What are the Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities for Children?

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When considering your child’s learning and development, you probably tend to focus on their academic life and how they are performing in school. However, the way they spend their time outside of the classroom will also have a huge influence on the sort of person they grow up to be and the range of skills they have. Extra-curricular activities, for instance, are very beneficial in helping your child develop on a personal level, while allowing them to spend their time in a productive and healthy manner. I have teamed up with an independent school in Richmond to explore these benefits in further detail.

Many parents are worried about how much time their kids are spending behind a screen, whether that be a TV, a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. While it’s ok in moderation, too much screen time can be very damaging for a child’s physical and mental health, as well as their performance in school. With that in mind, you may want to consider encouraging your child to join some sort of extra-curricular activity. It will help get them out of the house and using their time in a more beneficial manner. 

Obviously, the skills your child learns through their chosen extra-curricular activity when depend on the activity itself. For instance, if they start having music lessons, they will learn the importance of practising and being patient and determined. As they start to become more proficient at playing the instrument, they might begin performing in front of others, which will give them a huge confidence boost. Being part of a sports team or drama club is a more social activity, and will help your child with their communication skills and ability to work as part of a team to help reach a common goal. No matter what sort of activity your child chooses to participate in, they will be forced to manage their time more effectively so that they can juggle all of their commitments. 

Regardless of the activity itself and the skills learned, future universities and employers will look favourably on young people who have demonstrated an interest in something outside of school. That, in itself, is a fantastic reason to encourage your youngster to join a club or learn an instrument. There are tonnes to choose from and you might even find that the school offers a range of options. Alternatively, have a look online for clubs and activities in the local area. 

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