Toddlers Benefit from Movement Activities
Many parents of small kids are not aware of the many benefits of engaging toddlers in a sports class. Sometimes parents think that their child is not “athletic” or “ready enough.” These parents don’t realize that engaging in a sports activity can help their child develop. They think that their child needs to first develop physical ability before joining an organized sport. It’s up to us as educators to teach our parents the benefits of starting sports education young.
When parents ask you “At What Age Should I Enroll My Child in a Sports Class?” have these four facts on hand. I would recommend creating a poster with these benefits. Or perhaps sending out an annual email blast or article. Parents want the best for their kids. When they are informed on the incredible opportunity that starting young provides their child, that will translate into enrollments for your tots program. All they parent needs is the relevant information. And it’s up to you to provide it to them.
At What Age Should I Enroll my Child in a Sports Class?
- Engaging in sports is beneficial for children’s physical and mental well-being. Children develop their fundamental movement skills between the ages of 2 and 5. Toddler physical development is critical period. Children learn to expand and increase their movement capacity and range of motion for the rest of their lives during this time. At many sports schools, parent and tot classes commence as soon as a child can walk, and sometimes even sooner. Engaging a toddler in sports advances her motor development and creates permanent muscle memory.
- Sports help toddlers have healthier bodies and minds. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than one-third of children were overweight or obese. One of the main reasons for this rise in obesity is the decline in children’s physical fitness. On average, children ages 2-5 spend approximately 25½ hours a week watching television. Children who are not exposed to physical activity during early school years have a hard time becoming physically active as adults.
- There are also scholastic advantages for toddlers who are physically active. Studies show a direct correlation between physical movement and reading readiness. When a child runs around and plays, the physical movement stimulates his brain and helps him prepare for studying language.
- Physical activity stimulates creativity. When toddlers learn how to use their bodies, they engage in self-exploration. Learning about their physical development, encourages creativity and self-development so that your toddler can learn personal body and physical awareness. Engaging is sports, brings fitness, confidence, safety, and fun to your toddler.
These facts have always helped me convince parents who are worried that their toddler might be too young to start a class. What other facts or techniques have you used that worked? Let me know below!