With cellphones, tablets, and video games, children who are “connected” can actually become disconnected. Overuse of technology may negatively impact social skills and personal growth. Before and After School Activities, by Denise Theobald, offers creative ideas and planning materials for parents or child care centers. This resource guide can be implemented for all school-aged children to meet their needs and let them have fun. Since schedules vary, the activities have been developed into time frames, including times to eat. Parents can use Before and After School Activities to grow closer to their children and raise awareness of potential difficulties. This guide also encourages younger and older children to engage in activities together if time allows it.
Structured activities in the morning and evening offer many benefits to children. Studies show that programs improve peer relations, emotional stability, grades, and behavior. Participating in group activities during off-school hours enhances conflict resolution skills and cooperation. Before and After School Activities can be designed based on children’s interests and provides lists of ideas. By having your child engage in unique and thoughtfully planned projects, they will have more learning opportunities. Daily activities without electronic devices will also help children develop an appreciation for authentic life experiences.
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