Physical education is usually a subject that students like. In elementary school it hardly requires studying, it is practical, that is why children in general find it enjoyable and bearable, also depending on how demanding the teacher is, although at these ages they are more flexible.
However, not all children enjoy these classes in the same way. There are boys and girls who do not like physical education and see exercise as traumatic. If this is the case with your son, you will surely be interested in knowing how you can help him improve.
1. INVESTIGATE THE REASONS
If you really want to help him, you have to try to put yourself in his place. Only those who have been through it can understand how badly children can have it in class when they have complexes . So ask or infer why they hate exercise.
– He is aware that he is very clumsy. We are all better at one thing than another. However, we must not be ashamed of our weaknesses, we must know how to carry them with dignity. Make him understand that even though something doesn’t look good right now, it doesn’t mean it always stays that way. Sports professionals are good because they have practiced many hours, and if he or she does not practice, he or she will not be able to improve. The only way to improve is by practicing, practicing and practicing.
– Fear of being ridiculed. Children’s self-esteem is very fickle and any little humiliation is going to hurt a lot. Over the years we adults have managed to manage anger, helplessness and frustration, that is why we are not affected so much by the daily ridicule. However, a child, who has not yet fully matured, has a really bad time when they make fun of him in class. It is typical then to find that he does not want to go to gymnastics.
Once you discover them, you have to empathize with him or her and make him see that you will always be on his side but that he cannot give up. The only way to get better at an activity (be it a hobby or a sport) is to do it over and over again.
2. TALK TO THE TEACHER
For your son or daughter to improve in physical education, it is vital that you talk with their teacher. This way you can dissolve possible misunderstandings. Many teachers think that children who make a fuss in their classes do it just to annoy , without seeing that there is usually a difficulty behind.
If the problem is because the child has some kind of physical complex, talking with the teacher can make him soften his demands when grading him , control the class more to avoid teasing, or even evaluate him in private , when there are no other children watching ( and cannot be made fun of). Thus, the child will feel more relaxed because the rest of the class will not have their eyes fixed on him.
DO SOME SPORT IN YOUR FREE TIME
Finally, find out the way the teacher gives his classes . Find out and don’t be ashamed to tell them your opinion about their classes, always out of respect (nobody likes to be told how to do their job). There are teachers who continue to use methods that can encourage discrimination. For example, when developing teams it is better to avoid having the students decide the members through two captains. Children at those ages tend to be quite cruel, so when it comes to being a team captain, the last chosen ones are always the same. The teacher can create the groups himself or draw lots.
3. PLAY SPORTS TOGETHER
Find out about the type of exercises they do in gymnastics and practice them with him. Are they giving basketball, handball, soccer …? Take him to practice some shots. Being in an environment of trust will give you the security to practice freely, away from prying eyes and teasing. With you he can dare to do the things he does not do in class. And best of all, if it fails there is no drama because you will be confident. Take the opportunity then to make him see that mistakes are the most normal thing in the world and that they can even be fun. Children who laugh at themselves quickly lose interest in bullies, they only think of laughing at the expense of others , if your child already laughs at himself, the teasing of his classmates will not have the desired effect and then the classmates they will lose interest.
While you are playing it is also important that you reinforce the effort and not so much the result. The most important thing is that you enjoy exercising, so that you begin to see it as something fun and leave the academic content in the background.
4. REFLECT ON YOUR LIFESTYLE
Is there something you are doing wrong? Are you a good example for your children? Examine your daily routine. Do you do any kind of sport? Do you try to be active or do you not move from the sofa? You cannot expect your son or daughter to enjoy physical education if you have not had any encouragement at home for it. Children adore their parents and unconsciously often copy everything that adults do. If they see you play sports, their curiosity will start to creep in. If you practice together and you get him to have a good time, you will have at least made him more interested in the subject.
5. FIND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Educating her in basic concepts like healthy eating and regular physical activity can improve her at gymnastics. If we exercise daily we increase our lung capacity, resistance and we will also feel lighter. This leads to an improvement in physical condition and performance in physical education.
Finally, do not despair if you see that you have tried everything and your son or daughter does not improve, think that we are facing a being that is continually changing and evolving. Do not be discouraged, the improvements are slow but constant.