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Because Learning Takes More than Just a Paper and Pen

Fact: Childhood is one of the most critical phases of every human’s development. The years that cover it are formative. Kids start to begin showing and discovering their personalities. It’s a period of exploration, curiosity, and creativity. It’s the best time to meet new people, learn to socialize, and build relationships.

These are experiences that no four-walled classrooms can always provide. For children to truly experience growth, they need to leave their papers and pens behind and enjoy the sun. They have to be engaged in some form of activity such as sports.

How Sports Lead to Healthier, Happier Children

In a 2010 US study, the researchers found that middle school teens who played sports were more likely to be healthier and happier than their peers who didn’t. In fact, the level of satisfaction impacted their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The following may provide the reasons:

1. It reduces the risk of childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity is real, and it affects more than 35 million children around the world. This epidemic can increase the risk of complications. These include early symptoms of heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Unless the weight is controlled, it can potentially lead to a long-term disability or even premature death later in life.

Meanwhile, a research published in 2012 cited how youth sports can prevent obesity among this age group. In fact, playing just one sport is enough to show a significant improvement in weight loss.

Interestingly, the dynamics of team playing can also encourage a better weight. It could be that children can receive encouragement from their peers or their coaches. Furthermore, the need to contribute to the team may shift the children’s attention away from food.

2. It improves the children’s performance in the classroom.

The benefits of sports don’t stay outdoors. A Canadian research showed that an organized extracurricular activity can enhance the kids’ brains. The team from the Université de Montréal learned that children who played structured sports during kindergarten had a better focus or attention span than the rest of the peers by the time they’re in fourth grade. They had a better cognition and were more likely to follow instructions correctly.

3. It helps the children cultivate friendships.

More types of research have shown that while exercise and nutrition are important, the key to longevity is having healthy long-term relationships. Sports and play can help them achieve it.

By playing, they learn to respect other people. It develops their sense of altruism or kindness and social competence. It teaches them how to accept defeat and support others. They also become receptive to the idea of getting support and discipline from others.

4. It creates more confident children.

Experts believe that one of the greatest gifts adults can give to children is self-esteem or self-confidence. When the children feel sure of themselves, they become more open to new challenges and experiences. They are also more welcoming of other people, so it boosts their social skills.

Confident children are strong, and this is important in light of the growing cases of bullying and its effects on mental health.

SIS: Sports Set Children to Success

The SIS Curriculum fully understands how for every parent or teacher, the biggest reward is to see a child become a successful adult. Granted, academics allow them to perform excellently in school. But what truly prepares them for achieving greater things are the soft skills they acquire by playing.

Sports and even other types of social leisure activities teach them responsibility, teamwork, and critical thinking. They boost the children’s leadership skills. Children also develop resilience, especially in times of failure and adversity.

These activities can create productive and happier children, and for these types of kids, the world is certainly their stage they’re willing to act in.

There’s a saying that goes: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. There’s no doubt that academics are essential to build the brightest future for the children. But days spent toiling on books and quizzes don’t create the balance the kids need to develop themselves holistically. They also require some time to enjoy the outdoors, build friendships, and train their bodies.

By allowing them to achieve all these with sports and play, parents and teachers can help their kids prepare for a successful future.

Know more about the sports and recreational activities SIS includes in their curriculum by visiting our website at SISSchools.Org or visit the nearest SIS School and our teachers and staff will be more than happy to accomodate you and your questions.