Everyone always talks about team sports and how important they are. But are there times when all you want is a break from the sports grounds… on a Saturday or Sunday(!) morning… when it’s cold… when it’s dark… when you can’t find a parking space… when it’s raining!
It may not be very glamorous ferrying little people around all the time. But we do believe, that given all that they learn from these kids programmes and kids camps and activities that it is worth it.
In this series of blogs, we have explored decision-making skills, self-confidence and self-esteem, socialisation and developing friendships. How could there possibly more, well, there is, there is lots more… and, now we are onto teamwork.
When children are in the classroom, they are usually working for themselves, learning how to achieve their own goals. But through kids camps, activities and holiday programmes, they learn how to work together towards a common goal. These are two very different skills… actually, they can be somewhat opposing, so it’s really beneficial for our little ones to learn both angles.
It’s vital for children to learn how to collaborate and to learn that their unique talents can be leveraged for the greater good. And it’s really vital for them to learn that sometimes they cannot succeed alone, but that they need those around them.
“Team sports are great for building teamwork and communication skills” says Katherine Firestone, founder of Fireborn Institute, a nonprofit that provides parents with clear, practical and easy-to-remember strategies to help their children thrive in school.
Whilst not all kids holiday activities and programmes offer the opportunity to encourage teamwork, a lot of them do and you can usually find a team element in the mix.
So maybe it’s not at the sports fields every weekend, but it is some activity, somewhere, and it is worth it!