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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

Romp n’ Roll Kicks Off “Week of the Young Child” With Music Monday!

Enjoying music during Babies Class at Romp n' RollThis week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child! The annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Music Monday!

What we know is that music is the result of movement, therefore, music is movement – they go hand in hand! How may times have you seen someone driving down the highway with their head moving up and down and their hands tapping the steering wheel? How many times have you been somewhere with your child when a song comes on and causes he or she to bend their knees, bob their head, or shake their hips? Playing the drums at Romp n' Roll!This happens all of the time and that is because music is a physical event! 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!

 

 

Making Peace with War

War card gameThe first card game that virtually every preschooler learns to play is “War.”  The deck is divided in half then each player turns over a card and the player with the higher card collects both cards.  If the cards match, each player places three cards down and then the player with the higher fourth card collects all.  This continues until one player possesses the entire deck. Read more

The Inevitability of Guilt

IMG_6882It is impossible to be a parent and not suffer frequent bouts of guilt.  You are always going to regret something you did or didn’t do with your kids.  Fortunately, children are remarkably resilient.  They will recover from whatever real or imagined sin you have committed and probably will have long forgotten about it while you are still beating yourself up about it.

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