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What Factors Influence the Effectiveness of an After School Program?

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While it is common for parents to sign their kids up for after school programs, due to work conflicts or other barriers, it is also common for parents to worry about their children while they are at the programs.

Are they having fun? Are they safe? Is this a long-term solution? What kind of support are they receiving? These are all questions parents must ask themselves regarding choosing a taekwondo after school program, and they are excellent questions, as they show you care about your child’s well-being.

We are happy to say that there are a few important factors that parents can look for when determining the effectiveness of an after-school program. If each of these factors is present, like they are at Dragon Taekwondo, your child is in great hands.

1.      Engagement

The best way for an after school martial arts program to be effective is to be engaging for the children that attend. If they find it to be fun and exciting, they will look forward to it day-after-day. This level of engagement prevents emotions that could get in the way of effectiveness, like boredom, frustration, or annoyance.

Not only does taekwondo provide a place for children to be active, social, and challenged, but it also teaches them a new skill, which will keep them engaged for a long time. Learning something new encourages pride and a sense of accomplishment, which makes children happy to return.

2.      Friendships

One of the biggest reasons children will either look forward to an after-school program or not want to attend is if they have friends there that they can spend time with. Making friends is so important, as it provides your child with someone to talk to, share their experiences with, and create memories with.

At Dragon Taekwondo, we use activities and taekwondo to facilitate collaboration, partnership, and sharing, which puts kids in situations to make friends, trust others, and build

3.      Support + Accomplishments

When your child is learning a new skill or exposed to a new environment, receiving support is essential. Encouragement and constructive criticism are both important to building confidence and self-esteem, which leads to ongoing participation. The more a child accomplishes through guidance, the more inclined they will be to return and learn more.

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a taekwondo after-school program at Dragon Taekwondo, you can rest easy knowing that our staff and instructors will provide them with the support they need to be successful.

At Dragon Taekwondo, we understand that parents have their children’s best interests in mind when choosing after school programs. We also know that not all programs are effective, which causes them to be difficult on the kids. We strive to create a supportive, inclusive, and fun community for children to learn, grow, and thrive within. For more information or any questions, please contact one of our representatives or visit our website.