Education is often associated with textbooks and tests, classrooms and desks, grades and sets. There are so many aspects of education, so many dimensions to what constitutes a good experience. The truth is schools offer much more than just lessons and teachers, it is a place where students meet and develop social skills, practise communication and create friendships. With the recent controversies surrounding this year’s GCSE and A level grades, there seems to be a large focus on quantifying this experience which can take away the beauty from the process.
Early years education is delicate, evidence shows that the education a child receives during early years (Ages 3-5) has a huge impact on their future attainment. Students studying GCSEs are either filled with confidence or nerves. Education is a feeling as much as it is quantifiable. Of course, good grades make a huge difference in one's life but today we want to focus on co-curricular activities.
Co-curricular activities help students to become creative, self-confident and develop a range of skills. Here is our breakdown for the best co-curricular activities you can do at home.
Art can be relaxing and is a creative outlet to express yourself. Art allows you to stimulate their creativity and imagination, develop concentration and improves focus. It also encourages you to open your thinking while developing and exercising your motor skills. A perfect co-curricular activity for students who want a creative outlet.
2. General Knowledge
Everyone loves to talk to a person who is updated about the happenings of the world. Reading a newspaper or going through general knowledge books can give a sharp edge to your personality. One can never know it all, it is an ongoing process. The brain is a muscle and improving your general knowledge exercises your brain.
3. Yoga and Meditation
Evidence shows yoga reduces stress and anxiety while improving memory and attention spans. Yoga aids children suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by reducing inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Yoga also promotes mindfulness and helps to bring peace to mind.
Writing helps people clear their mind, putting your thoughts into your notes app or onto a notebook helps you to express your thoughts into words. It’s also an opportunity to be creative and improve your communication skills. Writing goes beyond school purposes and allows you to connect with yourself. It can also be used to encourage organisation skills and note-taking when studying or working.
5. Learn a Language
Did you know that children learn languages faster and easier? Early age children have more time to learn, less to learn, fewer inhibitions, and a brain designed for language learning. There are cognitive benefits too! Language challenges children to recognise new characters, written scripts, vocabulary, intonation etc which improves the functioning of the brain and boosts memory power.
Dance helps you live a healthy and active lifestyle but evidence also shows there are several other benefits to dancing such as; better coordination, greater self-esteem, greater self-motivation, improved mental dexterity and better social skills. These skills are transferable inside and outside the classroom and will benefit students to develop the skills they need to flourish.
Chess is a board game of strategic skill that improves concentration and teaches planning and foresight. Chess is associated with intelligence. Playing chess can lead to an increase in IQ, exercises both sides of the brain, develops problem-solving skills and increases creativity. Players are thinking ahead during their games the same way students are encouraged to think ahead in their studies.
When it comes to developing leadership, critical thinking and communication skills, look no further than debating! Debating gives students the chance to explore the world through the lens of an inquisitive mind and discover passions through effective tools for research, organization and presentation while developing social and public speaking skills.
Co-curricular activities should be balanced with the academic curriculum so that every student gets to learn beyond subjects. Co-curricular activities are meant to bring social skills, intellectual skills, moral values, personality progress and character appeal in students. Developing these skills will increase your child’s chances of success.
We wanted to share this information with you because we want to help your child succeed. We believe in altruism and want to help your child grow, thrive and flourish. Give your child the guidance and support they need to start a co-curricular activity.
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