Benefits for Your Child

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  • The Education Experts

  • “Recent research confirms that involvement in extracurricular activities is more than just child’s play,” Duncan wrote in Family Matters: What is the Role of “Extracurricular” Activities? “School extracurricular activities and involvement in community clubs and organizations are important in fostering the strengths of youth, strengths that help young people steer away from undesirable behaviour.”

    — John H. Holloway
  • “Students who regularly participated in after-school programs surpassed their peers in academic performance. They also exhibited notable improvements in work habits and behaviour.”

    “These findings underscore the importance of high quality after-school programs and activities for both elementary and middle school youth,” explains Deborah Lowe Vandell, PhD, Chair of the Department of Education of the University of California at Irvine and the study’s lead author.

    — Deborah Lowe Vandell, PhD
  • The Logic Experts

  • Benefits of Specific Activities

    • Kids love listening to music, and experts say it might even help their cognitive development. Now there’s evidence that it may make little ones healthier as well.
    • Schools that encourage chess are reacting to studies like that of New York City-based educational psychologist Stuart Margulies, Ph.D., who in 1996 found that elementary school students in Los Angeles and New York who played chess scored approximately 10 percentage points higher on reading tests than their peers who didn’t play.
    • Through dance, children develop spatial awareness, become less clumsy and pay more attention to others sharing their space. Children struggling with language can express their feelings with immediacy through dance and movement.
    • Coloring and drawing both help kids improve fine motor skills. They also train the brain to focus. For parents and teachers, these inexpensive activities require limited preparation and are well-suited to travel (particularly relevant with winter breaks approaching).
    • The stories we hear as children shape our view of the world. Most small children live their lives in quite a limited environment. Reading stories to children can show them far-flung places, extraordinary people and eye-opening situations to expand and enrich their world.
    • Math can help children make sense of and think about the many aspects of their world through its connections to them. When we see — and help our children see — those connections, we enrich their overall learning and development.
    • After twenty years of teaching martial arts to students from age three to eighty, I have observed that the benefits of every age have been nothing less than astonishing! Some include control of aggressive behaviour and the gain of self-respect, self-control, self-defense, self-esteem, focus, confidence, and courtesy.
    • Adding roller skating to an exercise program offers several health benefits. Skating offers an effective cardiovascular workout, endurance training, and strength training to build strong muscles in the pelvis and legs. Balance and coordination can also be improved by regular skating.
  • The Health Experts

  • “Extracurricular activities for children enable them to explore their interests in stress-free environments. Extracurricular activities can allow children to make new friends, become physically active and learn new skills. According to a Nellie Mae Education Foundation study, children who engage in extracurricular activities do better academically and are less likely to have behavioural problems or depression than children who do not participate in extracurricular activities.”

    — Nellie Mae
  • In order to excel at anything, you do need to start young, but that doesn’t mean age 4, 6, or even 10. A child can discover his passion at age 17 and still become a standout success because the brain continues to develop until one’s early 20s. “What makes us different from other animals is that the development of our brain — and which parts grow stronger — depends on our life experiences,” explains R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., chief of the Nervous System Development and Plasticity section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in Bethesda, Maryland.

    — R. Douglas Fields, PhD
  • The Parenting Experts

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