Imaginative plays you can try with your pre-schooler

Today’s Children are exposed to the new technologies like I-pads,Tabs, Laptops, Mobile Phones etc. They are far more knowledgeable at ages like 2 and 3 years too. Hence, theyare always in fantasyland. It is like imagination is their birthright. They are very spontaneous and energetic. When they are in the Imagination mode, their creative juices flow out without any hesitation. Developments in all areas are fostered due to a child’s imagination. Imagination is normally when children do role play from their experiences of the environment and people around them. The first six years in a child’s life is a very crucial period. Imaginative play can stimulate the child’s brain and this will make him think and learn more and and his cognitive skills will develop further. You can help him by trying imaginative play with him. There are many ways of Imaginative Play.

Story Telling Game:

Your Preschooler will be very excited when you tell him to play a story telling game. You start a with the story like for example”. Once upon a time there was a boy by the name of John. He was very naughty. He troubled his mother.” Now you ask him to say the next three lines of the story through imagination. Then you continue for the next three lines and let this go on till you complete the story.

Role Play:

Role Play is something which a child will love doing as normally children love imitating. It then does not matter if they imitate their parents , teachers, animals or community helpers they meet or see on a daily basis. Probably you can play a Bus driver and your preschooler can play the conductor. This will give him insight into the life of both the community helpers and increase his cognitive skills.

Drawing & Colouring:

Give your preschooler blank sheets of paper and stationery for drawing and colouring and ask him to draw what he likes. You will be surprised at seeing his imagination soar. Probably you as an adult will not imagine the way he has.

Music:

Music is said to be good for both adults and children. Help him imagine he is a music director and tell him to convert the tune of his rhymes to something he wants. It will be great fun for him to imagine and do that. This will also encourage his self confidence.

Become an Architect:

Give your Preschooler lots of blocks and cardboard boxes for open ended play. He can imagine being an Architect and design a building with his own imagination . This will help him learn to find out problems and solve them himself through the trial and error method.

Sand Play:

Take your Preschooler to a beach near you or if you do not have a beach help him with a sand Pit and water. Provide him with a Spade, Shovel and a Bucket. Let him build sand castles or anything else through imagination which runs wild. Children love playing with sand and water.

Outdoor Play:

Outdoor Play is a must for children. They are very happy when asked to play outside. There are many games which they can play which requires their imagination. They also meet peers and can build their social & emotional skills. They can imagine they are in a jungle and jump over fallen trees or climb trees. This is good for their physical and motor skills as well.

Preschoolers love imaginative play and always wait for opportunities to play with their parents and friends. It is very surprising to see your little ones in their imaginative mode. They come up with ideas which may never have struck you as an adult. Encouraging children for imaginative play will help develop their physical, motor, language, cognitive, social, emotional and creative skills

4 Fun Ways to Teach your Child Math Skills

Teaching mathematics can be a challenge for some, especially if this is not a subject that you, as a parent, are overly fond of. However, mastering elementary mathematics is one of those skills that is infinitely invaluable as one goes through life. Of course we want our children to be brilliant, and to be able to master all of their academic ventures, therefore we must come up with fun ways to help and encourage our children to not only want to learn, but to retain what they learn. The most fundamental aspect for a parent to understand is that most children learn best when the lessons are applicable to daily life, and when they have a hands on component to them. This is why advanced mathematics is not a subject typically taught to children that are still in elementary school. The applicability of learning math is the key to engaging your child.

Children learn best by doing. Studies have often shown that when we just hear or read information it is often lost faster than when we actually have a hands on experience. What that means is we, as the parents, have a task ahead, making math fun, useful and hands on.

Math with Manipulatives

Many companies will offer you overly priced manipulatives in the form of plastic blocks, bars, etc. In realit, all you really need is a package of M & M’s, Skittles, some Legos or even Macaroni Shells to get the job done. You can effectively teach addition, subtraction and multiplication and some division using simple household objects. The bonus can also be that when your teaching time is done, there is something sweet!

