Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3422 Extracurricular activities Extracurricular activities help children make new friends, develop new skills, and just have fun. However, too many activities can put undue stress on you and your child. Limit your child’s activities to one or two nights a week. At the beginning of the year, sit down with your child and discuss all of the extracurricular activities that are available - sports, scouting, school-sponsored activities, community art programs, etc. Have your child choose one or more activities that sound like fun. Be sure to establish guidelines before an activity starts. Talk with your child about how much time will be spent each week in the activ- ity, go over safety rules, and discuss how the activity will impact your child’s homework schedule. Review your child’s extracurricular activities periodically. Reevaluate the schedule immediately if you see your child’s grades falling, notice your child having sleep problems, or see an increase in moodiness or irritability. Your child may want to play basketball or soccer, paint, do ballet, or take gymnastics. This is a time for your child to explore interests, try new things, and have fun.