Benefits of Martial Art Instruction for Preschool Age Children

www.greatschools.org published an article called "Developmental Milestones; Ages Three-Five", which offered Parenting Tips for helping kids as they move through milestones in their development. A good Martial Arts Program for Preschool Age Children is an amazing tool for parents who need or want support in using these tips.

(Parenting Tips -Source: GreatSchools Staff "Developmental milestones: Ages 3 through 5")

 

Tips for Parenting 3-Year-Olds

No longer a toddler, your 3-year-old takes in knowledge about himself and the world around him.

  • Transitions are difficult at this age. Provide warning of changes so your child has time to shift gears: “We’re leaving in 10 minutes.”
  • Rituals are important. Household routines and schedules give your 3-year-old a sense of security.
  • Point out colors and numbers in the course of everyday conversation: “You’re wearing your blue shirt” or “We made six cupcakes.”
  • Encourage independent activity to build self-reliance.
  • Provide lots of sensory experiences for learning and developing coordination: sand, mud, finger paints, puzzles.

The rituals and routines of our Martial Arts program promote a sense of security and belonging. Although well supervised, the program offers independent activity that builds self-reliance. Kicks, Blocks and Punches give sensory experiences that strengthen learning skills and coordination.

Tips for Parenting 4-Year-Olds

Silly, imaginative, and energetic, your child loves to try new words and new activities.

  • 4-year-olds crave adult approval. Provide lots of positive encouragement.
  • Display calendars and analog clocks to help your child visualize the concept of time.
  • Play word games to develop his growing vocabulary; overlook his fascination with bad words.
  • Offer opportunities for sorting, matching, counting, and comparing.
  • Provide lots of play space and occasions to play with other kids.

There are many ways to receive approval for real achievement, and to make the connection between effort and outcome. The analog clock concept is used in a variety of ways. Every group and private lesson uses observation of  movement demonstrated by the Instructor and comparison with their own. The required material is taught consistently in both group and private lessons, in a positive, disciplined environment.

Tips for Parenting 5-Year-Olds

Your cooperative, easy-going 5-year-old loves to play and that’s how he learns.

  • Join in activities that develop coordination and balance — skipping and hopping, walking on the curb or crack in the sidewalk, or climbing trees.
  • Encourage fine motor skills by letting your child cut pictures out of magazines, string beads, or play with take-apart, put-together toys.
  • Take advantage of his interest in numbers by counting anything and everything; teach simple addition and subtraction by using objects, not numerals.
  • Let your child know what to expect from an upcoming event or activity so he can prepare. Avoid springing things on him.
  • Help him recognize his emotions by using words to describe them: “I see you’re angry at me right now.”

Understanding the use of balance, and making small distinctions in movements begins on day one. Numbers are used for repetition of exercise drills, to remember movement combinations, with the goal of the next level belt.

We help kids manage their emotions and behavior with the principles of Effort, Etiquette, Sincerity, Self-Control, and Character. These values will empower them in all areas of their life.

Finally:

Kids that have self-defense training are less likely to be affected by bullies. Having good safety skills may make the difference in avoiding and preventing dangerous situations. Kids develop an identity of someone that exercises, and most of all, they learn to feel good and have fun!

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