After School Program Activities
So you are worried that your child will be deprived of all that extra knowledge and fun because your son's
school does not offer any extracurricular activities. What should you do?
Home-Based After School Program Activities
After school program activities need not be taught in a school-like environment by professional teachers
in a structured and timely manner.
There is a lot YOU can do to support your child's academic, physical and social development. Do not be too
concerned about formal programs, as many of our children are already over-scheduled.
Obviously, school is top priority for children. They need to go to school, and finish their
homework. They are then supposed to do their daily school work like reading or writing work etc.
This may take about 30-60 minutes. Your child may develop certain academic interests and preferences in the
course of his daily work.
In that case, you can try and find after school
program activities in a college or a community center that will help him and encourage him. In the age
of the Internet, information is really not a rarity.
Allow him to use the net to find more information about thing that he likes. Encouraging your child to do
independent research to gain in-depth knowledge is something that no formal program does.
Enroll him or her in a club - a reading club maybe if you are concerned about the lack of
social life. Visit public libraries or even the theatre, if your child is interested.
It is not necessary for your child to make friends with children his own age. A parent-child book club is
another interesting option.
You may well start your own after school program activities if you can round up a number of like-minded
children and their parents.
Look to your community when there is no organized group activity. Many children love to get
involved in social problems. They get their first real taste of suffering, community help and charity from such
Volunteering for adult education programs, clean-up sessions, etc could be a real eye-opener for your child.
The lessons thus learnt are invaluable.
Enroll your child for some dancing classes, if physical activity or the lack of it is your major concern. If
organized sports are impossible to get, try to enroll her in a gym. She may find friends there and may take to the
Your child does not necessarily have to be a part of an organized group to benefit from after school programs. There are various avenues open in front of you.
Roping in the enthusiasm of your children in daily household
activities like cleaning, cooking, etc can also provide them with a refreshing extracurricular experience.
Moreover, it will improve family ties too.