The best way to integrate new activities is to start slow. Choose one extracurricular that interests your student and go from there. Once you’ve figured out how to balance their schedule, consider adding additional activities.
When it comes to getting started with activities outside of school, the earlier the better. If a student stays involved in an activity throughout their high school years, it shows commitment and may allow them to grow into leadership positions within that activity.
When a student’s schedule fills up with classes and other activities, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Create a calendar or schedule to plan out what needs to be done and when. Include school days, meetings, practices, games, etc. Be sure to schedule the extracurriculars around the student’s classes and leave plenty of time for studying.