No, it’s math class!
No, it’s exercise!
It’s both! Exercise and a review of 2nd through 5th grade math facts all in one. You can get your heart racing with regular old calisthenics – why not get your mind into it too with Counting Calisthenics!
While the math facts are on elementary grade level, kids of every age will enjoy the workout they’ll get with the exercises. I really love the idea of getting my kids up and moving during a subject like math. My 5th grader tends to *dislike* math more than any other subject, so I was especially excited to get him into the groove of this DVD.
I started with my little ones (ages 4 and 3) to see how they would like the program. When we first started, the 4 year old was not into it at all and she wanted to quit right away while the 3 year old was loving it immediately. I told my daughter to stick around just a few more minutes and she ended up really enjoying it. At each new segment, I asked them if they wanted to stop and do something else and they kept saying they wanted to finish the video! Carrie Scheiner, who leads the exercises, gives an air-high-five to the viewers occasionally while the kids behind her give each other high-fives. My kids were really into giving her the high-five back (shhhh … don’t tell my husband that they were smacking his laptop screen to do so). They really had a great time jumping and stretching.
At this age, I really don’t know if they *got* the math part of it – but I certainly subscribe to the idea that the more you expose them to early on, the more they will understand when they are older. My daughter did comment that it was really hard to see what they were doing when the math stuff took over part of the screen. (See the photo below.)
And, it was a little hard to follow some of the steps, but I think that is the case with any exercise video you do for the first time. Each time you do it, you understand it better and begin to memorize what is coming next. It might be nice if they had a separate chapter on the DVD with a short tutorial of just the moves they’ll be doing on the main video.
Here are the subjects covered in the video (taken from their website):
- Shape Stretches Warm Up: Stretch your mind and body with line, circle, and polygon stretches.
- Counting Calisthenics: Aerobic movements work your heart as fun counting concepts work your brain.
- Pattern Power: Growing and repeating pattern exercise combinations challenge minds and strengthen muscles.
- Well-Being Wind Down: Relaxing stretches cool down the body and open the mind to think about healthy lifestyle choices including the Nice Wave Stretch and Big Dream Stretch.
You can visit their site to get the exact details on the math facts that are covered during the exercises.
This DVD has won many awards, including Mom’s Best Award, Creative Child Magazine’s DVD of the Year, and the National Association for Gifted Children’s Recommended List!
There are several video clips about this DVD (I know, videos about a video!) from their spot on Fox News in Tampa Bay to their Barnes & Noble appearance. I’ve included one excerpt from the DVD itself so you can get a glimpse of what it’s like.
One of my favorite things about the video is that everyone is modestly and comfortably dressed for exercising. You don’t have to walk around in your bra and underwear just because you get a little sweaty while you exercise.
The video retails for $24.99 on the Exploramania website. Gymathtics 2 is available for the same price as well! (Of course, you could buy it through HomeGrownMommy and support this site and theirs at the same time!)