Gyminny’s Village Learning
We started Village Learning as a service to the community. We keep pricing as low as possible to make it affordable for families. I have five children, and I understand the cost of putting them in school and daycare. We do not sacrifice quality as we employ the best-credentialed teachers, cleanest facility, and comprehensive curriculum. We prepare the students for school, the playground, and life. – Daniel Gundert
We are proud to announce our Village Learning program started Monday, August 16th. 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 though you must register at least 72 hours in advance so we can properly staff and lesson plan.
Our morning, lunch, and afternoon schedule is as follows:
- Morning Care: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Lunch: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
*Morning learners may stay for lunch at no extra cost.
- Afternoon Care: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
- Afternoon (Including Full Day) Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:00 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.
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.
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!
Mohsani Hoveyda – Village Learning Teacher
Mohsani comes to Gyminny Kids with close to a decade of professional preschool teaching experience, including being a certified Montessori lead in Irvine, Pre-K Lead in Westminster, CA, Infant Care Lead teacher in Torrance. She is enthusiastic, creative and adds tremendous value to our programs. Mohsani was a high-flying volleyball champion and eventually began coaching volleyball in Manhattan Beach. Her athletism combined with her professionalism is a blend that makes for the perfect Gyminny Kids teacher. Mohsani is working on her Masters in education leadership at Cal State East Bay and has her BA in Business Administration. There’s more! She has 15 units in child development from the University of California, Irvine. She loves to learn. Mohsani is excited to work with your child and has earned a reputation for being a celebrity teacher. Everyone loves “Mo!”
Stephen Alison – Village Learning Teacher
Steven is a spitfire! Truckloads of energy and positivity. He helps at the front desk, with camps, and teaches class. A Jack of all trades. He has a background in mentoring youth, physical fitness, and wellness. Steven is an experienced trainer and spent two years leading youth fitness classes, adult CrossFit classes, and personal mentorship for client health goals. Steven gets into theme and loves to dress up to match the lesson plan. Steven is a highly requested teacher and is a friendly face at the front desk.
Sterling Colvin – Village Learning Teacher
Sterling comes to us with loads of experience in both sports and child education. Sterling graduated with a BA in Educational Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She is an experienced teacher and has held positions as a 2nd-5th grade science teacher, after-school teacher, and Nanny. Sterling loves fitness and being active. She played volleyball, gymnastics, and horseback riding. Sterling lives up to her name as one of our extraordinary teachers. “I love everything about raising the next generation.” You can find Sterling assisting with Village Learning and Coaching here at Gyminny. Come on in and say hi; she can’t wait to meet you!
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