Will enrichment programs make your child a better student?
While enrichment programs that provide alternative teaching methods work for some children, they may not for others. Experts say that finding an enrichment program that suits your child’s learning style is what is crucial, not having a program itself.
Teaching methods that don’t maximize a child’s learning potential can cause him or her to lose interest in what is being taught. It’s also important that the program complements how the child learns in his or her regular school to avoid confusion or contradiction.
Another disadvantage for children enrolled in enrichment programs is the pressure to return high grades. Studies show that this can result in children having higher anxiety levels and lower self-esteem than those who are not doing better academically.
Burn-out is another reason why these programs aren’t always ideal for kids. Children need adequate rest to prepare their mind and body for whatever they need to accomplish. Check your kids’ schedule, is it “fully booked”?
Some parents believe that enrichment programs will make their child excel in school. They sometimes forget to assess if their child can do without the program in the first place, or if their child actually enjoys being in the program.
Most enrichment programs and tutorial centers require parents to do follow-up at home. So ultimately, you are still your child’s best teacher.
Experts At Odds Over Early Learning—Preschool Tutoring Is Growing Business,” May 4, 2006, nbc4.tv
“Tutors for Tots—More families like the idea” by Jodi Helmer, The Christian Science Monitor, April 2005; csmonitor.com