Under the Umbrella: Part of the Team – The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

What does it mean to raise a child with a “well-rounded” education? Certainly it means teaching your child the importance of academics and encouraging him to study hard, complete assignments, and achieve good grades. But academics is only one component of raising a well-rounded student. To become well-rounded, children need to be exposed to a plethora of diverse activities and have the space to explore an array of activities. For school-aged children, one of the best place to find these types of activities is at school, through extracurricular activities.
Under the Umbrella: Part of the Team - The Benefits of Extracurricular ActivitiesThere are many benefits to getting your child involved in extracurricular activities, some of which are highlighted below. By and large, the biggest benefit is that students who participate in such school activities tend to be happier, healthier, and more successful overall. Some additional benefits include:

  • Building Relationships: Participating in school activities helps students form new relationships and expand their circle of friends by exposing them to like-minded peers who share a common interest.
  • Learning Key Skills: Through school activities, children will have the opportunity to learn many new and essential skills. They can learn values such as practice, teamwork, achieving long term goals, maintaining commitments, and time management. All these skills will be invaluable as they grow into adulthood.
  • Building Confidence and Self Esteem: Gaining friends, learning new skills, and succeeding at activities helps students build confidence and a sense of self-esteem that can carry them as they confront the many challenges of growing up.
  • Achieving More Academically: Numerous studies have shown that students who participate in extracurricular activities have fewer absences, score better on standardized tests, have a higher GPA, and are more likely to earn college degrees than their peers who do not participate in school activities.

iStock_000015059911_SmallWhether a child is scoring the winning goal as a member of the soccer team, debating the finer points of Newton’s Laws of Motion in Physics Club, or writing a hard hitting exposé on the cafeteria menu for the school paper, they are reaping many key benefits by participating in extracurricular school activities.

At the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, we support all of the hard work your family is doing to ensure the children in your home have the best chance for success. Please remember that we are here for you! If you need someone to talk to, referrals to additional resources, or information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 414-475-1246, 800-762-8063, or info@coalitionforcyf.org.

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