Applying Math to Everyday

When we help children see the usefulness of mathematics, they are more invested to learn. For example, if your son loves Legos and he gets an allowance of $5 a week you can easily use multiplication for his benefit. Start a graph of sorts with the amount of a Lego set he would love to own. If the value of the set is $50, then you can graph out (through addition or multiplication) how many weeks, days, etc it would take to earn the amount of money required to purchase said item.

Magical Math

Your child already thinks you are amazing, why not show him or her some magician style antics that you create? I am a fan of showing how amazing a parent can be by mystifying a starry eyed child with the concept of volume. Take any child in the early elementary age range and begin showing them different sized and shaped containers, some tall and narrow, others short and fat. Then show them how when filled with the same fluid amount of water, all the containers appear to have different amounts. This works great when you do this exercise ahead and then ask your child which of the containers has the “most” water in it. The starry-eyed situation happens when they are given an opportunity to measure out the water and they learn the concept of volume. Another amazing magic trick here, fill a jar full of rocks and ask your child if it is “full” when they say “yes,” add some sand, when you ask again and they say “yes it is full” add some water.

Edible Kitchen Math

Let’s take math to the next level, simple fractions can be introduced when you ask your child to cook along side of you. Baking a batch of cookies becomes a learning experience when you change things up and ask your child if the 1 cup of butter is the same as 4 of the ¼ cup measures of butter. If they are unsure, allow them to do a quick experiment. Make a recipe, allowing them to do the measurements, and then the next time have them double the recipe and see if they can figure out the measurements. Again, by making mathematical concepts not only applicable but hands on and fun, we are engaging their minds, and in this case their tummies, to want to learn more.

Parenting and education are two areas where creativity is key. When we, as the parents, are able to think outside of the box and get our heads off of just using worksheets and drills to teach concepts, we are more able to engage our children to become partners in learning. Use what you have, think creatively and your child will also be well engaged in the process.

Why Unstructured Free Play is good for Kids ?

Free Unstructured Play can be defined as when children play without being directed by their elders. They do just as they want to do. There is no fixed game where they have to adhere to certain rules and regulations. Free play is very essential for the overall growth of children. It helps build up their Physical & Motor skills, Language &Cognitive skills as well as their Social and Emotional skills. There are many benefits of Unstructured Free Play.

No Pressure & Stress

Normally parents are always after the kids to do many things according to their rules. This brings in a lot of stress and burden on them. During Free Play there is no pressure and stress experienced by the kids as there are no rules to be followed and they are free to do as they please.

Decision making Skills

They improve on their decision making skills. They learn to find problems as well as solutions to those problems. Learning to understand right from wrong is very important.

Leadership qualities

When playing in a group, children normally play games where one of them decides what they have to do and everybody does just as he says. This imbibes leadership qualities in the child.

Learn while they play

Children learn concepts without realizing that they are learning something at their own pace and at their own time.

Sense of Independence

They learn to share , negotiate, take independent decisions and resolve conflicts.

Enhance Creativity

Their creative juices flow as never before. If they are left on their own to probably draw and colour or even play with clay without being guided by the teacher or parent, they come up with things wich is beyond the imagination of an adult. Their imagination goes haywire. They love to go into the world of fantasy.

Social & Emotional Skills are Fostered

When playing in a group it fosters social and emotional skills. They learn to await their turn. This encourages them to learn to be patient. Their relation with their peers improves.

Takes them away from the Electronic Gadgets

The advantage of free play is that children are not glued to the electronic world like television, I-pads and Tabs. This is a big advantage as then there is no physical exercise and in turn no physical or motor skill development.

They learn to Initiate

They learn to take initiative. They create stories and activities in the world around them. Children are always ready to spin up stories and they always want to be better than their peers when it comes to telling stories.

Empathy ,Self awareness, Self reliance , Self confidence are all fostered during free play. It also helps to encourage physical activity in older children who do not have any time to play as they are pressured with their studies and different classes they attend. Free play helps in taking away stress, anxiety and depression and and also improves the overall mood of the children. Most children are very happy when they indulge in free play. So as Parents and teachers , we should always encourage free unstructured play.

