Buckeye Bears

Buckeye Bear Classes:

Bear Cubs:

(Walking well – 3 years old) 40 minutes
This is a Parent Participation class. At least one adult must attend. We emphasize fun and high-fives but the children are expected to work a bit more independently. Parents will be involved as an aid to the children as they develop the basics of rolling, jumping and climbing independently. In addition, the children are learning to watch, listen and follow basic directions.

Wee Bears:

(3 – 3 ½ years old) 40 minutes
This is a Parent Participation class with a twist. As the child proves that they can move along with the class and through the circuits independently, we will encourage the Parent to step back more and more. Eventually the participating parent will be asked to sit back and enjoy watching the class from the lobby. We ask that you DO NOT leave the gym. The skills evolve as we add complexity and challenges. Forward rolls, strong arms, walking on toes in different directions and skill names are just a few of the challenges. We encourage the children to go higher, farther and faster; and they can do it.

Climbing Bears:

(3 ½ – 4 years old) 40 minutes
These children participate independently. At this age, the children are using basic athletic skills and turning them into gymnastics skills. While finding their independence and learning to follow directions and circuits on their own, they are doing forward rolls, backward rolls, strong supports on top of the bar, cartwheels and handstand basics. We will challenge them to do these skills with form and finish.

Gym Bears:

(4 – 4 ½ years old) 40 minutes
As the children build strength, balance, flexibility, and agility more skills are attainable. Skills emphasized include backward roll to the feet, forward rolls with a correct finish, cartwheels with a beginning and an ending and connecting skills on the trampoline, just to name a few.

Jumping Bears:

(4 ½ – 5 years old) 40 minutes
At this age the children want to be challenged to try harder skills, do skills correctly and finish everything strong. The children will learn skills you may see many older gymnasts doing throughout the gym. The skills mastered at this level will continue to be built upon throughout their gymnastics career.

Kinder Bears:

(5 – 5 1/2 years old) 40 minutes
At this age the children are challenged with the smaller details. A cartwheel will be asked to be done with correct lunges before and after, and straight legs throughout. A pullover will be asked to be done with legs together and straight from the beginning. Bigger skills will be introduced along with connecting skills; bridge with elevated feet, cast back hip circle, leaps to an arabesque and so on. Strength building exercises will become part of the curriculum as we seek to develop the strength and flexibility needed to master the skills.

Tumble Bears:

(5 1/2 – 6 years old) 60 minutes
The Tumble Bears come for an hour and participate on both preschool and big kid class equipment. This class bridges the gap between preschool and the school-aged program. These children are no longer toddlers and will be treated with that respect. They are expected to do more and pay more attention while still having as much fun as previously experienced.


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Katherine M.

“You spend a lot of time with each student showing them how to position their body to successfully execute a move. My daughter has made great progress working with you and even though she works very hard, she enjoys every moment. You are the best.”

Mrs. B., Teresa’s mom

“Dawn takes the time to help the children so they can learn the skills needed to grow. Teresa loves gymnastics and looks forward to her classes.”

Malila B

“Miss Megan helps me with the things I didn’t know how to do. I didn’t know how to do a back handspring and she helped me with it. She is a really good teacher.”

Susan R., mother of Ella

“You have patience, patience, patience! This age is super difficult to work with and you do a wonderful job! Ella talks about you all week long and is very excited to see you. You are a very sweet and sincere person and we are lucky to have you for a coach. Thank you!!”

Addison’s Mom

“You have really made a difference in Addison’s life! She really trusts you and she is building confidence due to your patience and enthusiasm… We are very grateful that that Addison can learn from you each week- she feels so comfortable coming to class- and we know she is in great hands! Thank you!”

Nicole A

Ariane always explains the steps well and now I can go straight into my bridge! You’re a great coach because you make it easy and fun, fun, fun!!

Mia L (the “Worker Bee”) age 8

“Thank you very much for helping me. You make me laugh and enjoy the time I’m at gymnastics. I’ve learned so much in this past year with you and I like the name “Worker Bee” which you gave me.”

Cameron C, age 5

“We work hard while having fun and you help me with a skill until I get it right.”

Lisa C, mother of Jessica, age 6

“Jessica loves to come to gymnastics and you are part of the reason because you make gymnastics so fun. You are very gifted with all the kids and very patient. As a mom I appreciate you very much.”

Julie D, mother of Juliette, age 3

“[Chelsea] your happy smile and upbeat enthusiasm makes Juliette feel like she can do anything. Thank you!”