After school activities: What marks a successful after school program?
What are the things that you should look for when enrolling your child into one such program?
Other than the obvious advantage of learning something new, successful programs incorporate many things that help the development of the child.
Development of social skills is one of the more important objectives of a good after school program.
In a recent survey, parents indicated that while they do want their children to respect others, they also wanted them to imbibe skills like getting along with other children and getting used to children outside the immediate circle of friends.
Many children find it difficult to make new friends and get along with people outside their group.
Good after school programs place special emphasis on security and safety.
They keep children out of trouble and keep them safe.
A good after school program should be fun, especially when the children are young.
If the activity is fun, you will not have to worry about keeping him interested or motivated.
To be effective, programs should be organized and structured. They must also suit the age of the child.
The child must be aware of the purpose of the program, and must be convinced that they are attending the programs to accomplish something.
After school programs and discipline
How important is discipline when it comes to after school programs?
Since most of the activities are recreational, does a program have to adhere to strict rules?
Discipline is just as important here as it is in activities that pertain to the school.
The child is sent to a program because you want him to learn more.
Discipline in one form or the other is necessary to facilitate learning.
Every program should begin by laying down the rules.
The supervisor or teacher should explain each rule and can thus prevent future mishaps.
Misbehaviour should be addressed as and when it occurs.
Deal with the problem in such a manner that it causes the least disruption.
It is unwise to turn a blind eye to misbehaviour because it catches on like fire, and soon you will have a bunch of unruly children on your hands.
Besides, however much they resist it, children like to operate within the safety net of strict guidelines and rules.
When a child misbehaves, it is mostly due to a craving for attention.
A supervisor should observe the children and find out what the child wants.
Talk to the child so that you can understand what he or she wants.
Appropriate disciplinary measures should be taken if there are no apparent reasons for bad behaviour.