We compiled the list of nominations and narrowed it down to our Top 5 in each category. Now it’s time to make your favourite businesses smile!
Vote for your #BCPFamilyFavourites here!
Over the summer, your preschooler drew on the sidewalk with chalk, got her fingers messy with paints, created puppet shows for his family, and sang along to their favourite movie. Creativity doesn’t have to end with long, sunny days. Whether you have a child heading to preschool, daycare, or kindergarten in September, or they’re joining their friends in elementary school, Fall is a bustling season. September is when many extracurricular activities kick off as well. So keep the artistic passion that fueled her all summer long going—with an art class.
The arts provide children with valuable skills like focus, critical thinking, and cooperation. By immersing themselves in the artistic process, children also flex their creativity in ways that will benefit them long term. The arts are proven to improve kids’ social, mental, and emotional development, and foster problem-solving abilities and entrepreneurial instincts.
There are many art forms and classes available for your child to participate in, so where do you start? How do you choose if your kid should try drama, sculpture, dance, or something else entirely?
There are seemingly endless options for after-school activities that your children can get involved in, from soccer to swimming to piano lessons. But what do your children really get out of these activities? Here are some reasons why your kids should participate in extracurricular activities, beyond the standard ‘it looks good on a resume.’
Extracurriculars will give your children a chance to explore environments they may not encounter in school or at home. This may expose them to new ideas, interests, and opportunities, which is a great way to encourage their curiosity. Goodsschools.com specifically suggests volunteering and community service opportunities for students to “broaden their perspective of the world.”
After-school activities provide an opportunity for children and teens to spend time in a non-academic environment with people in their age group. This will allow them to build positive relationships in a fun and safe space with others who share a common interest. Some extracurricular activities for teens may even open the door later on to an employment opportunity if they form positive connections and relationships with the organization.
Extracurricular activities for children not only allow them to experience new and fun things, they also help them build important life skills. For example, the relationships they build during these activities will teach them how to work with new people and how to work in a team. Eduflow also mentions time management, self-esteem, and organization as skills fostered in extracurricular activities that will be beneficial to kids in school and later in life in the workforce.
Another important part of extracurricular activities for children and teens is the ability to keep a long-term commitment. If your 12-year-old is on a field hockey or rugby team, they will quickly learn that the rest of the team is depending on them to be there for practices and games throughout the season. As More 4 Kids says, “They commit themselves to that activity for a period of time. If they don’t hold up to their end of the deal, no doubt they’ll hear about it from their peers and perhaps even teachers.” An activity that requires this type of commitment will provide kids with a great learning experience to be responsible for the activities they have signed up for.
If you need something new and exciting for your children to participate in, try looking into programs at your local recreation centre. You may be able to find an introductory program to a unique sport or activity you never would have encountered otherwise. Here are some ideas of activities to get you started:
Extracurricular activities are a great way to bring balance to your child’s academic life and teach them many important skills during their formative years. Just make sure to not overdo it; one or two extracurriculars is plenty!
Susan Cumberland is the owner of School Is Easy Tutoring Franchise system (founded in 2002). She has her B.Ed. and M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Winner of several awards including Better Business Bureau People’s Pick and Marketplace Excellence.
Back to School is just around the corner. It’s now time to stop thinking about which Summer Camps to enroll the kids in and consider which activities for them to do after school and on weekends. Will it be the same as last year? Or are you considering something new? Here are some ideas that your children may love!
Arts Umbrella’s Dance Program is the perfect first step toward nurturing your child’s love of Dance. Our ballet-based program gives young dancers a chance to explore movement in a fun, supportive, and engaging environment, building the confidence to realize their full potential.
Colourstrings Music & Movement
Ages 3 months to 6 years
In age-specific groupings children enjoy songs and games that develop a solid musical foundation. The more advanced classes introduce music reading and writing. Classes now available French! Instrumental lessons for children, 5 years and upwards: Violin, Viola, Piano, Percussion, Flute, Cello, and Acoustic Guitar
Long & McQuade Music
Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Courtenay, Kamloops, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Prince George, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, White Rock
Private and group music instruction at affordable rates, custom-tailored to
the needs of individual students in a wide variety of instruments, including acoustic & electric guitar, piano, drums, vocals, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds.