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Benefits of Afterschool Enrichment

06/29/2015 01:08PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Sports & Rec, Today, Arts+Entertainment




By Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire/Youth Enrichment Services

Do you know what your kids are doing when the school bell rings at the end of the day? Every family has a unique set of circumstances that plays a role in the decision of what children do after 3:00pm. These decisions can be influenced by monetary constraints, a child’s age, interests or what other people are choosing to do with their kids. Afterschool hours are an important extension of learning that can offer many resources that complement the valuable experiences of the school day.

 

1. Safety

Most people recognize that the youngest children that we serve need to have a safe place to go afterschool. Kindergarten and first grade children do not have the problem solving skills to go home alone, get a snack and find something to do until a guardian gets home. Many people fail to recognize, however, that this safety and supervision becomes increasingly important as children age. While a fourth of fifth grade student may be able to find their own snack, they might also be willing to make riskier choices, especially when influenced by peer pressure. At a structured afterschool program, children are able to spend time with staff engaged in play and conversation which allows for mentorship, trust, and safety.

 

2. Engaging and Enriching Curriculum

With the move towards standardized testing in the traditional school system, many teachers are encouraged to teach using pen and paper to prepare for these exams. In afterschool education, students and teachers are able to remember what it means to have fun while learning. Instead of completing a reading comprehension worksheet on gravity, students are able to question and ponder while putting paint on cotton balls to watch the effects of gravity as the paint splatters their paper. Instead of listening to a lecture on the destruction caused by volcanoes, students are able to create a pop bottle volcano in the middle of their Lego city and watch as the “lava” invades their buildings. Students are engaged in the material while the staff is invested in the lesson, creating an atmosphere of curiosity and fun.

 

3. Homework Help

During the school year when families pick their children up, there is a four hour window in which guardians are expected to perform superhuman feats to complete all of the tasks that go into raising a child. Between soccer practice, dance recitals, piano lessons, football games and not to mention dinner, it seems like there is no time to sit down and invest in homework completion. Then when you do happen to find some free time between swimming lessons and choir practice, you realize that education has completely changed since you were in school. Lattice multiplication? No cursive? Is Pluto a planet or not? The afterschool program staff members are trained in these new practices, or have learned on the job how to teach algebra to a kindergarten student using smiley faces. With the help of these teachers, students are able to invest in reviewing the material taught during the day and go home ready to earn their orange belt without the thought of homework completion looming over their head.

 

4. Exploration Time with Friends

Children need time to be children. Children also need to learn how to become helpful and productive citizens. It is very hard to balance these two ideas in the classroom setting and the focus becomes learning rules and appropriate behavior. Sit down. Voices off. Make a straight line. That straight line needs to be quiet. While all of these rules are absolutely necessary and valuable, it does not allow children a good amount of time to just be kids and to play and laugh with their friends. In the afterschool program setting, children are able to play goofy games with their friends, laugh and joke around with the teachers, give hugs, smile and play.

 

A Sample Day in the Life of a Child in Afterschool

 

3:00- Snack (yum!)

3:10- Color Tag in the Gym

3:30- Free Play Outside

4:00- Curriculum Rotations

Station 1: Tie-Dye Coffee Filters

Station 2: Invisible Ink

Station 3: Addition Bingo

5:00- Choice Exploration Time



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  • Mommies Matter: A PostPartum Support Group

    04/04/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Every 2 weeks on Tuesday


  • Baby in Our Family

    04/04/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    The Breastfeeding class is a one night class designed for those who are planning on breastfeeding...


  • Join local musician Steve McFarland as he introduces the soothing sounds of the islands on th...


  • Little All Stars

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Get in the Garage Camp

    04/05/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Join us for our FREE Transportation Camp on April 5, 2017 from 9-2 to find out more about three e...


  • Milk Monologues

    04/05/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    04/05/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Mother Courage and Her Childeren

    04/05/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Location Details: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre on Augustana Mother Courage and her childre...


  • Great Plains Zoo CubClass

    04/06/2017
    09:00AM — 09:45AM

    Come discover animal body parts! This parent and child class will include a variety of learning a...


  • Toddler Time

    04/06/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Little All Stars

    04/06/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Toddler Art Out of this World!

    04/06/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    Toddler Art: Nature Creations  - 4/6/2017, 4/13/2017 & 4/20/2017 After a long winter indoors, i...


  • Toddler Art: Nature Creations

    04/06/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    After a long winter indoors, it will be nice to celebrate nature as the weather warms up. Create ...


  • New Baby & Me

    04/06/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series

    04/06/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Science minded individuals in our community can learn about the science research being performed ...


  • One Glass Too Many Cake at Sugars

    04/06/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Cake and wine go together...right?? On this fun cake, the wine glass has tipped right over and dr...


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/07/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Fun and Fit Day for children 6 and under

    04/07/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Ride, run, jump, and jam! Join Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and participate in fitness-relate...


  • Easter Bunny at Sioux Empire Mall

    04/07/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • Free First Friday

    04/07/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Pavilion Free First Fridays

    04/07/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    04/07/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/07/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...



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