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Achieving the best for your child is what you want as a caring parent. In today’s age, parents are often busy with their work schedule which may result in not providing enough learning activities for their children. Having after school programs for your child can have tons of benefits and advantages to a child’s livelihood. From a wide range of activities to choose from, finding the right after school program can be overwhelming. Will you be choosing the programs for your children or will you be allowing them to pick their own activities?

Below are some tips to help you narrow down the variety of after school programs for your child.

Identify Your Child’s Interests

Always start by observing your child’s interests. You can start by asking what subjects does he or she enjoy learning in school, what do they play during breaks or what kind of activities are they interested in joining? Often, a child might already have ideas that they would be interested to partake in, and this is where you can seek for trial classes that accommodate their interests. Regardless of what activity your child might be interested in, it is advisable to allow your child to be involved in the decision-making process as much as possible.

Think about Their Strengths and Weaknesses

Partaking in an after school program can encourage improvements in a child’s strength as well as overcoming their weaknesses. For instance, if a child lacks in motor skills, having them participate in an activity that requires physical motion can improve their overall motor skills. Participating in group activities can allow a child to excel in their communication, social skills, and self-esteem. By determining whether your child does better in physical or mental activities, it will allow you to narrow down your options significantly.

What’s Your End Goal?

Identifying what you and your child hope to achieve is important when choosing the right activity. For instance, entering an after school program to have fun, make new friends, increase self-confidence, or partake in physical exercise can narrow down your search for activities. With a shorter list to match your end goals, it will take away the stress and burden of having to go through tons of after school activities.

Benefits of After School Programs

Encouraging your child to participate in a range of after school activities can be beneficial in several ways. Participating in after school program can encourage a variety of learning styles that can be a pillar to a strong learning foundation.

Here is a list of a few benefits in an effective after school program:

  • Promote academic performance.
  • Increase physical health
  • Improvement in the development of arts, sports, and recreation
  • Improves a child’s communication, social and intellectual skills
  • Nurture good behaviors, respect, and teamwork

Pay Attention to Time Management

Engaging in after school interests can be overwhelming if not managed properly. On some occasions, children can be overscheduled with homework, after school activities, tuition, and family time. For that reason, having proper time management is important to ensure that your child gets sufficient rest to prevent exhaustion.

If you are looking for a plethora of educational, fun, and high-quality activities, we invite you to explore our after school program at Home Away Child Care Centre today!

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