Why home gardening is good for your kids ?

Children love to dirty their hands. Gardening at home can be a fun way to teach children a lot of things. Gardening helps children to be connected with nature and build up their cognitive skills. It can help children to be involved in designing the home garden, think of which vegetables or herbs they  want to grow, maintain the garden, learn how to harvest and also later talk to their peers as to how they  help their parents with the home gardening .

If there are siblings in the house and the parents give them the opportunity to grow their own home garden and explain to them that this is a team effort and everything planned and executed should be discussed with each other before proceeding, they will definitely abide by the rules. The children will learn to work as a team and this will help them further in their lives as adolescents and adults.

You as a parent should involve the Children to first plan where to have the garden. Then help them with soil preparation, seed sourcing and planting. As the children are going to be looking after the garden see that the garden is in such a place that you can supervise it. Buy the children small sized rakes, spades and gloves. Tell them that they are totally responsible for the growth of the vegetables in the garden. Gardening teaches the children responsibility, teamwork and respect for nature. Home gardening can also foster social development. Trying to do gardening teaches children to take risks. Children show more concern for each other and working in a team is easier for them.

The kids should take turns in putting compost to the plants and watering the plants everyday.  So this gives each of them the responsibility of watering the plants. Every other day fertilizer should be put in. Soon the plants start growing. The kids are working in a team so they are very proud of their team effort.  The children also develop their cognitive skills. They learn about the different vegetables that they can grow in their home garden and their benefits. They can discuss with their other friends and can encourage them to grow home gardens just like they did. The garden will teach the young children gardening skills, composting, water conservation, sharing, and teamwork and most important pride in ownership.

Children learn to grow, and eat fresh & delicious and nutritious vegetables. They get hands on experience in working together .  Great educators say that Senses are the Gateway of knowledge. Kitchen garden kids learn through sensory experiences. These kids have a good self esteem and also they have the qualities of empathy and Altruism. This promotes and encourages team work. These children also experience a sense of  well being and a positive self image. They have a sense of pride in their garden. When they see the fruits of their labour they are thrilled and they have a feeling of accomplishment and empowerment.

Children should be involved in home gardening so that they develop good qualities like team work, self confidence, high self esteem and above all its healthy !

Growing a love of learning in Your Kids

Children are born learners. Just think of the first time your infant discovered his or her hands and stared at them for long periods of time just trying to solve the problem of how to make them do what he or she wanted them to do. Children are inherently curious and they love to explore everywhere you go. Children are creative and love anything that messily teaches them how to create, much to many parent’s dismay Children are naturals at this learning thing, so why do we feel the need to shove facts into them and teach them in a way that may not foster this love of creativity and curiosity? Too often children who love to learn become complacent and frustrated when the learning becomes a formal event, but there are ways to continue to foster the fun- loving curiosity and creativity in your child.

Look at things from a different angle.

If your child is learning numbers and basics of mathematics but is finding it wrote and boring, look for ways to spice it up with things that he or she is already interested in. Your son loves Legos, for example, take his math worksheet and have him work out each problem using his Legos. Your daughter loves to play with your nail polish, have her line the bottles up and use those for counting problems. Instead of learning science in worksheet form take the opportunity to go on a walk with your child and see firsthand the caterpillar cycles, the leaves changing, the sun rising. Looking at things from your child’s eyes requires a bit of creativity but doing so can engage them in the learning process by showing them that extrapolating what they are learning into the real world helps make the learning process that much more interesting.

Take subjects to the next level

When your child begins talking with you about how they learned the difference between north and south, buy them a compass and map out a scavenger hunt using directions. When your daughter tells you that she learned about the habitat of a bear have her make a diorama using a shoebox and nature articles she finds outside to recreate a bear’s habitat in 3D. Allow your child the opportunity and experiences of pursuing their curiosity when a topic stimulates their natural curiosity. If need be, make a list on your refrigerator of topics to begin exploring together when time allows you to do so. Focusing on what your child is interested in also shows your child that they are valued and that the curiosity is something to be kindled.

