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Benefits of Extra Curricular Activities Children of all age groups need a break space from their usual routines of school, homework and daily chores, that does not involve screen time in any form, and to stimulate their mind and body more, to keep them focused, and to keep them stress-free.
That is where extra-curricular activities come into the picture. An activity that is not related to the child’s academic curriculum, something that greatly interests him is exactly that. Extra curricular activities can be indoor or outdoor.
What can start as a normal fun activity can gradually be structured, if there is interest, time and resources and can develop into a new major skill, apart from academics. Nevertheless, the main aim of encouraging the children to engage in one or more extra-curricular activities is to improve their physical, emotional, intellectual strength and social skills.
Co-curricular activities are those activities that are outside of regular but usually complementing the regular curriculum. SpellingBee and Olympiad competitions are a few examples.
Extracurricular activities are defined as those school-based activities that are not tied to the curriculum.
Examples can be music, an outdoor sport or an indoor game, painting, gardening, dance, martial arts, craft works, sewing and stitching, Theatre, Reading/Book Clubs etc.
Why is it important to have an extracurricular activity
Some major benefits of extra curricular activities are –
The child will develop proficiency in a particular area over time. This will improve his self esteem and his confidence.
Children will be facing new situations and dealing with them enables them to develop their skills. Each experience will add on to their abilities and help them to apply their previous knowledge in new and different ways.
Children will be getting opportunities to fine tune their leadership skills, taking up responsibilities, fulfilling them or at least strive to.
Children will learn how to put across their thoughts in a manner that is easily understood by others. They will tend to be more aware of how others perceive what is said and be able to communicate in the right manner depending on the situation.
Juggling various activities along with school work will make them understand the importance of time. They will learn to use time in a wise manner. They will learn how to prioritise what’s important.
Child when becomes involved in extracurricular activities starts to interact more with children and adults who are not from his own school or family. Children might even meet people whom they would not be otherwise likely to be interacting within the normal scenario. This broadens their social circle.
Children will learn to be more focused and organised to make his routine flow smoothly. They will understand the importance of planning well and then following through with the plans. They will grow to be flexible to accommodate the unavoidable changes and setbacks.
As a parent, as you understand the importance of one or two extracurricular activities for your child, it is equally important to realize we are not aiming him to make a superstar or a champion, but basically making him grow up to be an individual with a solid mind body. It should be the child’s choice and interest that drives him to become what he wants to be.