These days, children are lucky enough to learn certain subjects and skills that their parents could only dream of. Over the last few years, children have been given a variety of opportunities when it comes to learning and enhancing their mind and body. However, for some reason, most parents tend to choose the same set of skills and extracurricular activities. For instance, Spanish is often the most common second language that young children study, with other languages ignored. And guitar or piano lessons are usually chosen, with football, soccer, and basketball the most popular sports.
Instead, why not introduce your kids to something a little different? Here are 10 useful things children should learn that people don't think about.
10 Sign Language
Sign language is often forgotten about when it comes to learning a different language. However, it's just as important as any other language. In fact, a number of people believe that sign language should be taught in schools or at least be available to those who want to learn it. There are many reasons why young children should learn sign language.
For instance, the deaf community is extremely large. Therefore, it's likely that your kids will be eventually come into contact with someone who is hard of hearing. It will be useful for them throughout their lives.
Sadly, most schools in English speaking countries don't prioritize the learning of another language. If they do, the only options available are French and Spanish. However, learning another language is probably one of the most important things in the world, as there is a huge benefit to knowing how to speak another language.
Yes, native English speakers tend to forget that other languages exist, especially languages that are non-Latin originated. For instance, languages such as Arabic, German or Chinese are usually avoided due to difficulty or cultural differences. And languages like Arabic and Chinese allow children to see different alphabets and styles of writing. So why not let your kids stand out from the rest?
First-aid is one of the most important things to learn as a child, or as an adult, as this form of knowledge can actually save lives. If something bad were to happen to you at home or somewhere secluded with nobody else around, would your child have the ability to help you and also find help?
Educating your child on how to perform first-aid as well as things such as calling for help and finding help can be crucial. It's a great skill to have whether someone is in danger or not (and looks good on a resume, too).
7 Money Managing
Leaning to pay bills, managing money, and understanding the concept of spending and saving can really help young children, especially as they slowly develop into adults. In fact, many people claim that money management should be taught as a class at school along with a variety of other financial things such as life admin, coding and learning how to create excel spreadsheets.
You can also give kids financial responsibility. This can be done via weekly allowance or one-off spending trips where your kids are given some cash along with a list of things that need to be bought.
The idea of teaching politics in school can be a controversial one not to mention daunting. For instance, it can be difficult to remain neutral when teaching anything political, with schools, governing bodies and people all likely to show some bias, even if they don't intend to. However, it is important for young people to be educated on things such as different political systems, political parties, and the variety of laws that a country possesses.
This not only helps improve your kid's knowledge but it also gives them a reason to vote. Yes, these days not enough young people vote, something that has been blamed on a lack of knowledge.
5 Cooking Class
For some reason, many schools tend to pay less attention to cookery and creating dishes than logical or other creative technological subjects such as woodwork, textiles or graphic design. However, cooking is one of the most useful skills a person can have (not to mention attractive).
Yes, knowing how to cook for people can be a desirable quality in a person, so it's important to teach your kids early how to feed themselves and others. Furthermore, cooking creates a sense of self-confidence that can not only benefit your child but also benefit the whole family when they decide to cook dinner for everybody
4 Nature Studies
It's important for children to understand how nature works as soon as they are old enough to walk. In fact, most children enjoy what the world has to offer before they start school, with parks, playgrounds and other outside activities a firm favorite for parents with preschoolers.
Teaching children about the wonders of the outside world can help them understand the relationship that humans should have with nature and how they should treat it. Thankfully, there are many things that young children can do to learn this, from maintaining a bird feeder, camping, and even raising butterflies.
It's well-known that sports are a good way to get your kids to exercise, have fun, and learn a new skill. However, most parents tend to push their kids towards the most popular sports such as football, soccer, and baseball. While these sports are great, there are other sports that are also just as useful.
So, instead, why not encourage your children to take up something different? For instance, the wonderful world of athletics is a great way to teach your kids a number of skills. That's right, athletics provides youngsters with self-discipline, teamwork and communication skills, all of which can help kids an enormous amount once they are older.
Self-defense can be tricky for some parents to understand. For instance, some parents might be worried that such a subject could harm or hurt their child. Furthermore, some parents might believe that self-defense will encourage fighting or at least encourage aggressive behavior.
However, self-defense is actually really useful and can benefit children for a number of reasons. Firstly, learning to defend yourself can actually deter fighting rather than encourage it. Self-defense is designed to find practical solutions to otherwise difficult situations, so children will learn non-violent techniques to protect themselves and the environment around them. Plus, there are many different forms of self-defense, so shop around and see what fits best.
Yes, chess might have a reputation for being nerdy or boring, but chess actually has a large number of benefits. Firstly, it has been suggested that chess has the ability to help prevent dementia. That's right, a medical study recently revealed that playing chess can help with brain functioning.
Secondly, chess can also increase your child's IQ, with studies showing an increase in a child's intelligence after four months of chess training. Finally, chess is actually pretty fun and gets kids thinking as well as communicating, plus it can be played both physically and on a computer.