Boston Babies knows how challenging it can be to find the best class fit for your bouncing baby or tenacious toddler.
While studies show the undeniable benefits of physical fitness and exercise for children, as a parent it can be overwhelming to know which extracurricular activity is best for your child.
With so many options, where do you start? At what age, what level?
Most importantly, how do you foster a love and appreciation of health and wellness, and encourage your children to bring the balance of physical activity in to their adult lives?
Below Super Soccer Starshas provided some additional information on the benefits of implementing movement and physical activity in to your little ones lives.
In addition, they included a few top tips to keep in mind when choosing the next program for your child.
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Your Child
Identifying a Child Development Program that is Truly SUPER
With an ample amount of extracurricular activity opportunities for your child – from the arts to athletics — how does one choose the “right” program? What makes a program unique? What sets a program apart? How does a child benefit from a quality program?
Play has been universally recognized as the richest vehicle for children to learn as active learning experiences promote each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, motor and language development. A quality program provides guided exploration and critical thinking opportunities in a variety of individual, small group and large group settings. Such opportunities encourage well-rounded individuals whom are independent and self-confident, helpful and compassionate.
When considering an extracurricular activity for your child, look for a program that provides:
A defined class structure with clearly outlined expectations supports the practice of routine and transition, which supports success in the school setting
An objective-based and progressive program based on age-appropriate, yet challenging, activities empowers children through self-confidence in their abilities
An emphasis on positive reinforcement to ensure that each child grows at his or her own pace, while experiencing success
According to the United States Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a child’s success in Preschool, Kindergarten (and beyond!) does not depend solely on their academic skills. Rather, whole-child development is recognized as equally, if not more importantly for a child’s success in school. These qualities include the child’s physical health and motor coordination, emotional well-being and ability to cooperate with others, and curiosity and eagerness to learn.
At Super Soccer Stars, soccer skills are taught in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Our philosophy is to use soccer as a vehicle to nurture, to build self-confidence, and to develop teamwork in every class. Our specially designed curricula use positive reinforcement and a low child-to-coach ratio to ensure that each child improves at his or her own rate — while having endless fun!
Our specially trained coaches share two passions: soccer and working with children of all abilities. A background in areas such as teaching, childcare and / or coaching is complemented by regular company-specific trainings that support our team in leading structured classes that incorporate on-trend and up-to-date lesson planning, instruction and behavior management techniques.
Each class’s lesson plan is objective-driven and tailored to support the specific needs of each enrolled child. Our nurturing class settings use individualized attention, positive reinforcement, high-fives and stickers to ensure that each child receives the praise they deserve to celebrate successes, to encourage perseverance, and to promote the self-confidence critical to their development.
Involvement in a quality extracurricular activity promotes whole-child development and supports a lifelong love for an active and healthy lifestyle. We would love to have your child join us in any of our Super Soccer Stars, Kick & Play (for 12 to 24-month-olds), Shine (for players with developmental disabilities) and Premier (for the advanced player) class options, enrolling now throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond!
We encourage you to contact us if we can support you in creating an option more convenient to your schedule.
To Learn More See Below Contact Information and Summer Programs for Super Soccer Stars:
For readers of Boston Babies, Super Soccer Stars is offering 10% off any of our classes throughout the city.
To take advantage of this discount enter the code “BOSBABIES” on the enrollment and payments page online.