Extra-Curricular Activities that a Middle School must Focus On
Extra-curricular activities are important because they enable the kids to learn about things from their day-to-day lives. The activities provide opportunities to them to be creative, showcase their talent, have fun and learn.
Extra-curricular activities are important because they enable the kids to learn about things from their day-to-day lives. The activities provide opportunities to them to be creative, showcase their talent, have fun and learn. It maintains their good mental and physical health. It is important for them to participate in extra-curricular activities in order to have a well-rounded growth and development. Participating in different activities, according to their age also, enhances their curiosity and excitement making them happy. Middle Schools must focus on extra-curricular activities the most as middle school is the stage when kids learn many different things easily. There are many categories of extra-curricular activities like that followed by Om Public School.
Academically inclined activities
Extracurricular activities enable students to develop social skills. The activities teach them to work in unity as a team to achieve a common goal. Academically inclined activities build leadership qualities in students. It enhances their confidence and they get to explore the areas of their interest. Academically inclined activities include Poetry recitation, Story-writing, Debates, Organizing exhibitions, Preparing charts, helping in running book clubs, and helping in publishing a school magazine.
Extra-curricular activities are a great means, to learn about things outside the four walls of the classroom, for kids. Leisure co-curricular activities provide opportunities for the students to interact with people from outside of their daily life at home or school. The teachers need to introduce middle school students to leisure activities as it acts as an outlet for them to express themselves and explore novel rapport and things. The students feel connected to each other and the outside world. Leisure activities include model making, coin collection, stamp collection, a visit to a museum, monument excursion, or gardening.
Activities for social development
Activities for social development include scouting and guiding and school council activities, games, mass drill, mass P.T, and N.C.C etc. Choice of co-curricular activities should be done considering the age of the children and the place the school is located. It must also be ensured that the kids are thoroughly enjoying the selected activity. Om Public School states, if possible students should be consulted or asked to vote while picking up the activities. Discussing the activities to be picked up is an activity in itself, which will help middle school students to develop decision-making skills.
Excursions and Picnics
Apart from in-school activities, students must be taken out for excursions and picnics. These too are vital for their growth and fall under the extracurricular activities for middle school students. These provide chances for kids that they cannot have anywhere else. They get to learn lessons on teamwork, good communications skills, and the ability to think about things around them. They also learn about time management! Students can be safely taken out for hiking, special visits, trekking, and visiting important places.
Activities to develop a sense of culture and tradition
Students must also be engaged in extracurricular activities related to cultural development in schools like dancing, music, folk dance, fancy dress competition, etc. Teaching them about our culture and traditions through activities will not only be fun for them but they will also learn to work collaboratively with other students. They will know how to conduct themselves when in a group or team. In these competitive times, we must teach them the skill to build a cordial relationship with other students and teachers.
Activities that emphasize civic values
When students are assigned roles in extracurricular activities conducted in school that lay stress on civic values, they feel important and valued. This encourages them to attend school without hesitation or doubt. Activities like organizing various camps, like medical health, check-up camps, first aid camps, celebrating national holidays, or cleanliness week.
Research and studies have proved that extracurricular activities help kids perform better in academics as it enhances their self-esteem and makes them disciplined. Extracurricular activities are something “extra” that the school does to enable all-around learning in students and keep them interested as well as engaged. Considering the multiple benefits of various types of extra-curricular activities, schools must ensure that they include the same in their school curriculum.
Om Public School organizes extracurricular activities for its students throughout the academic session. Admissions are now open in the school for the session 2022-2023.