There was a time, not too long back, when the learning system was considered to follow a rather rote pattern: come to the class every day, study six or seven subjects, note down the homework, go back, and come back again the next day to do the same thing. The focus was solely on academics, and nothing else mattered other than great grades in every exam. Thankfully, the times have changed, and so has the mindset.
The modern world needs children to have an all-encompassed development, and the parents and educators couldn’t agree more on the importance of it. And, while academic performance still holds value, it is widely agreed that it is not the only path to the holistic development of children as growth cannot be considered complete solely on the basis of the grades. At Vidsan Charterhouse, a renowned IB School in Delhi, we believe that it is extremely important for the co-curricular activities and academics to come together to bring out the finest abilities of the children to the forefront. Here, in this write-up today, let us have a glance at some of the key reasons for why it is important for the children to equally indulge in academics as well as co-curricular activities.
It allows the skills of the young ones to extend beyond the academic boundaries
We believe that academics is not the only arena where children can showcase their skills. Their abilities extend beyond the textbooks and syllabi, and so should the way we teach and train them. Their inherent skills are developed the most during their childhood, and in that regard, it is just not right to ignore their growth in the co-curricular sphere.
It helps expand their career scope
We understand that it would be great if our young buds grow up to be top-notch educators, finance professionals, or management experts, but won’t it be equally good if they grow up to become renowned swimmers or musicians? It is indeed a fact that when children are provided with an opportunity to explore their talents in the co-curricular domain, they often turn out to be all-rounders, and have a wider sphere of career options to choose from.
Co-curricular activities aid in experiential learning of the subjects taught in class
The importance of experiential learning in embedding knowledge in young minds is the one thing that we have always believed in. And, maintaining the balance between academics and co-curricular activities help us in doing just that. The lessons they learn in their classrooms are practically understood by them through their co-curricular activities.
Participating in co-curricular activities helps boost academic performance
Extra-curricular activities like swimming, football, tennis, basketball, and the likes, help in releasing happy hormones like dopamine and endorphins in the brain. These hormones induce relaxation, calmness, and happiness in the young minds. This puts them in a better position to turn to academics with renewed enthusiasm and concentration. This means that both their academic performances and their physical and mental health are assuredly taken care of.
There is an assurance of the overall personality development for the children
The life lessons that we impart to our children cannot be delivered solely through co-curricular activities or even, merely through textbooks. The holistic development of the young personalities can only be made possible when we draw the ideas from both these significant aspects of life. We, hence, can’t give any of these two less importance than the other.
At Vidsan Charterhouse, we have been consistently working towards the mission of delivering an enriching learning experience to our pupils that ensures their well-rounded development and enables them to grow into global citizens of tomorrow. We aim to empower them with the strength and confidence to carve their future paths based on the belief that they foster in their abilities. And, it would have never been possible to accomplish that mission of ours if we didn’t emphasize on balancing academics and co-curricular activities from the very first day of school.