Extra-curricular activities for a preschooler
Today, parents more and more often decide to take additional classes for their children. It is, of course, broadening the toddler's horizons, developing his talents and skills. However, there is a small "but" - there cannot be too many of them. Extracurricular activities several times a week or every day are too much of a burden for the child. In order to choose the classes for a child well, it is necessary to consider this choice well and it is best to consult it with the person concerned.
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1. Types of extracurricular activities
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Generally speaking, we are dealing with activities that emphasize intellect and artistic development, as well as the body and physical fitness. Both of these groups of activities are necessary for a child to develop properly, taking into account the body and soul. Their advantage is also the possibility of meeting peers, changing the environment and surroundings. Remember that activities that seem attractive to the parent do not have to be for the child!
Circles of interest focusing on the intellect, creativity, and mental development of the child are, for example:
- art club - you do not need to have artistic talent to attend such classes, they help in the development of the child's manual skills;
- classes at a music school or music center - classes allow you to get used to music, get to know it better, develop a sense of rhythm and musical ear, playing an instrument has a positive effect on intellectual development;
- photography classes - photography teaches you to see beauty in your surroundings, sensitizes your child to the world;
- a poetry or literary club - literature and poetry make you sensitive to the spoken word, teach you to use the language correctly;
- drama club - it allows for both motor and intellectual development, it can help overcome shyness, but for very shy children it may not be any fun.
The second group of extracurricular activities for a child are those focused on physicality, which, however, does not mean that they do not support spiritual development:
- martial arts - contrary to the fears of many parents, such classes do not arouse aggression in children, on the contrary, they teach responsibility, balance, respect for other people and have a positive effect on the child's physical development;
- climbing - wall climbing does not require any special skills or talents from the child, it is a very safe sport that teaches you to overcome your own fear;
- dance classes - you can choose ballet, contemporary dance, group dance or in pairs, such classes sensitize to music, develop a sense of rhythm and movement coordination of the child;
- going to the swimming pool - swimming supports the harmonious development of the child without burdening the body, for many children playing in the water is a lot of fun.
2. How to choose extra-curricular activities for a child?
Extracurricular activities can be great fun for your child. Facing your child in one direction from an early age may seem like a great solution, but in many cases it does not work. At a very young age, it is difficult to say what talent is in a child and what they would really like to do in the future. Therefore, variety works best. After observing the child, the parent may choose activities that suit the child - some focused more on physical development, and the other on intellectual or artistic development. Extra-curricular activities twice a week are enough if you don't want your child to be exhausted in early childhood. Let's give your toddler time to play, rest, help at home and do homework.