Maintaining a high level of interest in academics as well as co-curricular activities is vital for the all-round development of the students.
Here are some tips to help your child balance academics and co-curricular.
Change in Education pattern:
Most regular schools don't offer subjects such as arts, sports, or music. Although this is slowly changing due to growing interest in pursuing these subjects, they are still considered niche subjects. International schools, on the other hand, offer these subjects right from Grade 1 up until Grade 12. These schools have excellent theatre and music programs with a multicultural international faculty.
Although most students don't have the cognitive skills to organise their schedules independently until middle school, teachers start teaching them how to plan and prioritize their time from Kindergarten onwards.
Time management is a vital skill that helps students prioritise tasks, accurately judge the amount of time needed to complete them, and balance time between learning and playing.
Many schools ensure that their students participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Inter-school competitions in swimming, soccer, basketball, and other sports are conducted throughout the year. The schools also conduct several festivals to celebrate the arts and to nurture creativity and encourage expression in students.
Importance of extra-curricular activities:
Research has shown that extra-curricular activities create interest in students and encourage them to participate earnestly in academic activities. This keeps the students, faculty, parents, and peers motivated for higher realms of achievement.
Contribution of parents and Teachers:
Teachers and parents should jointly work out how best to divide equal time and interest for their students between the two. A review of the activities offered has to be undertaken periodically to ensure that the students are not falling behind in either of them. Based on the review, suggestions can be made by teachers to students about how to improve in any particular area.