One can never have too many hobbies, some would say. The question, however, is how productive children’s chosen hobbies are, and how time-consuming. Though it would be nice to see them grow up well-rounded, achieving that can be quite the challenge if one hobby takes too much of their time without giving anything valuable in return.
For concerned teachers who want to steer their students’ future in the right direction, these hobbies are worth suggesting:
Reading and Writing
Though not always a package deal, it’s hard to settle for just one. After all, a writer needs to be an avid reader to add depth to their written pieces. Students have required readings at school, and allowing them opportunities to reflect on those readings might just inspire them to go into writing as well. A strong journalism focus may further help them hone their craft. Look into supplementary help for those who want to write more than just an essay. There are tools to help them write a book online, free and with no hidden charges.
Writing is not the only option for students, especially those who find it easier to express their ideas vocally. Being an adept speaker will take them places. They may also find it easier to communicate and socialize, as they have learned how to get their point across or discuss a subject without losing important topics. They know how to organize their ideas and keep their composure, which would come in handy should they choose a career in public speaking. Schools can encourage students to join the debate team and a book club, wherein they discuss what they have read and they share ideas with other members.
Not everyone has the wit that makes words come alive. You cannot expect each student to recite a speech without stuttering from nervousness. Others are born performers or can benefit from training as one. Dance clubs and choir practices are additional places for socialization, and school events give them a chance to perform–to interpret a song in their own unique way. Belonging in these clubs also teach them the value of camaraderie on top of gaining life-long friends who share the same interests. Their participation in school events would also look good on their college applications and further endeavors.
The beauty of arts can be appreciated in different forms. Crafts, for instance, allow a student to express their ideas using their chosen media. The act of creating something gives them a sense of joy and fulfillment, and the result of their efforts can be up on display in their own homes or at school. Start them off with small projects, such as decorating the school for homecoming. Crafting teaches developmental skills and hones their artistic abilities by encouraging them to think outside the box. In later life, they will approach difficult situations with a little more optimism because of these qualities.
Without any productive hobbies, students may mindlessly waste time watching TV or playing video games. Give them something better that teaches them important life skills they can use in the future.