Do Extracurricular Activities Benefit Kids?

by Kathy Sykes on January 9, 2013 · 2 comments

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At what age do you think children need to be exposed to more than just their daycare, preschool, or traditional learning? I believe the earlier the better.

I started involving Thomas in local programs (such as the Hunter Museum Pre-K program, Discovery Museum toddler music program, YMCA mom/baby swimming classes, etc.) to get him familiar with our city, other children and cultures, and to expand his love of learning.

Now that he is older and a bit more rambunctious, I think it is time to get him focused on in extracurricular areas that will:

1. Keep him focused

2. Utilize his energy

3. Build sportsmanship

4. Expand his horizons

5. Step outside of the BOX

Thomas began a new activity at the beginning of the school year, Tae Kwon Do, and we couldn’t be happier with that program. It has not only taught him martial arts skill but respect, focus, and control.

He also began a structured swimming class last fall and even though we took classes as a baby, these classes are giving him more confidence to do things in the water on his own. As children get older, the more fear of the water they have. It is great to start as early as possible and be consistent.

This winter we will enrolling into the advanced school age swimming class, continuing Tae Kwon Do, and adding on parent/child Spanish language immersion class. Why an immersion program? Learning and excelling in a second language will be the basics for living in this world in the near future and it will benefit him to become familiar and learn to love the diversity of his city and the world.

This summer, Thomas will be participating in his first sports activity at his new summer camp. This program will include exposure to basketball, soccer, and tennis.  These sports will teach him how to work together with others to reach a goal (to win) and tennis “should” teach him endurance and stamina. We will cross our fingers on the new additions.

Lastly, it never hurts to expose your children to different things even if they decide they don’t want to continue. It is important that children learn to “try” and not give up easily. Never force a child to do something that they dislike, but putting in a valiant effort is what the world is all about.

 

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Girl with a New Life January 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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Kathy Sykes January 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Ok, I will. Thanks

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