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The Importance of Extracurricular Activities: Supporting Your Child’s Success in School


It is common to wonder whether you should limit your child’s participation in extracurricular activities when they struggle with their grades. It is natural to believe that focusing solely on academics will improve their performance. However, extracurricular activities can benefit your child in multiple ways, providing them with valuable skills and a sense of purpose. While it may seem counterintuitive to “distract’ your student, movement and structure are vital for students with executive functions and can help them in school.

Movement and Structure are Good for the Brain

Did you know that movement and structure are crucial to your child’s learning abilities? 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.

Your child can incorporate movement into their routine by engaging in extracurricular activities. It doesn’t have to be limited to sports; even mild exercise for a few minutes can make a difference. Extracurriculars also provide structure, helping students with executive function challenges to stay on task and regulate their behavior. These activities foster valuable skills that can positively impact your child’s performance in the classroom. 

Extracurriculars Can Improve the Academic Experience

Research shows a strong correlation between participation in extracurricular activities and academic success. Students who engage in after-school clubs or sports tend to have higher GPAs, SAT and ACT scores, and a greater likelihood of graduating high school. The benefits extend beyond grades and test scores- extracurriculars 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 are involved. Whether it’s joining band, theater, volunteering, or athletics, these activities contribute to your child’s personal growth and academic achievements. 

Extracurriculars Provide Purpose and Reason for School

It is essential to recognize that for many students, the highlight of their day lies outside the classroom. While this may seem like an interference, 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. 

Parenting a child who struggles with executive function can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. Let Untapped help!

For More: 

Don’t Blame Extracurricular Activities for Bad Grades

Extracurricular Activities and Student Motivation 

Extracurricular Activities: The Path to Academic Success

Participation in Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement: A 

Comprehensive Review

The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The Brain. New York

The Best Extracurricular Activities for Students with ADHD 

ADHD: Sports and Extracurricular Activities 

Extracurricular Activities: Privileges or Opportunities 

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