Teach your child to think critically

This may sound difficult but it is really educating your little prodigy in the art of analytics that will help continue their curiosity. When a child thinks critically they don’t just blindly follow the masses. When they can figure out logically how things work it leads to greater questions and bigger thoughts. You can do this with your child by simply asking questions. When faced with a tough problem such as, how do the water droplets form on the outside of a cold beverage on a hot day, encourage them to experiment and think logically by questioning the process of how they came to the conclusion they have. Then invite them to test their theory to see if it is accurate. As the parent, you can work right alongside them but not give away the answer just allowing the creative thought process to occur by guiding them towards the answers. Allow your children to ask for clarity when they do not understand something and encourage this behavior. Finally, praise your child when they can logically work through a problem of any sort, from beginning to end.

Passionate learners

By showing our children ways to keep the curiosity, passion, and creativity in learning we are creating a generation of passionate learners. When we help our children see beyond the worksheet, textbook or test we allow their eyes to become opened to endless possibilities of excitement. Passionate learners are world changers, which is primarily the goal of every parent who desires the best for their child.

Why Yoga Should Be Introduced Early in Schools ?

Yoga can benefit children and teenagers in many ways, but since it’s not taught in schools very often they rarely see the benefits. While it’s fantastic as a form of exercise for adults, there are specific ways that it benefits youth between the ages of 5 and 11. Encouraging the practice of yoga early by teaching it in schools at this age, children will find a tremendous amount of ways that yoga physically and emotionally nourishes them.

Here are a few things you’ll notice that yoga provides if taught in schools early:

Yoga Builds Healthy Self-Esteem

Working through the process of learning yoga and discovering physical limits can be frustrating, especially for children. Yoga helps to teach them integral qualities like patience and perseverance. Children have to learn to move their bodies into the posture being taught, using only guidance and demonstration from the teacher. Mastering a posture gives them self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Yoga Enhances Concentration and Focus

The practice of yoga helps a child clear their mind of other thoughts, which is important at an early age. They learn focus while they work on a particular pose or on staying balanced. This passive method of learning focus innately helps children perform better in school. This kind of integrated learning is helpful because it’s not just another form of school – it’s a full-body activity that just feels fun, but on a secondary level, they’re learning.

Yoga Begins the Process of Self-Awareness

For children of school age, yoga starts building a strong framework of motor skill development along with emotional balance that is often not yet developed. The practice of yoga helps kids develop coping skills when dealing with stress, anger and frustration – all feelings often found in school. In the long term these skills help reduce the feelings of fear and helplessness in social situations, reduce anxiety about test-taking and reduce disciplinary issues in children who show signs of Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder.

Yoga Reduces Obesity

Being active through practicing yoga helps children build healthy habits of physical fitness and, through the learned self-awareness, helps to establish an understanding of the effects of diet on health at an early age. Studies have shown that children who have a regular yoga practice make better food choices and are more physically active than children who do not participate in yoga.

It doesn’t take much to start a child on a healthy path in life. Introducing yoga early in schools is a great way to develop strong, healthy, balanced adults.

How to set meaningful rules for your kids ?

Disciplining a child can be rather difficult at any time, but it is much easier when a parent starts when the child is very young. If a child learns from a very early age that they are expected to behave, then they will not know anything different as they get much older.

Here are 5 ways to introduce discipline to a younger child:

1. Keep it Simple

Parents should always keep the discipline simple when a child is younger. No child is going to understand a long speech about why they shouldn’t do something. A simple no or a correction of a behavior is enough at this age.

2.Be Consistent

Every parent needs to be consistent when it comes to their child’s behavior. If a parent says no to a child as they are hitting someone five times, but then doesn’t say anything the sixth time that it happens, then the child is learning that they can get away with this behavior.

3.Give Choices

No one enjoys being told what to do all of the time and a young child is no different. Parents should let their child have a choice about certain things throughout the day. By giving them a choice on occasion, they will have less temper tantrums throughout the day. This shows them how to act appropriately, which is perfect when trying to teach a child discipline. When a child is acting appropriately, a parent should commend them on their behavior.

