One of the most common reasons that parents enroll their children in after school programs is to make sure that the children are kept out of trouble while helping with the overall development of the child through educational and recreational activities. It is important to note that even at a young age, children should also be able to know a lot of things. For example, the seedling of any kind of plant. When a seedling is still beginning to grow, a gardener can easily control how the seedling will grow or how it is supposed to take shape as compared to an adult plant. This logic can also be applied to that of young children.
The best time to help develop the character of a child is as early as preschool or kindergarten as a later time might prove to be too difficult. Another reason why the earlier the better is because children at this time will not be worrying too much about their academics. The academic load for these early years are usually composed of basic lesson and therefore will not be too hard for the children. This is where parents come in for them to willingly enroll their child in after school programs so as to help their child better develop themselves. Another good thing about this is that a child will learn to be independent from their parent, thereby avoiding too much pampering and spoiling but at the same time, keep the child in check and away from trouble.
After school programs can be generally categorized into three, namely education, recreational activities, and community service or involvement. It would be best to have community service activities for the last, and take up educational and recreational activities in the earlier years of the child. This set up would help develop the memory as well as the sense of responsibility of a child before entering tertiary education.
Along with other aspects, the concentration and memory of a child is best improved during educational and recreational activities offered by after school programs that they participate in. Improving and enhancing these aspects at an early year is still feasible especially since it is during these years that these aspects are very strong. Similar to exercising to improve the physical health of a person, the after school programs help improve the mental capacities of a child.
There are a good number of parents who believe that enrolling their child in educational activities is enough, but there are also some parents who believe that it would be better to enroll their children in both educational and recreational activities. Not only that, but children also learn more about various topics in the sciences, mathematics, grammar, reading, among others. Skills that would improve the efficiency of a child may also be picked up in these after school programs.