Participating in Extracurricular Activities at School

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.

Busy First Term at School

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.

Celebrate National Forest Day on June 11, 2016

One of the best summer memories I had growing up was when we spent a day at a family friend’s house which was located in an area where there were a lot of space for various outdoor activities such as picnics, hiking and even hours of running around with my brothers and cousins. We live in the city so we rarely have the chance to explore the outdoors. We would always ask our parents if we could go back there during summer but sadly though we never had the opportunity to go back there.

If you have been planning on spending most of your summer outdoors , then The National Get Outdoors Day is the perfect day to begin your outdoor summer adventure with your family and friends.
National Get Outdoors Day

As kids it was easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, play in the mud, explore the wilderness. As we get older we find ourselves struggling to find the time to do the things we once loved. As adults, we may be caught up in our everyday hustle and bustle, but our kids deserve the opportunity to get out and experience the laughter and carefree fun that we once cherished.

Make the time! It is worth it – and nature is much closer than you might think. Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. DiscoverTheForest.org highlights urban forests and parks. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature.

While there are still many people living in rural areas, over 80% of Americans have chosen to move into metropolitan areas with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. But what many people may not realize – there are urban areas that offer many of the same benefits as their more rural counterpart, the national forests. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.

National Get Outdoors Day

The Ad Council and the US Forest Service will be launching a campaign to motivate families to get out and explore the outdoors. Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day and we want to encourage everyone to make the time – get up and get outside!

National Get Outdoors Day will include a series of events offering traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation. Events may include special guests like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and free admissions to our national forests so families can experience activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and archery. Just use this simple interactive map tool to search for nearby activities. Or Visit the “Get Your Pass” section of www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an online activity, and download a personalized pass for free entry onto federal lands and waters locations.

Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.

National Get Outdoors Day

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with some fun outdoor activities. Share your family fun on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog.

And to make things a little more exciting, starting Saturday, June 11th, and running for several weeks, Discover the Forest will post a creative photo of the forest and ask followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. Who doesn’t love a great scavenger hunt?

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