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How To Choose the Best Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are an important part of every child's social and academic enrichment. Whether you are looking for something new and interesting for your child to get into or encouraging your youth's passions, finding the right extracurricular activities can be a difficult task. As music and arts programs are increasingly being cut from public schools, many private schools are putting a higher focus on artistic endeavors within extracurricular activities. 25% of the schools in the United States of America are private schools, accounting for 10% of all pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Private schools are becoming the best choice for your child to receive the most balanced education.

So, how do you decide which private school extracurricular activity is best?

  • Figure out what kind of kid you have…

    • Every kid is different. While being different, children often have similar motivations. If your child is an overachiever they are likely to succeed in just about any private school extracurricular activity. They might also be really good at balancing a lot of activities, allowing them to try lots of different things.

    • Other kids really just want a space to be social. For them, the extracurricular activity becomes an opportunity to hang out. If you know in advance that your child just wants a space to play with friends you can target activities with less structure and more social interactions.

    • It gets difficult if your child lands somewhere in the middle. They may want to do 'something special,' not just to hang out, but because they are really want to focus on something. Giving your child a chance to explore different activities will help them nail down what they actually want.

  • Think about what you hope they'll get out of it…

    • Where their own motivations are a huge component of a good extracurricular activity, you will want the activity to have a benefit for your child long term. By selecting activities that focus on arts and music, kids are able to expand their knowledge of the world and enhance both science and reading skills. A lot of music is created using complex mathematics. Arts activities enhance academics significantly.

    • Another important focus is leadership skills. Activities like debate team and student council promote leadership and public speaking abilities that your child will use throughout their entire life. These skills also lead to community service and world citizenship.

When it comes to private school extracurricular activities, even in a private elementary school, you must take into account what your kid can handle. Child psychologists highlight the importance of knowing your child's own limitations. If doing three to four activities a week --even if they are all the kid's favorite thing in the whole world -- begins to overwhelm your child the added stress will have a negative impact on their behavior and school-work. For some, the better option is to take advantage of the summer months to provide that enrichment opportunity. Summer arts programs are a great alternative to traditional extracurriculars.

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