There are many benefits in your children attending different after school classes. Not only the obvious of course where they can enjoy activities they are keen to be part of but also as well as the physical and mental stimulation but there are also great benefits for development of your child’s social skills with both other children and adults.
Whatever type of activity or programme your child is offered an opportunity to interact with their peers in an environment different from the school or home set up.
A well run programme or activity will promote support, respect and cooperation between the participants. This can help your child grow in confidence and feel more secure about joining in a game, asking a question or starting a conversation.
Particularly if the class isn’t too large your child should get a certain degree of one on one attention.
If the activity is a physical one, eg soccer, touch, swimming, dance, etc this not only helps them keep fit and healthy but they will learn teamwork and fair play as well as good coordination skills!
If the activity is more creative based, eg theatre, music, arts and crafts, etc this will not only develop your child’s creative skills but also teach them problem solving skills.
Not only that spending time in an environment that shouldn’t offer your child any pressure is a great stress release – yes, nowadays, even our kids can feel stressed!
Encourage your child to try a variety of after school activities. If your child loves sport encourage music or art classes as well for variety or the creative child may just discover that dancing is a wonderful way for them to express that creativity.
This also encourages your child to discover new interests and develop a wide variety of talents and skills!
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