June Bug's Gym Offers Children's Tumbling Classes in Santa Cruz...
June Ralston founded Junebug’s Gym in November of 2008. She was looking to create a positive, fun and supportive environment to give children self confidence and self esteem in themselves. She hopes to help children find joy in movement and being fit.
A mother of three, and with over 20 years of experience working with the preschool aged child, June has focused her efforts in large motor skill development.
June comes from a background of competitive gymnastics, ballet, modern dance, theater and horse vaulting at an international level. She brings her joy of movement and imagination to every class.
June completed her A.S. Degree with honors in Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College in June 2012. She is also Safety Certified with USA Gymnastics and has completed the course "Fundamentals of Gymnastics" through the University of Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics. She continues her education through ongoing workshops and classes to keep herself and her staff current in their teaching methods.
“I enjoy watching children learn new ways to move their bodies. Children have this natural desire to jump, hang, balance, run, roll, etc. and my goal is to bring children to a place where they feel in control of their bodies and themselves. I feel strongly about the importance of children learning fundamental motor skills. Preschool gymnastics and basic motor development sets a foundation for a positive experience to be active and fit. More importantly, brain development is greatly enhanced through early motor skill development.”
Junebug's Gym is a place for children from ages crawling to eight years old. It’s a place where children can be comfortable and build their self-esteem through their sense of accomplishment. I include activities in each and every class designed to give children that feeling of "I did it!" I create an environment that is respectful to every child and is positive and encouraging. Children are exposed to a large variety of movement in every class. Activities include circle-time, obstacle courses, song, dance, manipulatives-(scarves, ribbons, beanbags, hoops, etc), parachute and basic gymnastics skills on floor, beam, bars, trampoline and vault.