The Bright Stars Begindergarten Program is designed for the child who needs or is ready for a more accelerated class. Children will work on letter recognition, upper and lower case letter formation, letter sounds, reading readiness, sight words, writing and math concepts including number recognition, counting, skip counting, forming numbers, basic addition, patterns and measurements. Children will also have many opportunities for creative play when appropriate. The program includes 45 minutes-1 hour daily of fitness (gymnastics, ball sports, creative movement, etc.)
Give your child a great fitness-based after-school activity
The After School Club is a fitness-based program that creatively combines gymnastics, physical activity, and play. The Coaches’ goal is to develop self esteem: the confidence in one’s abilities. Socializing and playing with peers will help prepare children to engage in all future activities mentally and physically. Mentally through physical activity, children will learn to motivate themsleves and perform in highly emotional situations. Physically, the gymNation environment may help maintain healthy bones, build lean muscle, and may prevent future chronic diseases.
Our Fitness-based After School Program will provide children with physical activity in a safe and fun environment. Emphasis will be on learning and /or improving gymnastic skills as well as a focus on general fitness. Children have homework help by our qualified staff. Grades K-5.
For the latest schedule of Educational Programs, visit the Schedule page.
gymNation is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment. Our goal is to promote a lifelong love of physical activity and education.
We have programs from Nursery School to Begindergarten to After School Programs and is Maine’s only fitness-based edcuation program! Be sure to get more information on the program that fits you best. Call us with any questions!
Tiny Stars Nursery School is a fitness- based learning program that combines preschool education and nutritional lessons with a forty-five minute gymnastics class. Each day in Tiny Stars, we will focus on a number of educational themes including art, language arts, science, mathematics, music and creative expression, allowing your child to receive a well rounded experience that will help prepare him/her for school socially, mentally, and physically.
Bright Stars Begindergarten is designed for the child who needs or is ready for a more accelerated class. Children will work on letter recognition, upper and lower case letter formation, letter sounds, reading readiness, sight words, writing and math concepts including number recognition, counting, skip counting, forming numbers, basic addition, patterns and measurements. Children will also have many opportunities for creative play when appropriate. The program includes 45 minutes-1 hour daily of fitness (gymnastics, ball sports, creative movement, etc.)
After School Club – Our Fitness-based After School Program will provide children with physical activity in a safe and fun environment. Emphasis will be on learning and /or improving gymnastic skills as well as a focus on general fitness. Your child will have time to finish or have help by one of our teachers with their homework. Grades K-8.
Our Pre-School Gymnastics Program is for children age 3 – 4. This class is designed for tots who are able to be in a class independent of their parents. Utilizing the same routine as our Toddler class, children will learn balance, coordination and strength while maneuvering through more challenging circuits. During this class we will go over various basic gymnastics movements and introduce organizational and social skills such as cooperation, listening and following directions. Our preschoolers have their own gym designed for little ones!
Ages 3-4 years old | class duration: 45 minutes
|$130||Boys & Girls|
Our Toddler Gymnastics Class is a parent-tot class for walking toddlers through 3 years old. Together, you and your toddler will learn the fundamentals of movement, basic gymnastics body positions and skills using the gym’s fun filled movement stations specifically designed for your toddler. As you and your child go through each station with your group instructor, we will teach you proper spotting techniques and talk about movement goals. A group activity will conclude this fun parent-tot class.
Ages: walking – Age 3 | class duration: 45 minutes
|Toddler||Walking-3 Years||5:00-5:45||9:00-9:45||$115||Parent Participation Required|
Take a second class and receive 25% Off the session price of the least expensive class!
Sibling Discount 10%. Payment due in full by June 19th.
All students are subject to our annual registration fee of $35.
For 1st child, $25 for 2nd, $60 per family.
7 Week Session: June 26-August 16. Closed July 3-7.
Jeff Erwin and Skip Brunette of Trashcan Lid Productions, both incredibly talented teacher/musicians, brought some incredible rockin’ fun as artists in residence for a special session of Junk 2 Funk on December 7 2016 to the students at GymNation.
