When parents approach us, most of them have questions related to us — what all extracurricular courses we offer, for how long, who are instructors, how to login, how to make payment, etc. But many times, they have questions related to their children too — what course will their child enjoy the most, would they stay interested in the course chosen, will they show improvement over time, etc.
To bridge these two sets of questions, we have Kyt Workshop. Basically hour-long online class(es) for children who aren’t sure which course to choose immediately. The idea is to conduct workshops in various disciplines that will ultimately help the child decide what they love spending their time on when they aren’t busy with school-related work.
We see a lot of enthusiasm during our workshops as kids simply love spending time on a particular activity along with many other kids on their screen.
For about four months, we’ve been actively hosting workshops (baking, craft, doodling, animation, etc.) for children aged between 5 and 15, bringing in some of the most interesting instructors from various fields. These workshop partners are not only brilliant at what they do but also exude enthusiasm that inspires our young students.
Since the list is too long, let us dissect some of our workshops and list out the benefits each of them have for the participating kids.
Although there is no such thing as a bad time to introduce a person to art, we firmly believe, younger the better. When a child picks up a thin paint brush, they are getting introduced to the art of mindfulness. Without being mindful, a child can’t exercise the beauty of replicating reality. Also, when a child practises on the blank page, they are not only strengthening their attention power but also enhancing their coordination. Without following patterns, painting or sketching won’t happen.
Cooking might take time but baking shouldn’t. During our baking workshops, we notice how children are keen on understanding ingredients and creating eatables from scratch. It’s a lovely sight to observe the little ones follow instructions and when the cookie comes out fine, they can’t wait to show off their talent to family and friends. We try to inculcate scientific values by pointing out how physics and chemistry go together in baking.
If your child draws random lines on the edge of their book pages, chances are they are interested in doodling. Doodling is just another attempt at creating figures out of nothing. In painting art imitates life. In doodling, shapes imitate life. It can be a productive tool as a coping mechanism, especially amongst hyperactive children. Also, it nurtures creativity, improves concentration and immediately releases stress from studying.
Who doesn’t like cartoons? But how about your child creating their mini-cartoons on the edge of their book, like a moving series of pictures? Better still, how about zoetrope or a kaleidoscope? You don’t need expensive electronic devices and softwares for starting out in animation. While they are engaged in building the set targets, you can notice how such workshops help in boosting curiosity. Children always want to know more and this trait is in full display during an animation workshop.
What is the use of having an idea and not doing anything about it? Worse still, what is the use of having an idea and not being able to express it? These questions can be answered by children who work upon improving their public speaking skills. It’s a very important aspect of communication and during our workshops, we emphasise on building confidence and self-esteem. The idea is to help children become individuals who can command the attention of a room without a hiccup.
According to Shakespeare, we are always acting, because we behave differently with different people. But what about kids? Well, surprising as it may sound, acting skills have proven to help build children’s social skills. Which is also why plays and skits are encouraged in schools. While acting, kids learn to overcome their public fright and also understand the importance of work ethic at a young age, not to forget teamwork.
Building is tough, destroying is easy. Nothing teaches this adage better than LEGO bricks. While kids are engaged in connecting the dots, they are experiencing the magic of creativity, the fruits of problem solving and the release of stress and anxiety. One of the most fascinating parts about LEGO bricks is that the kids can’t wait to finish their projects, not because they are tired of it but because they want to move on to the next project!
Always trust the Japanese philosophy to teach patience and balance. Precisely why origami is celebrated by children as well as adults. It develops accuracy and the urge to follow rules. When kids are folding and unfolding paper, they are learning how to focus better and as the workshop goes on, their imagination gets an outlet in the most creative way possible. It’s one thing to learn geometry inside a classroom and quite another to actually see it put to good use!
Children love magic because it appeals to their curious nature. But here’s the best bit about learning magic: it builds confidence, encourages discipline, and teaches kids the importance of character. Learning magic is incomplete without a performance and for performing, the children work on themselves and shape their social skills. Also, through magic, a child learns how to attract and divert attention. Be it analysis, self-evaluation or preparation, magic helps kids in using their minds actively.
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