Growth and Development Through Extracurricular Activities
Posted: September 03, 2018 | Written By: | Category: Therapeutic Education
Extracurricular activities have been known to increase growth and development in teens because they are being challenged, while also gaining new skills. Sage Day Schools strive to provide students with a “total experience”, which includes allowing students to join clubs and become involved in a variety of activities. At first, students can be hesitant to participate in a new activity, but after some time and practice they develop a passion for that particular activity and enjoy learning from teachers and peers.
At Sage Day therapeutic schools, we offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities designed to improve your teen’s growth and development outside of a classroom setting. Some of the activities we offer include: Art Club, Sports Club, Yearbook Club and Community Service Club. Each year, the extracurricular activities reflect the student body and what they are most interested in, so the complete list varies year to year.
Social Growth and Development
One of the main areas that improvement is seen in is social development because extracurricular activities involve working in a group or on a team. This is a great way to encourage your teen to participate and socialize with their classmates, meet new people, and work together toward a common goal.
Cognitive Growth and Development
Your teen’s ability to think and reason is a major developmental area that extracurricular activities help them work on. While participating, your teen will have to use critical thinking skills, whether that be in playing a sport, creating art, playing an instrument and even helping others through community service. Real-life applications of strategy and problem-solving help sharpen their ability to think creatively and determine what the next step is.
Emotional Growth and Development
Building up your son or daughter’s emotional growth and development is a significant part of your role as a parent. Your teen’s ability to create and maintain relationships, have higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, and be able to work and stay calm in stressful situations is dependent on their emotional development. This skill is learned, rather than taught, so exposing them to extracurricular activities puts them in social situations with their peers in a controlled, constructive environment.
Each of our four Sage campuses offer a variety of unique clubs and extracurricular activities.
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