Extracurricular Activities = Academic Success

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Most studies find that children who participate in extracurricular activities are more successful academically than those who don’t.
  • Extracurricular activities that give children a chance to excel in the arts can make a huge difference in self-esteem. Weekly scheduled classes teach organization and time management.
  • Many extracurricular activities teach real-world skills and can lead to lifelong interests.
  • Teens and preteens who participate in extracurricular activities learn that they can make a difference and contribute to society. They also learn teamwork & leadership skills that may be important in the long urn in some of the academic subjects they study
  • Extracurricular activities also play a role in reducing drug and alcohol use and irresponsible sexual activity in older children and teens, especially those who otherwise would be on their own after school. The self-esteem and sense of purpose that children can get from serious involvement in extracurricular activities may help raise their aspirations and give them a reason to say “no” to risky behaviors.
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  • As important as the activities themselves are, so are the relationships that young people can build with the committed adults who teach or direct the activities.
  • For a child who may be having difficulty joining a group, the personal qualities of an instructor or leader are especially important.
  • Parents can help balance all the demands on their child’s time.
  • Parents must be willing to put in the time and effort to get their children to and from. You must remember that you are contributing to a different but important type of education for your child. You may even find that the time you spend in the car with your child can offer you new insight into their life, views, and friendships.

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