Studio Classes Foster More Learning and Discovery

Of course we know our students are amazing, bright, and beautiful; however, this Winter Session Performance from our studio classes, Broadway Kids and Pitched Perfect, was a reminder as to how radiant our students shine. Read more to learn about the benefits extracurricular activities have in your child's life.

As many know, Montessori Community School offer specialized Studio Classes for students to register for after school hours. These classes include Karate, Cooking, Sewing, Zumba Kids Jr., Broadway Kids, and Pitched Perfect. 

Currently, Broadway Kids and Zumba Kids Jr. are beginning new sessions. Don't miss out on these fabulous opportunities for your children to learn, develop, and discover new talents, passions, and interests. This is also a really fun way for your children to socialize with their peers outside their classrooms with the convenience of having these classes offered right here at the school.

The National Institute for Early Education Research, NIEER, published the following regarding their discovery on extracurricular activities for children.

Peruse the parenting bookshelves or surf parenting web sites these days and one is likely to encounter the view that many preschool-aged and older children are being over scheduled with extracurricular activities. The idea that children are being over scheduled to the detriment of their healthy development and parent-child relationships is widely held. A 2006 Roper poll conducted by the Public Broadcast Service and the National Parent Teacher Association found that four out of five parents believe there is a national trend toward over-scheduling children.

Yale University psychologist Joseph L. Mahoney, University of Texas sociologist Angel L. Harris, and University of Michigan psychologist Jacquelynne S. Eccles examined a broad swath of research to test the over scheduling hypothesis. They found the bulk of research on organized activities shows positive consequences for children who participate. Not only do children benefit academically and educationally, they also benefit in social, civic and physical development.

School-aged children in the U.S. and other Western countries average 40 to 50 percent of their waking hours in discretionary activities outside of school. They spend part of that time in organized activities such as sports, clubs, and fine arts. The rest is divided between educational activities like homework, television watching, playing games, working and what the researchers refer to as “hanging out.”

Mahoney, Harris and Eccles say proponents of the over scheduling hypothesis base their view on three interrelated propositions:

  • Children participate in organized activities because of perceived pressure from parents or other adults;
  • The time commitment required for such activities is so extensive that traditional family activities like dinnertime and parent-child discussions are sacrificed;
  • Children devoting lots of time to these activities are at risk for developing adjustment problems and poor relationships with parents.

They found that while there are many reasons children participate in organized activities, they seldom describe pressure from parents or the role such activities.

On average, children between ages 5 and 18 spent about 5 hours per week in organized activities—about the same amount of time they spent on out-of-school educational activities. They spent less time performing household chores and hanging out and more time playing games and watching television.

Time spent participating in organized activities increased from childhood to adolescence but did not dominate American children’s free time.

They found predominantly positive associations between total number of organized activities participated in and social and academic outcomes such as academic achievement, self-concept, college attendance, parental involvement and career aspirations. Yale’s Mahoney says we should be less concerned about over-scheduling and more concerned about the 40 percent of children who don’t participate in organized activities. The report is featured in Volume XX Number IV of the Social Policy Report, a publication of the Society for Research in Child Development. To read it, visit

Is Over Scheduling of Extracurricular Activities Really Harming Children? (n.d.). Retrieved March 1, 2016, from

Copyright © 2016 National Institute for Early Education Research. All rights reserved. A unit of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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