One of the great non-academic learning opportunities for students in schools today is being involved in extracurricular activities. Participating in the arts, volunteer organizations, and athletic teams is a healthy way to learn critical skills that help children maneuver through the world. It is in these moments that children learn how to work as part of a team, how to summon the courage to step out on a stage, and what it feels like to persevere when things are hard. Through extracurricular activities, your children learn skills that enhance their learning and prepare them for life.
Be Sure That Your Child Is Challenged
For some children, behavioral issues like excessive talking are signs that they are not challenged enough in the classroom. If your child is gifted in certain areas and not feeling challenged at school, consider reaching out to teachers and administrators to find a solution. Whether that means giving your student more advanced work, placing them in our Enrichment Program. or switching to a new class. It’s important that your child is being challenged so that they can get as much from their schooling as possible. Plus, through conquering challenges our children learn problem-solving skills, perseverance, and are forced to stay focused and pay attention.
Don’t Leave Learning At School
Your children are at the age where they are learning so much interesting information about the world around them. Continue that learning process outside of the classroom to help deepen their understanding of the topics they are learning about. Follow their lead, if art is a subject of interest to your child, bring them to local museums and galleries to gain more exposure to different styles and mediums. Or, if your children are learning about Florida wildlife, take a trip to Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge and see if you can spot any alligators. Bringing your child’s schooling home can be fun for the whole family, and it doesn’t have to cost any money.
Your children’s teachers are part of the team of people who are passionate about your children’s education as a factor in his or her future success. Stay plugged in with your children’s teachers and administrators, ask good questions and make sure that they are getting everything they can out of this opportunity.
If you think private school may be the right thing for your family, contact us today. We’d love to give you a tour of campus and share first hand how your student can get the most out of a St. Barnabas education.