Level 4 Koalas (18 months – 2 years)

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The Level 4 Koala age group is a very important time as this is when the brain consolidates all the foundations of learning that have been put into place in earlier GymbaROO classes. Koala classes are often combined with Penguin Level 3 classes to enable parents a greater choice of attendance times. As we teach according to the children in the class this will include activities that challenge and stimulate both age groups.

At around 18 months of age it’s as if a master switch has been activated and there is a big leap in development. During this next six months your child’s brain starts to strengthen and speed up the messages it sends to the body so new skills like jumping, running, walking up stairs and starting to do actions to rhymes are able to be learnt. This age group is starting to do some of the activities without help which is very exciting for all!

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LEVEL 4 KOALAS ACTIVITIES THAT CONSOLIDATE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

Level 4 Koalas are walking with greater balance, running everywhere and climbing everything! Jumping with two feet together is the exciting new skill learnt at this age, as well as hanging by their hands.

  • We continue to sing well known nursery rhymes, and songs from the GymbaROO CD’s. Toddlers are now attempting to join in with enthusiasm! Music stimulates movement and learning in a fun, exciting way and is encouraged through both exercises and dance activities.
  • Rhythm sticks are introduced, not only for rhythm, but for fine motor work. Level 4 Koalas have more coordination and body awareness and can follow two auditory commands at a time.
  • Crossing the overhead ladder is now part of every session. As is the ‘crocodile’ position during the massage session. These essential skills provide our brain with the neuronal pathways and connections that create the foundational platforms for later learning.
  • Toddlers are starting to learn their colours. Matching of colours is done on every possible occasion, with the beanbags, ladder rungs, rhythm sticks and parachute.

LEVEL 4 KOALA’S ARE READY TO MOVE ONTO LEVEL 5, WALLABIES WHEN THEY:

  • Are approximately 2 – 2 1/2 years
  • Jump, climb and hang confidently
  • Tic-toc and balance on one leg briefly
  • Copy body movements
  • Have an increased attention span