TIPS ON CHILD LEARNING
“4 Exciting Types of Enrichment Activities for Kids to Explore”
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Parents around the world will agree on this. We only want the best for our kids! A happy childhood, good education, and all the fun they can have along the way. Whether they become future Picassos, Serena Williams, Gordon Ramsays or Sheryl Sandbergs is beside the point. As a parent in Singapore, however, you may be feeling the pressure to enrol your child in classes specific to academia for better school grades. While that’s important, it’s worth taking note too, that learning stretches beyond classrooms – and is best developed when kids are engaged in interactive, fun and meaningful experiences!
Where to begin searching for enrichment classes as such? Look no further than Junction 10. From sports to arts, coding and more, we’ve put together a list to help your children hone new skills and discover their hidden talents in safe, friendly and inspiring learning environments. The best part? Parents can continue shopping, dining and relaxing after dropping the kids off – which makes Junction 10 a win-win for everyone in the family.
1) PICK UP NEW MOVES
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Sports build resilience, teamwork, trust and confidence. But it’s also an encouraging way for young minds to take a break from their textbooks and release whatever pent-up energy they have. Whether it’s recreational or competitive sports that your child enjoys, enrolling them in one will surely impart lessons and values that stay with them for life.
Here at Junction 10, parents can check out The Ballet School (#02-21) if their child is keen on learning the art of this more than 500-year-old dance. With experienced instructors and a wide range of ballet programmes, your child will be raising the barre with new moves and twirls in no time.
2) IMAGINE NEW WORLDS
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Art can feel especially freeing as it doesn’t limit one in any way. Instead, it’s a subject that encourages your child to think outside the box, exercise creativity, build imagination and choose how they’d like to present themselves to the world.
If you find your child with an eye for art, why not consider cultivating a lifelong passion in them through Global Art (#02-20)? The school offers a range of courses according to your child’s age and focuses on allowing students to be their own experts. With numerous mediums for them to play and experiment with, you’ll soon have precious works of art presented to you for safekeeping at home!
3) LEAD THE WAY WITH LOGIC
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As Bill Gates once said, learning to write programs can stretch your mind, help you think better, and create a way of thinking about things that is helpful in all domains and aspects of life. The idea of kids coding may seem like a foreign concept to many, but today, it’s an advantage. After all, we’re living in a digital world with smart tools powered by ever-changing technology. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to understand the science and logic behind why and how they work?
Stag Match® Education and Training Group [SMET] (#02-10) has integrated four of its brands into one centre. It offers robotics and coding programmes for children where they can learn to code a drone, mobile game, or try their hand at lego robotics! No wonder it's Singapore's leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) centre. If your child is between 4 to 18 years, sign them up and they'll learn of ways to become more systematic and analytical in the way that they approach future problems.
4) READ AND WRITE WITH CONFIDENCE
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Kids who are strong in reading and writing tend to perform better in school, and later in life. That’s because the ability to do so is tied to everything in life. To help your child develop and boost their literacy skills, it’s important to seek out programmes that include interactive elements, so your child remains engaged.
Here at HanLin Language School (#02-05), normal and higher Chinese enrichment classes are their speciality. The school aims to build confidence in speaking, writing and understanding Chinese – as well as cultivate a keen sense of interest in the subject through lively and fun learning atmospheres. They even include iPad programs to aid learning! Beginning from as young as pre-school to JC, there’s bound to be something for your child – no matter which stage of the language they’re at. Besides this, the school boasts of a wide variety of enrichment programmes like Abacus, Chinese Calligraphy, and all other subject combinations from English to Math, Science and more!
The skills learnt from enrichment activities may help kids embrace their inner athlete, performer, artist and more. But more importantly, it’ll teach them to be expressive and confident of themselves daily in their unique way. Beyond the programmes, you can even get your child to show you whatever they’ve learnt as a way to bond together as a family.
Tell us, what are some enrichment classes from Junction 10 you have in mind? Share snippets of your child’s journey with us on Instagram at @junction10 and @shopfareast today!