People often believe that ‘after school activities’ are not as important for their children’s growth and development because they are after school. However, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Research shows that children can develop fundamental skills from after school programs. Studies have also indicated that children who do not participate in any extra curricular activities are generally not as advanced academically and socially.
It is important that the learning environment in an after school program is also quite disciplined and structured. The most effective learning environment is one that facilitates teaching the child important skills like time-management and goal setting. Time-management is a very important skill, but it can be a hard one to master.
It is important that kids can discipline themselves to finish a task and then they can feed the gratification of finishing the action.
After school activities should still be ‘fun’. The environment should be colourful and informative. It is important to use artefacts such as charts,
pictures, posters and drawings to liven up a class and anything else that would make the activity interesting.
For example, if you are teaching a biology lesson, allow children to see through a microscope or see slides of bacteria. This will add to their knowledge and they will also be more enthusiastic about the after school program.
Discipline is very important in after school activities. In fun or sport-based activities, children can easily step out of line and behave badly.
Children should be encouraged to have fun, they should also be reprimanded for disruptive behaviour. The best way to do this is to lay the rules clearly from the beginning and let the children know what is unacceptable.
Recognition and rewards are an important part of any education and development process. The reward can be a simple act of recognition like a pat on the back or a small token of appreciation. Motivate your kids to strive for higher things by rewarding their acclomplishments.
Kids can get bored easily, especially with educationally focused activities. The main objective of an academic after school activity is to repeat what has been has been taught in class and to allow children to learn it quickly. It is sometimes challenging to effectively engage children, especially when they are
already bored of the subject. To achive this engagement, It is best to use creative and fun techniques to complement the materials like fun quizzes or videos.
After school activities are becoming more of a focus as parents are recognising their importance. Parents want their children to learn more.
Kids too have an insatiable quest for knowledge. In an after school activity, it is possible to pay individual attention and quench this thirst using various effective techniques.