Just-for-fun classes are similar to skills clubs. They focus on a particular area of interest, and are conducted by a teacher with expertise in that area. Children from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic ability attend these classes.
Art and music classes teach children hobbies. Learning to play a guitar is not only an enjoyable pastime, it offers your child another way to interact with his peers. Art is too often left out of the school curriculum. Developing an artistic ability also can lead to a lifelong hobby and even a future career.
If your child does not attend a hobby class, help him explore other hobby ideas. Creating a collection, biking, playing board games, baking, reading, and crafts are great hobbies. Planning a time to participate in the hobby with your child is a way to maintain a strong parent-child bond.
Exercise classes come in many forms. Some are simply exercise for its own sake. Others incorporate martial arts skills or dance. Consider a type of exercise class to help your child with coordination, stress relief, and self-confidence.
Learning a foreign language or how to build a model rocket are just two examples of just-for-fun classes. School basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic can't cover everything. Talk to your child about what he wants to learn, and then check community centers and libraries for just-for-fun learning classes.