While I have great faith in our education system, plenty of educational activities outside of school are available for exploration. Extracurricular activities for kids offer amazing benefits, and I think it gives them a much more rounded education all round. Life, after all, isn’t just about textbooks and study. It’s also about experiences, creativity, and enjoyment. Here are some suggestions for you to think about.
Not all kids are sporty, of course. But, you don’t have to send them to your local football team, or hockey practices. Martial arts will help give them confidence and self-discipline, and swimming could save their life one day. Getting your child involved in any kind of sports club is a great way for them to start creating a social circle, too. Once they get to high school age, they will know a lot more people from all over the area, which is a great way to start their adulthood relationships.
It can be tough to find the spare time to teach your kids how to cook. We’re all so busy these days that we can barely feed ourselves, let alone teach the little ones the basics of a good casserole. But, if you can find the time, I urge you to get them more involved. It will help them learn about where their food comes from, develop their tastes, and set them up with an important life skill.
Learning about music benefits children in an enormous amount of ways. It can boost their brain power, improve their memory, and can build up their confidence. There are a few routes you can go down, but I would encourage you to let them make their own choices. The classical instruments can result in a wonderful career – but some kids might be happier with a set of Pearl drums or a couple of Taylor guitars. Have patience with them, too. The violin is not a pretty sounding instrument in the hands of a learner, for example. But, with the right encouragement and practice, they will make progress quickly!
I find it astonishing that children learn so little about personal finances at school. So, to make sure that they don’t fall into problems when they turn into an adult, it’s wise to teach them about the value of money. There are a lot of little things you can do. One good example is teaching them about how saving money pays off. Try giving them a small amount of pocket money every week, and tell them that at the end of the month, you will double what they have left. With a little luck, it will teach them that by saving, they can get a lot more out of their money than they will by spending.
Finally, make sure you take your kids on adventures. I know it can be expensive, but if you can introduce different cultures to your children, they will understand and appreciate the world a lot better. Get hold of a little passport for each of them, and try and give them as many experiences as you can.
OK, so have I missed anything off my list? Let me know in the comments section below!