A new school year is here! Can you believe it? Nope, not us either. Whether your child is school aged or not, now is a good time to start thinking about which extracurricular activities you're going to enroll your child in. Extracurricular activities outside of the home and classroom provide children of all ages a multitude of benefits like socialization, physical activity, and so much more. Read on to check out 4 of the BIG benefits extracurricular activities for your child.
- Routine. Consistent, scheduled extracurricular activities help children anticipate what will happen next. This provides a sense of security, control, and confidence. For young children, involvement in extracurricular activities also provides structure to prepare them for school and beyond.
- Socialization. For younger children, extracurricular activities, like The Little Gym, provide an opportunity for children to develop and grow important social and communication skills. For older children, extracurricular activities help to strengthen communication skills and build friendships.
- Skill Development. Extracurricular activities allow children to explore new interests and skills which can help them find things that they are passionate about. This could be an affinity for a specific sport, playing an instrument, or even an interest in art. Developing new skills, and discovering those you like, can help build confidence and self-esteem.
- Active Play. Many extracurricular activities are movement based, these can include team sports, or programs like The Little Gym. Activities that include physical activity not only help to keep children healthy, they have also been proven to help children achieve better performance in the classroom.
It’s important to let your child explore a wide range of extracurricular activities to help them find which activities they like best. This will help them learn a multitude of skills and will set them up for success later on in life! To learn more about The Little Gym programs and to find a The Little Gym location near you visit www.thelittlegym.com.