FAQ: Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Rising Stars and Comets?

While they are both entry level classes for 4 & 5 year olds which focus
on basic gymnastics skills and coordination, Rising Stars is for both boys
and girls. Our Comet program is specifically geared towards little boys
and their physical and social development coached mainly by our male coaches. While Rising Stars focusses on all apparatus, Comets spends
more time on boys’ events such as pommel horse, rings and parallel bars.

What should my child wear to class?

Girls: Leotards and shorts or sweat pants and bare feet.
No socks or tights as they are slippery when using the equipment.
Boys: T-shirt and shorts or sweatpants and bare feet.
Boys or Girls: All long hair needs to be neatly pulled back out of the face
in ponytails or braids.
No zippers or buttons.

Is it ok for me to leave the gym during my child’s class?

Yes. Please let your child know that you are leaving and be sure to return before class is over.

When will my child be ready to move up?

Starbursts may move to Rising Stars or Comets when they turn 4.
Rising Stars must have their teacher’s recommendation
before moving to Shooting Stars, Super Stars or Rockets, however,
when your child turns 6, he/she may register for Girls Rec1 or Boys Rec1.
Please only move your child at the beginning of a session.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please
see his/her teacher.

My child is new and won’t join in. Is this normal?

Yes, It is very normal for a child to be nervous in a new class situation
where he/she doesn’t know anyone. The first thing is to be patient and
don’t force participation. Introduce yourself and your child to the
instructor and let him/her know that your child is very nervous.
This may comfort your child enough to at least sit with the instructor
which will ultimately lead to full class participation.
The biggest thing is don’t give up!

How long will it take for my child to want to participate?

Each child is different, but our experience is that it takes a class or two,
sometimes three for most children to want to fully participate.