Asked by Anonymous
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.
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.