Many parents place greater emphasis on home tuition more than enrichment programmes. But they contribute to a child’s academic performance just as much.
Between home tuition and enrichment activities (that has nothing to do with improving academic results), many parents will choose the former.
As home tuition infiltrate almost every student’s life, also sneaks in the undue pressure on kids.
But bringing up grades takes more than just home tuition. Letting your child blossom in other areas of development will fundamentally trigger their appetite for knowledge, which is how grades are improved.
Here are five reasons why parents should (at least) consider enrichment lessons for kids instead of focusing on home tuition alone: improve learning skills, set learning in motion, build self-confidence, better self-management, and finding purpose in life.
Improve learning skills
Learning is so much more than memorizing and mimicking, which are common in home tuition.
Enrichment lessons like art classes and creative writing let your kid’s mind roam and imagine about possibilities.
Beefing up the flexibility in your kid’s thinking process will aid their problem-solving skills—understanding what the problem is and finding a solution for it.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Albert Einstein
When answers come too easy, they will lack the courage to question and boldness for thoughts, let alone search for answers and solutions.
Set learning in motion
The more curious your kid is, the more questions they’ll ask.
It’s this curious impulse that pushes them to search for answers.
Enrichment lessons which are rooted in creativity give your kid more chances to ignite the spark for explorations and questionings.
When they find delight in addressing doubts, they’ll be willing to do it more often.
They’ll invest more time and energy in digging for answers, and believe that the accomplishments are results of their efforts.
That’s when certain learning patterns are established. And they’ll just keep on doing it even if it exceed their abilities.
In school, students get compared. A lot.
Especially their grades. And comparison can easily take its toll on your kid’s self-confidence.
And the thing is, home tuition is always simply an extension of school.
Unlike home tuition, students who work on projects outside of school get more opportunities to cooperate with other people, which helps improve social skills dramatically.
Working with other people also help them better understand their strengths and weaknesses. The exposure also unlocks their self-confidence to reflect on the mistakes they made instead of being an ostrich, ignoring the mistakes they made.
Parents often make the mistake of deterring extra-curricular activities, which are thought to be the cause of failing grades.
But that’s often not the case.
For one thing, kids are easily distracted. Cell phones, Youtube, playtime, etc.
Anything and everything will pull a kid’s attention away.
It’s rare that kids can finish their homework in one shot. So self-management should be at the top of kid’s to-do list.
In fact, adding extracurricular activities, sports, and other obligations to a student’s schedule teaches him or her how to use their time time wisely and how to be focused in order to do that.
Find purpose in life
Having other focuses in your kid’s life let your kid knows that grades matter, but it’s not everything.
Unlike home tuition, enrichment activities taps into possible interests and potential.
It also distinguishably diminish chances of self-undermining, especially when they’re not performing well in school. And that can improve their malleability to accept challenges in future.
For all you know, they could have higher achievements from their violin lessons. It’ll be a waste not to explore your kid’s possibilities.
Extending learning activities beyond the 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. time slot might not be a bad thing after all.
Putting your child through enrichment activities is an underrated way to develop your child as a whole. The skills they obtained through these lessons—creativity, radical thinking, logic skills, etc.—activate their deepest potential and establish a firm under-structure for their future endeavours.