of the gym said that he had not wanted to do some of the things at the beginning of the week but he had worked up the nerve over time so she was glad to see his progress. Since camp, I have noticed that he is much more adventurous now on playground equipment. It was all we could do to get him on playground equipment prior to camp, and now he climbs right up and seems to be confident using every part he can find.
He also took a couple of weeks of swimming classes recently. Again it was hard to know how much he really liked the class. Unfortunately, we were taking him to the Monon Center, which has a huge outdoor water park he is familiar with, so whenever we went he just wanted to go out there and play, not be inside taking swim lessons. But it was good to get him some instruction.