After School Enrichment Classes and Activities Help Early Development

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A child’s education shouldn’t begin and end in the classroom!  Classroom lessons cover the basics of knowledge, but after-school enrichment classes and activities can help in the cognitive development of your little one while encouraging them to develop their own interests and hobbies.  These are activities that can potentially pay off for your child for the rest of their lives!

A good Tribeca preschool will offer plenty of enrichment and after school classes, but as a parent, you can help as well.  Many activities can be done at home, and even be presented as fun playtime rather than as a learning activity.

Here are just a few great enrichment activities that can help early education and development.

Four Great After-School Enrichment Classes and Activities

1 – Programming 

There are plenty of “coding for kids” programs, and for good reason.  Learning to program computers is, on one hand, an amazing activity for encouraging creativity while making working products.  On the other hand, programming is going to be one of the most-needed jobs in the future world for decades to come.  A child’s hobby today could be a career in twenty years!

If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, look into child-friendly robotics kits.  Robotics teaches programming, but with a more practical real-world element. Playgarden Prep will start offering STEM classes for little ones what include science with real world experiments.

2 – Movement and exercise

Most schools offer sports but don’t overlook the importance of non-competitive exercise such as dance, yoga, and other forms of physical expression.  These activities help your child develop awareness and control over their bodies while understanding how to express themselves physically.

3 – Photography

All a child needs is a cheap phone, and they can become a photographer!  Photography is an amazing way to get your children to pay attention to the world around them and discovering the natural beauty that is everywhere. Plus, of course, photography is another form of art that’s great for improving self-expression and inquisitiveness into the natural world.

4 – Music performance and composition

You don’t need an expensive instrument to teach music to your child.  There are numerous free or cheap smartphone apps that act as musical instruments.  Also, compositional programs are cheap and easy to use.  “Trackers,” drum machines, and similar applications can allow even very small children to create pieces of music they can playback.

Playgarden Prep offers numerous enrichment classes and afterschool activities to stimulate children’s minds!  Click here to learn more about our curriculum and philosophies.