4.Keep A Calm Demeanor

It is always best if a parent stays calm as they are disciplining their child. A child will actually enjoy seeing a parent angry and hearing their voice raised. Parents should always take a deep breath and use a serious voice when disciplining their child. It also helps to get down to a child’s level and look them in the eye.

5.Remove Temptations

Every child has something that they cannot resist and it is sometimes best if a parent removes the temptation from the child. Parents may think that this is not teaching the child anything however a parent has so many things to concentrate on when it comes to discipline. A parent might have to discipline their child all day long over this one item and once it is removed, they can concentrate on other things with their child.

It is never easy to discipline a child at any age, but the younger the child is when the parent starts, the easier it will be. Every parent needs to be consistent as they are using discipline, so that the child does not receive any mixed messages. Also, parents need to remember that everything does get easier over time and children go through many phases throughout their childhood.

5 Ways to Make your Kids Mornings Easier

Mornings can be challenging, even for that rare breed of creature who considers themselves a “morning person.”  When discussing young children, mornings can be even more difficult.  Children are sometimes irrational creatures in every regard, therefore, it can be especially patience stretching to wake a grumpy child and seamlessly get out of the door without losing your mind, or your cool.  Here are a few tips from some seasoned parents that may help make your morning go a little smoother and hopefully to at least soothe that wild beast you have invoked.

1. Are They Counting Enough Sleep?

This is paramount, there are specific recommendations for each and every age child.  The amount of sleep your child has can directly impact the ability to rouse in the morning, as well as the mood you find your precious gem in.

2. Repeat Yourself (wake them twice)

Adults are guilty of this; we call it the snooze button where we allow our bodies to become used to the idea of waking in the morning.  As you develop your morning routine consider letting your children know that the first time you wake them will be gentle (maybe a kiss on the forehead or a soothing stroke of the hair). The second time you come, you expect more than a flutter of the eyelids.

3. Here Comes the Sun…

Though it is very important in the evening at bedtime to have a quiet and darkened room to help lull your little one off to dreamland, it is equally important to create an energized environment in the morning.  Open the curtains, twist up the blinds and allow the light in.

4. Bribery

Never underestimate the reward system.  Set some expectations and bust out a goal chart.  If your child wakes and readies themselves without incident every day for a week, offer a small treat as a reward for the desired behavior.

5. Tunes to Tame the wild Beast

Develop a morning playlist of your child’s favorite energetic make-you-move-and-groove kind of songs.  Amp this up in the mornings to get them roused and going, hopefully without the grumpiness joining you.

Give some thought mom and dad, to how you wake in your best form to greet the day, be creative and sometimes patient.  Using some of these tips should enable you to have a smoother, less stressful morning routine.  Now go wake that Tasmanian devil.

Home Schooling vs. Public Schooling

Which is the BEST Option for Your Family?

Maybe your child is fast approaching school age or maybe you are finding yourself increasingly frustrated with educational options for your family.   Whatever the reason more and more families are exploring the aspects of homeschooling vs. public schooling.  As the homeschooling movement has gained popularity from the 1970’s until today it has brought with it a surge of educational options that rivals most other educational arenas.  When you couple that with what some families are finding to be a less than ideal environment in many public schools, you have room for debate and questions.  But how does homeschooling really stack up to the public school system that has been in existence since most of us can remember?  Are children who are homeschooled at a disadvantage?  Are public schooled students better socialized?  Read on to answer some of these tough questions.

How does the educational experience differ between public school and homeschool?

With public school systems a classroom is typically comprised of approximately 20 students. This means that for any well meaning teacher it is a constant battle to decipher the needs of 20 individual personalities and learning styles to create the optimum learning experience often in a shortened time span.  With homeschooling you may have a large family but the teacher (usually the parent) knows the student intimately and knows what tools they need to succeed.  There is also more freedom and time to explore topics of interest and areas of difficulty as there are no bells ringing to signal preset time constraints.

Are Homeschooled Students at a Disadvantage Academically?

