Gyminny’s Village Learning
We are proud to announce our Village Learning program is starting Thursday, April 1st. We have 36 spots available. Gyminny Kids’ Learning Village’s mission is to uncover every child’s inherent genius and inspire lifelong learners. We believe in engaging the whole child, cultivating their minds, hearts, and bodies while developing character through sport. Our state-of-the-art gymnastics facility offers an exercise component in a clean, climate-controlled 17,000 square foot building led by our credentialed, career-orientated teachers. It takes a village!
GK’s Village Learning operates under the day camp protocol and provides care and learning to prepare each child for success when they enter school. We provide structured learning and a physical outlet.
The program is:
- Open to ages 2.5 (who are mostly potty trained) to 6 years old.
- Half ($30) and full-day ($60) options.
- 36 spots available.
- No minimum commitment & you can book as needed as long as you book by the day before
Our morning, lunch, and afternoon schedule is as follows:
- Morning Care: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Lunch: 12:30 pm -1 pm
*Morning learners may stay for lunch at no extra cost.
- Afternoon Care: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
All Village Learners must bring water, lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks.
Please note, no nut products are permitted.
To learn more about our curriculum and teachers, please see below.
For more information or to register, please email Info@GyminnyKids.com.
Daniel & the Gyminny Crew
About our Village Learning Staff:
Kimberly Mullenix – Village Learning Director
Kimberly brings passion and excitement into our Village Learning program. She earned her Master’s in Education from DePaul University, focusing her studies on value-creating education for global citizenship. Kimberly also obtained her B.A. in Liberal Arts, concentrating in International Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution. She has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in the education and non-profit sectors. She has worked in preschool and K-12 settings, both locally and internationally. Kimberly’s background includes training teachers and teaching students at an orphanage in rural Nepal, developing a social-emotional learning curriculum for an international school based in Costa Mesa, immersing herself in the Special Education world at Liberty Station’s High Tech High to leading the gymnastics camps at the YMCA. Kimberly brings a unique and wide-ranging perspective on learning and education. Above all, she loves working with children and is committed to creating inclusive and empowering spaces that truly bring out the joy and treasure within each child. Kimberly grew up around the world. She was a competitive gymnast herself and eventually transitioned to coaching recreational and pre-team levels part-time to share her love for the sport.
Kendra Mills – Village Learning Teacher
Kendra Mills is a Gyminny Kids Coach and heads our Gym Plus program. Kendra received her Associates in Early Childhood Education from the College of Rhode Island-Warwick. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at the University of San Diego. Kendra has experience as a daycare teacher and preschool teacher and has experience teaching third grade. Kendra is high energy and has a passion for teaching students of all ages, especially preschool through fifth grade. “I can’t wait to get started!”-Kendra.
Alexis D’ Souza – Village Learning Teacher
Alexis D’Souza earned a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development with a Minor in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She has experience as an Intern at the Early Childhood Education Center at SFSU and worked as a preschool teacher in San Francisco for a year before moving back to her hometown, San Diego. Alexis is a former Gyminny Kid and a high-level gymnast. She is currently our Gymnastics Preschool-Age Director. She oversees our dynamic rotating lesson plan, which has been called “the best gymnastics preschool program in the Nation” by the FIG President. Alexis is excited to get to know her students!
Village Learning Curriculum
At Gyminny Kids, we value learning and creating an experience for our gymnasts beyond gymnastics: we strive to prepare them for the real world and foster individuals of character who possess a curiosity for life, learning, and discovery. Gyminny’s Village Learning Program is designed to cultivate preschool-aged children’s young minds, hearts, and bodies. We have developed a rigorous curriculum that integrates gymnastics and readies our youngest ones for Kindergarten and beyond. In addition to offering “the best gymnastics preschool program in the nation,” according to the FIG President, we will also teach your child rudimentary skills in math, science, language arts, and social studies in a multitude of ways. In this program, all of our teachers are well-trained, experienced, and credentialed. They have come from the preschool world and bring a wealth of knowledge on early childhood development. During our “classroom” times, we have adopted a Montessori-inspired learning approach, providing freedom and flexibility for each child to learn and develop at their own pace. Children will learn how to count, add, subtract, multiply and divide through creative learning tools and guidance from their teachers. They will work on their reading, spelling, and handwriting. They will also learn about science through sensory play and experiential, STEAM-based activities. The social sciences will be lightly taught through Socratic Seminars and themes and lessons based on current events and what our children see in their environment. Aside from the academic piece, we align our social-emotional learning curriculum with values grounded in diversity, inclusion, and honoring each child’s unique treasure. We also implement our local Poway School District’s Character Counts! ‘Six Pillars of Character’ framework. These pillars include caring, fairness, respect, citizenship, responsibility, and trustworthiness.
Families may opt to enroll their children in the program for half a day or a full day. This program runs during the academic school year, August to mid-June.
Daily Schedule of Activities:
- 8:00 am – 8:30 am Early Check-in (Children are welcome to bring a light breakfast with them)
- 8:30 am – 9:00 am Regular Check-in
- 9:00 am – 10:30 am Morning activities
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Reading/Spelling/Writing and Math
- 10:00 am – 10:30 am Work Time
- 10:30 am – 11:00 am Snack Time
- 11:00 am – 11:30 pm Work time
- 11:30 am – 12:15 pm Gymnastics Class
- 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Transition
- 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Time
- 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Quiet Time
- 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Outdoor Time
- 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Work Time or Art/Music/Creative Activity
- 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Snack Time
- 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Open Gym
- 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Pick-up