Summer Camp Is Out, Soft Skills for Kids Are In!

Published on 03.30.2021

With our ideas about summer changing, soft skills for kids are quickly becoming an interesting summer-alternative. Read more about exactly what soft skills are and how they might benefit your young mind.

For most kids, the end of school means the start of park play-dates, pool-side fun, and summer camps. Who doesn’t love summer camps? Going to theme parks, making new friends, playing in the fresh air; living the kid’s dream. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic has redefined summer and forced kids inside.

Last summer, parents scrambled to find a replacement for their child’s favorite summer activity. While most camps closed, some offered online options for children.

Yet, the valuable aspects of summer camps, playing with new friends, exploring nature and getting exercise, was stripped, replaced with hours of monotonous screen time.

Instead of putting your child through a boring and, let’s be honest, pointless “camp,” why not sign them up for fun, interactive activities that will teach them valuable life-long skills? 

Winning Feathers offers some of the best public speaking and soft skills courses for kids on the market. The coaches love instructing and working with your child and are more than equipped to get them on the right path towards success and happiness. The kids who go through the program not only love their coaches, but look forward to participating every week in the activities together with their small class. 

If you aren’t sure why learning soft skills at a young age is the right idea, take a look at what other parents and students had to say.

You might still be wondering: “What are soft skills exactly?” The rest of this post will help walk you through a basic understanding of soft skills.

Communication

One element of soft skills is learning how to communicate. 

Oxford Dictionary defines communication as: “the activity or process of expressing ideas and feelings or of giving people information.” To put it simply, communication skills are what everyone needs in order to work with and interact with others.

There are various aspects of communication. For example, in Winning Feathers’ level 1 Interpersonal Communication Skills course, your child will learn empathetic communication, practice assertive communication, and understand verbal vs. non verbal communication. 

As mentioned in a previous post, strong communication skills are the most important skill employers look for. If children can begin learning this skill at a young age, they will have a huge leg-up within their career path.

Emotional Intelligence

Another element of soft skills is developing one’s emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is defined as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” 

This is such an important skill for children to begin learning at a young age. Not only will this be useful to them later in life, but being equipped to understand and control your emotions as a child encourages positive growth and happiness. 

In Winning Feathers’ level 1 Interpersonal Communication Skills course, your child will begin to understand basic emotional intelligence principles and have the chance to showcase their new skills throughout the course. 

Furthermore in level 2, children will understand how to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships, as well as apply effective conflict resolution skills

Listening skills 

While listening seems like an easy skill to master, active listening requires practice and hard work. However, when done correctly, This skill can greatly improve children’s interpersonal abilities. 

To actively listen, the listener needs to fully concentrate on what is being said by the speaker instead of simply hearing their words; a key distinction which is taught in the level 1 Interpersonal Communications course.

This is a skill that can transfer well to other skills, such as public speaking or debating. As experts will attest to, these activities further your child’s growth and development as they put the skills learnt through interpersonal communications to work and acts as a foundation for many other crucial interpersonal skills. 

Cooperation

Cooperation, or “the process of working together to the same end,” can make the difference between success and failure within a team.

There are practically no career paths that do not involve teamwork and cooperation. In fact, working with a team is essential within a college career; to do so successfully is an invaluable attribute. 

While leadership is another prominent skill to be learnt, cooperation engulfs all positions needed for a team to thrive. To cooperate successfully, children need to learn to take and follow instructions, motivate others, and yes, even lead when needed. In the Winning Feathers level 2 course, students will learn how to develop and maintain strong and positive relationships as well as apply effective conflict resolution skills.

Conclusion

Winning Feathers offers the perfect combination of positive growth and summer-time fun. Parents can rest-assured their child will be learning valuable life skills every week while their child has the fun-filled summer they lacked last year.

If you are still unsure, Winning Feathers offers a 1-hour free trial to experience how much your child will learn and grow.

By Alison Hartzler

Summer Camp Is Out, Soft Skills for Kids Are In!

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