Not all learning and growth take place in formal educational settings. And for those looking to homeschool their children, having them join and participate in clubs can have numerous benefits you should not overlook. With that in mind, we will be looking at four more benefits of joining clubs in detail in order to help you better understand why you should consider having your child join one.
Some of the benefits of participating in a club include improvements in academic performance, better health, and professional outcomes, as well as making children more appealing to schools and universities. Despite the busy schedules of the children, especially older ones, due to their studies, preparations for college entrance tests, and the stress of actually getting into a good college, finding the time to dedicate a few extra hours each week to club activities is well worth it.
Better academic performance
There are numerous clubs that are active in a wide variety of activities. These can range from clubs relating to academic subjects, particular professional paths or even athletics and sports. Whether a child joins a club to learn a musical instrument, participate in theatre, or learn more about maths and science, the lessons they learn at a club will add to their knowledge and inspire them to learn more. In fact, research has shown that involvement in extracurricular activities like clubs directly relates to a child being able to achieve greater academic success. When children participate or compete in club activities and programmes, they tend to have superior educational outcomes, including higher test scores and better academic expectations at the college level and beyond.
Good for mental health
Studies suggest that participation in clubs has connections to better mental health. Clubs provide children with a safe space to participate in activities and find others that share their interests and passions. Even though club activities can be demanding and challenging at times, children should take the time to enjoy clubs as it will be good for their mental health. After all, having fun is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Naturally, the bonds children form with other club members can grow into fulfilling lifetime friendships. There is even research that indicates that connections formed during adolescence can contribute to long-term improvements in mental health. Additionally, at a club meeting, you are participating in an activity that will offer some form of learning. That allows children to make more productive use of their free time rather than engaging in unproductive activities like watching TV or just scrolling through social media.
One of the main strategies to enhance your mental health is to engage in a meaningful job. Joining clubs that they enjoy will also help the children feel productive, which can also lead to an improvement in their mental health.
There are even more advantages to mental and physical health if the club engages in physical exercise or spends at least some time outdoors.
Clubs add value to college applications
Although academic achievements are, without a doubt, the most significant component of a college application, colleges and universities are also greatly interested in other factors. Higher education institutions want to accept passionate individuals that participate in clubs and other extracurricular activities in addition to being excellent students.
People in charge of admissions are always looking for applicants who will contribute to their institution outside of the classroom. Looking at the applicants’ list of activities and clubs is the only way for them to determine what the applicants will do outside of the classroom or how they may be able to contribute to their institution in the future. And when it comes to applications, putting down any type of club will help add value. Colleges and universities do not often prioritise membership in specific types of clubs over others when looking at institutions. They are far more interested in seeing applicants who are enthusiastic about their work.
Offer a break from studies
Preparing for college can be a daunting experience. Clubs offer a much-needed reprieve from the expectations of performing well in your studies, performing well on the admissions test, and getting into a good college or university. Taking a break from studies and doing something they enjoy alongside similarly interested people in them can be a great way for kids to escape life’s stresses. Clubs allow them to put outside obligations aside for a few hours each week to focus entirely on activities they enjoy.
Joining clubs is an excellent investment of time and well worth the effort put into participating. The benefits of joining a club or two will far outweigh any drawbacks, whether the child is on the younger side or already planning to apply for college. And best of all, children can always join a club to try it out and change to another if it does not meet their preferences. And trying out multiple clubs could help them find what they are genuinely passionate about, so consider these four more benefits of joining clubs and see if any clubs might interest your child.