With all the freedom allotted to homeschoolers, do they wind up disadvantaged in the sheer academia?  According to a number of studies on test scores and academic performance, the answer is pretty astounding.  The home educated students typically score 15-30 percentile points more than publics school students on standardized academic achievement tests. That is an increase in test scores that most parents would love to see.

What About Socialization?

This seems to still be a question at the forefront of most people’s minds.  How could a child surrounded by other children all day long in a public school setting not be at an advantage over a child who may only be surrounded by siblings and a parent for most of their time?  The answer is that homeschooled children view the world as their classroom so they are more often not inside the confines of 4 walls when learning.  What this means is that the socialization experience of homeschooled students is more often with a greater variance of people.  They come in contact with not only other children their age (at co-ops, church or social events, and extracurricular sports) but also with people from all walks of life and varied ages as they interact with the world at large.  There is also more time for the homeschooled child to volunteer to communities where their socialization experiences helps.

Now some of the basic questions may be answered, but for someone who is newer to this whole concept of homeschooling and public school, what are the options?  For public school it is simple.  When your child reaches “school age” (usually by 6 years old) you take them down to the local school district and register them for kindergarten.  Simple as that your child has begun their academic career.  Barring any family move from district to district, this is where your child will attend school until they complete the 12th grade and graduate school.  There usually are no other major changes save for the situations where a family may decide to take advantage of a technical school, if offered, usually during the latter high school years.  In many parts of the country there are also now charter and Montessori schools that accept public funding and therefore operate like public schools allowing children into the school system either on an academic testing basis or a locale basis.

In traditional public schools the parent is simply the compliment to the education.  The parent helps with homework, can facilitate assistance in the classroom with parties and field trips if necessary, but is largely left out of the educational part of school.  In fact, the parent has no say in what is taught in the school operating system so if there are concepts that are against the parent’s own set of standards and beliefs (certain religions and material on sex education and reproduction) they are taught regardless of the parent’s personal feelings.

What about homeschooling, how does a parent even get started?  A good starting point in the US  is to review the laws in your state.  This can be done by going to this website https://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp? , picking out your state and seeing what the requirements are.  Every state is a bit different with some having more leniency and less reporting standards than others.  What if you live outside the US and are wondering about international laws?  No problem there is a place to view all of those laws as well http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/

If you are interested in completely removing yourself from the home education proceedings but do want to have your child at home while learning there are a number of online schools available.  This option, at least in the United States, often comes free of charge as it is still being partially funded by the public school system as a whole.  Therefore, while the parent can call it “homeschooling” there is little choice for the parent in the education being provided, however it is provided often free of charge and with the child in the parent’s home.  One of the most well known online public schools is K-12.

For a parent who would like a little more control they must first register with their state or locale in whatever manner is necessary (for some there is no registration requirement) and provide whatever materials are asked of them.  Beyond that the parent has more choices.  A parent can choose to purchase entire grade level curriculum for each child with all of the guesswork taken out of the teaching and lesson planning, a parent can purchase curriculum on a by subject basis for those students who may be more advanced in one academic area than another or a parent has the freedom to develop their own learning protocols.   The parent is the overseeing body who is in charge of what materials they want to focus on and what subjects they want taught to their children.

Public School and homeschool are options available to every parent, in every state.  This option is not yet available in every country, but there are agencies that are keeping tabs on what is available

Homeschooling is legal in all of the 50 United States and of course public school is the option that has been the norm for educating children since before the turn of the century.  A parent must only realize that they have choices and then look at the options available to their family to decide what avenue will best meet the needs of their own child or children.  Whether you as a parent reside in the United States or Abroad, there are agencies that can provide you information and the basic concepts of homeschooling remain the same.

