Activities After School

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Childhood Activities

Successful After School Programs

Outdoor Survival Skills

A Home-Based After School Program

Recreational After School Programs

Activities for the Youth

Activities After School

 

Childhood Activities

Life is so much different now days. Or, does it just appear this way? The reason I say this concerns children. What is going on with our little tykes and teens? Often it seems like they have no imagination left. Were they not granted one at birth? Well of course they were.

I think many of them are just stashing it somewhere in their heads, because its purpose has become obsolete. It's all the entertainment they have at their fingertips. It's so busy doing all the thinking and imagining for them that there’s nothing left.

This is not a good thing, nor should it be condoned.

There are "old-school" child activities that are much more productive and fun.

Are you letting your children

become slaves of technology?

 

I always encourage my daughter to play outdoors. She's seven years old now, and I've done this since she was tiny. It's great for her and there are endless child activities to take advantage of.

As a parent, you should get in there with them. Teach your child new things and show them how you used to have a great time without video games and non-stop television. It's your duty and obligation. All it takes is a little reminiscing.

I still enjoy many activities I loved as a child and teenager. My father taught me how to shoot a bow, build a campfire, throw tomahawks, and go canoeing. As you can see, I grew up in the country. I carry some of this over into my parenting. My daughter was more than excited when I taught her how to shoot a bow and build a decent fire. She enjoys playing horse shoes as I did when I was her age.

These are simple child activities that I have the power to teach her. Trust me; it's not difficult to get your little ones excited about things when they're young. Mostly what they crave is time with you. Take advantage of this and devote some free time each day or week to your child's fun. They will always remember it.

 

The list of child activities is endless. It really just depends on what you love, understand and have the ability to teach. Pass on a part of yourself to your children. Outdoor child activities are ideal for healthy bodies and minds.

Give your kid his/her imagination back.

All it requires is a little effort.

 

Successful After School Programs

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.

 

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A Home-Based After School Program

So, your child's school does not offer any extracurricular activities.

You are worried of depriving your child of all that extra knowledge and fun.  

What should you do? 

After school 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 should then do their daily reading or writing work etc. This may take about 30-60 minutes. In the course of his daily work, your child may develop certain academic preferences and interests. In that case, you can try and find a program in a college or a community centre 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 the child to do independent research to gain in-depth knowledge is something that no formal program does.  

If you are concerned about the lack of social life, enrol him or her in a club - a reading club maybe. 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. If you can round up a number of like-minded children and their parents, you may well start your own after-school program.  

When there is no organized group activity, look to your community. Many children love to get involved in social problems. They get their first real taste of suffering, charity and community help from such experiences.

Volunteering for clean-up sessions, adult education programs etc could be a real eye-opener for your child. The lessons thus learnt are invaluable. 

If physical activity or the lack of it is your major concern, enrol your child for some dancing classes. If organized sports are impossible to get, try to enrol her in a gym. She may find friends there and may take to the treadmill.

 

Your child does not necessarily have to be a part of an organized group to benefit from after-school activities. There are various avenues open in front of you. Roping in the enthusiasm of your children in daily household activities like cooking, cleaning etc can also provide them with a refreshing extracurricular experience.

Moreover, it will improve family ties too.

 

Recreational After School Programs

After school programs can be divided into 3 broad categories:  

Academic, Recreational and Social.  

Balanced development takes place when there is compatibility between the physical, mental as well as the educational achievements of the child. As the name suggests recreational after school programs are based on a sport or recreation. Some of the more common physical activities include football, swimming and basketball. Some clubs offer programs like gymnastics, trekking and hiking. In this case, youngsters are often given a short class in first-aid class also. 

Recreational after school programs offer children an opportunity to let off some steam and to de-stress themselves. The closed classroom atmosphere and a day full of textbooks and writing cause the child to repress his natural enthusiasm. He curbs his energy when he is required to sit quietly in class and learn. Physical activity is an all-time low during such times. This physical lethargy and inaction is countermanded by recreational activities. Growing concerns of obesity and child diabetes make it necessary for children to indulge in some strenuous exercises that will allow them to work up some sweat.  

