Quality After School Programs
Why an After School Program?
Many of us do not want to send our children to after school programs. If it were up to us, we would be picking our kids up from school everyday or waiting for them at home with a fresh snack. In today’s world, though, that simply isn’t feasible for everyone. Either both parents are working to make ends meet, or a single parent is working twice as hard to make a great life for their children. We wish we could be with our kids everyday after school, but we can’t. What, then, should we do to ensure their short-term safety and long-term well being?
Multiple studies have been done on how, or if, kids benefit from after school programs. While different studies have focused on different aspects of such programs, the answer is clear: quality after school programs are beneficial for kids. The benefits have been summarized well: “Afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents” (youth.gov). Not only will parents know their children are safe while at an after school program, they can also rest assured knowing that such a program is helping their children grow academically and socially.
An article at understood.org also discusses these benefits, but brings up additional ideas. It lists 6 benefits of quality after school programs:
- Create a Sense of Belonging
- Improve Social Skills
- Provide Academic Support
- Make Learning More Fun
- Provide Safety and Supervision
- Build Confidence
This can all come to a child by attending a quality after school program. If you, like many of us, are not able to be home with your children after school, the benefits that come from such a program could be life-changing.
After School at Building Kidz
Not only does our after school program provide the benefits listed above, we also bring in a proprietary curriculum that encourages children to be social, creative, problem-solving learners. To help children make the most of what they learn in school each day, we provide a homework club. In the homework club, children work with each other and qualified teachers to ensure they understand the material. And, once children are done with their homework, we provide fun, engaging activities that promote learning and creativity.
Our proprietary after school curriculum introduces children to dance, music, and theater. They learn about various topics through the performing arts. Each child will also learn three-dimensional art by sculpting in various ways, using different mediums from modeling clay to wood. And, for the scientists, we provide a robotics club that uses the LEGO Robotics Kit to help children learn the mechanics of how and why things work the way they do.
Whether your child is the quiet, studious type or the constantly moving type, Building Kidz’ after school program will provide an exceptional learning environment in which they will thrive.