Children are never too young for enrichment opportunities. Teaching children how to play with other children and learning new skills benefits them in the long run. It not only helps them develop confidence and social skills from a young age, but enrichment programs are actually considered critical because the brain is developing so rapidly at this age.
Research shows that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.
The experience of learning singing, listening and moving helps children as they progress into more formal learning. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.
More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievements with children who are exposed to music. Music simply stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development. Also, you need to work together in a group to make music, so it is great for learning social skills and self-control.
Music also helps with language development. Music education helps enhance the natural abilities of understanding, learning and decoding words and sounds. It lets them work on multiple skill sets, makes their brains work harder, helps improve their memory, and increase their IQ!
Art and Enrichment provide great developmental benefits as well. Crafts such as coloring, drawing, and cutting all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow.
In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand write, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing, eating, and in academics.
Arts and crafts also provide a positive way for children to build skills such as self-control and patience. These activities also teache them flexibility and gives them a chance to be creative.
It is very important to initially choose arts and crafts that are at your child’s skill level. Completing the crafts successfully will also give them a great sense of accomplishment and pride.
Many people think yoga is only for adults but the benefits of yoga can be shared with children as well. Yoga enables them to enjoy life to the fullest by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. Yoga is a fun and exciting way to get children moving and having fun!
Yoga can help babies up to two years of age:
- Sleep better
- Stay healthier with a stronger immune system
- Get relief from gas pains and colic
- Receive neuromuscular stimulation
- Digest food better
- Learn to relax
Yoga enhances body awareness, and cultivates a peaceful and relaxed state of body and mind. It also sparks creativity and teaches discipline and responsibility to young children. It plays an important part in maintaining flexibility and strengthening growing bodies of young ones. Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.
The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. Research shows yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school and get better grades.
When choosing a childcare program for your child, make sure that enrichment components are part of the curriculum. Enrichment classes provide a different environment then what children experience at home. The programs let them become explorers and discoverers of the world. The classes shouldn’t push children but instead provide an environment rich with opportunities to explore and learn in ways that come naturally to them.
To ensure that your child is getting the most out of their enrichment programs, try to join them every now and then so that you can learn new ways to interact with your child and understand their world.
Children are always watching and modeling the adults around them. If they observe that an adult is having a great time and is fully engaged, the child will be much more likely to have fun and be engaged too, thereby maximizing their learning and getting the full benefit of the enrichment program.