Friday, July 18, 2014

Join Vito at Ready Steady Go Kids!

Vito is turning 4 next month but we decided to keep him at home first and teach him ourselves instead of sending him to preschool. Yes, we're "homeschooling" him. It's very casual, only when I feel like it. Yep, the schooling depends on my mood and my schedule, that's why I think it's really not homeschooling, more like homeplaying. We're big on letting the kids play all day, and if they pick something up in the process, then that's great! I don't really feel the need to send Vito (and 2-year-old Iñigo) to school yet because Vince and I are home all day anyway. But because we live in a condo, we are aware that he needs to run, jump, climb, tumble and just use up all that energy inside him. 

So we enrolled him at Ready Steady Go Kids.

Ready Steady Go Kids is Australia's largest and most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers (aged 2.5-6 years). With 10 years' experience, their high quality, physio-designed program teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a fun, non-competitive, team-based environment. 

Through sports, preschoolers will learn the following:
  • Develop their gross motor skills. When the big muscles are strong and developed, the smaller muscles are, in turn, refined, too. My sister-in-law Lizelle told me this, that making my boys run and climb and jump will help them with their fine motor skills—everything from writing, cutting with scissors and stringing beads together to talking!
  • Because the kids are moving and using their bodies, with hand-eye and foot-eye coordination skills mastered, they develop confidence in their bodies and become competent to tackle tasks independently.
  • Sports encourages school readiness because skills like concentration, listening and following directions, and knowing basic concepts like colors, numbers and shapes are boosted.
  • Sportsmanship! Kids will not only learn independence, they will also learn teamwork by taking turns, playing by the rules, cooperating with their peers, and encouraging and supporting the team—important life skills. 
  • Appreciation of their bodies and an active lifestyle. A healthy self-esteem thrives when kids feel their bodies working for them. They know that their bodies are working, efficient machines that help them do things and achieve what they want. This kind of thinking makes them love their bodies and care for them at an early age, and hopefully will prevent kids from basing their worth on what their bodies look like (as opposed to what it does) and from abusing it with an unhealthy lifestyle when they are older. 

Each class will be handled by qualified trainers with early childhood and coaching experience. There are two coaches per class, with the coach-to-student ratio at just 1:6! Hooray! This means the students will get focused coaching. Plus, at least one trainer per class is trained in First Aid for pre-schoolers. So my Vito will be in safe and expert hands!

Classes are 45 minutes to an hour, perfect for my Vito, who may be a ball of energy but he's still only just a little boy. Classes are once a week for 10 weeks (one term). The Ready Steady Go Kids program will introduce preschoolers to the fundamentals of 10 different sports (soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, AFL, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball), with the sports rotated every 2 weeks. All equipment used in the Ready Steady Go Kids program has been specifically designed and modified to ensure age appropriateness, reliability and safety. 

Vince and I are so excited for Vito to start!
Actually, Iñigo can also go but we want to see how Vito fares first haha. The Ready Steady Go Kids program is designed for kids 2.5 to 7 years old. Here are the divisions (which I copied from the press kit):
Ready for 2.5-3 years old An introduction to sport in fun, team-based non-competitive environment. The concepts taught are basic and the time spent on each activity is limited in order to maintain the attention of students. Emphasis is placed upon the development of gross-motor skills, listening skills, learning to take turns and following directions. At this age, we ask for parental involvement and assistance. Some children at this age are more than ready to take part in a structured environment and will actively participate in each class. Other children may prefer to watch some parts of the class instead of participating. This is a normal and natural part of learning (by observation). For example, it is not unusual for 2.5 year old children to be seemingly disinterested in singing or running during a class but reproduce activities from the class precisely at home. As children gain confidence and learn our routines their participation level will naturally increase. Skills such as listening, following directions, concentrating and participating are all emerging in the Ready group.
Steady for 3-5 years old Participants are more easily able to listen to and follow instructions and as such a greater focus is placed upon development of gross motor skills (through both locomotor and non-locomotor activities), fine motor skills (through hand-eye and foot-eye activities) and balance and posture. A greater emphasis is placed upon the sport being covered each week. We do encourage further independence at this stage and therefore parental involvement is not a requirement. However, parental involvement is always welcomed at Ready Steady Go Kids classes if you choose.
Go for 5-7 years old This group is more advanced with a significantly faster pace of teaching and more challenging activities introduced. Time is spent refining existing skills and there is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the sports covered in the program. Upon leaving the Go group participants will be ready to actively participate in a variety of sports in primary school and beyond. Children will have gained confidence in their abilities and have a positive attitude towards being active and healthy. 
We're so excited for Vito! We can't wait for him to start!!!

Enrolment is now ongoing! Enroll your preschoolers now so our kids can be classmates!!!

The first ever Ready Steady Go Kids term starts first week of August, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are two venues: Treston International College at BGC, Taguig, and Valle Verde 5. Check out their website ( for more details and to enroll!

Ready Steady Go Kids
Unit 202, Three Brixton Building, Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City
T: (02) 631-1497
Globe: (0917) 863-0094
Smart: (0919) 993-6189

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  1. Our pedia was the one who recommended this program! :) Hope to see you in one of the classes :) xx

  2. Wow! So awesome. How often are the classes? I noticed you put Thu, Fri and Sat. Does this mean it's 3x/wk or you can choose from those days?


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