Education beyond the classroom
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela
While classrooms serve to provide children with educational lessons from books which will serve to enhance their knowledge and will later set the base for career-making decisions, there are options available outside the school curriculum which are equally effective and facilitating learning and cognitive development and may even become the deciding factor for their future careers. From general extra curricular activities such as dancing, sports and art, there are now a host of additional choices pertaining to math skills development, cognitive reasoning and even science, which fascinate through their activity-based, interactive nature, and open a new world of excitement and learning possibilities for developing minds.
Vedic Math theory is a common and popular means by which children are introduced to new methods of solving easy to complex equations. Using a specific formula, the child learns how to arrive at the correct conclusion using Vedic math logic, which helps reduce the time taken to calculate. Short to long-term courses are available for children aged 5 and upward and have successfully taken away the stigma which surrounds Mathematics and its apparently high level of difficulty. Through the inculcation of this valuable formula, children can now relate to the subject instead of rebelling against it, thereby enhancing their overall aptitude.
Summer courses are available for children aged 3 and upwards, and offer a variety of exciting learning opportunities for them, ranging from cooking, ballet, theater and even classical music. Through cookery classes which are often hosted at children’s activity centers by experienced chefs, children are exposed from a young age to the benefit of healthy eating, and learn basic cooking and baking methods which can later be enhanced as they grow older. Giving a child a hands-on experience greatly influences their future lifestyle choices, and what better way to encourage team building spirit than by gathering a group of young ones together around a salad and sandwich making booth!
Interesting variations of commonly-available courses for children also provide exposure to the outside world. From Indian classical dance and music lessons, to sessions with a ukulele and discipline through ballet, exposure to popular performing arts from around the globe will enhance a youngster’s natural curiosity and might bring out the traveler in them. Dance and fitness based classes serve the dual purpose of inculcating flexibility and fitness, and, if coupled with healthy cooking classes, will do wonders to alleviate health issues which commonly occur after a child gets into the habit of eating junk food.
Much of the skills acquired during a child’s growing years are taught to them with the intention that they will put them to good use and improve their personal and professional prospects as they grow older. Just as grooming and etiquette classes are recommended for those in the hospitality industry, external exposure opportunities are similarly recommended to excite the intellectual appetite of a young mind and to encourage them to consistently explore the world around them, beyond the walls of a classroom, in spaces where their imagination and spirit can soar to great heights. Who knows, maybe one of these young minds of today will grow to become an influential spokesperson in future!