After-School Play Care Enrichment Activities
When we pick the students up from school we take them to play, inside or out(depending on the weather) for the first 45 minutes of the program. After that, we come into the Youth Center for a healthy snack. Once we have all finished our snack we will begin our enrichment activity for the day.
A very special day for us, and a great way to start the week! Many people in our community are musically gifted, and Music Monday gives us an opportunity to engage our multi-talented staff. We are grateful for the opportunity to show children the creative potential they all hold. Every Monday we celebrate music through a variety of activities like live sing-alongs, music freeze tag, song “Jeopardy!”, guess that song games, writing our own lyrics, and even student performances.
On Tuesdays, we like to get scientific. Whether that’s making slime, learning about animals, working in our garden, and even testing which ice cream tastes better in a root beer float; we find fun and hands-on ways to apply the scientific method. We will often leave the results of our Tuesday experiments on our whiteboard for all to see and show their parents the results.
Arts and Crafts Wednesday
It’s ok to get messy at the Youth Center, and luckily the students love to help us clean up. Our staff enjoy being creative with our kids and working alongside them to inspire and encourage them. We provide a variety of mediums to work with, and an array of tools to express themselves. We like to relate our art to the season or holidays we are near. If it’s the beginning of a new school trimester we may be making collage vision boards, or we may be painting flowers in the spring.
Our district raises readers and we are happy to promote this mission. On Thursdays, we read for 20 minutes after snack time. The students can choose any book in our library, or a book they bring in from school. This day is special to us as it really shines a light on the camaraderie among school-age children. It’s always great to see a student who can offer to read to a younger student who may be struggling. After reading time is over we move on to board games to encourage positive and fair gameplay. This allows the opportunity to teach the students games and puzzles they may not have had the opportunity to learn yet: solitaire, rubiks cubes war, checkers, chess, and more.
Fridays mark the conclusion of a long week of hard work for our students. We think they deserve a day of fun. On this day there is still structure and we implement a more “child-led” approach, and relax our schedule to be more flexible with what the kids might want to do! While this may all look like ‘Fun and Games’ – the kids are actually learning to participate in group activities through fun line dances, shared time in our Bounce House, or taking turns building the tallest lego structures that the North County community has seen!