Extra-curriculars give students a voice in their learning.
Read a book and answer the questions, do these problems and turn it in, fill out the worksheet. These requirements and commands were all too familiar when I was growing up and going through my personal academics in school. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the extracurricular activities that I involved myself with were just as vital as the classroom when it came to learning, growing, finding myself, and becoming a well rounded person.
At Hillside Academy we realize that school and learning goes beyond the classroom. In the Fall, Winter, and Spring there are sessions for our Enrichment Classes. With these Enrichment Classes students have the opportunity to choose a class that interests them and meets their needs. Enrichment Classes are run as 8 week courses, meeting once a week for an hour after school. Some of the classes that the students have an opportunity to try are Yoga, WeDo Robotics, Art, Scratch, and Knitting. With student choice being a huge element in project based learning, the large range of Enrichment Classes to choose from, offers the opportunity for students to have a choice in their learning and growing.
In addition to Enrichment Classes Hillside Academy is also big with sports. The basketball season just ended for students in 5th through 8th grade. This year we had a boys and a girls team. Even though there wasn’t a lot of winning going on, the student athletes had lots of fun and learned more about the game. Not only did they have fun and learn about basketball, but being a part of a competitive team taught them how to display good sportsmanship, overcome difficulties and persevere, work with others to accomplish a goal, communicate effectively, live a healthy lifestyle, socialize with peers, and be a competitor.
With these extracurricular activities, students at Hillside have an opportunity to tap into some unknown dreaming that they might not have been exposed to previously. It also allows students to have a personal voice in their learning and growing as a whole child and within the project based learning philosophy.