I would just like some input from you other Mammas to help me figure out if this class we signed up for is "worth it" or not. Here's the deal:
I signed my almost 2 year old up for a gymnastics class, it's a group class of other kids around the same age up to 30 months or so. It's a "me and my shadow" class, so the parents are involved. Many of the kids in the class have older siblings that have taken the class before, and "get it". My son and a couple others are totally not into the routine. I signed him up in the hopes that he would gain exposure to more organized play, and start to become more comfortable with other kids/adults. I am also trying to gauge how we would do in a daycare/preschool type setting.
Anyway, DS loves to play on all of the equipment on his own terms. He has no interest in the circle activities, and he is out right petrified of some of the instructors...he will just try to melt into the floor or cry and hug me until they go away. (The instructors are great though, and don't force the situation).
Is this environment something that he will get used to? Or is he really just too young? Is he getting anything out of this? I'm torn about pulling him out and sticking with it. If he didn't like playing on the stuff so much, it would be a no brainer, but I guess I feel like once he gets more accustomed to the environment he will do a bit better. Unfortunately we can't use the gym unless we are enrolled in a class, and this will be some of the only/best ways to get out energy as the weather gets cold. I knew there would be an adjustment period, I just thought it would be better than this. (We had swim lessons over the summer and he did good with that, but it was a much smaller group).
I also want to note that these classes are more of a way for us to get out of the house and have some social interaction; I'm not really hell bent on him learning gymnastics or anything...but I do feel a little weird being "that mom", although I'm not the only one, the other kids aren't scared of the instructors and do participate at least a little bit. DS does seem to like being around the other kids, it's just the adults that freak him out...and being a parent/child class, plus several instructors there are quite a few adults....I guess the main crux of the issue is that DS is super shy...is this experience helping him to gain trust or is it making it worse? No one there is forcing him to interact, they want his participation to be his choice.
So, what would you do? Anyone BTDT an have advice?