Chances are if you have ever attended, worked in, or had your child attend an after-school program you will find daily activities such as Arts & Crafts, Homework time, inside and outside games, and snack time. These daily activities are designed to provide a safe, stable, and structured environment for children. There are times, however when this daily schedule may become somewhat of a grind leaving center staff and children wanting more. After school clubs are a way to add new life and enthusiasm into the program.
What are after-school clubs?
Clubs are a combination of all the best aspects of an after-school program. They can include games, arts & crafts, learning & special events. Typically they last 4-6 weeks and are planned by After School center staff. They are also designed to fit a certain theme. Your center staff can choose a topic/hobby that they specialize in such as dance or music or you can tap into popular children’s themes.
Example Club Theme & Activities:
Taste of Asia Club
Week 1: Dragon Wands
Week 2: Make Candy Sushi
Week 3: Kung Fu Panda Frames
Week 4: Taste Asian food- Sushi, egg rolls, & Orange Chicken and watch the movie Mulan.
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My children are in after school clubs at their school. It gives them a way to learn about other cultures, new ideas, and have fun doing it. I have to work late several nights a week and it fits into my schedule perfectly.
These are some great ideas, I can’t wait to read more!
Thanks for the feedback! I am excited about writing more and expanding on what I feel is an excellent component of an after school program. I am so passionate about it — I feel the possibilities are endless. Please visit back again soon as I have several new posts in the works!