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Yes, judo, painting, music or dance are very good. They complement everything our son learns in school and also bring him many benefits. But sometimes (and it seems that more and more often) we forget those basic activities, much cheaper and more enriching. Maybe because we think it is obvious, that they are too basic ... or because we simply do not realize that they are fundamental for our children.
We refer to activities as necessary for our children as playing ... or getting bored. But there is more. Watch carefully This great scheme with the 7 basic activities that your children should do outside of school. Will you take them into account?
Whether it's during the school season or on vacation, these are hands down the best extracurricular activities you can (and should) target your child for. The idea, which comes from the Montessori school, seems perfect to us to print and always keep in mind. Because sometimes we forget the basic things. And because yes, with so much information, and so many fascinating activities for our child, it is increasingly difficult for us to focus on the important things. Without detracting from the practice of soccer, dance, music or painting, these other extracurricular activities are much more essential and much cheaper:
1. Participate in chores around the house. It is not a proposal. It is practically an obligation. If children have rights, they also have obligations. And among them is collaborating at home. But it is also that these tasks do not suppose any punishment for them, but rather a reward. It has been shown that children who participate in household chores feel more valued and are much more independent, which contributes to increasing their self-esteem and improving their self-confidence. They feel like an important part of the family and also experience what responsibility means for the first time.
2. Play. Play with dad, with mom, with siblings. Play with friends, grandparents or uncles. Play with cousins and neighbors. Play alone, because you can also. Play, which also means (never forget) learning.
3. Go or go out of the house. Go for a walk. Going out to the park, on a field trip or if you can ... to the beach! Going on an excursion implies for the child to move, jump, run, discover, imagine.
4. Draw. Do you know how many benefits it has for a child to use their colored pencils? Your child doesn't have to be a Picasso. just use your imagination. Painting makes him develop his fine motor skills, focus his attention, enhance his patience, improve his self-esteem, imagine, believe, fantasize ... Do you need more reasons to encourage him to draw?
5. Read. If we were talking about the benefits of drawing, we can only surrender to the wonders of reading. Reading for a child means opening a huge door to learning. Books are transmitters of values, emotions, vocabulary ... They help children to develop memory, attention and reading comprehension. And of course, they spark your imagination.
6. Getting bored. We tend to think that our child must be constantly busy with something. 'Don't get bored!' So we program their agenda with hundreds of activities, we offer them thousands of toys, we turn on the television, we play with them to fill those few minutes that they have free ... Big mistake. Those minutes (the minutes that remain free) are those that we must leave precisely free. So that they get bored. You know why? Because boredom is a great idea generator. If you let your child get bored, you are enhancing their creativity, their ability to invent and imagine. Isn't it fascinating?
7. No TV, tablet or electronic devices in 24 hours every two days. Well, and here comes the most controversial and complicated activity to bear. Yes, why deny it: today, the tablet and television are present in the lives of children every day of the week. We can't even imagine what life was like before, right? What if we try? What if we try to fill an entire day with other 'non-electronic' activities? What will happen? Let's try it!
You know, if you have any questions about the extracurricular activities you should aim your child for, or what activities you can take advantage of to fill their vacation days, take a look at this scheme. And no doubt!
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