How to succeed with extracurricular activities

Beyond the doors of the classroom, children can learn many other skills and acquire new knowledge thanks to the extracurricular activities. But you have to know how to choose them so that they adapt to your needs and develop the most beneficial aspects of your skills and competencies.

The first rule is to avoid excess of activities leave the children free time. Sometimes between school hours, homework and too many activities it ends up overwhelming the child with responsibilities that also end up leaving him without any leisure time in which to relax. In the early educational stages, free play remains fundamental.


Benefits of extracurricular activities

Pediatricians say that the activities are a good tool to expand the curriculum of the little ones. For example, going to a language school will allow children in the future to include the mastery of a foreign language in their abilities at the time of writing. Search for a job. Others, such as computer science, will also be good when the child knows how to move in a world where new technologies are increasingly present.

At the same time, sports will also benefit children because they guarantee the usual practice of physical exercise. Of course, pediatricians warn that you always have to explain to the little ones they should not feel bad if they check that they are not good at certain activity.


Often these practices end up deriving in competitions that can cause a reduction in the child's self-esteem.

 

5 tips to get the extracurricular activity

The pediatricians insist that despite all the benefits of having a child enrolled in an extracurricular activity, it must first be taken into account that the child still has free time to play. You must ensure a leisure time to recharge batteries, to encourage the creativity, to interact with other children. According to these professionals, every parent must take this into account when deciding if their child should go to one of these places:

1. That the extracurricular activities leave time to play, and that the supervision of the caregivers does not turn into a continuous planning that loads them of obligations.


2. That the activities are oriented to move, interact with other children, learn, stay in shape and not achieve results and compete.

3. That they be appropriate for age and that motivate the child and that do not suppose an overload in their already tight school agenda.

4. When they get home they have time to rest, which may imply doing nothing, which can sometimes be a very necessary activity.

5. Value activities that can be done as a family. Sometimes the agenda of parents and children prevent them from enjoying a while together. In this sense, some practices such as family cooking courses allow them to spend more time.

Damián Montero

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