Top10 After school activities for your kids

Extra Curricular Activities for children in todays world is like breathing. It has become a part and parcel of a childs life due to close competition . It provides opportunities to our kids to express themselves in areas of their interest & talents. Parents today are aware of the need of overall development of a child. Physical and Motorskill development are related and so activities like sports, hobby classes like clay modelling are opted for. Then for Cognitive and language development activities like phonics classes, grammar classes, Reading classes, elocution classes etc are looked at. Enrolling for after school activities has become the new trend today with playgrounds for children disappearing slowly and with the advent of new technology like Ipads and Tabs children do not want to play outdoor games but are stuck to the laptop in their free time. Here are 10 Top Extra curricular activities that Parents opt for today for their kids.

1.Swimming

Swimming earlier too was a very popular sport just as it is today. It is an excellent activity for your kids as children love water.. And what better than splashing water all around . Swimming is a good exercise as well as a lot of fun.Especially if you enroll your kid with his friends. They will refuse to come out of the water. Doctors recommend atleast two hours of good exercise for children which will also help them keep their heart healthy.

2.Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Playing Musical Instruments is an activity your children will never regret doing. Normally Musical instruments are said to take away stress. If your child is interested in music then there is no other activity better than music. Listening to music as well as playing a musical instrument stimulates the brain and increases your child’s memory. Playing an instrument will also teach your kid Perseverence.

3.Learn Martial Arts

Martial Arts has three benefits. One is keeping your little one absolutely fit. Second is learning to protect himself and Third is the kids will learn discipline, balance and co-ordination. It helps the children achieve focus and fitness. It improves emotional health and self esteem as well as decreases tension, anxiety and depression. Children who have a very low attention span should join these classes and see the difference.

4.Learn a New Language

Children especially in the age group of 3 to 8 should be taught more than one new language. Besides English they definitely know their mother tongue , their state language and their national language. He will absorb new languages and will enhancehis language skills. If he enrolls for a language class like German, French, Spanish and todays craze that is Mandarin with his friends and he has a knack for languages then this will surely help him to choose his career as a linguist later on in life. The gift of learning a new language lasts a lifetime. It is a sure investment made by the parents to teach their kids new languages. It enhances a child’s verbal development.

5.Art of Cooking

Todays best cooks are males. Children find thrill in cooking and feeding their loved ones. They have hands on cooking experience and have a lot of fun. They will learn to value food as these classes will teach them about different foods and their health benefits. It will also develop their love for cooking. Their fine motorskills will develop further. They will learn about safety measures to be taken in the kitchen. They will increase their knowledge about different fruits and vegetables

6.Enroll for Drama Classes

Drama is an inborn talent in children. If the child is shy, then Drama classes will bring
him out of his shell. They also will develop their social and emotional skills in the bargain. They will be more emphatetic towards their peers and adults. Your kids will have an opportunity to attend theatre workshops . They will learn different acting techniques. Backstage work is also normally taught. So they can implement all that they have learnt in drama class when they have their annual days in school

7.A Team Game

There are so many team games such as Cricket, Hockey, Volleyball, Baseball, Football. These team games help children to enhance their individual skills and team spirit.Children develop social and emotional skills when they all play as a team. Longterm strategic relations are built. There are different people with different behaviors in the team. Children who play in teams learn to work in groups.

8.Art & Craft Classes

Art & Craft classes as an extracurricular activity will let a child bring out his creative streak without any pressure. Normally children love art and colouring and drawing. They get to learn new things and also learn to appreciate art. Children become very innovative in their ideas when they join these classes and it helps them in their school project work too.

9.Dance Classes

Dance classes are not only meant for children who do not know how to dance. It is also meant for kids who love dancing. They learn Rhythm and co-ordination of movement through dance. It is an outlet to emotions as well as to stay active. Reduced obesity is a great advantage to children who learn dance. They become more active.

10.Skating classes

Skating classes are not meant for very small kids. They learn balance and are confident of moving on wheels. Just gliding around takes a lot of courage and confidence. When on the rink children make new friends and hence develop their social skills. Skating is a thorough workout.

We should encourage our children to join extracurricular activities after school so that they have an overall development and are proficient in a lot of skills . They will learn to manage time and relieve stress . Children today are burdened with their studies and need these extra curricular activities to keep them going.Being involved in these activities is also a great way of socializing with Peers and seniors.