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“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 West Coast Plaza. From sports to arts, music 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 or go grocery shopping at Cold Storage (#B1-19) after dropping the kids off – which makes West Coast Plaza 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 West Coast Plaza, parents can check out The Ballet School (#02-02) or Ildo Taekwondo (#02-07) if their child is keen on picking up some new moves. With experienced instructors and a wide range of ballet and taekwondo levels, your child will be raising the barre with new kicks 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 (#01-70), Muzart Learning Centre (#02-10) or Art Village (#01-20)? All schools offer a range of courses according to your child’s age and focus on allowing students to be their own experts. With numerous mediums for students to play and experiment with, you’ll soon be displaying their precious works of art around the home!
3) MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR DRUM
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We all enjoy music in one form or another. Some listen to it; some sing it out loud; while others are keen on playing instruments. It’s a way of self-expression, and an important one at that, for music has the power to develop a child’s cognitive skills, enhance rhythm and be a great mood-booster! After all, there are over 40 genres of music and more than 1,000 instruments in the world – imagine the tunes one can come up with that!
At West Coast Plaza, Asia Music School (#01-61) seeks to make the world of music accessible to little ones. Whether it’s the drums, guitar, guzheng or pipa that they’d like to learn, there will be a course to help them fill their days with feel-good music all around.
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.
At Advanced Montessori (#01-89), they do precisely that and more through fun and effective ways of learning phonics, Mathematics and English. The school emphasises on a hands-on approach, with activities and games-based lessons that will boost your child’s skills over time.
The skills learnt from enrichment activities may help kids embrace their inner athlete, artist, musician 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 West Coast Plaza you have in mind? Share snippets of your child’s journey with us on Instagram at @shopfareast today!