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November 28, 2018 / By firstname.lastname@example.org
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is an apt proverb which implies that hard and industrious work is necessary to achieve our goals in life. However, concentration on work alone with no recreation tends to make a person dull and unsociable.
The above holds very true for school kids and learning as only academics is not the way to go in today’s education system because it is supposed to contribute in the overall development of children, and academics alone cannot do that.
Let’s take a look at the advantages of extracurricular activities for school children:
- Enhanced academic performance
This is probably the most important advantage of taking part in extracurricular activities as it counters the belief that such activities affect a child’s academic performance. In fact, many studies have shown that school children who participate in extracurricular activities have a distinct improvement in the grades. This can be attributed to the skills they learn such as better time management, better organizational skills and a boost in their self-esteem.
- Improved time management skills
While being engaged in different types of extracurricular activities, a student learns how to manage and balance their academics schedule with their hobbies. They need to know how to incorporate the co-curricular activities into their school life and spare enough time for each. They also learn how to plan out their day to include study and co-curricular activities time, and also learn how to make use of any free time they may have. Such students are also very less likely to procrastinate.
- New and useful skills
Children learn new productive skills that prove to be very useful in their school life and day-to-day activities. They learn diverse skills such at ethical play, teamwork, better social skills, and critical thinking. According to recent studies, school students who regularly participate in extracurricular activities were found to have better leadership skills and learnt how to relate better with their peers.
- Improved self confidence
One of the main objectives of organizing extracurricular activities is to provide students better fitness and induce a sense of unity, sportsmanship, competitive spirit, leadership and cooperation. All that collectively help in improving the self-confidence of students.
- Making new friends
Friends are people whom we remember all our lives. And when it comes to school friends, they are ones a child stays with the most after their parents. Participating in extracurricular activities help children make new friends, get familiar with them, make better choices as who to choose for company, develop helping habits and a lot more. All these things help the children in their regular curriculum as well as the future.
- More opportunities
For school students, engaging in regular extracurricular activities increases their chances of gaining admission into universities and also paves the way for better higher education. It is often observed that most reputed universities nowadays check what the student offers apart from their academics, and that is where extracurricular activities come in. Some students have gotten scholarships into prestigious universities due to their artistic abilities or sports such as athletics, chess and football.
We, at Montfort World School, also believe that such extracurricular activities play an equally important role as academics in the overall mental and physical development of school children. That is why, we consistently organize various co-curricular activities in different areas like fine arts, sports, quiz, debates, music, dance and many more for our children and provide them different platforms where they strive to become the best version of themselves and learn new things that really matter and will help them in the near and far future.