Extracurricular is a combination of the Latin prefix extra- meaning “on the outside” and the word curriculum, meaning “a running, course, career.” Something that is extracurricular is on the outside of your course or career. When you get involved in an extracurricular activity, you are going outside of what’s expected. Extracurricular can also refer to a spouse’s adulterous activities, taking place outside of their marriage commitment.
- Emotional Development
Emotional health is as important as physical health for your child. By signing your son or daughter up for extracurricular activities, you can help to encourage his or her emotional development. When your child forges friendships and engages in problem solving during after school activities, his or her emotional maturity will blossom.
- Physical Fitness
After school gymnastics lessons and dance classes can help your child improve his or her physical fitness significantly. The instructors at your gymnastic studio will encourage your child to get active and moving. Regular participation in after school activities will help to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy physical fitness.
- Social Skills
While your child will learn social skills and develop relationships during the school day, many of his or her social skills will be fostered outside of the classroom environment. When you sign your child up for extracurricular activities, you can help him or her have meaningful experiences with a group of peers. From resolving conflicts to working on teams, extracurricular activities teach a variety of social skills.