It’s thought that as many as two percent of children in California are homeschooled. That’s over 150,000! While there is often no one better to teach your child than you or another family member who loves and understands them more than an educator with dozens of other students to be concerned with, there are some things that you are less well-equipped to provide. Physical education is of vital importance to children at all stages of their development, and one of the best forms of exercise to ensure healthy development is gymnastics.
Gymnastics for Physical Development
Gymnastics is the perfect athletic pursuit for a child who is being homeschooled. It provides children of all ages with opportunities to improve their dexterity, build confidence with their growing and changing bodies, increase their flexibility, and lay the foundations of a strong and sustainable physique that will improve their physicality without long-term health complications that can be caused by immersion in other common athletic pastimes. Of particular interest for teenage gymnasts is the reduced startle response that results from practicing gymnastics. This affects their reflexes, putting them at a lower risk of accidents, especially when quick reactions are necessary such as driving.
Gymnastics for Mental Development
Gymnastics is not only of physical benefit, though. There is plenty that it can offer to a homeschooled child in terms of mental development, too. Gymnasts are constantly building their discipline, courage, and self-esteem, as they push themselves to improve their form and expand their repertoires, gaining satisfaction from their successes. Perhaps even more importantly, a benefit of attending regular gymnastics classes is that your child will grow up considering that intense physical activity is not only fun and rewarding but also routine.
If regular physical activity is modelled for your child at home, when they leave home and live by themselves they will be much likelier to continue being physically active in their adult life. Regular physical activity is recommended by health organizations and government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services as a means of reducing the risk of heart disease and other serious medical conditions.
Gymnastics for Social Development
Last, but certainly not least, homeschooled children can gain social benefits from participating in gymnastics classes with other children of a similar age. Homeschooled children without siblings of similar ages may lack for opportunities for physical play and competition with peers, which can negatively affect their development compared to children in mainstream school. By participating in gymnastics classes with others, your child will have the opportunity to develop social confidence and forge friendly bonds through encouraging and being encouraged by others to improve together. At Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, there are classes suitable for children of all ages, genders, and ability levels, including a nationally-recognized Special Needs Program with specialized trainers certified to teach children with conditions such as autism, Asperger’s and Down Syndrome.
If you’re interested in choosing a quality gymnastics class for your homeschooled child, Los Angeles School of Gymnastics can help. Call us on (310) 204-1980, or contact us at https://www.lagymnastics.com/contact-us-now/.