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At what age should children get involved in extra curricular activities?

My son is 5 in grade 00 and a lot of the other kids are doing soccer, ballet. swimming etc. Is it fair to start with extra classes like karate, soccer or should I rather wait till he starts primary school and let him just enjoy being a little child for now. 53 mths ago

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The sport is allowed to children according to their age. When my son was in preschool they had sport, various codes, while in grade 1 playing rugby they were allowed certain activities and others were not allowed and the second grade more was allowed. Infact I think him being involved in sport earlier assisted him to be able to choose what he likes most since at primary we were just given a schedule to choose what he will be doing. They say there are certain skills a child learns with each sport.

53 mths ago

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When my youngest was in Grade R she WANTED to do karate. I think any age is ok but it must be the childs choice whether he/she wants to.

53 mths ago

I let my son of 8 decided when he was ready to do some sports..... Last year I started taking him for swimming lessons, because he could not swim and was afraid of the pool.....now he only learns to do the finishing touches like the types of swimming....he actually enjoys that....only once a week.....he also decided 2 weeks ago he wants to participate in tennis......so in his own time, he became ready....I will never push, even if all the other kids are doing every single thing there is to do....you run around like mad, the child is physically and mentally exhausted and within a year or two, they don't want to participate in any type of sport........let them choose!

53 mths ago

Whenever they want to do it, actually the earlier the better because then they can learn how to play the sport properly and get lots of outdoor exercise. I do think that you need to know when it is too much, but give him the choice

53 mths ago

I never did anything like that. Everytime I tried something, (soccer/cricket/tennis etc) I would always just get critized for doing it wrong (by the teachers/coaches), and here I thought they were supposed to teach to/help you? Anyway, let him decide in his own time, and if you see that he isn't doing anything, don't force him, but rather see where his interests lie and try help him in that regard.

53 mths ago

My daughter is also 5, she started when she was 3, with Monkeynastix and Playball, when she was 4, swimming and Playball, this year she is doing Computer, Swimming and Karate, I let her decide every year what she wants to do-

53 mths ago

I would advise to you to already allowed him to take part in things like playball, etc. It is very good for their ball sense. Also swimming, for confidence around the pool, for your peace or mind and your child's. Monkeynastix for co-ordination skills. Most of these are offered on the premises of the school and swimming they usually collect and drop off again. Go for it !!

53 mths ago

Yes, let the child decide, but let the child guide you as well...If he / she asks for it...let him / her do it. My child, did "Bulletjie Rugby" last year, so, with games, he cried and wanted mommy on the field.. So this year, I've let him do music & Action Ball, which he adores doing dearly...but, when the rugby started, he came crying "die oom wil my nie laat speel nie, want Mamma het nie 'n vormpie geteken en betaal nie"... So, what do you do.. Remember, they do the sport at their level... And mine is Gr 00 (RR), going to R next year. Two of his nieces are playing netball, the one being Gr R this year, the other one Gr 1, and I remember my primary days, I could wait for Std 1 as in those days, to start doing sport, other than athletics - kids do like it..

53 mths ago

The child should lead this. You as parent can slowly introduce the concept of other activities in the safety of your home first. Then monitor the child's reaction to these activities. Maybe take the child to view some of them first, then explain on the child's level what is expected of him/her, and how often the extra classes will take place. Leave it for a while, then re-monitor and evaluate the child's interest in activities he/she showed interest in the first time around. "Over-stimulating" is just as bad as "non-stimulating" a child's developing brain (and this has by no means any sexual connotation...!). Good luck in making the right decisions for your child/children - they are a gift!

53 mths ago

Some good answers here. I found that at 5 years old my one son was not emotionally mature enough to handle team sport situations and when there are older (even by a year) children in a group at eg. karate, your child's time is wasted in the classes. Have him do things like arts and crafts and perhaps dancing or playball, but leave the serious sport like activities for grade 2 and onwards. You may just sour him up for something he may have enjoyed when he is older.

53 mths ago

if he does have the inclination ,why not?i started reading at age 3,5years.my parents made it possible as i was inquistive always peering at whatever mom and dad was reading.

53 mths ago

When they start crawling. Children should start interacting with other children as soon as possible. Whatever they love best, is good for them. Don't push. Let them decide.

53 mths ago

Something like swimming is definitely a must from a young age, as for everything else, let your child decide for himself. He can always try something and not like it or love it to bits. Don't force him into doing anything though as he will hate it forever!

53 mths ago

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