The following activities will be available to your child alongside all of the education and social and emotional help offered.
"Allowing your child to spend their own money in a store is a powerful way to reinforce the work-money connection" – Rachael Cruze
As all of our sessions these will be tailored to each individual child's needs but could include:
money management, communication skills, health & wellbeing, team work, critical thinking etc
Children who gain these and other life skills often tend to be more confident and competent young individuals.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind
Photography for children offers lots of exciting and valuable learning opportunities and life experiences.
Some of the benefits include:
learning a new skill, which can boost children’s self esteem, encouraging planning and presentation skills, allowing children to explore their creativity and to be innovative, providing opportunities to communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings.
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
We believe that each child is an individual and so
Allowing children to have a voice and share with their peers a hobby or passion that is of great interest to them will allow that child to gain a higher self esteem and self worth.
It also allows the other children exposure to something new.
By giving children a voice through choice, opinion, feelings and emotions children can develop and learn that they are important and valued.
Sharing a passion is an excellent way for a child to explore these in a way that is most comfortable for them.
"The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask." - Rich Ridgeway
Field Trips are important to help bridge the gap between traditional education in a classroom setting and hands-on experience within the wider world.
They help children to put theory into practice and see first hand a topic or area they have been studying in real life. So far we have free boat trips, camping weekends and day trips to places such as the petting zoo on offer for members of EGYC.
From the very first day they are born, children begin to explore the world via their senses...
We believe this is an important part of development in every child's life regardless of age and ability. Furthermore, this provides children of all ages to have fun whilst learning and often times the learning takes place subconsciously.
More reasons sensory play is beneficial includes: Sensory play supports many developmental skills such as: language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction, developing and enhancing memory, sensory activities aid children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)
"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way." - Wayne Dyer
We shall be having dance lessons for those children who wish to partake. These will be hosted by a professional dance teacher who will be graciously donating their time and skills with the children EGYC.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
We currently have a couple of instruments including a guitar and keyboard for the children to use. We will be gaining further instruments and be aiding the children who wish to learn a new instrument to do so.
Some benefits of children learning an instrument include: aids emotional intelligence, helps to build confidence, enhances and develops memory and supports the developing of self discipline.
"Swimming is simply moving meditation." - Cesar Nikko Caharian
Learning to swim is important for children as it benefits their health, builds their confidence and allows them to have fun and learn a new potentially life saving skill. Swimming also opens up opportunities for engagement in further activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, surfing, triathlon, yachting etc.
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." – Alfred Austin
Gardening is a healthy, fun activity for children. They develop new skills and learn about science and nature from growing their own food. There is a variety of interesting activities children can be involved in, such as planting, mulching, weeding and cooking.
Through garden play, children acquire and improve crucial skills, have lots of fun, and develop self-confidence all the while enjoying a nature-friendly childhood.
A garden can be an interactive playground for kids that will engage all of their senses.
Some of the skills they can learn include:
Reliability and responsibility
Curiosity in different types of plants
Growing the love of nature
Creativity: crafting own landscape designs
Arts & Crafts
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
We believe art is a very good way for people to express themselves and also have fun no matter one's ability level.
These activities will help children with many life skills such as; communication, listening, attention span, imagination.
They also can support mental health and wellbeing as well as aiding lots of developmental skills in younger children, such as: Fine motor skills, identification of shapes, exploring colours and texture, creativity.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr Suess
We have many books available for the members of EGYC to read and enjoy. We will also be offering story time sessions whereby we use our book of the week as a starting focus of wider themes.
Many studies have shown that reading for pleasure makes a huge difference to a child’s educational performance.
This is evident from the fact that children gain: an enhanced vocabulary, an increased awareness of different cultures, a broader general knowledge, support their development of empathy and many more!
"There are only three forms of high art: the symphony, the illustrated children's book and the board game." - Brian K. Vaughan
To teach and embed skills such as turn taking and sharing. To use as a fun way to learn new things. For the children to explore together in order to navigate self and peer teaching methods.
"I profoundly believe that the power of food has a primal place in our homes that binds us to the best bits of life." - Jamie Oliver
Our chefs will be offering cooking lessons for any children who wish to learn new skills or enhance old ones. We believe that teaching children to cook is vital in many ways:-
Teaching an appreciation for the meals they are given. - Learning to take a positive control over their diet and health. - Expanding their palates - when children cook new food, they are more likely to try it. And many more!
One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. – Oscar Wilde
Playing card games helps enhance:- social skills through interactions - number & shape recognition, grouping and counting skills- shape recognition- memory skills - letter recognition and reading- visual perception and colour recognition- eye-hand coordination and motor skills- verbal communication
“Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.” Ymber Delecto
It has been proven that Yoga at an early age helps to encourage self-esteem and body awareness with the added benefit of not being competitive. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, improves their strength, helps their coordination, and they gain body awareness.