The cold can’t stop us from moving and grooving! Care-a-lot invited Cindy, a Zumba instructor, to teach us about and get us moving with Zumba! We learned that Zumba is a combination of dance and aerobic movements that are done to fast-paced music. It really got our muscles moving and our heart-rates pumping!
Cindy encouraged all the children, from the toddlers to the school agers, to have fun and feel good about themselves moving to the music, rather than focus on getting the steps down perfectly. This helped boost the children’s self-confidence and made it a most enjoyable activity! She tailored each class to the developmental readiness of the different age groups.
At the beginning of each class, Cindy had the children place their hands over their heart and try to feel it beating. Almost none of the children were able to locate their heart beat before exercising; however, after the Zumba class almost all of them could feel it pumping fast and strong! One of the pre-preschoolers said, “Ms. Renee, I’m getting hot!” The children really enjoyed moving to the music and were able to get some good quality exercise in, despite the frigid temperatures outside.