Research suggests that to develop children to become engaged, productive citizens who will benefit society as a whole, educators must focus on “whole child development,” rather than only standardized classroom-based learning. To do this, the staff at Meadow Montessori kindergarten in Richmond provides multiple outlets for students to express themselves, while learning how to problem solve. At Meadow Montessori School, many of those creative outlets come in the form of extracurricular activities designed for students’ enrichment.
Gymnastics promotes determination in students, since most skills take many attempts to perfect. If at first you don’t succeed, try again! In performing gymnastics, students also improve body awareness and coordination.
Dance provides students with a safe environment in which to express themselves creatively. It’s also shown to reduce stress levels and depression in children. Furthermore, students gain insight into other cultures through music and dance. Students’ posture and balance will also improve through dance instruction.
In musical theater, students really develop communication skills. They communicate through both verbal and nonverbal expression. Musical theater also also helps students improve language fluency, articulation of words, voice projection and persuasive speech. Students will also increase their self-confidence as they begin to perform in front of others.
Students can be exposed to places around the globe thanks to technology. They can virtually visit art museums, farms, other countries, and even space. Not only do computers take students to other places, but they encourage creative growth and artistic expression. With today’s digital technology, students can also utilize computers to be filmmakers, composers, photographers, or graphic artists.
Art develops confidence in students. They learn that there is no one “right” way to do an art project, so every child can feel proud of his or her masterpiece! In art, students often work together and collaborate with each other or with adults. They learn multiple points of view, and that there is more than one right answer to a problem.
No matter where your child’s talents may lie, he or she will have an opportunities to explore and develop all of these extracurricular areas. Meadow Montessori School offers all these opportunities to enrich the academic curriculum. Your child can experience them all!