From an early age, children need to try several activities to find out what suits them and what makes them happy. These activities allow them to explore various interests that they may have.
But why is it so important for a kid
to do an extracurricular activity ?
Extracurricular activities will bring for sure lots of benefits for your kid. Here are a few examples:
Learning about commitment
When a child is involved in an extracurricular activity, it's the first step for him to learn about commitment. Indeed, when they join an activity or a club they commit themselves to that activity for a period of time and they invest themselves to it. Learning to take on commitment from an early age is important and it can help them for the future.
Escape from school
It's also a way for them to escape from school and think about something else. It's really important in their growth as a person to open up and see differents things than what they learn at school. They'll get a large open-mindedness.
Obviously, extracurricular activities are a great way for your kid to make friends outside of school. They'll probably have to evolve in teams or pairs. Whether it will create solid relationships or on the contrary (but in my opinion, it's rare), they might not get on with the other kids. In this case, the positive side is that they'll learn to find a way to keep cordial relations with the ones they don't get on with. It's another aid for their future.
Raises self esteem
In some way, being involved in an extracurricular activity allow your child to make a contribution. They feel important, proud. And this gives a boost to your kid's self esteem.
The benefits of arts in children development
Arts have various forms : drawing, painting, making music, dancing, the theater, and many more. Children naturally love art and rub it from an early age but some have a tendancy to neglect it in favor of another activity.
However in my opinion, we should encourage kids to continue to do arts because it has many benefits.
First of all (and I'd say, above all), arts are a way for a child to express themselves. Thanks to arts, a child doesn't need to put words on his feelings (which is sometimes difficult for them), they can simply let their creativity speak for themselves. And sometimes, it reveals a lot about them, their feelings and their personnality.
Then, if your child does an artistic activity, he might improve some skills. Indeed, according to Americans for the Arts, « arts programs can be particularly beneficial in helping young children to develop their cognitive, motor and language skills. It can also help to improve memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, enhance communication and listening skills ».
Your kid also learns to observe, describe, analyze and interpret. He goes beyond just learning a skill to express his personal voice and opinion. He discovers that there is more than one right answer because thanks to the arts, he has multiple points of views.
Eventually, arts increase positive facets of a child's personnality. Arts develop a child's creativity and imagination. He possesses another way of thinking and understanding. There is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his artistic creations so it builds confidence.
Besides, arts introduce children to cultures from around the world so he becomes more open-minded and tolerant.
To sum up it all, arts are very beneficial for your child's development. It brings him special skills which may help him throughout his life. And he learns in having fun, we couldn't ask for better !