We’re approaching the sunny season here in the Philippines, and for a good two and a half months the girls will have their time off from school. I’m intent on having Candice tutored by a piano teacher for at least 8 sessions, after which she may continue with her usual ballet lessons. Stella wants to sign up for a dance class: not ballet, but something like hip-hop or any modern dance.
I’m hoping that the girls could each have 2 different lessons this summer, i.e. if our finances permit. While the months of April and May often provide us with additional income, there’s also the matter of tuition fees and school supplies to deal with. And, of course, not to forget the huge save-up that we’re doing for our Big Trip next year. But I’m ever thankful that our daughters get the chance to engage in non-school activities during this time when other kids simply prefer to just eat junk and stay glued to TV and other gadgets.
Anyway, in case you’re looking for some summer activities for your little girl and you happen to chance upon this post, you may want to consider some of these suggestions:
Art Lessons – I guess it’s not surprising that this should come first. I’m a huge art enthusiast and I often try my best to rub the enthusiasm on my daughters. Kids, in general, love to play with colors and to make their imagination work. Toddlers may be enrolled in simple crafting workshops that involve piecing items together or gluing big and small cut-outs. These activities will help them develop motor skills. Older girls, ages 4-7, can be signed up for basic watercolor workshop or beading workshop.
Dance Lessons – Aside from keeping your little girl fit, dancing also helps her maintain good posture and develop graceful movements. She will also learn to cooperate with fellow dancers and hopefully be more confident when performing in front of an audience. Ballet lessons are ideal for little girls – even toddlers – as long as they’re willing to follow the teacher and don all 3 basic clothing pieces (leotard, tights, and shoes) every time. Alternatively, they can be enrolled in folk dance or modern dance. I used to dance a lot as a young girl, and even entered and won a few dancing competitions. Yes, it’s kind of hard to believe that I was a dancer, especially since I hardly talk about dancing here in this blog or anywhere else. Sadly, I developed a very withdrawn personality when I reached my mid-teens and ditched the idea of becoming a dance diva.
Music Lessons – Other than art, this is one activity that I highly recommend. Learning to play an instrument can help your child develop discipline and resiliency. Ideally girls age 5 can already take music lessons. I first had my piano lessons at age 5. To this day I find it amusing that I first learned to read musical notes before I learned to read letters/words. (I learned to read at age 7.) Candice can already play a few piano pieces, having learned a few things from me and her Daddy, and she even composes some melodies on her own. I still guide her every now and then, but unfortunately I find that teaching your own child can be quite taxing and frustrating. I guess this is why my dad, despite being a brilliant pianist in his time, had us all tutored. It would’ve been different, of course, if I had been trained to teach music. So what types of music lessons are good? Piano is often the first choice for girls. But you can also consider voice lessons, flute, or guitar. With guitar, however, you may want to ask your daughter over and over if she’s sure about it. Because you can’t just shop now for a junior guitar and then ditch the lessons sooner or later, especially when your daughter’s fingertips begin to swell and bleed. (Again, I take this from my own experience, having been part of a rondalla for only a few weeks. Heh heh.)
Swimming Lessons – Lastly, I recommend this form of sport which can also help your child be fit and be game!! I regret not taking swimming lessons at an early age. I had a traumatic experience on the beach when I was 3 years old, and that kept me from enjoying the water as a sea otter would. I did take a swimming course in college and even learned how to dive. But another traumatic experience with a classmate made me not want to swim or dive again. I’m hoping that my daughters will take up swimming next summer when they’re both mature enough.
Well, these are all that I can suggest. If you happen to have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment. :)