All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
We are sure you must have heard this adage before, and we'd like to take this opportunity to point out that it definitely holds a whole lot of relevance. While academic excellence is of primary concern for almost all parents and a handful of students, the importance of extra - curricular activities and leading an active school life cannot be undermined.
When we say active, we don't just mean sports, but active intellectually as well cognitively. An all-immersive art / sculpture class, a theatre program, being a part of the debate team.. all these activities/programs go a long way in shaping the personality, temperament and future of the child.
Below, we list consolidated and comprehensive reasons on why participating in extra-curricular activities must be encouraged.
1. Builds Social Skills
When a child participates in extra-curricular activities, he/she interacts with peers, seniors, juniors and teachers in an environment that is outside the academic zone. Naturally this interaction helps is building social skills as communication becomes key when dealing with so many people!
2. Broadens Perspectives
The fact that a child is engaged in activities outside the classroom means that he/she has the opportunity to broaden his/her horizons and perspectives. The act of being engaged in multiple activities gives the child the opportunity to apply his/her mind in a different manner and in a diverse direction.
3. Builds Personality
A child that is engaged and active beyond the classroom is bound to develop higher levels of confidence, and personality + emotional traits like empathy, compassion among others.
4. Better Time Management
A skill that is of paramount importance among adults! And what could be better than to learn this skill when one is young. Participating in multiple activities, balancing studies with hobbies is a great way to learn time management and to incorporate the same in daily life.
5. Knowing What You Love!
There's no way one will know what they love to do until they do it. Hence, with a view to start early in life, think of participating in extra curricular activities as a great way of knowing and understanding what you love to do!
There you have it! A few but very important pointers on why participating in extra curricular activities is extremely important.