Rush for summer workshops — how much is too much?


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 2, 2017, 1:26 AM; last updated: Jun 2, 2017, 1:26 AM (IST)

Children at a summer workshop on art in Amritsar. Tribune Photo

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Amritsar, June 1

If adults hate the summer season for scorching sun, long work hours and fatigue, kids love it for a long vacation and summer camps. The camps have become an important part of their growing up years.
A time to take a break from the academics and nagging parents to enjoy doing something they like. And because it has become a way to express and explore their potential, parents too wait for these fortnight-long epicenter of activities. But how much is too much for children, when parents go overboard with enrolling their kids in dozen hobby classes.
Almost every school turns into a camp in summers with no dearth of extracurricular activities that aim at inculcating interactive learning. Apart from the usual music, dance, art and crafts and sports that most schools offer, there are things like gaming, aerobics, English speaking, yoga, swimming, Martial arts and public speaking that help in holistic development of the child.
But a kid going to five hobby classes in the name of learning can be a bit too much, feels Rubina Singh, an artist, who holds workshops for children during summers.
“Summer workshops are the most creative and playful way to learn and a chance for them to choose their interest. But to put burden on them by getting them hoarded into four-five classes is a tad too much. I always tell parents to let them be free in choosing their own hobby and there will be more summer vacations next year. There is plenty of time for them to learn other things.” She adds that there is a mad rush among parents to get their kids into some summer workshop or the other.
Rachna Kalra, a choreographer, who reaches children aerobics and dance during summers, says that a single activity takes too much of the child’s attention and stamina. “Don’t rush kids into anything because they will not learn but only waste their time. They should not feel as of they are unwanted at home and so being kept away in the name of learning,” she added.
Her batch of students is limited to only 10-12 so that she can give individual attention to each kid.
So if your kid wants to learn cooking or swimming or to play squash, focus on him getting one class at a time.

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