This one of a kind program blends rhythmic percussion music with the concept of re-purposing everyday items into instruments, including barrels, recycled washer drums, metal and plastic pipes, and more.
The goal is to introduce the kids to trying music in a non-threatening way. “There’s no right or wrong way to play a bucket, barrel, pots and pans!” says Jeff. The kids were also led in songs such as “My Own Two Hands,” by Skip. The message encourages the students that they can create a better world through the ideas of respect for others and the environment, and gain confidence as they learn and grow. They learned about the importance of sharing time with others, and even participated in a group thunderstorm simulation!
The kids were delighted when they were encouraged to join the fun and play along with Jeff and Skip. What a treat it was to have these guest artists come and join us. We hope to invite them back soon for another blast session of Junk 2 Funk!
Tiny Stars Nursery School is a fitness- based educational program that combines preschool education with nutritional lessons with a forty-five minute gymnastics class each day.
Each day in Tiny Stars, we will focus on a number of educational themes including art, language arts, science, mathematics, music and creative expression, allowing your child to receive a well rounded experience that will help prepare him/her for school socially, mentally, and physically.
Gym Peeps (ages 2 1/2 – 3yrs)
The Gym Peep Program is an introduction to preschool. This program is mainly a social and experiential class. Children are encouraged to play and explore. Participation in a daily craft or project as well as a circle time is encouraged. The Peeps Program includes 20-30 minutes of gymnastics daily.
Gym Frogs (age 3 & 4 yrs)
The Gym Frog Program will expose your child to a variety of learning experiences in a fun, nurturing setting. Children are encouraged to participate in whole group as well as small group learning activities. Free play and social learning is very important at this stage of learning and is a vital part of this program. Numbers, counting, letters, sounds, and patterns will all be introduced. A fun craft project/activity will be part of morning centers. A daily circle time will encourage language use, cooperative learning and singing! Many themes will be explored throughout the school year. This program includes a 45 minute gymnastics class daily.
Gym Monkeys (age 4 & 5 yrs)
The Gym Monkey Program helps prepare your child for Kindergarten. Children will work on letter recognition, letter sounds, printing, and math concepts including number recognition, counting, and patterns. Children will have many opportunities for creative play and learning in small and large groups. A daily circle time will encourage language use, cooperative learning and singing! Many themes will be explored throughout the school year. This program includes a 45 minute gymnastics class daily.
Tiny Stars Staff
Brenda Plante, Director of Education
Brenda brings over 25 years experience in education and fitness to the Tiny Stars program. In addition to her coaching & teaching experience, Brenda brings her bubbly personality to the program as well as patience, and an understanding of the needs of young children. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.
Heather Dumas. Program Director, Lead Teacher/Bright Stars, Gymnastics Coach, Birthday Party Director.
With over 20 years of experience in Early Child Education and Elementary Education, Heather has a loving and consistent approach to educating her students academically, physically and emotionally. Heather comes to us with a Bachelors Degree from USM with an emphasis on elementary Education and Linguistics.
Molly Leonard, Lead Teacher/Frogs, Gymnastics Coach, Birthday Party Host
Molly is a veteran gymnastics coach who brings her training skills and dedication to the program. Molly has been working in the Tiny Stars Program for over 8 years. Molly has her BA In English from the University of Fort Kent.
Kate Lindblom, Lead Teacher/Monkeys, Gymnastics Coach, Birthday Party Host
Kate has worked in early childhood education and elementary education for many years. Kate has endless energy and her enthusiasm is contagious. Challenging children to their developmental ability has been her passion. Kate has been working in this field for over 8 years and is working towards her bachelors in Early Childhood Education.
Teena Bach, Lead Teacher/Peeps, Gymnastics Coach
Teena is our newest member of our team, coming from sunny Florida. Teena has years of experience in the Early Childhood setting, along with her CDA (Child Developmental Associate Credential). Teena finds that working with all age groups of children is the most rewarding experience.
All Tiny Star Teachers are USAG Safety Certified, First Aid/CPR Certified and attend yearly onsite and offsite Education Courses through Maine Roads to Quality.