You are currently viewing ChatterBlock in Charlotte NC. Change location by typing below:
Children love participating in extra curricular activities. They are fun and help them to develop skills, but what else do they teach them?
Share this article
Children learn in a variety of ways. While they absorb lots
of important information in school, they also learn a lot at home, from their
friends and in extracurricular activities. As parents, you may wonder which
activities are best for teaching your kids the most important lessons. The
follow extracurricular activities are especially effective for teaching
positive values and a strong character.
Teaching kids to play a musical instrument gives them a
lifelong skill that helps them develop discipline and creativity. There’s even
evidence that learning
music contributes to the development of the brain. Music requires a great
deal of practice. While kids may complain about this, it’s ultimately
beneficial for them to learn the value of hard work and discipline. Make sure
you choose an instrument that's appropriate for the child's age. It's also
preferable to find one that he or she has an interest in learning.
Martial arts classes give children healthy exercise while
teaching them self-discipline. Martial arts are also good to give kids
confidence so they’re less likely to be bullied. It’s important, however, to
choose a good martial arts school with skilled and responsible teachers. Watch
classes and talk to instructors before signing your kids up. It's best to
choose a school that doesn't try to pressure you into signing long-term
contracts. You might also find a good school through word of mouth. You might have
a friend with kids in a local martial arts class who can give you a
Swimming is a healthy form of exercise that develops the
body as well as the spirit. It’s also a fun activity that almost all kids
enjoy. When kids learn how to swim, they can have more fun in any environment
where there’s water, including beaches, lakes and public swimming pools. A
child who knows how to swim is also safer near water, whether on the beach or
in a boat—so make sure that they have taken swimming classes!
Kids who learn to swim may be also able to participate on swimming teams, which
are great for building social skills and fostering teamwork and endurance.
Soccer is one of the world’s leading sports and it’s now
getting more popular in the United States as well. Soccer is a fun activity for
kids that gives them the opportunity to play on a team and learn to get along
with other kids. It’s also great exercise and a thorough cardiovascular
workout. Most areas now have soccer leagues for kids of all ages. When kids
play soccer, they often develop an interest in following it as well. Watching
and discussing this exciting sport is a fun activity for family bonding.
Art classes give kids a chance to express their creativity.
Starting children off early with art classes often helps them develop latent
talents. Depending on his or her age and interests, you might enroll your child
in a drawing, arts & crafts or sculpture class. Some children's art classes
also teach art appreciation and include field trips to galleries and museums.
Developing an appreciation for art helps kids develop the creative side of
their brains. It also makes them aware of colors, designs and symmetry in the
world around them.
Extracurricular activities help children learn new skills,
make new friends and develop strong values. Participating in these activities
helps to make them more well-rounded. Kids who are exposed to new sports and
creative pursuits at a young age may find hobbies that become lifelong
interests. Consider your child's natural abilities and interests and choose an
activity that will help bring out the best in him or her.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.
What's Happening this Weekend?
Sign up for our newsletter & always be first to hear of cool local kid-friendly events.
Writing for ChatterBlock is a fun and easy way to share content with the ChatterBlock community.
Write for ChatterBlock
ChatterBlock Is the #1 Online Resource for Busy Parents
Copyright © 2011-2017 ChatterBlock Inc. All Rights Reserved.