Participating in gymnastics has a lot of benefits, including the opportunity to develop healthy physical, mental, and social skills. Social skills are what enable us to communicate with each other, both verbally and non-verbally. Developing strong social skills helps kids understand each other, get along better, and build and maintain strong relationships.
Here are a few ways that gymnastics helps kids develop strong social skills:
1. Listening and Following Directions
Gymnastics classes create an environment where a small group of kids learns similar skills together. Despite distractions from other kids, the room, or even other classes, kids must listen and follow directions. Rather than interrupting their instructor or another student, kids develop skills around how to ask questions without being disruptive. Children also learn to be patient and wait in line for their turn.
2. Respecting Others
Kids who participate in gymnastics share a common interest. However, a gymnastics class is made up of kids from all different backgrounds. Kids learn to respect those who seem different from them. They are expected to treat their instructors, coaches, and classmates with respect, courtesy, and kindness. Demonstrating this principal value also includes being polite and considerate, as well as respecting other people’s property.
3. Receiving Feedback
As a gymnast, kids spend a lot of time practicing and refining their skills. Their improvement is the result of many factors, including accepting feedback from their coaches. Receiving feedback is a skill that can take practice, but it’s a valuable skill for both kids and adults. Rather than viewing feedback as criticism and rejecting the information, kids who learn to accept feedback have a higher chance of improving and growing as an athlete.
Although there is not a specific team gymnastics event, most gymnasts compete as part of a team. Gymnastics helps kids learn how to work as part of a team. Being a member of a team means each individual must learn to find their role on that team. Kids learn to support their fellow athletes and encourage them to do their best.
At Kids First Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids, our mission is to create happy, healthy, and responsible children. We offer a variety of programs and classes, including an after school program.
To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.