Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Shelley Miles
June activities, Parenting, Sports
June 3 - Sports America Kid's Month
It's time to go out and PLAY!
Summer is a great time to try out new sports and grow skills in familiar sports. Here are some great tips from to keep it fun, and keep kids moving!
- For preschoolers - just focus on learning physical skills - throwing, kicking running. Don't worry about the rules just yet.
- Let kids experiment while they are trying out new skills. Resist the urge to make them do it perfectly. Let it feel like play, not work.
- Encourage kids to play impromptu sports games with their friends after school or on the weekends in addition to any organized sports they might be involved with.
- Praise your kids for their good effort. Don't spend time going over their performance or their mistakes. This will just make them feel that they are constantly being judged.
- Kids have to sit and pay attention all day at school. Don't get angry with them for daydreaming in the outfield!
- After a game, ask kids questions like, "What was the best part of the game?" and "Did you have fun?"
- Encourage kids to try out a variety of sports, and let them decide which ones they like. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!
Early summer is the deadline for fall signup for many sports programs like AYSO or Pop Warner . Check the programs near you so you don't miss important deadlines!
Sunday, January 29, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Book List, February Activities, Sports
FEBRUARY 23- First mass polio vaccination 1956, Tennis day
In 1952, the US reported almost 58,000 cases of Polio, mostly affecting children. Then, the good news came, Dr. Jonas Salk created the first effective vaccination against Polio. A mass inoculation of children, reduced polio cases 85-90% Today, the world is almost Polio free. Inspire your child with the story of Dr. Jonas Salk.
Tennis is a wonderful sport for kids. Playing outside with friends, or hitting a ball against the garage door is so much fun that kids will forget that they are actually exercising. Grab a racket and some balls and head over to the local park. For helpful tips on getting kids started, the right types of balls for kids and the right size equipment, visit USTA's (United States Tennis Association) 10 and Under Tennis Find a place to play with USTA's Find a facility
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