Being part of after school programs do a world of good for children when compared to staying at home, alone and unsupervised. It gives them a chance to interact with children of the same age in an informal setting and this in turn builds their confidence. It allows them to relax and in the process enables greater learning, academically and otherwise. Listed below are some of the benefits of enrolling your child in an after school program.
Homework clubs which are part of after school programs help the child to deal with his/her homework and school projects in a systematic and regular manner. If children are not overwhelmed with schoolwork at the end of the day, they learn to enjoy it. This and helping each other with the work will help to develop a love for learning in them. Community service and studying nature teaches them be unselfish and builds a well rounded perspective about life.
Usually children of the same age are grouped together for activities. This gives them a chance to interact with kids outside their school or neighborhood. It will teach them to interact with people they are not familiar with and make different friends. Activity groups in after school programs also have group leaders who are entrusted with certain duties to perform or being responsible for the members of his/her group. Being encouraged to take leadership helps boost the childs confidence.
Physical activity and health
In this age of video games, computers and television, many children do not get any exercise at all. But with after school programs, physical activity is as important as academic assignments. Sports, games and other physical activities are encouraged. Children also take a greater interest if they have other kids to play with. Most care centers also serve healthy and nutritious food to the children and you wont have to worry constantly about them having unhealthy snacks.
After school care give the child a chance to pursue non-academic activities. Arts, music, crafts and performing arts are encouraged and can be pursued while the kids are at the center. Children are naturally curious to know about things and any activity which encourages this interest and curiosity will help to enhance their creativity. When the child is allowed to do what interests him/her, it relieves stress and helps the child to relax.