In 2007, when the Academy of Innovation began, we intentionally planned our release time for 3:00. Knowing that many of our students have short attention spans and their “gas tanks” are empty after a full morning of intense instruction, we decided that 3 o’clock was the best time to go home. In addition, we purposefully made an earlier time so that if students wanted to participate in athletics, scouts, art, music, martial arts, or any other activity of interest, they would have plenty of time to attend the activity of their choice.
Education should go beyond our four walls. Many of our students have talents that cannot be showcased in a classroom setting. So, if a student can draw, build a motor, do the butterfly stroke in a race, do a flip on a balance beam, chop a board with a kick, easily run a mile, sing, play an instrument or chess, or cook over a campfire, there should be time left in the school day for to pursue these skills.
What are the advantages of participating in extracurricular activities?
For more information about extracurricular activities go to https://www.theeducator.com/blog/role-extracurricular-activities-students-development/ or look in When kids call the shots by Sean Grover--an excellent book with great practical parenting tips.