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Exercise Is Education

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Exercise does not just influence the ability to learn in kids, exercise is education!  Back in June, the JumpBunch team had the opportunity at our annual conference to hear from Rae Pica, an expert in the field of child development.  Her message not only reaffirmed that exercise and movement is important, it raised it to an entirely different level of significance.  “Movement feeds the brain” was one of her statement, and this has been scientifically proven.  The mind comes alive with movement and is primed for learning to begin.  So, the classes like JumpBunch offers sets the stage for kids to learn by igniting their brain in preparation for learning.

As significant as that alone is, structured classes and carefully constructed curriculum help tie exercise/movement and learning together to maximize the mutual fitness/education benefits. Sadly, the trend is for the physical part of education to often be sacrificed as the most expendable.  However, the wisest educators are the ones that view the physical movement side as an invaluable component of the learning process.  Consider the examples below that demonstrate so clearly that fitness (and learning) is fun!

Art and Movement:

-motor skills and eye/hand coordination


-concepts of shape, size, lines


Language/Reading/Writing and Movement:

-listening skills


-word comprehension (action words, descriptive words, positional words, suffixes, opposites)

-hand/finger activities


Math and Movement:

-quantitative concepts (big/little, middle, high/low, together, pair, same length, first/last, etc.)

-number awareness and recognition

-counting and simple computation

-simple geometry (circles, squares, rectangles, etc)


Science and Movement:

-exploration and investigation

-problem solving and discovery

-human body ideas (nutrition, hygiene, senses)

-seasons and weather concepts

-role of animals and plants and natural wonders


Exercise and movement are education and not just a possible positive influence on it.  Get kids moving and they start learning!

If you wish to learn more about Rae Pica and the great work she does, please visit

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JB Sports…What is it?

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The JumpBunch program began with preschool kids, primarily ages 3-6, and this remains our core focus today.   In many of the same schools we were in during the early days, it became obvious there was a lack of programming for toddlers, so our offering expanded to meet a need that is still under served today in many markets.  Over time offerings were made available to school age kids too.  In all of these cases, the JumpBunch program had unique, age specific curriculum that introduced kids to sports and fitness through a new activity each and every week.  The kids absolutely love the anticipation of what fun things they will get to do each week when the class rolled around.   These cores programs remain the anchor of JumpBunch, and our name has become synonymous with fun introduction to sports and building healthy habits early!

As the school age market evolved and expanded, a new brand was introduced called JB Sports.  At first, this program (which is also labeled as Powered by JumpBunch), was exclusively positioned for children beyond age 6.  This allowed us to adapt a little bit and offer more specialized programs for older kids such as month long or session classes that focus on one sport.  True to the core program, the goal was still to introduce a variety of sports and fitness options to kids in non-competitive ways.   However, since older kids have better attention spans, there was a great opportunity (and demand) to spend a little more time learning about the more popular sports before quickly moving on to the next one.  Our crazy 60 Second Challenges were introduced at the same time for another great school age option.

Now, we are thrilled to say that JB Sports is being expanded to take that same mentality of spending a little more time on an individual sport down to the preschool level.  Rest assured, our goal is not to focus on sports specialization as there will be plenty of time for that if desired.  However, we do see and hear an opportunity to teach younger kids a little bit more about great sports in a clinic type fashion where the focus is still on purely having FUN!  That’s exactly why we stay “Powered by JumpBunch”, because it’s important for kids, parents, and schools to know that we are the force behind this and it’s true to our mission of giving kids many options to stay active and healthy.

We are excited to launch our Preschool Clinics this Fall!  So whether it is JB Soccer, JB Basketball, or JB Lacrosse, to name a few, there will be many new options for you to see or maybe even ask for at your school.  JumpBunch is going strong and we hope you now have a better understanding of how JB Sports is going to be working right alongside to continue bringing Sports. Smiles. Fitness. Fun! to kids of all ages.

Check out a sample of some great JumpBunch action with school age kids.


