When you hear the term “school readiness,” the first thing most people think of is children knowing academic basics that will help them meet the demands of the classroom. While these cognitive skills are essential, teachers feel that skills in the other areas of child development are just as, or more important. Social, emotional, and physical abilities are also essential to the success of a child in school. Preparing children this way helps them enter the world of school feeling confident and secure.
Teachers are essential in helping develop the whole child. Though their main goal is to teach cognitive skills that will lead to academic success, for that to happen, children must possess other development skills in the areas of social, emotional, and physical development.
Amy Graham from Charles Darwin University conducted a study. She found that 45% of the teachers she interviewed were more concerned with a child’s confidence, independence, and self-regulation skills when entering the classroom. Studies from the UK have had the same findings.
As one teacher said, “We can teach them to write their name, but it’s important to have kids who can function in the classroom.”
This information is powerful for parents to know. While they generally focus on cognitive skills when they prepare their child for school, there are many other things parents do, unintentionally, in their day to day routines. Things such as teaching kindness and respect to others, encouraging children to follow simple instructions, and playing to improve motor skills are just a few.
Another important thing that children learn from their parents is self-regulation. Managing thoughts and feelings is a big undertaking for a child, but they can learn this easily by having their parents as role models for appropriate responses. The key to instilling these things is by creating more purposeful opportunities for learning so that their readiness in these areas is more significant.
One of the best ways to do this is by giving children a chance to experience life outside of the home and away from family. This independence increases their confidence and helps them be more comfortable when it’s time to attend school.
The method that we use at Life Skill Academy provides that type of experience. The program is a game-based martial arts system that is grounded in child development. This cutting-edge, 4D approach encompasses the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children. What better way for a child to prepare for school then by participating in a program based on the developmental needs of children?
The best part of the Life Skill Method is that it each class focuses on the four developmental skills that build on each other, and each level provides a foundation for the next.
Helping young children prepare for their first day of school doesn’t happen overnight. Providing them with consistent, purposeful experiences that support their overall development, early on, will get them started on the road to school readiness. Doing this in a game-based, nurturing environment that focuses on developing the whole child, will set the stage for a more effortless adjustment to school and the classroom environment.
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Life Skill Martial Arts is NOT just another Karate School!
We teach Personal Development to children using martial arts as a vehicle. Our goal is to instill the habits and skills of:
Discipline – Belief – Communication
Respect – Self Esteem – Honesty.
Conveniently located in Millbury Massachusetts, our academy provides high quality martial arts training classes to the residents of Millbury, Worcester, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Auburn and surrounding areas, including Sutton, Uxbridge, and Northbridge, Massachusetts.
Life Skill Martial Arts, 322 Millbury Avenue, Millbury, MA 01527