After spending 6 years in the childrens fitness world, Mompreneur Cherie Behrens, 36 from Elizabeth near Uptown, started Launch Your Kid in 2009- providing multiple enrichment programs for local children! Keep reading to see what all Launch Your Kid offers!
Q. What exactly is Launch Your Kid?
A. Our goal is to make it fun to be a kid and learn new things. We bring enrichment programs (such as dance, fitness and yoga) to preschools, child care centers and elementary schools.
Q. What all do you offer?
A. We offer Daisy Dance, Fit-n-Play, and Little Buddy Yoga. We are a mobile program so we bring our program to preschools, childcare centers and schools. We also have a limited number of dance classes offered at Recreation Centers (This winter we are offering dance at Covenant Presbyterian (Central Charlotte) and Belle Johnston Community Center (Pineville-South Charlotte)
Q. What types of things do you offer to schools? How can a parent get involved?
A. We offer all our programs (dance, fitness and yoga) to all schools. Schools can participate weekly or even as little as once a month, depending on budgets. If a parent is interested they can give us a referral! We love teaching new kids at new locations. Just pass our info along to your school director or principal. We also offer programs for PTA fundraisers!
Q. What ages are the programs designed for?
A. Our core program is for preschool students (Toddlers-Age 4). However we have several elementary schools that use us as their P.E. program or before school yoga program.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for Launch Your Kid?
A. I had been doing childrens fitness in area preschools for years. One day a director asked if we offered dance because she couldnt find a reliable dance vendor. It gave me the idea that I could offer more than one program. I found the talent to help me develop the program curricula and Launch Your Kid was born.
Q. Why is it important to introduce fitness at an early age?
A. Its all about habits. Habits are started at a very early age so starting healthy ones are important. Plus at an early age, fitness is fun! Its not running on a treadmill, its playing tag with Mom and Dad in the backyard!
Q. What types of exercises can our readers do with their children at home?
A. My favorite thing to do with my girls is act out stories. Why just sit and read when you can act them out or make up your own story. Little kids have such a creative and active imagination! I also love to do dance parties. Its great exercise! Simple yoga poses are great for unwinding and getting ready for bed. Also, if you need ideas, we offer free coloring sheets of what our students are learning weekly on our Facebook page and website. Click here: https://www.launchyourkid.com/kids-only-coloring.htm
Q. How do you implement some of your programs at home with your girls?
A. We love to dance. I put on ballet music on Pandora and they put on their ballet wear (isnt everything more fun with tutus on?) and we pretend to twirl, leap and spin. It really can be a good workout and the music keeps us moving until the song stops. We also love to take advantage of outdoor time I try out some of our Fit-n-Play stories and games on them all the time. So I guess you can say our programs are preschooler tested and approved!
You can find more information online at: www.launchyourkid.com