An afterschooler is a child who attends a traditional school, but receives supplemental teaching from his parents in the evenings, on weekends and during vacations.
Afterschooling is gaining in popularity as an organized way of turning everyday experiences into teaching moments. Parents might have a structured time for reading and learning new skills or they might try to fit as many teachable moments into the day as they possibly can. Afterschooling allows parents to show their children that one can learn anywhere and anytime, not just in school.
Of course, parents have always taught their children at home. Sharing information, reading together, and visiting museums are just a few ways that parents educate their children. But, now parents are interested in enhancing their child’s education by practicing skills currently being taught in school. They are interested in integrating content from school reading into experiences at home. They are interested in knowing what their child is learning in school, what they are going to learn later, and how the parent can best support that learning. They want to maximize their child’s educational and intellectual opportunities throughout the day.
Afterschooling is simply a way to enhance a child’s education, apply learning to other situations, and expand on current knowledge. It is a structured and mindful way of helping your child succeed and reach their intellectual potential.
Parents can Afterschool in so many ways. They can continue what they are doing, and probably doing well. They can mindfully pick books and activities that support learning at school. They can research the school curriculum and identify holes and omissions and actively teach to those areas. They can let the student direct the learning toward their particular interests and purchase books, visit museums, or even sign up for an online class to further those interests. The parent must decide what is best for their child and what is reasonable for their family situation.
A personalized education plan is likely to be successful. Have a discussion with your child about what they are learning in school, what they are interested in learning more about, and what concepts or skills might need more attention. Then, find books, websites, games, and toys that fill those areas. Search online for activities and games that you can do at home to practice and master the skills and concepts you are trying to learn. Make time at home, preferably at the same time every day, to afterschool. Use some time on the weekends to learn and grow as a family using your identified books and activities.
Incorporating learning into your home and vacation life will show your child why learning is important. Working together builds connections within families and shows the value of learning to the family. Start Afterschooling today. Your child will benefit at home and at school.
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