I think parents and teachers can all agree that learning should be a continuous process that occurs both inside and outside of classrooms. Children have a natural tendency to be curious and active as they grow up. As their guardians, it is our duty to facilitate this growth by providing a safe and educational outlet to expand their learning. This is why after school programs and activities are an excellent way for them to continue their learning outside of the classroom.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different afterschool activities and how they can benefit your child.
Research has consistently proven the significant benefits of learning music for children. Music has been linked with accelerated cognitive growth, higher sensitivity to auditory stimuli, and heightened attention span. Over time they’ll develop their own sense of rhythm and feel for music, which can be an excellent outlet for children to express themselves.
Dancing is another excellent afterschool activity that can encourage children to be comfortable with their own bodies. They’ll learn how to coordinate their bodies in choreography, how to work with a team and gradually build a healthy self-image of themselves. And just like music, dance adds another way for children to express themselves.
The art of self-defense, or martial arts, is one of the more physical afterschool activities children can participate in. It’s arguably one of the most essential skills too, teaching them valuable lessons that include discipline, safety, and strength.
Swimming is an excellent physical exercise to teach to children; it is also an essential survival skill. It is highly recommended to teach children how to swim as early as possible to ensure they develop a natural instinct and confidence for it.
Yoga is an afterschool activity that focuses on creating a healthy mental space, as well as strengthening their physiques. Yoga exercises involve focusing the mind on breathing, stretching, and identifying the conscious mind. Children will develop a better sense of their headspace, improve their focus, flexibility and self-esteem with regular practice.
IPEKA Christian School is dedicated to empowering the youth through education centered on Christian values. We believe that the next generation of leaders is built by not only preparing them with the academic knowledge but also developing their integrity and character.