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Listening To Your Child Views On Enrichment Classes


Listening To Your Child Views On Enrichment Classes

Spend time and talk to him. Your child may already have a clear idea about the type of activities or classes hed like to attend. Ask him about it, as he may be shy to bring it up. Be prepared to discuss his suggestions. If you feel hes not ready to take canoeing lessons, or its too expensive for him to learn golf, be honest about it.

If you use the standard brush-off Im your parents and I say no, dont be surprised if he doesnt offer any more suggestion after that. What if you feel that you child can benefit from taking violin lessons but he doesnt agree? Listen to what he has to say and ask why hes not in favor of the lessons. Is he already too busy in school?

Does he not like classical musics? Is he afraid itll be too difficult? Work out a compromise. Forcing him to take lessons isnt going to make him enjoy it. When enrichment activities become a chore, no one wins. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, let him know what type of class youd like to sign him up for and find out how he feels about it.

Bring home some brochures for him to look through, or take him to a few schools so he can see for himself. Especially if he is quite young, bring him for a school visit before he starts classes and show him around. Introduce him to his teacher. Sometimes, children resist because they are anxious.

If you show them that the experience is manageable and can be fun, youll appreciate not having to struggle each time they go to class. Ask your child if he is enjoying the lessons. Its really about him and how hes responding. Its not just about why you think these lessons are important to him.

Ask him more direction questions about what he did in class, like What story did you read today? Would you like to tell me about your painting? For younger children, a question like What did you do in class today? is too vague and his response will be about any random thing he can remember, like what snack he ate at break or what he talked about with his friends.

Dont ask him what he learnt children and teenagers dont think of their experiences in that way. Teachers do, so if you want to know what your child is learning, ask the teacher. Your child can tell you about what he did in class and how he feels about it. Dont belittle this. It may seem like a small achievement to you but for you child, it is a big deal.

A lot of what you learn often cannot be seen or measured. You certainly cannot judge how much your child has learnt based on the amount of work he produces. If you have more than one child, be prepared that each of them may end up with different interests. After all, they are different people. It may be convenient for you to send them to the same class. As they grow up, they may develop diverse interests and you should accept this. Again, its not about making your life easier

 

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