So, in these pandemic times, your child is beginning to get restless and probably makes you restless. They have got more time than is good for them, and you are now considering after school activities – anything that will keep them busy for a few life-saving hours! Most after school activities can be broadly classified into three – recreational, educational and society-oriented. The last bit usually comes in when your child is already a bit grown up and can voice their own interests.
Educational activities aim at furthering the knowledge of your child. Their general awareness, their understanding and their memory are targeted and they are given various techniques that will help them improve one or all of these. Programs such as intensive memory training and speed mathematics are educational after school activities.
There are academic programs that will go over your child’s homework and class work and help the child gain more in-depth knowledge in the various subjects. Academic programs have a definite edge over the fun and games, especially if parents feel that their child has a lot of catching up to do.
Recreational activities include crafts, painting, creating models etc. The main thrust here is to have fun 🙂
When we compare the merits of the two kinds of activities, recreational programs are also important. Firstly, children do not enjoy learning unless they themselves feel curious about something. Most academic programs are standardized courses that are not too flexible. They have a general purpose and a well laid out methodology. After a number of hours at school, the child may feel bored. Further study may overwhelm them and make them feel frustrated. Burnout is very much a possibility here.
Recreational programs provide a welcome break from the monotony of learning and studies. The mental challenge and the physical exertion make the child feel a renewed zest and a pleasant sense of fulfillment. Group activity teaches them social skills, discipline and patience. It is a proven fact that children involved in extra curricular activities get better grades than others. Sometimes closing the textbooks and playing a game may be the best way to handle your studies.
Generally, programs that combine the educational with the recreational are best suited especially for younger children. This way, children can have fun while they learn.
Sometimes is best to just leave children to explore and learn on their own. By the way did you know how smarties and math are related? Watch the fun video below.