Since Monday, extra-curricular activities and the Sports Association of the LFRD have resumed.
Sports, arts, music, … each fun activity develops new skills that the child can then use in class.
The benefits of extracurricular activities for children are wide and varied, ranging from the physical benefits of promoting an activity, to the psychological and social benefits. Scientific research proves that encouraging children to participate in after-school activities can help their development.
Extracurricular activities contribute to the academic success of children
All major studies regarding the impact of extracurricular activities on child development show that academic achievement, study habits and school behavior improve when children regularly participate in activities. If a child learns something new in an extracurricular activity, it can strengthen their understanding of school subjects, even if that activity is not directly related to classroom work. Discovering that they have a new talent gives children a new source of confidence. Young people who frequently participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to pay more attention in class, and to be more engaged in school.
Extracurricular activities contribute to the socialization of children
From building new relationships to strengthening existing friendships, after-school activities provide an ideal environment for developing social skills and self-confidence. The many extracurricular activities offered by the LFRD help teach children the value of teamwork to achieve a common goal. The more they explore their abilities outside of the classroom, the more children can form a sense of their own character, and even develop crucial leadership skills.
Extracurricular activities contribute to the well-being of children
After-school activities provide a positive environment in which children can grow and thrive. After-school activities remove the temptation to sit in front of a television or screen. In addition, after-school activities promote emotional well-being by allowing children to burn off their excess energy, to relax after a day of learning. Sport allows you to spend excess energy at the end of the day, manual activities help develop fine motor skills and promote concentration.