Our students are privileged to be offered a variety of extracurricular activities. While most take place during after school hours, some do occur during the lunch hour. Children may sign up for these activities in advance.
At EMI Blainville, we offer private piano and signing lessons, dance which is part of the weekly schedule (for everyone) and chess. In addition, the Cycle 3 students are members of our choir. Extracurricular activities normally have fewer than 10 students; therefore, participants all receive special and individual attention.
Why should my child take dance or sport class?
- Develops coordination (arms, legs, eyes). Many of our coordinated movements must be developed at a young age. If the child does not learn to coordinate his/her movements early on, it will be extremely difficult to learn this later-on in childhood, and even more difficult in adulthood.
- Develops flexibility, suppleness and strength of muscles.
- Reinforces correct posture, proper vertebral development, as well as optimal development of the total body.
- Helps to correct minor physical conditions such as pronation of the feet.
- Works all the muscles of the body while developing the artistic sense, which is not developed in most organized sports. Normally, sports develop certain parts of the body, but not others. For example, a sprinter who trained to run the 100 meters, will be able to run very quickly and maybe win the race, but his muscles and lungs are not trained properly to run long distances. In contrast, dance trains the body for slow movements, quick movements and faster movements. Dancers must be able to quickly switch from slow to fast movements and vice-versa.
- Develops the musical ear in the child. This is different from enjoying music; in order to dance well, the child must be able to listen to and know how to move to the music. The music must speak to the child. The dancer must know how to understand the language of music to be able to move correctly in the proper fashion and at the proper moment. The child must be able to count musically.
- Encourages self-discipline and self-respect.
“Impressions pour into us and we stove them in our minds, but we ourselves remain apart from them. Instead the child undergoes a transformation. Impressions do not merely enter his mind; they form it.” Dr. Maria Montessori