Since 1975 Tumble Bees has been the premier preschool gymnastics program in the Greater Cincinnati area! Thousands of families will attest that their Tumble Bee education has developed “happy, healthy, responsible children” into two generations of “happy, healthy, responsible adults”!
Tumble Bees is so much more than a gymnastics program for preschoolers. Our emphasis is not on being the fastest, the strongest or the best. Instead, it is on the excitement of learning. We believe that every child wants to learn, and when we find that delicate balance between learning and play, children are inspired! With just the right amount of success and challenge, your child will discover that hard work is rewarding and that learning is fun.
We believe that the greatest strength of our program is our teachers. Tumble Bee teachers have a genuine love for children, as well as a thorough understanding of early childhood development. Each of us is here to help your child grow and learn, and we do that through the fun and challenging activities we offer each week.
Research indicates that the primary reason children participate in sports is to have fun. The number one reason they quit is because it is not fun anymore. Our teachers understand this concept and are committed to creating a positive, fun, learning environment in every class. We know that the preschool years are the best time to learn to “love to learn.”
Our curriculum for 6 week old thru 2 year old students is based on the Baby Bee's ABC's: Attach, Bond, Connect.
Attach: From birth you and your baby begin creating a powerful attachment. The response you have to the cues your baby gives establishes a magnet like feeling the two of you share. Your baby’s sense of security begins with a healthy attachment to you.
Bond: The foundation for a strong bond between you and your baby begins with a secure attachment. The bond the two of you create will be developed through movement. The motivation to move comes from her desire to be close and connected with you.
Connect: To make the mind body connection, the Baby Bee curriculum uses a combination of carefully constructed fine and gross motor movements infused with finger plays, music and uninhibited exploration. The group aspect of Baby Bees provides your baby with an opportunity to interact with other babies. This early interaction will teach your baby how to engage with others and benefit your baby’s social development.
Research shows that early parent-child interaction greatly contributes to the healthy social, cognitive and physical development of your child. The Baby Bees program is strategically designed to provide an outlet for productive play with your child.
BABY BEES (Parent Participation)
6 Weeks to 4-6 Months (30 minutes)
Begin with Baby Bees. This 30 minute class creates special parent-child bonding time through sensory stimulation and physical play. Rocking, rolling, tummy time and social interaction are the essential components of the class. Join us for an unforgettable experience that you and your baby can experience together.
6 Months to Pre Walking (45 minutes)
Watch out, Baby Bees on the move! Babies love to explore the world around them. The curriculum for this age group is focused around creating an environment that is safe and captivating. Engage your baby with purposeful play and encourage his social, emotional and physical growth!
Walking-18 Months (45 minutes)
Baby steps in Baby Bees! Now that your child is walking, he is beginning to explore his surroundings and environment with a whole new perspective. Our safe and fun baby gym is strategically designed to provide uninhibited exploration. Our lesson plans promote social interaction through parent-child bonding activities and gross motor play.
19-24 Months (45 minutes)
Ready-Set-Go! The 19-24 month class is designed for older toddlers; those who are walking, running, exploring and ready for a bigger challenge. Your child will be introduced to many new concepts such as circle time, sequencing activities and a group activity in the BIG KID GYM. Parent-child activities, social interaction and gross motor play are at the center of our 19-24 month curriculum.
2 YEAR OLDS (Parent Participation, 45 minutes)
Welcome to the BIG GYM! This high energy, action packed class is sure to foster healthy independence and confidence. Teachers and parents will work together to introduce key concepts such as taking turns, sharing, listening and following directions. Our carefully designed Tumble Bee activities will capture your child’s imagination while developing gross motor skills and early gymnastics activities.
3 YEAR OLDS (45 minutes)
No parents here...three year olds are on their own! Three year old Tumble Bees are learning how to stay with a group, beginning to understand and follow directions and are developing independence from their parent. Our lesson plans will build on those concepts while introducing your child to physical activities that will engage their imagination while developing gross motor strength, coordination and early gymnastics fundamentals.
4 YEAR OLDS (45 minutes)
Four year olds are ready to go! Our four year old Tumble Bees will continue to focus on gross motor development (coordination, strength, spatial awareness and body control) while adding more opportunities for early gymnastics fundamentals. Four year olds are beginning to understand multi step instructions and are able to follow directions independently. All of this adds up to increased skill development opportunities still centered on creative lesson plans.
Mighty Bees 4 1/2 to 5 years old (45 minutes)
Watch out, the Mighty Bees are ready to learn!
The Mighty Bees class is designed for 4 1/2 (4 yrs 6 mos) and 5 year olds who are currently in preschool (or going into preschool if enrolling in the summer) and who follow directions and are ready for a faster paced class. At this age, your child has gained listening skills which allow for more opportunities to learn. Forward and backward rolling, cartwheels, and handstands begin to take shape. By creatively incorporating more skill development into our lesson plans, your child will get hooked on learning!
Kinder Bees- (5 & 6 years olds)(45 minutes)
Five and six year olds whom are currently in Kindergarten (or going into Kindergarten if enrolling in the summer). This age group LOVES to be challenged! Whether trying a new skill, or going higher, faster or farther, our Kinder Bees will LOVE expanding on many of the skills that have been introduced in Tumble Bee classes. Remember parents, at this age all kids develop at their own pace. It is our goal to individualize activities when necessary to offer just the right balance of challenge and success for each Kinder Bee. Some of the gymnastics skills that our Kinder Bees will be trying to master include backward and straddle rolling, cartwheels, handstands, bridges and pullovers.
While physical skills are fun to learn, your Kinder Bee will also be taught how apply principles such as respect, teamwork and responsibility into their daily life.
FAST for Boys (55 minutes)
This fast paced class is perfect for active five and six year old boys. FAST is a 55 minute long class designed to build coordination, agility, strength and speed and is just for boys. Want to give your son a head start on sport? FAST is the place to start.
Jennifer O’Hara has been at Kids First since 1998, the same year our doors opened! Originally from Oregon, Jen came to Kids First to lead our Girls Gymnastics Team Program. Eight successful years and three kids of her own later, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to run the country’s largest preschool gymnastics program, TUMBLE BEES!
Jen recognizes the importance of the preschool years when it comes to developing learning attitudes and makes that concept a priority in the Tumble Bee program. Whether coaching a high level athlete or teaching a high spirited 3 year old, Jen is committed to making the learning process fun and rewarding for every child.
Jennifer lives in Maineville with her husband, Trevor. They have a son and twin daughters whom they homeschool.
“My own children have come up through the Tumble Bees Program and have participated in various programs throughout Kids First. There is truly no better place for kids to thrive and develop into happy, healthy, responsible kids.”