How do you channel the boundless energy of active kids? Outdoor sports are certainly an option to develop motor and coordination skills. And team sports clubs start at a fairly young age.
Many of us parents in Youth Ballet have found that starting children at a very young age, even two or three years old is an excellent time to develop the coordination motor skills and wealth of other benefits that come from learning dance early in childhood. And will build a number of skills that will aid them if they move onto team sports at any age
Outdoor play activities are another source for healthy exercise and socialization but often weather precludes outside activities for part of the year. Or some children may seek additional play options or adventurous by nature and want to try new activities. Kinesthetic learning often requires more active participation and dance is a great option. And some children are not interested in team sports and find self-expression in dance an excellent outlet for them.
Overall improvement in physical health is one of the primary benefits in participating actively in dance classes. The stretching activities and movements build muscle tone and strength. This increases coordination, balance and an overall Improvement in aerobic health.
This can help any children who may have weight issues. The regular high level activity will burn calories and build muscle making for overall improved physical health. It will also generate stronger appetites which is an opportunity to provide healthier foods to meet the increasing need for protein and nutrients to build muscle and provide energy for these activities.
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Take a look at a clip from our field trip to Philadelphia. Exciting for kids and adults! Don Quixote.
Many children at an early age are diagnosed as hyper-active among other labels, when their need for motion and movement is a sign that they are kinesthetic learners. Observing your child’s learning style from a young age will enable you to enrich learning opportunities by accessing those pathways most receptive to new ideas and cognitive function.
At a young age, Kinestheic learning is a means by which children learn by performing physical activities. Instead of sitting quietly and watching programs on television, they may be unable to sit for period of time and are visibly more involved when visual aids or active participation are required.
Discussing learning styles with educators from primary levels forward, will enable you to see a better picture of your child’s learning style and inform the educator with past experiences. Educators will find in assessing a kinesthetic learner that field trips, on-site explorations, hands-on trial-and-error approaches such as group activities, building, cooking, sewing, sports and yes even cleaning are learned quickly. The steps and processes in the long term memory establishes faster than most children, and the principles from the task are understood rapidly. You’ll find that activities are quickly assimilated and enable them to develop cognitive skills important for life at a young age.
Parents sometimes question how learning should take place in a classroom setting, especially as the children get older and 6 to 7 hours a day in school in the norm. Children who are not good at taking notes may find that they are better at remembering actual things that happened so these experiences for learning are deeply rooted and remain part of the child’s memory and learning experience. Another option would be to have students share their notes from class with another person and discuss those notes again making for a real actual life experience that will solidify the cognitive function. Visual images and photos of the concepts and ideas in the lesson become “real” through imagination and are ingrained in their memory. Bringing concepts to life in lab experiments, field trips, or actual applications at home are ways to reinforce learning that has occurred in the classroom.
In educational circles, educators should determine which of the VARK methods are most appropriate for each child:
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