Co-Curricular Activities vis-à-vis Academic Performance
There are parents who think that CCAs (Co-curricular Activities) are insignificant and it is only a distraction and a total waste of time, effort and money. That is where they are wrong. Parents should know that there are studies that show children who are involved in CCA do better in school. CCAs like involving in sports can reduce problematic behaviour of children.
In fact, research show that co-curricular activities during childhood and adolescence facilitate:
If you notice, children are innately shy especially if you are not around. When they see unfamiliar faces and unfamiliar environment, they will wish to go away. If you support your children and let them join CCAs, they will realize that there are many people worth knowing and many experiences worth telling.
CCAs can give reason and enthusiasm to pursue academic excellence. Contrary to the belief of other parents that CCAs are only distractions, CCAs can be in fact a motivation or reason so that students can do well in school. CCAs can be used to direct behaviour.
Health and Discipline
For children who prefer athletics, they know that health is very important. They continue to enhance their skills and think that it is good for the body. The children who are engaged in sports not only learn the value of health but they also learn the value of discipline and sportsmanship.
CCA should never be underestimated. Parents and educators should note that it is not co-curricular activities per se that influences the academic performance of the children. The activities create network of support, personal incentives, social rewards and other skills. These can positively influence the children to do more.