There are plenty of reasons why your child should be attending extracurricular clubs when they’re at the school. They allow your child to try out new hobbies, help them make friends, and – sorry for bringing it up now – may one day give their CV a little extra boost. And they also give you an extra or so to take care of all the tasks you barely get time to do when your little ones are in tow! Below, we take a look at few of the best ones you can sign your little superstar up for.
Of all the regrets that most people have when they enter their twenties, none are quite as familiar as: ‘I wish I had played an instrument when I was younger.’ The case for taking music lessons after school is compelling. Your child will be able to sample a range of instruments without any cost whatsoever, they’ll make new friends, and it may one day lead to them being paid thousands just for playing to an audience. OK, that last one is a bit of a stretch, but there are real benefits – it’ll improve academic performance, instill patience, and expose your child to other cultures and musical styles beyond what they hear on the radio.
The benefits of being in a sports club stretch far beyond the boost in physical health it’ll provide, though that is important. If your child is playing netball or football, they’ll learn the importance of working together as a team, how to manage victories and losses, and learn to respect the decisions of those in charge. They’ll also learn the art of healthy competition – and gain a sense of belonging – when they and their friends are wearing football or netball kits for school sports teams and competing against other schools. And perhaps most importantly of all: they’ll have fun!
Schools have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to children’s education, and that can mean that the “less important subjects” don’t get the level of attention they deserve. By joining an art, crafts, or drama club, your child will be able to further their skills in an environment that allows them to shine. They’ll also have many more opportunities to try different styles of acting, dancing, or drawing than they would during a typical school lesson.
Your child might be a whizz at one particular subject, be it chemistry, English literature, or technology. If so, encourage them to get involved with any clubs that are built around that subject. He or she will have the opportunity to meet other students who are equally passionate about the subject, and also be able to use all the resources available at the school in a way that couldn’t be possible during school hours.
There’s not a club for everything, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be. If your child has a passion not presently represented in an extracurricular activity, speak to their teacher and see if it’s possible to set one up: schools are usually responsive to this kind of thing!