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Summer Olympics Are Family “Gold”

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JumpBunch franchisees across the country are preparing for a “golden” opportunity with this year’s Summer Olympics. For a program like ours that showcases a new sport every week, an event like the Olympics where so many varied sports are on display is perfectly aligned with our message. In all Jumpbunch towns there will be Olympic themed classes, camps, and birthday parties all aimed at embracing the vast options our kids have to simply get active with sports and activities that are super fun!

Do you remember the first Olympics you saw? You were probably a child, and if you are anything like me those memories have stayed with you straight through adulthood. In fact, I vividly remember setting up lawn chair hurdles in my backyard and running loops around that yard until dark simply because I was inspired by those athletes. They had obviously been practicing in order to do so well, so that was the day I started practicing too.  While I was never crowned on a medal stand, there is no doubt my love of sports and choice to lead an active lifestyle was in part due to the joy I saw on the faces of Olympic athletes representing my country. That was just too much fun to not be a part of!

I also remember that it was my family that made those Olympics into such a big deal. Kids follow the lead of their parents, and at this point we all know that whether we always stop to acknowledge it or not. I watched the Olympics because my family did. I got excited about the games because they did. I talked about the athletes because my family did too. And I went outside to begin a life of movement that never stopped because that was the example set for me.

We can’t wait every four years to get kids excited about the benefits of an active lifestyle. That choice must be made each and every week, if not each day. When the Olympics do come around, and in particular the Summer Olympics when it is easy to run right outside to act out what you see, you can’t miss that “golden” opportunity. The memories created will not only be good ones, but ones that can turn into a lifetime of healthy and positive choices.



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Healthy Habits Are Built At Home

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One of the primary goals of JumpBunch is to introduce kids to healthy habits early and often.  However, the reality is that healthy habits for kids are truly established at home.  While it is true that JumpBunch can sometimes be the impetus to focus on more active things at home, it works best as a reinforcement and connection to what parents and families are already doing to have fun, be active, and live healthy while together.  At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter which comes first as long as the end result reflects what our tagline says…Sports. Smiles. Fitness. Fun!

So what are some of the specific ways that connection between JumpBunch class and life at home can be made?  Here are a few that we try to focus on!


  • Parent Communication:  Our weekly class summary email details for you what sport or activity we are doing in class.  This creates the perfect opportunity to read about the specific things we do so that you can pick right up where class ends and keep the fun going at home!


  • Popular Sports & Crazy Games:  We know when it is time for the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the World Series, or the Olympics that your home is full of energy and excitement.  Our lesson plans for sports that everyone knows make an easy connection for the child in class.  We also introduce some lessons that are simply child focused fun that they can bring home to share with you!  Things like Chicken Toss, Crazy Races, and Ball Bonanza come to mind as ones you might hear them mention  Bottom line is that there is something new and fun to share every week!


  • Nutrition Components:  While our focus is on sports and fitness, it goes without saying that to be healthy you have to eat healthy.  If kids are hearing this at home, we hope to reinforce that by giving them a chance to show what they know by having a healthy food of the week to talk about during warm ups.  So don’t be surprised if they come home saying, “let’s have some broccoli tonight Mom!”.


These are just a few thoughts on how we hope to connect the dots to healthy habits at home.  We often talk about how JumpBunch partners with schools and daycares who host our classes, but the truth is our real partner is you, the parent.  We thank you for letting us do our part when you can’t be with them and hope that your home is full of Sports. Smiles. Fitness……..and Fun!

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out some of our great games right from the website that you can play together at home.  KIDS ZONE

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Nutrition Is Part of Being Active and Happy

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March is National Nutrition Month. Although the JumpBunch program focuses on introducing sports and fitness to kids, you can’t really be fit and active without good nutrition habits! So National Nutrition Month gives us an opportunity to highlight a new option that has recently been added to our curriculum.

Each week, as part of the warm up routine, we now have quick and easy nutrition segments aimed at getting kids to think about eating healthy and learning about all the cool ways they can do that. As we talk about so often, a child naturally gravitates towards fun. So, just like our weekly new sports they play, these nutritional inserts are presented simply as fun ways to eat healthy and feed your body with things that help it grow and stay energized to play longer!

Just like our great age appropriate sports equipment, we also have model samples of whatever healthy food we are talking about each week. Kid’s love to hold things in their hands, so that natural curiosity is used with our nutrition segments as well. Here is an example of what these quick weekly segments might look like.

