Homework time can sometimes be a hassle. Getting the kids to focus and complete assignments may seem impossible some days. However, there may be a remedy to help with your children’s focus. Studies have shown that children who are involved with extracurricular activities have improved their academic performances.
What is an extracurricular activity (ECA)?
Parents often think that sports are the only ECA that is available for their child to participate in, but sports isn’t the only option. An extracurricular activity is any activity that falls outside of you or your children’s academic curriculum.
Here are seven reasons as to why your kids should be involved with an extracurricular activity.
Getting your child involved with an ECA will build confidence. Being involved with an after-school program will allow your kids to master new skills. An environment that gives your child self-respect is one that is stress-free and allows them to relax and have fun! Giving them this time will also help them to refocus and recall the criteria that they are studying at school.
2. Time Management
Adding another event to the calendar may seem hectic to start out, but it will teach your child time management at an earlier age. Challenge your kids to get their things together the night before they participate in their ECA.
3. Social Development
ECA will help your children to make new friends. It will also allow them to make a contribution to a team or your community, which will help them prepare for life outside of academics.
Activities that require your children to work together with other kids toward a common goal is excellent. Whether its sports teams, clubs, or playing games with other children in the park, working with others will help your child to develop good teamwork skills.
5. Goal Setting
After-school activities will develop your children’s goal setting techniques. Whether it’s winning a game or getting a lead role in the school play, these activities will help your child to work on setting goals and have fun at the same time.
6. Explore Interest
Being able to choose from multiple activities will help your child find out what they 're passionate about outside of academics. Finding out their passions and discovering new talents will build their dignity and allow them to explore a diverse interest.
7. College Preparation
College may seem like it’s far away, but everything that your children does now will help them prepare for college. Colleges look at the activities that students are involved in outside of academics. Student’s that are involved in ECA are more likely to graduate from college.
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Remember, extracurricular activities aren't just playing sports or being in competition. Being a part of a club or team can be something that your children create by meeting up with other kids in the community to play games in the park. Allowing your children that time to step away from academics and electronics will help them to develop skills that will assist them throughout their adult life.
Here is a list of programs and locations throughout the county of San Diego that provide extracurricular activities for your children.