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Tips to help parents work and school from home

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EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS MATTER


Tip:

Whether Remote or In-Person,
Encourage Extracurriculars!


Try This:

Check It Out Remotely First


Why This Works:

Connections Create Community and Enhance Mental Health

Tip

Amidst the changes brought by dealing with Covid-19, helping our children and students develop meaningful friendships can seem daunting.

Encouraging participation in extracurricular clubs can help your child make connections within a larger community. Since a previous tip focused on sports, this tip will focus on other types of after-school activities.

Try This

Join Remotely First:

* Remote clubs may be one of easiest ways to encourage a student to attend a new club or group.

* Students can enter into "listen only" mode (no video, muted) and get a sense of the club.

* This means the student isn't walking into a room alone...they are in the comfort of their home and trying this new club.


Email the Adult Moderator:

* A student can also reach out to the adult moderating the club to ask questions via email or even meet the moderator on zoom a little earlier to hear more about the club.

* Most club moderators would try to connect the student with an older classmate who leads the club to help ease the transition for someone who might be a little anxious about joining a new group.

Why This Works

Connections create community and enhance mental health.

Now more than ever it is important to connect your student with others! Whether it is virtually or in person, connections right now are important to your student's mental health.

* Co-curriculars allow students of similar interests to bond and share their experiences. While experiences will vary from club to club, an adult moderator for a club who shares the same interests can make remote options work!

* Students who are connecting with other students with similar interests naturally build community. These mini- communities help to facilitate friendships and deep bonds.

* A good example would be the Chinese Ambassador's club at St. John's Prep, which currently has 11 Chinese students living in China....they "zoom" in for their meetings and are able to socialize and connect with their classmates outside of the classrooms. It has been fun to watch them share their experiences in China with their friends in the US.

Special thanks to our guest contributor, Wendy Olson, who was interviewed for this tip. Wendy is Assistant Principal for Student Life at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts

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More Resources

Additional Reading

https://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/the-value-of-extracurricular-activities/1#page_title

https://www.filamentbookclub.com/the-importance-of-extracurricular-activities-for-children/

https://getschooled.com/article/4074-5-reasons-why-you-should-join-high-school-clubs/

https://www.crimsoneducation.org/uk/blog/extracurriculars/benefits-of-extracurricular-activities/