Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Playgroup Activity: Dancing!

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I like to think that the word child and energy are synonyms. I'm positive my nieces and nephews could out run, out jump and out play me any day of the week. To channel this energy why not have a dancing themed playgroup! Turn on some Disney tunes, the macarena or any other oldies dancing songs and teach the children in your playgroup some moves. Get them dancing and interacting together. 

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Although dancing is fun for children, there are other great benefits of too. These benefits are applied to dancing just for fun but also can be applied when you enroll a child in dance classes. There are social, educational, physical health and self-esteem benefits. Self esteem is increased as a child learns to move their body. They get more comfortable in their own skin and build confidence in accomplishing new moves. Social skills are increased with dancing because dance classes are full of children of all ages. They get to interact with others and learn to dance as a group. The physical benefits are pretty obvious but dancing is a fun way to get your kids moving. The educational benefits are learned skills like memorization, technique, focus, determination, and self discipline. Students who regularly participate in dance lessons typically tend to perform better academically than their nonparticipating peers as well.

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