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Romp n’ Roll Continues Celebrating with Work Together Wednesday!

Romp n' Roll kids work together!This week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child which is a national, an annual celebration hosted by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Work Together Wednesday! Helen Keller is credited for saying “Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.” What a great lesson to learn as a child and teamwork is an ongoing skill set that is even more important to remember as an adult! Romp n' Roll kids work together Read more

Taco Tuesday!

Healthy foods = happy child!

Healthy foods = happy child!

This week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child which is a national, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Taco Tuesday! Enough said. No, really, today’s focus is healthy eating and feeding your child’s growing brain. Read more

PreschoolPalooza: Free Classes for 3 to 5 Year Olds

PreschoolPalooza

If you’ve been wanting to try out Romp n’ Roll for your preschooler, join us January 11-17 for a free class during PreschoolPalooza!  At Romp n’ Roll, your little genius will focus on exploring new ideas and thoughts, becoming a team player and participating in a variety of activities from playing instruments, to participating in relay games and creating recycled art. Our instructors are experts in integrating dramatic play and inspiring active participation in any number of ways.  From a secret “Superhero Pow-Wow” to competing in the Olympics, we have a gym, art, music or adventure class for everyone.  Find a class that fits your schedule here!

*Free classes are only 45 and 60 minutes. One free class for any child who has not attended a free class in the past year. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and availability is limited based on class size. 

We Agree, The Early Years are Critical…but in What Way?

Romp n' Roll, early childhood education, critical window of development, An interesting post was written in Psychology Today. We liked today’s post since we feel that it reduces some of the pressure on parents to take advantage of the critical “windows of development.” We have always believed that kind of pressure is not good for anyone, but particularly parents of young children who already have so much new to learn and experience with their children.

How children feel, and how parents feel, is incredibly important. Our philosophy at Romp n’ Roll is that providing a combination of physical, mental, and emotional guidance and stimulation is always the right approach. To make those experiences valuable, we find that “FUN” and “SILLINESS” are the secret ingredients that allow us all to “Nurture the Genius. Unleash the Goofball.” Crazy fun makes the kids want to participate, which in turn makes the parents want to participate. The shared experiences of classes are everything for kids and their parents. But, the shared experience goes beyond the child and the parent(s). It is also about moms, dads, and even grandparents being able to connect with one another during classes and/or making plans to meet outside of the Romp n’ Roll setting. This type of shared experience and understanding is invaluable and can often lead to lifelong friendships. We continually hear stories about parents who initially met at a Romp n’ Roll class and are still friends a decade later!

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Best Mommy and Me Class 2015 – Richmond Magazine

We put our heart and soul into our classes. That’s why we are so thrilled about being designated “Best Mommy and Me Class” in the August 2015 issue of Richmond Magazine.

Our professionally-developed lesson plans are designed not only to be educational, but also to be tons of fun. As we like to say, we “Nurture the Genius. Unleash the Goofball!’” says Babz Barnett, Co-founder and President.Best Mommy and Me Classes Richmond Magazine August 2015

“Our facility and class curriculum adapt by age and developmental stage. We love being a fun, helpful resource and refuge for parents by offering class variety including gym, art, music, dance, sports and more for children ages 3 months through 5 years. The schedule is designed to be flexible with classes in mornings, evenings, and weekends, and you don’t even have to commit to a consistent class time.”

We are so grateful for this honor from the readers of Richmond Magazine. We’d also like to thank local ABC affiliate WRIC for featuring us on their “Best of” special.  You can view the segment here.

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Thank you for voting for us as the “Best Mommy and Me” classes in Richmond!

 

 

Respecting Attention Span

IMG_5274Does it seem to you that activities at Romp n’ Roll can get a little chaotic at times?  What’s with all the free choice and independent play?  Why aren’t the children being required to sit still and pay attention to the adults?  After all, that is what is happening at a lot of other early education programs.  And isn’t that what will prepare them for success in school later on?

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I Did It Myself!

IMG_7443The most important psychological task of toddlerhood is achieving a sense of autonomy.  After experiencing the near total helplessness of infancy, a child must now learn that he doesn’t have to be completely dependent on others.  He can start feeding himself, dressing himself, bathing himself, etc. Read more