The Importance of School Activities to Kids
We all agree that learning does not stop outside the four corners of the classrooms. There are extension activities that can help our toddlers develop to their maximum potentials. As what most people say, there is more to learn outside the classroom! If inside the classroom what they usually learn is about concepts and theories, shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. The outside world is the actual application of those concepts.
These extra-curricular activities will be very successful if given support by those who are around them, like the parents/guardians, teachers, friends, etc. They should be encouraged not to be afraid of participating or joining any activity may it be play, song, or dance presentation. But of course, everything should be in moderation. We are not supposed to force them or overload them with all sort of activities. They should also be allowed to freely choose which activity they are comfortable with.
Why are these activities important? Here is the list:
- Psychomotor (body) Development
The engagement of toddlers in a variety of activities held them develop their bones and muscles better. They are given the chance to get the right amount of exercise while at the same time having fun. The more they participate in activities, the more they get actively involve physically. This entails a lot of advantages in the wellness of our toddlers.
- Cognitive (brain) Development
There should be a striking balance between body and brain development and these activities outside schools (playing, dancing, singing, etc.) are of great help to facilitate both faculties. In participating in different activities, toddlers tend to be more analytical and logical thinkers. They begin to rationalize with things especially when the activities that they get involved with are governed by rules to follow. They start thinking reasonably and strategizes on how to do things to accomplish a task.
- Social Skills
Most of the extra-curricular activities for toddlers are collaborative. It means that they would have to interact with other students or classmates in doing a task. They become socially active and they start to establish a relationship with others. Toddlers who are always shy to deal with strangers will get to overcome such behavior after being exposed to series of collaborative activities.
- Time Management
Since most of the activities they do have rules and steps to follow, toddlers begin to manage their time. Like for example, in this specific time, they will have to figure out the colors and shapes, and the next phase will be the actual fitting of figures to colors, and the last step is arranging them by size. Such activity entails precision and proper time management and such skills may be mastered by toddlers through these activities.
The best way to ensure that learning takes place is it team it up with fun and learning activities. After all, these activities will be the strong foundation of our toddlers while growing up. So instead of limiting them on what to do, allow them to engage in the variety of activities!
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