We recently got this article in the local paper along with photos. Quickly write something about the activities at your gym and how you are teaching your students about the Olympics. Remember, you can have a free open house, a lesson, a camp, a Kids Night Out with the Olympic theme as long as you don’t charge money for it and it’s done in the spirit of education and celebration of the Olympics. Do it today.
Kids Learn About the Olympics at All-American
Children at Patti’s All-American Gymnastics, Dance and Swim in Dyer are participating in mock Olympic events this month such as nerf shot put, Frisbee discus, and noodle javelin. The kids march out to the Olympic music carrying American flags and two lucky children get to lead the class with felt torches and light their version of the Olympic Flame. The children ages 1-12 are also practicing events such as trampoline, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and weightlifting with foam weights. The idea is to give them some education about the Olympics concerning the different sports and the facts about this very exciting worldwide event is held just every four years. At the end of the mock Olympics each child receives a gold medal.
Owner Patti Komara said, “Every four years we get to celebrate the Olympics. It gives us a chance to educate along with activity. When something is fun, the kids really like to do it. They see it on T.V. and then get to act like they are the stars right here in our gym”. Not only do they get to do some of the events, but they learn about certain aspects of the Games such as why the doves are released at the start of the games, what each ring color represents, where some of the previous Olympics were held, and how are the athletes chosen for their particular sport.
PAA has been named #1 Best of the Region for 22 years in gymnastics and for the last three years for dance lessons also. They teach ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, pointe, and preschool dance called Dancing GymBears including both gymnastics and dance in the same hour. That class is unique to the Calumet Region.
Another unique class they excel in is their Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool. They have the lowest student to teacher ratio and feature their computer and iPad lab. The children learn Spanish and do gymnastics and exercise every day instead of snacking.
The newest department at Patti’s is their Nina Zone Program. Boys ages 3-11 get to roll, tumble, swing, climb, and run. It’s a combination Parkour, gymnastics, tumbling, and martial arts.
Extra activities hosted there include birthday parties, girls and boys scout troops, local park department classes, skill clinics, day camps, and Saturday night Kids’ Night Outs.
Patti’s All-American Gymnastics is celebrating their 47th year in business. Patti Komara’s gym started in a church hall in 1969 with 30 kids and has grown to a gym with a yearly enrollment of over 2000 students in gymnastics, tumbling, dance, Ninja Zone and swimming lessons. At the beginning Patti taught all of the classes herself and now employs over 40 teachers and office personnel to help run the business.
Every year since 1981 Patti has been a national speaker for the gymnastics industry. She has written numerous books on the business of a gymnastics school and five lesson plan books. Patti has written numerous articles for national magazines for the dance and gymnastics industries. She has produced more than 160 training videotapes and has sold tapes to all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. Komara was named “USA Gymnastics Business Person of the Year” in 2003 and 2006. She writes a monthly newsletter with 7500 subscribers and a weekly blog for the gymnastics industry.
Registration for the classes is continuous. New classes are forming this week, so check out all information and easy registration at www.tumblebear.com or by calling (219) 865-2274.
Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.
Patti’s other company, Tumblebear Connection has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears, YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. Patti currently has over 8000 subscribers to her “In the Loop Monthly E-Newsletter”. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.
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