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Supporting Success in School Through Extracurricular Activities


Have you ever considered taking your student out of sports or extracurriculars when they struggle with their grades or have behavioral issues? You are not alone! It is natural to believe that focusing solely on academics will improve your child’s academic performance. However, extracurricular activities benefit your child in many ways, providing them with valuable skills and a sense of purpose. While it may seem counterintuitive to “distract’ your student, the movement and structure of extracurriculars are crucial for your student and can help them succeed in school! Let’s examine three main reasons you should incorporate extracurricular activities into your child’s schedule.

  1. Movement and structure are good for the brain– Did you know that movement is crucial to your child’s learning? Physical activity increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improving memory and thinking ability. The part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning. So, when you activate your body through exercise, you kickstart your brain! This connection directly connects to success in school. Students who engage in daily physical activity show better classroom performance and have a more positive attitude toward school. Extracurriculars offer a fun way to bring physical activity into their routine. It doesn’t have to be limited to sports; even mild exercise for a few minutes can make a difference. 
  2. Extracurriculars can improve the academic experience– Research shows a strong connection between participation in extracurricular activities and academic success. Students who engage in after-school sports or clubs tend to have higher GPAs, SAT and ACT scores, and a greater likelihood of graduating high school. These benefits extend beyond grades and test scores- these activities build interpersonal skills and promote positive relationships with peers and adults. The beauty of this is that it doesn’t matter what extracurricular it is as long as they get involved. 
  3. Extracurriculars provide purpose and reason for school– For many students, the highlight of their day lies outside the classroom. Participation in extracurricular activities gives your child a sense of purpose and belonging. They become more motivated in the classroom by developing friendships, increasing their regard for school, and strengthening their engagement. Extracurriculars foster communication, leadership, and responsibility. Not only can this aid in developing discipline and accountability in your child, but it can also help them gain confidence in their skills and find their worth beyond academic performance.

Extracurriculars offer more than just a diversion; they provide an essential outlet for your child’s development. From improving cognitive function through movement to increasing academic performance and nurturing a sense of purpose, these activities contribute to a well-rounded education. Rather than sidelining these activities, they should be embraced as a vital component of your child’s journey. 

For More:

Benefits of Extracurricular Activities 

Effect of Sports on Student’s Academic Performance 

How Movement Impacts Learning 

Extracurricular Activities and Student Motivation

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