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

Reach Out and Read Partnership Announced

Romp n' Roll Instructor, Kindergarten Readiness, Preschool, Learn to Read

Romp n’ Roll Instructor Sharing the Joy of Reading

We are so excited to partner with the great cause of Reach Out and Read Virginia. Reach Out and Read Virginia is focused on preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to read, learn, and succeed. This cause is so perfectly aligned with Romp n’ Roll’s vision and our enthusiasm for fueling child development in the best, most fun way.

Reach Out and Read Virginia and Romp n’ Roll will offer a series of events in support of this cause. The first event will be on September 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 at all 3 Richmond-area Romp n’ Roll locations. In honor of the annual “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (which occurs just a few days before on September 19), the event theme is “Pirates,” and will feature an instructor from CharacterWorks.

CharacterWorks is a well-known theater group in the Richmond area. The Character Works teacher will read a few pirate stories. Reading time will last about 15-minutes. The event also includes entrance to a Romp n’ Roll Open Gym event where the children can enjoy the Romp n’ Roll facility with their parents. The cost for the event is $8; $4 of which will go directly to benefit Reach Out and Read Virginia. Romp n’ Roll members, as always, can attend Open Gym for free. Members who would like to make a donation to Reach Out and Read can do so at the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL. The event is for children age 5 with a supervising adult. Registration can be handled by calling 804-364-6363. Click here for the registration links for the location that you would like to attend: Mechanicsville, Midlothian, and West End.

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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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The Academics of Infancy

DSCN2227While it is easy to see the educational benefits of Romp n’ Roll classes for preschoolers and toddlers, it may be difficult to see that infants are learning anything of importance in their classes.  Of course, these classes constitute an enjoyable out-of-the-house experience for both parent and child, but is the baby really acquiring any significant knowledge and skill? Read more


Girl hanging upside down on swing at Romp n' Roll
An interesting concept in developmental psychology of which parents should be aware is the “goodness-of-fit” model. It indicates that an effective match between a child’s temperament and the practices of her parents prevents emotional distress and produces optimal mental health. Read more