Benefits of Gymnastics
Extended participation in gymnastics or trampolining classes provides children with many physical, cognitive and psychological benefits. Skills children gain from participation in gymnastics or trampolining will continue benefiting them throughout their lives.
SOCIAL it helps children to understand socially acceptable behaviour, respect for other people, manners, sharing and waiting a turn. Co-operation and integration are encouraged at all times.
PHYSICAL it contributes to the development of physical and motor skills It can lay the foundation for strength, endurance (muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular), agility, balance, flexibility, power, co-ordination, good posture and relaxation.
It also provides the child with the experience of managing their bodies with assurance and with a measure of success; body control, adaptability, coping with stress, monitoring a situation and responding to it, manual dexterity, improved accuracy, alertness, timing, ability to stop and start quickly, etc.
LINGUAL it encourages the correct use of language when referring to skills, apparatus and motions, giving the children the opportunity to express their feelings and opinions.
INTELLECTUAL it allows children the ability to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely.
CREATIVE it gives children the opportunity to act out a creative theme, whether it be a fairy story, nursery rhyme or an everyday action such as things in the home, trip to the zoo, etc.
EMOTIONAL it reinforces and enhances learning through the use of music, colours, numbers, shapes and vocabulary beneath / behind, right / left, counting, etc.
What is the importance of play for a child?
The fundamental principle is that children learn through play and that it is central to all young childrens learning from birth through school years and beyond.
Play makes a major contribution to all aspects of childrens development and
learning and gymnastics and movement allows them to learn in a broad
variety of ways - listening, observing, talking, exploring, investigations and
ex perimenting whilst at the same time allowing them to draw their own
conclusions. Both children and coaches are encouraged to use their
imagination, act out situations and develop relationships
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