Let’s face it, conflict is hard and is bound to happen no matter what ground rules are put into place. Whether it’s on the playground or right in our own homes, children will clash. And while it can create challenging situations, it is a normal event that occurs between children. This is why conflict resolution is an essential life skill for them to learn.
Summer break is typically viewed as a time for relaxation, fun, and no schedules – but it’s also the perfect time to get children back on track, or even ahead!
While we want our children to get a much needed break from ‘hitting the books,’ there is a present challenge of ensuring the break doesn’t effect their development. We’ve come up with a few ways to ensure that your kiddos get the rest they need, without creating a gap in their growth socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
Children learn and grow in stages. It is hard to pinpoint the exact ages and stages of development because some children either accelerate compared to their peers or are growing at a slower pace than normal. However, I’ve been studying child development for nearly two decades and have narrowed child growth and development into five age groups.
The SKILLZ program’s continuing education materials allow our instructors to effectively teach our students in these four dimensions: Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Socially.
To alleviate the dissatisfaction in children’s martial arts classes, the SKILLZ program was developed after years of research in the areas of child development, neuroscience, and psychology. The result, a child development course that uses martial arts as a vehicle for teaching.
Most martial arts forms are rooted in tradition and have been taught the same way for years. And while tradition is vital to keeping the art preserved, the way it is taught in today’s modern world isn’t as effective. As times change and as we become more educated, we must adjust to meet the needs of the people we serve. This is especially true when teaching children.
The “SKILLZ zone” is the optimal place to increasing productivity and avoiding stagnation. By teaching children this early on, we can ensure that they have the necessary tools for consistent future successes.
We must remember to slow down and meet children where they are in their personal growth. By appreciating each child’s uniqueness, we can nurture their individual development, which will create more motivation in them. This will increase their confidence and help them achieve more remarkable successes. Keep in mind, “Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.”
Most are aware of the benefits of physical activity for people of all ages…Additionally, there are brain-boosting benefits that help children with brain function and learning, leading to better school performance.