Results from a new study of after-school programs revealed that after-school programs can boost kids' academics. Students that are consistently active in after-school programs in one way or another surpass their peers academically. They also exhibit significant improvements in their behavior and work habits. It’s not much of a surprise to find out that after-school programs do much more than just keep kids occupied for the afternoon.
After-school activities help children build their self-esteem, their time management skills, and help them practice goal-setting. The truth is that the benefits of after-school activities outweigh the extra effort required. Here are five good reasons why you should enroll your kid in an after-school program:
1.) It teaches kids about time management and prioritizing: Children that engage in after-school activities learn how to manage their time as well as prioritize various commitments and tasks.
2.) It helps build self-esteem: Children find it easy to build their confidence when learning new skills. By participating in after-school activities where they learn new skills, they are able to build their self-esteem in a relaxed setting.
3.) It encourages teamwork: After-school activities require a lot of teamwork because activities like sports, music, and dancing requires kids to collectively work towards achieving a common goal. When children participate in these activities, they build the necessary skills to successfully work with others. After-school activities also give room for kids to develop relationships as well as socialize with their peers.
4.) It helps kids to set and achieve goals: Kids that participate in after-school activities are presented with the opportunity to develop their goal-setting skills. This is because, in most after-school activities, goals, like coming first in a science fair, or winning the state championship, are set. And as a result of this, kids are encouraged to set goals and achieve it while having fun.
5.) It improves academics: As previously mentioned, recent studies have revealed the extent of the relationship between students’ involvement in after-school activities and improved grades, work habits, and behavior.
We have been offering After-School Enrichment Programs in Maine for over 15 years. We have After-School Programs truly down to a science. As we are coming into another After-School Program session, we remind ourselves of the benefits programs like ours and others offer to children. We also remind ourselves of the power of community partnerships. Delivering our After-School programs to Maine communities is never facilitated by us alone. It is through the many collaborative relationships with principals, PTO's, teachers, community centers, and parents, that enable the delivery of such high quality programming to Maine children. If you would like to know more about our enrichment programs that we offer after school, click here. If you would like to offer our programs in your community or school, please fill out a request form. Here's to another year of engaging children's curiosity, expanding young minds, and teaching all children to love science.