For starters, swim classes are a great way to help give children self confidence and improved cognitive abilities along with important lessons about the basics of water safety. So consider the following reasons to enroll your child in a swim program and you might just be putting them on the road to positive early childhood development.
Too many children are taught to be wary or even afraid of the water from a young age because parents are vehement about keeping them safe from drowning in backyard pools and ponds. But that is not the best way to introduce a child to the water and it could do more harm than good, intimidating them in the process.
Swimming lessons can be beneficial not just in teaching a child how to swim but making them feel comfortable in and around the water. Classes are available for kids as young as three months.
Swimming won’t just strengthen self confidence but help to build physical strength of muscle and neurological health. This is accomplished through the density of the water in which the swimming lessons are given. A child performing strokes in the water in order to swim helps to increase their tactile abilities and increase muscular performance.
Swimming is an excellent physical activity to help combat weight gain and prevent obesity as well.
As a child is introduced to swimming when they are young, this can be especially beneficial to the growth of the brain and prepares it to become more adept and open to learning. The brain is given the opportunity to thrive more readily in an environment where it receives heightened stimulation through education.
But even more beneficial is that swimming combines the proper development of the mind and body in a single activity. There’s a connection between the two in that the child learns increased hand-eye coordination while figuring out how to perform each type of stroke that involves both arms and legs.
Studies have also determined that children who take swimming lessons between the ages of 2 to 4 are better prepared to tackle basic problem-solving challenges and improve their IQ.
Strength of Character
A child that gets involved in a swim class also learns character attributes such as discipline and commitment. It also helps that child understand the value of setting a goal and committing himself or herself to reaching that goal through hard work and dedication.
When they reach those goals, it gives them the type of confidence that enables them to build self-esteem and let them know what it’s like to succeed at accomplishment.
Not only is swimming a good reason to get out of the house and get some physical activity, it’s also a great way to meet other children and make new friends. Swimming involves competition and this can give the child more than just a passion for sport, but teach them how to win and lose gracefully throug good sportsmanship.