A good Martial Arts School can help your child during critical periods in his/her development. Here are the stages of development for ages three-five years.
There are many developmental milestones that get a boost from the Pee Wee program at United Studios of Self Defense.
Three Year OldThe rituals and routines of our Martial Arts program promote a sense of security and belonging. Although well supervised, the program offers independent activity that builds self-reliance. Kicks, Blocks and Punches give sensory experiences that strengthen learning skills and coordination.
Four Year OldThere are many ways to receive approval for real achievement, and to make the connection between effort and outcome. The required material is taught consistently in both group and private lessons, in a positive, disciplined environment.
Five Year OldWe help kids manage their emotions and behavior with the principles of Effort, Etiquette, Sincerity, Self-Control, and Character. These values will empower them in all areas of their life.
Kids that have self-defense training are less likely to be affected by bullies. Having good safety skills may make the difference in preventing abduction and other dangerous situations.
Developmental milestones: Ages 3 through 5
"From ages three to five, your child's motor skills, language, thinking, and social development change dramatically."GreatSchools Staff "Developmental milestones: Ages 3 through 5"
Tips for Parenting 3-Year-Olds
No longer a toddler, your 3-year-old takes in knowledge about himself and the world around him.
- Transitions are difficult at this age. Provide warning of changes so your child has time to shift gears: "We're leaving in 10 minutes."
- Rituals are important. Household routines and schedules give your 3-year-old a sense of security.
- Point out colors and numbers in the course of everyday conversation: "You're wearing your blue shirt" or "We made six cupcakes."
- Encourage independent activity to build self-reliance.
- Provide lots of sensory experiences for learning and developing coordination — sand, mud, finger paints, puzzles.
Tips for Parenting 4-Year-Olds
Silly, imaginative, and energetic, your child loves to try new words and new activities.
- 4-year-olds crave adult approval. Provide lots of positive encouragement.
- Display calendars and analog clocks to help your child visualize the concept of time.
- Play word games to develop his growing vocabulary; overlook his fascination with bad words.
- Offer opportunities for sorting, matching, counting, and comparing.
- Provide lots of play space and occasions to play with other kids.
Tips for Parenting 5-Year-Olds
Your cooperative, easy-going 5-year-old loves to play and that's how he learns.
- Join in activities that develop coordination and balance — skipping and hopping, walking on the curb or crack in the sidewalk, or climbing trees.
- Encourage fine motor skills by letting your child cut pictures out of magazines, string beads, or play with take-apart, put-together toys.
- Take advantage of his interest in numbers by counting anything and everything; teach simple addition and subtraction by using objects, not numerals.
- Let your child know what to expect from an upcoming event or activity so he can prepare. Avoid springing things on him.
- Help him recognize his emotions by using words to describe them: "I see you're angry at me right now."
Pee Wee Program Overview
Each week, your child will attend a thirty minute private lesson. The private lesson is by appointment to fit your schedule and may have 1-4 students. Kids love the personal attention, and we monitor their progress one-on-one.
There are four group classes per week, and your child may attend as often as you like. Most students do very well attending 2-3 times per week.
Belt System and Promotion
We use a Belt system to measure and set goals for training. Each student may learn at their own pace. When the student completes the requirements for a new level, they receive an invitation to test for the next rank. Parents and Teachers will need to inform USSD that the student is showing good behavior in all areas in order to advance. Only when the student has shown proficiency at the current level will they be alllowed to move forward.
In addition to private and group instruction, you will receive a USSD Student Manual and access to our on-line video library. Understanding what your child is learning and helping them practice correctly is fairly easy.
Next Step: Meet with an Instructor for a Free Evaluation Class.