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At what age can a child ENJOY extra-curricular activities?

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LuckySalem Sat 16-Jul-11 19:54:36

My DD (3 1/2) enjoys dancing and swimming.

At what age should I look into getting her some dancing/swimming/something else lessons?


Sirzy Sat 16-Jul-11 19:55:43

Surely it depends on the child? If she wants to do it then try it and see how she does. As long as there is not pressure on her and its just something she enjoys doing it cant do any harm!

LuckySalem Sat 16-Jul-11 19:56:36

I've just noticed that most places expect you to sign up for X amount of weeks and I'd just like her to try it to see if she will concentrate for the correct amount of time/do as she's asked etc.

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 16-Jul-11 19:58:39

Agree it totally depends on the individual child. I teach a lot of very small dancers, they're supposed to be 3 to start but some absolutely can't wait another minute at 2.9 and 2.10, and they absolutely love it. Others really can't cope with this sort of stuff until more like 5yo. Also depends on how 'formal' the activity is, in the case of my dance class it's purely for fun and tbh a bit bonkers grin

Sirzy Sat 16-Jul-11 19:58:47

Can you not ask them if they do taster sessions?

LuckySalem Sat 16-Jul-11 20:00:07

I will definatly ask if they do a taster session.

Do you think there is a time limit on how long kids can keep their attention?

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 16-Jul-11 20:00:23

really? I thought everyone did a taster session or however many 'by the week' that a small person needs to decide? hmm

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 16-Jul-11 20:02:26

Do you think there is a time limit on how long kids can keep their attention? - yes, and it's the teachers responsibility to ensure that the session length and content is suitable. ime 3 yo's concentrate for 30-40 minutes, with breaks about every 10-15 mins and suitable variation of activity.

LuckySalem Sat 16-Jul-11 20:03:23

Thanks guys - just so I know what type to look for. Best not finding one thats more than an hour then as that really would be too much.

DeWe Sat 16-Jul-11 20:16:14

Mine all started ballet at 2-2.6yo. But they've an absolutely fantastic teacher who's brilliant with the younger ones and knows how to hold their attention. (30 minutes)
Dd1 started swimming at 3.6yo which was fine for her as she's got good attention, but some of the other children had problems holding attention for that length of time. In retrospect she would have been better leaving until 4yo and I don't think it'd have made any difference to when she learnt to swim. (30 minutes)
Dd2 started gym at 3.10yo and loved it but ds tried it at 3.4yo and didn't have the concentration or listening ability to be worthwhile. He stopped it after 1 term. (40 minutes)
All except the swimming did taster sessions.

LuckySalem Sat 16-Jul-11 20:52:17

Thanks DeWe

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