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Clubs for School Age Kids: Page 1

September 2, 2011 04:08 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

...Much material will be added during 2012! For now~ see info below! 

 

CLUB PAGES for After School Programs...

Click here for All pages written as of today...and linked together 

Page 1: Where to Start; Club Topic Ideas
Page 2: Involve Kids in Planning!
Page 3: In process of being written
Page 4: In process of being written
Page 5:
Why Don't Some Activities Work?

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DO YOU INCLUDE CLUBS IN YOUR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM? 

Why Should You? Oh! So many reasons!

    • Community spirit grows as mixed-ages interact

    • Children interact with those they may not know

    • Social skills & creativity are nurtured

    • Older kids help the younger

    • Younger learn from the older

    • New skills are learned by both youth and adults; learning is integrated

    • Mixed-ages are supported

   • With budget constraints...Larger programs can offer the curriculum of smaller programs

   • Staff members can share their personal talents & skills; children see staff as interesting
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WHERE DO YOU START? HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT COMING UP WITH IDEAS?

EVERY YEAR...

Meet with staff to discuss and list interests, hobbies, talents and skills. After compiling all ideas, decide with staff members which club ideas they would be comfortable sharing with the children. Some interests may be cooking, sewing, sports, games, or parties. Other staff may have skills with languages, dance, science and nature. Each year the list will be as varied as the caregivers themselves!

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CLUB THEMES/TOPICS...

There are two types of clubs: Topic and Thematic

What is a Topic Club? A TOPIC CLUB usually has one focus. Example: In a 'Sports' Club,'  youth would learn about a sport and improve skills... .

Example of a Science Topic Club... In a TOPIC Science Club, the primary objective would be whatever the projects/experiements include. It could follow the basic steps that make up the Scientific Process.
    1.  The Research Question
    2.  The Hypothesis
    3.  The Procedure
    4.  The Results
    5.  The Conclusion

How could you make the above topic club---a 'Thematic Club'? The 'Science Club' would follow a THEMATIC APPROACH; it would include a variety of activities with a 'SCIENCE THEME'... Activities would be integrated  from a variety of fields. When possible, events would be incorporated from:
      • Arts/crafts
      • Games
      • Community Service
      • Drama
      • Computers
      • Cooking
      • Writing/Journals/Letters/Books/Poetry
      • Experiments
•Outdoor Play
      • Movies
      • Math, and so on!

 Any of the 'Themes' listed in the KidActivities category list (on the left-side of all pages) could become a club! Just take an idea/theme--and add the word 'club' to the end! The list below is a beginning. Hi-lighted (colored) themes with ideas are on this site...

 

 Now...pick a theme and brain-storm away with all the great things you can do with each idea! GO!

Sport Themes:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Ice Skating
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Miniature Golf
  • Roller Skating
  • Soccer

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CLUB PAGES: Click here for All pages written as of today...and linked together

Page 1: Where to Start; Club Topic Ideas
Page 2: Involve Kids in Planning!
Page 3: In process of being written
Page 4: In process of being written
Page 5:
Why Don't Some Activities Work?

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