What are the best after school activities? And how do I choose after school activities for kids?
You’ve read the website; You’ve asked the school’s office about sports, creative arts and competitions the school enters in. You go to your child with these fantastic ideas, ready for them to make a choice of any one of your well-researched opportunities.
In their hearts they know that you mean well. They know how you are trying to understand them, get them into activities that they will enjoy, meet new friends through and grow from.
They react however, by not choosing any of them.
So does this mean that your child is not suited for after-school activities?
This question is one with an answer which, as so many do in the education of young people, depends on the child that it is asked about. This blog post will however, try to pose considerations in three areas: consideration of needs, school-based opportunities, as well as community-based activities.
Firstly, your child might not be sure about what they want to do outside of school.
Fundamentally, an extra-curricular activity has to both let kids be kids, as well as allow them to explore new and different opportunities to what are usually available to them in school.
What are the best after school activities?
They might uncover what they are passionate about by sheer accident, ranging from archery and ice-skating, to more intellectual pursuits, such as coding or chess.
In this sense, choosing after school activities might involve a consideration of what their passion is, and in this case, they will suggest it to you, rather than you having to search for something to suggest to them.
Another factor in choosing an after-school based activity is what opportunities are offered by the school they attend.
Other after school activities?
Many schools offer debating, as well as competitive sports which require training sessions in order to compete with inter-school competitions. In other cases, such as chess, the after school opportunities depend entirely on the teachers who start clubs within schools, and these are not as widely advertised in newsletters unless students compete in a competition. To scout what clubs are available, it may be worth talking with a homeroom/tutor group teacher.
Finally, community-based activities are usually accessed via the local council or via community organisations. Newtown in Sydney for instance plays host to a Woman’s Library, which has existed since the 1970s and seeks to involve youth; Another is Summer Hill’s Community Garden which likewise has no joining fee and kids as well as adults can join in order to learn about how to grow food. Alternatively, Churches also run groups such as Bible study as well as through charity organisations, which sometimes involve outreach events, such as feeding the poor.
Whatever you decide your approach is, be assured that there are always going to be activities that your child will grow interested in; Like all good things however, growth takes time.