It’s finals week for the kids and they have been busy studying these past few days. Today was supposed to be the last day of their exams but since classes was suspended last Thursday because of the typhoon, they will have another day of exams on Monday. After that, it’ll be their semestral break, which means they have a couple of days off from school.
Our eldest still have to be in school though since he works as a Student Assistant. He’s actually looking forward to it since he’ll be working full time each day which means he’ll be receiving a bigger pay compared to when he has regular classes and he can only work for a few hours each day. Our youngest does not have to be in school but knowing him, he will still be busy with his other activities. He’s still active at Church and they have a couple of seminars and other activities for teens and kids lined up this last quarter of the year. He also mentioned that he has a friend who wants to buy a guitar so most likely, they will also be visiting a musical instrument store next week. Anyway, I hope they will make the most out of their break and they will still manage to stay productive even if they don’t have classes.
As parents, we all want our children to do well in school. But it is always important to keep in mind that their grades should not be the only way in which we measure their success in school. To make sure that they are able to realize their potential as students and as individuals, we should encourage them to participate in the various extra curricular activities in school. These activities will not only help them discover or enhance their talents but also help them learn and develop positive values.
Sports, academics, arts – whatever they choose to focus on, these activities will help them not just intellectually but also socially and emotionally. We, as parents, should be quick to recognize their different interests and support and encourage them to pursue these interests. If, for instance, our children express an interest in joining the school band or orchestra, we can enroll them at short term classes so that they can learn how to play a woodwind and brasswind or any other instrument of their choice.
Participating in these extracurricular activities offer a number of benefits such as learning how to manage their time better, expanding their network, discovering new interests and learning how to interact with different people. If we want your children to get the most out of their time at school, then we should encourage them to join any of the clubs or organizations at school or participate in any of the extra curricular activities that their school offers.
Our youngest started Senior High this school year and although we expected at first that there will be a lot of adjustment on his part (especially since he transferred to a new school), he has been doing well during their first term. Their report card has been released this past weekend and we’re happy that he has gotten high marks on all his subjects. He has also been doing well in all the extra curricular activities that he has participated in. He was part of the dance group that has represented the whole of the senior high school batch and has competed against groups from the college department. Their group won third place which is a great achievement on their part since they have only practice for a few weeks compared to the other groups who have been together for a longer period of time.
I am really glad about the fact that our youngest has adjusted well even though they have been really busy with a lot of projects. They are currently practicing for a paper for their philosophy class and a short play for another class. It’s a good thing that they only have classes in the morning; they can practice and work on their other projects in the afternoon. We just keep reminding him to manage his time properly so that he will be able to set aside ample time for each project and focus more on what he has to do. It great that they are encouraged to always keep in mind the tradition of excellence that they would have to put into all of their projects regardless of how big or small they may be. We, as parents, are fortunate that out youngest is learning important positive values that will help him not just in his studies but more importantly, in his life.