Discussion in 'General Discussions - USA & Canada' started by BhumiBabe, Apr 13, 2017.
Thank for giving collective information of schools. Hope everyone gets what they want.
Wow , my son is in middle school, this thread is really useful
What a wonderul thread and thanks to all who provided good info.
My question is: How does taking swimming, martial arts, gymnastics, bollywood dancing classes during elementary school help academically for Middle school or high school?
I see that club sports, band, traditional dance(arangetram) helps... but how do the above activities help? Are they only for personal development? Will all the time, effort and money esp for martial arts(taekwando, karate) worth it for academic credits?
The academic benefit is not direct as in it counting for some credits. To do well in school and to grow into a reasonably responsible, thinking adult who is smart beyond books, it helps to have taken part in activities like you have listed. Elementary school is the time to try out some that are available in your area and that you can afford time and money-wise. At all times, be prepared for reflective quitting (quitting an activity if it is not beneficial to child). Strike a balance between teaching child to persevere and try an activity for a good amount of time and quitting when it is not helping child in any way.
I would suggest being careful with selecting the activities to try. At a given time, one music/dance class, one or two sports, and one academic pursuit is more than enough. Swimming should not be an optional activity. It is best pursued till pre swim-team level as it is a key life-skill and funnily enough about the only activity which gets academic credit (it is a requirement in high school P.E.). I am very calculative about my time and the hassle of driving child around. Following the advice of one mom, I made sure my daughter completed the levels of swimming before menarche and before she became aware of the need to shave arms/legs for swimming. : ) The bathroom and swim place shower room dramas with older girls are not worth it unless the girl is into competitive swimming. Sorry, I digress. : ) Just that chlorine smell and a fussy child refusing to step into the wet-floor women's bathroom are hard to forget. : )
No, most of these activities do not lead to academic credits. Though if the middle school has an elective that the child has pursued outside of school, such as art, photography, drama, then it helps. Also, starting in middle school, they have try-outs for school team and individual sports. If child has already done well in that outside school, it gives her an advantage.
Yes, these are mostly for personal development. And for mommy to not wake up at 3am and blink at the dark ceiling, "Oh my God, my child is not doing this, not doing that...." Been there, blinked that.
The average age of middle-schoolers is 11-14 years. Most classrooms do not have natural ventilation. 30 kids in a room. They are old enough to start taking care of their body odor. Showering everyday helps but is not sufficient. Help your child find the right deodorant or whatever and remind him/her to use that regularly.
Just a suggestion from my friend who teaches math in middle school. : )