Unlike educational programs, recreational programs do not tax the mental processes. But, they do aid the learning process by making the child more active. A child who is physically active is mentally fit and is able to focus his thoughts on the work at hand. Additionally, recreational programs teach discipline, mechanics of teamwork and fair play. These are important lessons in the growing process.  

As more and more nuclear families emerge, the child faces greater isolation. Many children shuttle between their classroom and their bedrooms and do not have any meaningful relationships outside these.  

Recreational programs offer ample avenues for socialization. This is a place the child can go to and play even when his neighbour is not the most welcoming. The Boy / Girl Scout programs are excellent recreational after school programs. Lately, survival classes and camps have devised to combine important survival skills with sports and games to educate children on how to handle emergencies.  

Like any good after school program, recreational programs are designed to give children a safe area where they can indulge in some group activities that interest them. This is one of the most effective ways to keep kids out of the streets and out of trouble. But, one has to be careful when enrolling children for recreational classes.

The age of the child, their temperament and physical calibre

has to be taken into account

before you choose the right program for your child.

 

Activities for the Youth

The youth nowadays are very different from the youth of long ago. There are teens that prefer to spend most of their time at home, helping their parents do household chores. A great many of them are the outdoor type. These teens love to go out and have a great time with peers. If you’re trying to look for creative activities for the youth, you simply have to keep reading.  

Some youth activities are healthy but some youth are into dangerous activities. You probably heard over the news or read in the newspapers about youths who are deeply into drugs and alcohol. These activities are unhealthy and will only destroy the lives of young adults.  

Teenagers want to be accepted in a group and growing up can be very hard for them. They undergo a lot of changes and those teens who find it hard to cope with the changes are often caught in a dangerous situation. They often end up in the company of bad friends. Soon, they will find themselves taking drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Some others are into gambling which can further affect how they handle their finances when they grow into adults.  

So what activities for youth can you do? Even if you’re in a difficult stage at the moment, you should not lose control of yourself. You should still be responsible for all your actions. You’re already old enough to know what’s right from wrong. So you have to choose your peers wisely and make sure that you belong in the right group.  

Parents are the very first teachers of their kids. They must be able to set a good example so that even if their kids reach adolescence, they will know what to do. If the teens grow up to be good individuals, they can easily befriend other teens. Parents should monitor their kid’s activities and they must know their friends. That way, they can guide their kids to the right path. 

Parents should also provide advice to their kids when needed. Good communication is a necessity. There are also activities that the family can do together; activities which are suited for the youth. Parents can start teaching their kids on how to be responsible with their expenditures by giving them the chance to budget their allowance.  

The community also plays a very important role in governing the youth. Youth leaders should encourage fellow teens to join in sports activities. The sports activities can include volleyball, basketball, football, and other sports that can promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and camaraderie.  

Joining youth groups is also an excellent idea. A youth group often has youth activities like camp-outs, outreach programs, prayer meetings, movie night outs, hiking, mountain climbing, and visits to foreign places. A good thing about youth group activities is that the parents and the organizers can monitor all the activities. 

The goal of almost every youth group is to provide member youths with healthy activities which can help them as they grow older. Youth group ministries are also great because they help young people to be nearer to God. The group helps members to strengthen their faith in the Lord.  

If your child is already in their teenage years,

they must learn to be responsible

for all their actions with your guidance.

 

Have your youngsters join youth groups

so that they can be involved with healthy activities.

 

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Your child’s future health and wellness depends upon starting whilst they

are young and this means that they need to be active at the earliest possible

time in their life. Sitting around playing games on the computer or whatever

is available will start them on the way to creating chronic bad health, such as

Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Problems, Bad Posture with

Muscle and Bone deficiencies.

Get them active for their own sake.

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