There are benefits for your children when it comes to participating in team sports, scouts, and other groups inside and outside of school.
Even when it comes to the competition in some extra-curricular activities, your children are still learning important lessons.
You’ll also find that children enjoy having something to do outside of the house. They’ll bring their lesson in teamwork back home with them too.
Working as a Team
Teamwork is one of the biggest lessons of many after-school activities for kids, but it’s not the only one.
Participation in extra-curricular activities gives your children a chance to learn, grow, make friends, and have new experiences. It’s a chance for them to do something outside of school and home, which can be a great experience.
Here are some of the activities that schools, and other organizations, have available for children to participate in. If you’d like your child to have more extra-curricular involvement, these are some good places to start.
Sports are typically activities that children participate in through school. Some schools have pay-to-play programs, and most schools have some sort of rules on how good a student’s grades need to be in order to continue participating in a sport.
Which sports your child has to choose from will depends on what their school has to offer. They can often choose from things like basketball, football, soccer, and golf. But there are other sports as well.
For kids that are fans of sports, but don’t want to play any of the ones available, cheerleading is a great team event as well. Sports, including cheerleading, also teach your kid healthy habits (like fitness and dietary needs).
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are great chances for your children to learn all kinds of things – from how to tie a knot, to how to ride a horse. In any scouting troupe, your child earns badges for learning how to do new things. What they learn, like always being prepared, will go with them into adulthood.
If your child is musically inclined, or wishes they were, allow them to join a band or choir. They’ll learn so much from being part of these groups. Who knows, you might be raising the next rockstar or opera singer. Band isn’t a cheap “club” to join, but if you start them out with a used instrument to make sure they like it you’ll save money.
Debate team is a great place to get your future lawyer or politician started. If your child is great at talking and negotiating, they’ll do excellent on the debate team. This is also a great way to get shy kids to come out of their shells.
If your kid has a great imagination and their school has a drama program, this is the extra-curricular activity for them. Some schools do a play or production of some sort each year even when they don’t have an actual drama program. You can also look into local actors’ guilds and see if they have any after-school programs for kids of various ages.
Robotics has become extremely popular in the last few years. If your child likes computers, technology, and building things, robotics will give them something fun and educational to be a part of. If your child finds interest in robotics, it could lead to a fulfilling future career for them as well.
7. Yearbook/School Paper
For kids that enjoy photography and writing, yearbook and the school paper are great outlets. Not all schools have a school paper, but ambitious writers can always work on getting a school paper in the works. Many yearbook and school paper staffers go on to have careers as professional reporters and photojournalists.
If your child enjoys growing things, raising animals, and all things conservation, find out if there is a local 4-H group they can join. 4-H is about more than these things though – children also learn about health, science, and being a responsible citizen.
If your child does well in classes and has a subject they really enjoy and excel at, they may want to start tutoring as an after-school activity. Using their knowledge to help someone else succeed will give them a sense of accomplishment.
How to Get Your Kids to Join
Not all kids like group activities, but there are ways you can help them gain more interest in after-school and extra-curricular activities. Let them know about the benefits, like making new friends and learning new skills. Plus, they get to spend less time at home doing chores when they have tryouts and camping trips to participate in.
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