Many types of organized activities are available for preschool age children to participate in. These classes can provide many benefits for the growth and development of preschool age children. Music classes, dance and gymnastics, soccer, and martial arts are all classes readily available for preschool age children and all have many positive effects.
Exposure to music and instruments at a young age has been associated with higher I.Q. and math scores later in life. Music classes have also shown to positively impact children’s social development. Many music classes are available for preschool age children. Kindermusik is a popular organized music program for early learners. Preschool age children may also enjoy and benefit from music classes designed to learn to play an instrument such as piano and violin.
Dance and Gymnastic
Dance and gymnastics both encourage preschool age children to be active. Engaging in group movement helps children to explore the use and range of their bodies. Dance demonstrates the ability to express emotions and feelings without the use of words. Gymnastics is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise combining strength, flexibility, and balance. Preschool age children can gain self-confidence with both dance and gymnastics.
Soccer provides the opportunity for children of any shape, size, and physical ability to join in on an organized, exercised filled sport. The rules of preschool age soccer are simple and easy for young children to learn and understand. Being a part of a team helps boost the confidence of children and leads to the development of stronger social skills. Soccer helps preschool age children to work with each other to achieve their goals.
Beyond providing physical activity, martial arts also helps to teach children respect and courtesy. Children who do not do well in team sports may benefit from martial arts, as they are still part of a class but working as an individual. Children suffering from ADHD can benefit greatly from martial arts. Martial arts emphasizes self control and concentration, which are skills underdeveloped in children with ADHD. Many parents may be under the misimpression that martial arts promotes violence, but this is untrue; self-discipline and control are skills acquired through martial arts.
All of these organized activities provide many different benefits for preschool age children, but the most important aspect is fun! Preschool age children enjoy taking classes and playing sports. Preschool age children are able to interact with the world around them, make friends, and acquire many important life skills!
The Medical News http://www.news-medical.net/news/2004/09/09/4638.aspx
Psychology Today http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/enlightened-living/200807/martial-arts-and-addadhd