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Extracurricular Ideas for Well-Rounded Kids in Melbourne

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Published September 8th 2017
After school activities to build children's skills
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Involving kids in extracurricular activities is an excellent way to let kids explore their passion outside of formal learning at school. By enriching themselves with extra classes outside school, kids will develop well-rounded skills and knowledge, become more confident about themselves and the world around them, and be more creative. The extracurricular activities may also enhance their performance at school and their future opportunities. Below is a list of extracurricular classes for kids.

1. Drawing Class
Drawing allows kids to express themselves through images and expand their creativity by stimulating their imagination. It trains the young ones to observe the world around them, use their fine motor skills to plan their work of art, and gain awareness of spatial relationships.

New Star Art School offers children's art development tuition that extends for 39 weeks a year. Levels are available from basic to advanced for students who wish to achieve professional artistic standards.

Art Republic Melbourne provides flexible term classes by categories. Kids can enrol in the type of class that interests them, such as drawing & illustration or acrylic painting. Each term runs for six weeks.

2. Foreign Language Class
Being able to speak another language gives kids chances to make international friends, understand better how the world is perceived by different people, live and travel in a foreign country like a local, and boost their professional opportunities in the future. The process of learning a foreign language trains kids to multitask and perform better at core subjects at school.

Mandarin has become the top foreign language to study by both adults and children. Asian Language School teaches Mandarin to non-background kids through online classes with native Chinese teachers in Australia. Structured programs are available for both primary and secondary school students.

French is another popular language to learn. Alliance Francaise Melbourne has after school and weekend French courses for kids of all ages, including VCE courses.

3. Music Lessons
Learning a musical instrument can benefit children's brain development and have transfer effects to benefit other learning areas. Interestingly, children who receive individual music lessons are found to experience better emotional well-being than those who receive group music lessons.

We have heard that listening to classical music makes kids grow smarter. Both Piano Time and Star Music Academy conduct classical musical instrument lessons such as piano and violin, and various other musical instruments including guitar and trumpet.

4. STEM Classes
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is considered an important education for kids nowadays because of growth in STEM related job field in the future. Other than for job consideration, STEM classes will also boost kids' problem-solving skills, curiosity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.

Innovate Tech Academy has coding classes for kids in grade one to twelve, as well as robotics classes. The classes are often team based so kids get to learn how to work in a team at a young age.

Young Engineers offers after school programs catering to students from pre-schoolers to the ninth graders. Their programs are unique in that they use LEGO bricks to show kids how engineering principles in things such as transportation vehicles and amusement parks.

5. Sports
Playing sports teach kids to live a healthy lifestyle and grow to become active adults. Other than the obvious physical benefits from exercising, having kids play regular sports can greatly improve their psychological and social well-being.

Fitnessworx provides a range of exercise programs for kids age 3-13, including circus, parkour, and dance classes that kids can specialise in during term dates. They also have a special fitness program for teens.

For outdoor sports, Top Tenn coaches tennis lessons according to age groups and MyGolf provides a structured introductory program for juniors through team based games at various golf clubs in Melbourne.
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Why? To give kids new experiences and build new skills
When: Term dates
Where: Various locations in Melbourne
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