Childhood is a time of great learning, but what your child learns in school is only part of what is possible. Children’s brains develop very rapidly. What they learn now will provide future cognitive and social benefits. Give your child a leg up in the world by enrolling him in supplemental lessons outside of school.
Learning a musical instrument improves fine motor skills and stimulates the brain. According to PBS Parents, kids as young as three can begin learning basic skills that will facilitate musical ability. Encourage your child to pick the instrument he or she is most drawn to and make it seem fun. Lessons should not feel like chores – they are an opportunity to learn.
Many children love to sing, and singing lessons are an alternative to other music lessons. Voice teachers can help children learn how to breathe properly for singing and how to enunciate clearly, among other things. As with learning an instrument, singing can help a child’s cognitive development. According to the American Association of School Administrators, music helps develop mathematical skills, reading and imagery.
Kids pick up technological skills quickly. Enroll them for lessons in using web page design software, photo-editing or even word processing. You will be giving them a head start with practical life-skills.
Most kids love to color and paint. Sign them up for art lessons to better their natural skills. They will learn about light and shadow, about different art mediums, and this will help their right brain flourish.
Acting classes help children develop clearer enunciation, more self-confidence, and provide a creative outlet. Acting also helps children develop communication and interactive skills – they must learn how to work with others in a scene. These classes are suitable for nearly any child who shows an interest.
All children should learn how to swim. Even if you have no pool, nor live near any body of water, there will come a time when knowing how to swim will come in handy. In some cases, swimming lessons may save the child’s life.
Children learn fastest when they enjoy what they are learning. Supplemental lessons should be fun. Keep the lines of communication clear between you and your child regarding his or her interests. This does not mean catering to every whim, of course. Some kids seem to change their mind every week – make sure the child knows that once he or she has picked an instrument, or another kind of lesson, that you expect them to finish at least one set or course of lessons.
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