Tags: Enrichment, Featured Story, Preschool
Providing extra-curricular activities for your preschooler can encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning. It can also help them develop important skills like self-awareness, social development, language, and motor skills. There are countless classes and programs available for your child, but which activity is right for your child?
Team sports help kids with their social development as well as problem solving skills. Being part of a team also gives kids a sense of confidence as they have the opportunity to cheer each other on and contribute to a common goal. Team sports are a good fit for your child if they love physical activity and socializing with other kids.
An art class provides the opportunity for kids to create, make messes, and try crafts that their parents may not want to try at home such as painting, sculpture, and paper mache. Kids who are introverted, creative, and can sit still for longer periods of time would enjoy an art class.
Music and dance
Preschool kids love to listen to music and dance. There are many programs available where kids are encouraged to sing, make their own music, and use their bodies to express themselves through dance. Many dance studios offer beginner classes for the preschool crowd.
Preschool and playgroups
Traditional preschool exposes children to many different types of enrichment such as art, music, games, cooperative play, drama and pretend play, as well as develops their social and language skills. While preschool may provide a well rounded enrichment experience, it may not be a good fit for some families due to schedules or finances. Play groups are another great way to expose your child to many types of enrichment experiences while giving them the social aspect that many preschools provide.
Gymnastics, swimming, and martial arts are great sports activities for little ones to try because they work on their core strength and confidence. Kids who love to be active and are maybe even a little daring do great in these individual sports.
The wonderful thing about preschool enrichment is that there are countless chances to expose your kids to learning at home. Kids can learn by helping with chores around the house, exploring parks and museums, and even visiting the local library. Get creative, make learning fun, and allow your child to explore and try new things both in organized programs and at home.