A student’s future cannot be determined just on the basis of academics. The actual focus should be going beyond academics as well. There are a lot of activities that students should indulge in along with academics so as to ensure a healthy and smooth lifestyle.
The activities that are held at school apart from academics are called extracurricular activities. These activities include drama, sports, debate, student council, school publications, and many other social events. These activities are not a realm of the normal curriculum of schools. They are generally found in all levels of school. It is a vital element for the development of a student. It also forms a part of learning.
Why do we need extracurricular activities?
According to research and studies, it has been observed that there are positive advantages of extracurricular activities. These extracurricular activities call for some regular dedication in terms of spending time for them regularly. They form the base of providing opportunities to students to learn new skills and develop new passions. They have various benefits – academic, emotional, psychological, physical, social, and interpersonal skills.
Now let us look at some of the benefits of extracurricular activities:
● Child could acquire new skills:
Academics provide knowledge and help students in learning a lot non the less extracurricular activities also form a part of learning. It helps in developing the personality and skills of the students. These skill sets stay with the students throughout their life. They will somehow involve new activities which will lead the students to learn and develop completely new skills.
● Develop thinking skills:
Getting just indulged in academics cannot help students develop thinking skills. These extracurricular activities help students in boosting their analytical thinking which leads them to think and look for proper solutions to the challenges faced by them.
● Improves Academic Performance:
It is a common misconception among the parents that if their students will engage themselves in extracurricular activities then they will lose interest in academics which will thus lead to a fall in grades. It has been proved in various studies that they help in improving the academic performance of the students, increases the function of their brain, and also helps them concentrate better.
● Social skills and Interpersonal skills:
They allow students to interact and engage with other students which improves their social skills. It will overall help them in becoming confident, making new friends.
● Time Management:
Extracurricular activities in children are the key to learning time management skills. The involvement of students in extracurricular activities helps them in maintaining a balance between academics and these activities. This is how they will learn to manage time and further will improve their time management skills.
Thus, these activities are very essential and they impact the behavior of the students in a positive way. Walkertown Academy encourages students to participate in various extracurricular activities by providing them various opportunities. Let us know in the comments below about your thoughts on extracurricular activities!
The students who actively participate in extracurricular activities get a lot of benefits including higher grades, and test scores, higher educational achievements, more regularity in class attendance and higher self-confidence.
We agree to it and that’s the main reason for us to make it a mandate for our students.