Extra-curricular activities are very beneficial for a child’s overall development, as they learn a variety of transferrable key skills. An extra-curricular activity could be anything from guitar lessons or choir, to being part of a football or other sports team. Simply put, they are any type of club or activity that a child is involved in during their spare time. I have teamed up with an independent school in Berkhamsted to explore the benefits of extra-curricular activities in further detail.
Firstly, children who have hobbies outside of school must learn to balance their schedules, finding time for their activity, as well as continuing to complete their homework, chores and socialisation. Being able to manage one’s time effectively is an important skill that will serve them well both now and, in the future, when they have jobs and other commitments. Universities and employers look favourably upon applicants who are able to demonstrate personal interests and the ability to juggle multiple obligations.
Some extra-curricular activities, like sports or drama, are very sociable hobbies. They encourage young people to work as part of a team, follow instructions and generally just become great communicators. This provides them with an opportunity to build strong relationships with likeminded people who share the same interests.
While less sociable, music lessons, like piano, violin, guitar etc, provide young people with an opportunity to develop other important life skills, like the importance of practising and persevering. These skills will help your child perform well in school, as they will know to never give up, even when it’s tough.
It’s likely that your child’s school will provide various extra-curricular activities for them to get involved in, so get in touch with their teachers if you’re unsure. If not, there will be plenty of options in your local town. Just make sure that your child actually wants to take part in the activity, otherwise they will not be able to take full advantage of the many benefits involved.