Kids are like sponges. From preschool and beyond, they absorb an incredible amount of information that will inform the rest of their lives. They may be getting a great education in local schools like Winwood Children’s Center, but how do you help them continue their education outside of the classroom? There should be other outlets for your children, and ways for them to best grow creatively outside of a typically-structured classroom.
Here are four ways to continue education outside of the classroom.
Community service is a wonderful way for your child to engage with the outside world. It is also a great way to get them involved in their community and to develop compassion for others. Community service builds skills your child will use for the rest of their lives. Try going as a family to Feed My Starving Children and pack meals for international families. Or, if your children are a bit older, work with Habitat for Humanity and help build houses. To find local nonprofits near you, a quick Google search can lead you to a variety of opportunities to best find the perfect fit for your child.
Look into your child’s’ school and see what educational after-school programs they offer. Oftentimes, these programs may be free, or they may also cost money. These clubs are a great way for your child to experience teachers they aren’t necessarily used to, so they grow more adaptable and malleable in their learning and brain development. This is a great way to also get your kids out of the house if you have to work. You can even look outside of your child’s school, and look at local programs that may be offered at the Boys and Girls Club or the YMCA.
If you want to help continue your child’s academic education outside of school, look towards private tutoring. Private tutoring is a fantastic way to ensure your child gets one-on-one attention. If they are struggling in a particular area of the school, hiring a tutor to help them directly address their needs is a sure solution. Reach out to local community Facebook groups, or check in with local college or high school students. College and high school students are always looking to expand their resumes and make an extra buck, so they will be extremely easy to find.
Expand the kind of education your child receives with one-on-one music classes. Ask your child if a particular instrument interests them. If you’re looking to save some money on instruments, encourage them to try singing. Many local music stores offer programs and networks for teachers to best find a music teacher for your child. This is a great way for your child to learn rhythm, enhance their math skills, and develop an ear for pitch. It also helps them be less shy, so they are more comfortable talking and communicating with others. Look into music classes in your area, and find something that may interest your child!
These are just a few ways for your child to continue education outside of the classroom. Use some of these resources, and help further your child academically, musically, and intellectually.