Week 8: Carrot
Pass the foam carrot around the class as you read the lesson.
Class Question: “Does anyone know what vitamin gives carrots and sweet potatoes their orange
Answer: Vitamin A

“Carrots are a root vegetable because they grow underground. Eating carrots is good for your
eye health and immune system. Although usually orange in color, carrots can also be red,
purple, white, and yellow. Carrots can be served raw as in salads, cooked in many stews and
soups, and even be served in a dessert such as carrot cake!”

JumpBunch has always used the theme of “building healthy habits early”. We are thrilled to expand those healthy habits to include nutrition as the perfect companion to exercise and learning new sports to keep you active and moving!

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Happy Makes Everything Better

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Did you ever stop to notice that when you are happy that everything you do is just better? Of course you didn’t…you were too busy just enjoying being happy! That’s exactly how it should be.

Being active makes kids happy. That overflows into every other area of their life and sets the stage for them to remain active…and thus HAPPY, as they grow older. Our goal is not to make super athletes out of children. Our mission is to make super happy children through sports, fitness, and physical activity!

JumpBunch has many things that are there to help us accomplish this mission week in and week out. Whether its the enormous assortment of lesson plans (OVER 70!) or the outright cool, age-appropriate equipment used in each class, the things we bring to the class each week are all individually critical for making sure the kids have an experience that is educational, engaging, and FUN! After all, you can’t be happy without fun right?

Of all the things we bring to class each week in every location across the country and the world, none is more important than our franchise owners. Everything starts with the group we select and approve to represent the JumpBunch brand. Our franchisees are very hands on, and while they are business owners, they chose this business because it gives them a chance to do something everyday that simply makes them happy…and remember everything is better with HAPPY!

Each year, our franchisees take part in an independent survey to gauge their satisfaction in operating their business. For 11 years in a row now, our franchisees have been ranked in the top 50 for satisfaction of all systems surveyed by Franchise Business Review. For many of those years, and again for 2016, JumpBunch ranked as the most satisfied (HAPPY!) group of any in the child services category. We are certainly proud of this, but for you this means something very significant too. JumpBunch business owners love their jobs and love working with your kids. Because they are happy, everything they do is better, and that is why your kids get so excited on JumpBunch day.

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Featured Coach: Peri Guffey of Phoenix, Arizona

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Peri Guffey

The owners of the Phoenix-East Valley JumpBunch franchise enthusiastically state that there is no one more deserving of being recognized as a featured coach than Peri Guffey…and we agree!  She has now been a JumpBunch coach for nearly six years and is still going strong.  Peri brought many years of experience coaching youth tee ball, baseball, and tennis, as well as teaching PE classes.  This has served her well as she now confidently introduces kids in the Phoenix area to sports and activities from the vast JumpBunch curriculum!

During her time with JumpBunch, Peri has built a reputation as being one amazing coach!  She is able to build relationships with directors, teachers, and parents so that she truly becomes part of their school.  And, of course, the kids just love her!  Peri is able to work with students of all ages, from toddlers to school age, and she makes every class fun.  She absolutely loves working with children and is passionate about sports and fitness, which can be seen in her commitment to a schedule of coaching more than 200 kids per week!

In addition to her incredible ability to connect with schools and kids, Peri has successfully taken on additional roles in the Phoenix-East Valley JumpBunch business.  During her down time in the summer when most of her schools are on break, she helps grow the business by introducing JumpBunch to new schools in the area.  Peri also plays a critical role in the hiring and training of new coaches along with offering fun and memorable birthday parties on the weekends!  She is in high demand and can always be counted on to represent JumpBunch with enthusiasm and professionalism.

The team in Phoenix-East Valley, as well as JumpBunch, Inc., are grateful for and proud of Peri’s hard work and remarkable representation of what JumpBunch is all about.

You can find them at


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The Power of Parent Choice.

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Kids with Hoola-hoops

If we had our way, JumpBunch or a program with similar benefits would be offered as an option to parents in every preschool and daycare across the country. If that were possible, it would still only be one small step towards seriously addressing the concern of childhood obesity. Even in locations where ours or similar programs are offered, only a fraction of eligible kids sign up. Why is that choice not being made if it can be afforded?  Do parents somehow not realize the power they hold with such a choice?

