Extracurricular activities as a reinforcement of learning in the classroom
Now that the school year has just started, it’s time for parents to decide which extracurricular activities our children will take part in. Will they continue with paddle tennis lessons, or should we sign them up for maths reinforcement?
At first glance, many of us parents make a simple judgement if we don’t want it to affect their school performance, i.e. we opt for activities of a more theoretical nature. Maths or English classes, we think, will benefit their school grades. On the other hand, those of a less academic nature are dispensable, aren’t they?
This way of thinking is the norm in our society. In fact, a study carried out in Spain with more than 10,000 children between the ages of 8 and 16 revealed a striking decline in the practice of sport among girls, with a drop of almost 25% between the ages of 11 and 16, according to The Conservation
Why opt for extracurricular sports activities?
Discarding sports activities is counterproductive. Extracurricular activities improve the educational level, interpersonal relationships and increase pupils’ motivation. And if we add to all this the fact that discarding sports activities could have repercussions on what our children will be like in the future, among other things because they will have a greater tendency to be overweight, the decision is not a trivial one.
The question is so serious that it has already been raised by a number of researchers. The latest results reveal that, far from leading to academic failure, participation in extracurricular sports activities may contribute to academic success.
Sport improves academic performance
In Spain, in particular, the study analysing the activities of children and adolescents found positive associations between out-of-school physical activity and academic achievement. Those who practised some sport had a higher academic level than the rest of their classmates. With an added benefit: students who play sport spend fewer hours of screen time (less sedentary) and feel healthier.
Extracurricular activities at Agora International School Madrid
At Agora International School Madrid we firmly believe that sports help to develop and promote values such as perseverance, self-improvement and teamwork, also boosting social skills, but we also trust in the power of music. Music and the expressive arts are key to children’s all-round development. These two subjects bring enormous cognitive and personal benefits, as well as enhancing their communication skills.
For all this, we have sports activities, Sing and Dance Project Performing Arts School, Fabordón Music School, Visual Arts activities, Creative and Wellness activities, language school and academic reinforcement, Technology, an English debate club and much more. With this wide range of activities we activate all parts of the brain, encourage sport, movement, a sense of belonging, social relations and reinforce our pupils’ knowledge. In this way, we close the perfect circle where music education, sport, creative and performing arts and multilingualism are at the heart of the educational project.
Through extracurricular activities we focus on their strengths, we strive to enhance the physical, intellectual and social development of our students. Through these activities, they will acquire greater control of their time and learn to organise themselves. They will also learn to coordinate in a team, to relate to new classmates and to work on respect and tolerance towards others.
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