I'll preface this by saying that my middle, who is 3.5, has never been in an organized group activity with children his age. He's never been in a daycare setting, either. He's starting his first year of preschool in the Fall (he'll go for 2 years), and he's a very high-energy tyke, so DH and I thought it would be great to enroll him in gymnastics to get him used to learning in a group.
I'm starting to wonder if it was a mistake.
The gymnastics class is organized very well and he absolutely loves it. There are appx 5-6 coaches, with 1 coach per 5 children in a group. They rotate through several different obstacle courses, spending about 10 minutes at each course. It goes fairly quickly, so they're not sitting still for long periods of time. My child seems to be the only one that has a hard time waiting his turn, following instruction, and not running off and jumping into the marshmallow pit, or just running off like a maniac in general. The poor coaches spend more time retrieving him than they do coaching, and finally they just give up and let him do his own thing. Typically, the director will come in and hold his hand and sit with him the entire time and walk him through everything, but she wasn't there last week and it ended in disaster. I ended up having to leave with him 15 minutes early because after I had to hurdle over parents to stop him from running out of the lobby and into the parking lot, he then decided to push the backroll wedge into the marshmallow pit before jumping into it himself...while other children were in the pit. I was afraid that he was going to hurt someone.
He was very, very upset, throwing a tantrum the entire way out saying he wanted to go back in and play gymnastics, but he was being a huge distraction to the other kids at this point and like I said, a danger. I told him that we would try again next week.
Anyway, I'm interested in suggestions. I've already paid for the 8 week session, so I'd like to continue. Should I not be so concerned about him doing his own thing (provided that he not be so much of a danger to the other kids, obviously) since he's having fun? Should I write the director and ask what she suggests? It's so difficult watching him through the glass window running amok while the other kids are being so obedient.
ETA: Right now he’s very interesting in a group setting. He kind of acts like he doesn’t know how to act. He’ll start showing off and acting like a goof. I know I have an older child, but they are totally different.
...and I've tried three times to change "orangized" to organized, but it's not working, so sorry about that!