Asked on 03 Dec 2018
This is for like piano/violin/swimming, and not so much of tuition type of stuff
I’ve not reach that stage of life but from a practical point of view, the following classes would be useful. But the key thing is to actually excel at one of them.
These sports can be done individually and when you excel at it, it’s a golden ticket to any school of your choice via DSA as they’re always in demand, especially the top schools.
Piano is only useful if you are good enough to win something at at least national level because not many schools have piano ensemble and many people can play the piano. Similarly for violin. In this aspect, brass and woodwind instrument are better. Nonetheless, I’ve heard that learning music trains the brain so you might want to consider sending your kid for it anyway.
Ballet and contemporary dance are common for DSA. Know “interesting” forms of dance like hip hop are not considered as “know how to dance” in the eyes of the schools.
Digital World is the way forward, enough said.
Personal opinion is to start as early as you can, as kids absorb knowledge and skills really fast and he/she resists one particular class, there‘s still time to try out other classes till you find one that he/she enjoys. Also, CCAs start as young as P3; if your kid has several years of experience prior to that, the chance of entering the school team is much higher. I was scouted into the school team before CCAs was made available for my year because of my experience. Being in the school team and winning medals look fancier as track records!
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To instil confidence, speech and drama.
Other things, hard to say. Best is to align with your child's interests.
Not too many classes though, as you don't want your child to be a jack of all trades and master of none.
My answer is very similar to Kah Hwee's. My top 3 choices:
1) swimming - water confidence is important
2) marital arts - learning self-defence is important. also, given today's technological advanced era, children are far too addicted to their digital devices and lack the chance to hone their psychomotor skills. barring sports, marital arts is a good way to help them keep fit, develop themselves physically and not be so afraid of pain haha
3) phonics - i have friends who speak English to their children but the latter struggle with decoding and reading. so, phonics doesn't come intuitively to every child. i don't mind reading to my child but i don't fancy teaching him phonics because it's sooo dry, haha
again, i have friends whose children pick up coding and video-making on their own through YouTube because they are interested in them. so, i feel if my boy is interested in these areas, he will go and learn them on his own. otherwise, it is just not very optimised utilisation of my hard-earned cash. haha
No kids yet, but I'd send them to:
Swimming classes (important skill to learn!)
Martial arts class (if they are interested)
Dance/Musical instrument classes (if they are interested)
I pay for piano ($50/session), painting ($40/session), french (~$40/session), started at age 6 (yr turning 7) or primary 1. Before that was at mindchamps childcare, so was spending 1.6k/month and I deferred all other activities. So when we started classes, she had already waited for 2 to 4 years for the classes and she was also learning about delay gratification. She also chose the classes and teachers herself and I limited to just 3 classes. With her ownership in the decision, it's also easier for me to ensure that she remains interested in the classes.
For me I don't have a child yet but when I do:
1) One to keep him/her fit
2) One to train up leadership
3) One to be confident and speak in public
Everything else I feel is secondary in life.... i.e grades, etc.