Extra-curricular classes refer to additional classes that a child may be enrolled into. Though it pertains largely to non-academic classes, some types of academic-oriented classes can also be included in this category.
Nowadays, most parents prefer to keep their children occupied than idle. They enrol them into a host of extra-curricular activities throughout the week so that they have no opportunity to become wayward. However, there should be a method for deciding which classes to opt for.
Interest of the Child
The primary concern of every parent should be that the child concentrates on his/her academic curriculum, and any other classes are additional. Hence, these additional classes must be in an area that interests the child, otherwise there will be a constant tussle between the child and parent with the former refusing to attend these classes, or doing so under duress. The interest of a child in a particular activity is of utmost importance because in order to do well and enjoy the activity, he/she must have a love for it.
Conflict with other Classes
Some extra-curricular classes, though non-academic, may be in conflict with regular school work. For example, joining a reading class is akin to reading in school, or joining art classes is akin to an art class in school. The methodologies used may be different and hence the classes will be in conflict with one another; and the different methodologies used may just confuse the child.
Distance from Home
All additional activities/ classes should be in proximity to the residence. After a full day at school, and with homework to be done, a child should not have to travel too far, unless it is on weekends when there is more time on hand.
The timing for the extra-curricular class should be such that it does not clash with meal/play/homework time. These classes should be during general free time.
It is good to expose children to a variety of activities so that they increase their experiences. But, it should not be done in a forceful manner. The children must enjoy what they do in order to do it well.