WHEN: Every Tuesday, April 11 – May 21, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 PM Ages 3 -4 years
6:00 – 7:00 PM Ages 5 – 6 years
COST: $60 for all six sessions – Soccer skills teaching academy
WHERE: Kids Fit Fun FACtory Gym
EXTRAS: Games played on Sunday – Fundays at Brunner and Lay Comets Soccer Fields, Springdale, AR
REGISTRATION: Go to www.arkansascomets.org or click on this link.
OVER 100 PLAYERS FROM THE ARKANSAS HAVE PLAYED AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL!
Click here for a pdf of the Arkansas Comets Spring Season flier.
Click here for a PDF of the Spring Break Camp flier and registration form.
FAC and our Tennis Centers are open today..
Our Kids FACtory is closed today, including Care Child, Jumpstart preschool and Afterschool.
All group fitness classes are cancelled except Noon Body Pump.
Classes will resume Saturday, 1/7/17 on our regular schedule.
There are the obvious benefits to dancing; reduced obesity, a fun source of exercise, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. However, dance provides benefits to your child on an even deeper level.
1. They’ll have a creative outlet
While dance is a good source of fun exercise for young children, it is also a creative outlet. Fun exercise is important but the opportunity to release creativity is as important as exercising and maintaining a balanced diet in the development of healthy children, because of the life skills they will learn. Dancing can make a person feel physically refreshed and improve their mood, tackling serious issues including anxiety and depression. Dance classes release daily stress, serve as a distraction from everyday worries and an outlet for imagination and emotion.
2. They’ll improve their coordination
Dancing also improves a child’s co-ordination, especially at a time when they are rapidly developing in an evolving environment. Good co-ordination is vital in developing skills learned in other parts of life, such as learning to ride a bike and learning how to multitask successfully. Dance also develops strength and endurance from an early age. This creates a solid platform for a child’s physical development and level of fitness.
3. They’ll become more social/less shy
Dance classes also provide an opportunity for your child to socialize with other children their age outside of school.
Learning to socialize with others from a young age is a vital part of a child’s cognitive development. The ability to express emotion comfortably in front of others shows mental maturity and learning to do so through movement and dance provides a safe gateway for young children to explore. Performing arts activities bring together children from a variety of backgrounds and personalities; creating an environment outside of the habitat a child is accustomed to. Children are forced to learn to adapt and communicate in new ways. By navigating this new environment through creativity, children learn to build trust and effective relationships.
4. They’ll accept vulnerability
Being part of a group activity, such as learning a dance routine, promotes the importance of teamwork and develops the ability to work successfully in a group environment. The process also helps a child learn patience, listening and leadership skills as they start to help each other with learning and practicing the steps. They also learn to accept vulnerability; that it is okay not to be able to do everything first time and that you should feel confident enough to ask for help, either from the teacher or from another student.
FAC is offering dance classes for children ages 2 – 8 years old through Tippi Toes Dance NWA.
FAC Class Schedule
Monday 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Thursday 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Thursday 4:45 – 5:30 PM
Ballet, Tap & Jazz
4 – 6 years
Thursday 6:30 – 7:15 PM
Hip Hop/ Jazz
Saturday 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Saturday 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Ballet, Tap & Jazz
4-6 years old
For more information or to enroll go to: http://www.tippitoesdance.com/northwest-arkansas/
It’s no surprise that exercise boasts many health benefits — but it may also help ease or even treat both child and adult ADHD symptoms.
Research indicates that ADHD may be related to a dysfunction with the neurochemical dopamine. Exercise not only encourages the production of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the brain, but by doing so it may have the same effect on the brain as the stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin).
The increased dopamine produced through exercise can help improve attention and focus in people with ADHD, but that’s not all; exercise also produces endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain. Thus, exercise acts as a natural antidepressant. Exercise also helps children get rid of restless energy, which is a symptom of ADHD.
Sports can be a challenge for people with ADHD symptoms for several reasons. Novelty is a key factor in grabbing and holding the attention of someone with ADHD. Consider not only participating in a variety of sports to keep boredom away, but change up the time of day and the type of music listened to just to keep things interesting.
There’s no doubt exercise is hard work, but both the mental and physical benefits of exercise — especially for someone with ADHD — are well worth it.
Want to get your child involved in fitness or athletics? Call us at 479-587-0500.