Rae Pica, a noted educational consultant, author, and friend of JumpBunch recently published an article discussing who exactly is responsible for our country’s childhood obesity crisis (read Rae’s article).  As she so clearly points out, the parents are definitely in the mix, but it is adults in general that have and continue to set the stage for the problems we see.  Another thing Rae so clearly notes is that it is certainly not the fault of the children.

Kids cannot make their own choices, and by the time they can they will choose based on what they have learned…from adults…from parents.  While we all, as adults, must commit to creating a more favorable environment, the line is formally drawn at what a parent does control and the choices that can be made.  For kids everything starts with fun, and programs like JumpBunch seek to associate fun with healthy habits as early as possible.  Competition and specialization can come later, but education and fun is for all!

So when given the choice, “exercise” yours wisely by giving your child a fun way to learn sports and fitness.  When the time comes for them to make their own, they will likely base that on the examples you’ve already set.  Make them count.

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JumpBunch Supports Special Needs Programs

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The concept of JumpBunch is pretty simple.  We introduce kids to sports and fitness at an early age through a variety of active and fun activities.  We are fortunate to have many wonderful host location partners such as daycares and preschools that open the door for this to happen for kids.  Unfortunately, this is not a door that is so easily opened for kids with special needs.

JumpBunch franchise owners welcome the opportunity to work with special needs kids in cooperation with their parents and support locations.  With the assistance of direct caretakers and teachers, much of our curriculum adapts very well and can provide the same opportunity to engage in fun and active sports and games.  Our locations who currently support this need take great satisfaction in knowing what they offer makes a real difference.

On October 25, 2015, local JumpBunch owners Brian and Melissa Hasson had the opportunity to sponsor and be part of the largest charity event for special needs kids in the state of California.  The Skechers Friendship Walk is a huge annual event that raised over 1.4 million dollars to support special needs kids and education.  Such contributions have allowed the Hassons to support special needs kids with JumpBunch classes through the Friendship Circle of South Bay in recent years.  Skechers Friendship Walk

JumpBunch franchise CEO Tom Bunchman traveled to take part in the event in recognition of the impact organizations such as this have on the families of special needs children who don’t often have the same opportunities to experience simple things like learning a new sport with friends.   “JumpBunch has a great interest in the welfare of all children.  We are excited to participate in the Skechers Friendship Walk for the benefit of special needs kids.  There is no greater cause than helping these kids thrive in our society.”

Skecher Walk

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Enrichment or Education?

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It is amazing to consider what a child learns, or is capable of learning, in the first 5 years of life. Though much learning for kids simply comes naturally as they ph12 smithysically grow, as parents we have a great deal of influence over what is included, and sadly not included, as a core part of the learning experience. Those choices must be intentional and are a great opportunity, or even responsibility, to positively frame actions and thoughts that impact our children well into adulthood.

It has become common to offer enrichment programs in our day cares, preschools, and school programs. Under that umbrella of enrichment you will find a very wide range of categories, all aimed at improving the experience of the child in any particular setting. By definition, to enrich means to improve or enhance so it is obviously a positive endeavor. JumpBunch is proud to be offered in many schools and settings as an enrichment option alongside a wide range of other great programs. Choices like these give parents that power to be intentional and choose ways to add to their child’s daily experiences.

While we will always be happy as part of any enrichment community, the reality is that what JumpBunch offers is better described and included as part of a child’s core education. What was once common and an assumed part of a school experience is now far too often considered expendable. JumpBunch is physical education. Where enrichment ends, education begins and continues as something that is not only preferred but also essential. More specifically, physical education is life. I want my child to build and understand that healthy physical habits are just as important to navigating life as the other great things they learn in those first five years. Enrichment may be one sport such as soccer, a second language class, or learning confidence though drama. These are great things to choose once you are sure all corners of an educational foundation are secure.

Physical education is one of those corners that can’t be cut, and JumpBunch stands ready to make it easier for your child to learn healthy habits early through Sports, Smiles, Fitness, and Fun!

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