Being stuck inside causes many children to fidget. Why not channel that energy into an age-appropriate exercise regime? Using online exercise videos is a good way to teach children the difference between aerobics and strength training. They can learn that some exercises improve balance while others improve overall flexibility.
The Learning Station is a free YouTube channel that gets children dancing to songs. Movements are on the level of beginner aerobics.
Brit + Co have come up with a different exercise regime for every day of the week, so that you have the best all around training for the whole body. And Maricopa County Public Health has put together a 45-minute “dance challenge” for children. Dancing is a great workout for children, because it doesn’t feel like work. Nevertheless, it teaches coordination and flexibility.
Be sure to exercise alongside your children. We all know that children like to imitate the esteemed grown-ups in their lives. And modeling good physical fitness is the best way to teach your child the habit of staying fit.
Online music lessons
Online music instruction is all the rage, and for good reasons. It can save a great deal of money. At the same time, because children learn from watching and then doing, the process is basically the same, whether the lesson is online or in person.
Some music teachers who traditionally teach in studios are now offering online classes. And a group of homeschooling parents has put together a list of free online music lessons.
The biggest challenge in online music learning is finding the best instrument for your child. If your child is interested in learning the saxophone, clarinet or trumpet, matching the child to the instrument is important.
One music education expert notes that the saxophone is a larger instrument and some children are too small to handle it. If you are buying a sax for your child, put it in his hands and make sure he can hold it up to his lips without becoming fatigued too quickly. Most children start out on the alto sax and then graduate to a larger instrument as they age.
Using a clarinet buying guide can take the guesswork out of choosing your child’s ideal clarinet, but there are a few general rules to keep in mind. A child with wide, short fingers is basically made for the clarinet. If the cost of the instrument is a consideration, it’s okay to buy a plastic clarinet for your beginner. While the quality of sound may not be as smooth and rich as from a wooden version, it will be affordable. If your child shows immense promise, you can graduate him or her to a wood instrument next year.
Trumpets can be difficult for children who are wearing braces. Because of the way the trumpet player must stretch his lips tightly across his teeth, braces can cause discomfort in the early learning stages. Be sure to discuss this with your child and make sure he knows that a lot of self-discipline will be required to learn this instrument.
Online drawing lessons
Have you wondered if your child has artistic talent? Could he be the next Jackson Pollack? There’s no better way to find out than with free or affordable online drawing lessons.
Online drawing classes can quickly show you whether your child has an artist’s eye for detail and an ability to create the effect of three dimensions on a flat surface. If a child loves drawing and demonstrates ability, you can move on to painting lessons and graphic design programs.
In short, a rainy, gloomy day need not be a wasted day. Stimulate your child’s mind and creativity with exercise and lessons in the arts. After all, that’s really what the internet was invented for.
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