A few months ago, I had enrolled my daughter in a 5-day art and craft workshop. She quit
on the third day. She didn’t like the instructor. I tried persuading her to complete the
workshop as I had already paid for it. But, she refused. At that time, I realized that how nice
it would have been for her to attend a demo or trial class before I shelled out the money
Just the way, you can try an outfit in the trial room or test-drive a car before buying it!
I have learnt my lesson. Let me give you a few reasons why you should also request a demo
class for any hobby or activity provider.

Gauge Children’s Interest
Many times, parents sign up their children for an activity class without thinking that it may
not be to their preference. For example, you put children in robotics class but they want to
learn chess. A demo class would give you an idea of whether the activity sparks interest in
your children. It may also be possible that the children may like the demo and agree to
continue the subsequent sessions. If not, then you can always withdraw their name from
the activity after the demo. No harm done!

Understand Instructor’s Teaching Style
Like it happened in my daughter’s case, her reason for abandoning her class was that she
was unhappy with the instructor. The demo class will enable your children to experience the
instructor’s teaching style. The instructor may not be at fault with his or her method of
teaching – it’s just that every child has a different degree of learning ability and grasping
power. So, the style that works for one child may not work for your child.

Get a Hang of Fellow Participants
I have often noticed that some activity class providers throw open the registrations for age
groups that have a wide gap. For example, 6-12 years. Now, a 6-year-old’s mental and
physical faculties would obviously be different from that of a 12-year-old. A demo class is a
good way to know whether your children would be able to match the vibes with other
participants. Class dynamics are very important to develop the social skills of your children.

Determine the Course Framework
When the activity class provider shares the scope of the course or subjects that would be
covered, it gives you an idea about what to expect. But, at times, the scope or its context
may appear out of context during the actual class for your children’s age. It is also likely that
your children may not be able to understand the terminology used in the course despite
that it was meant to be for their age group. A demo class will help you to check whether
your children are comfortable with the course framework in terms of scope and ease of
understanding.

Save Money
I will be straightforward here. Money doesn’t grow on trees and it really pinches to see it
going waste. A demo class will ensure that you don’t lose your money just in case your
children don’t want to enrol in the class.

Most children’s service providers would not refuse you a demo or a trial class. Usually, it is
free of charge, but in case they charge a fee, it would be still worthwhile to pay less now
than lose more later. If you are looking for a free demo class, you can book it through
Kidwise. You can register your children for up to three free online demo classes in any
activity of their choice – music, chess, robotics, fitness, sanskar varg and many more on
Kidwise.

About Smita Omar

Smita is an ex banker who voluntary said adiós to a high flying career to explore the rocky yet beautiful terrain of motherhood. When she is not busy juggling between her naughty daughter and foodie husband, you can find her donning the hat of a freelance content developer-editor to keep her sanity intact. She has been a Work-From-Home-Mother for 8 years and turns to meditation when the going gets tough.

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