Today was another great, focused practice. Emma also had the opportunity to show the other owner her back handspring. Between seeing that and seeing her on bars today, she mentioned we might want to consider moving her summer practice to join the group ahead of hers. We share the same concern though: Could Emma MENTALLY handle those practices. They are 2 1/2 hours long as opposed to the 1 1/2 hour she'd be in otherwise. It would also mean moving up to 3 hour practices twice a week in the fall, instead of up to 2 hours twice a week in the fall. (And this will be her first year in school).
We agreed we would start her in the summer practices she is currently signed up for, but leave the possibility of her moving up open. I also talked to daughter about it and she really wants the longer practices (or thinks she does). But if it were up to her, she'd LIVE at the gym. I explained to her that it would be like going to her current class twice in a row, and she insists that would be fine. But she's 5, so I don't think she really understands, but I feel comfortable with playing-it-by-ear. Most of all, I'm glad that her coaches are so in tune with everything, from wanting to provide her a challenge with gymnastics and not let her get bored while at the same time considering her emotional/mental maturity. What's cool is that no matter where she is, they will be working with her to develop her skills, so that her skills can progress even if we decide to take the other aspects of the sport slowly.