Community Service Ideas for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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Invite residents to participate in community service events in your facility on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on January 15th. Here are a few ideas from

Make Blankets – Take a trip to your local fabric store to purchase fleece and other supplies for residents to make a variety of no-sew blankets that can be donated to a local charity.

Host a Coat Drive – Invite residents to assist you with decorating cardboard boxes to use as collection bins during a facility-wide coat drive. Encourage residents, staff members, and visiting family members to drop off their unused coats to be donated to a local homeless shelter. Continue reading

How to Complete the 365 Day Burpee Challenge


The new year is upon us and it’s time to reflect on how your 2016 year went for staying physically active. Did you accomplish the goals that you set for yourself back in January? Are you still keeping your resolutions going? For many of us the answer is no, but there are some of you out there that have a resounding, YES! I made it! I had the opportunity to do that last year with a challenge that had its beginning in the month of December 2015.

Why are we talking about a challenge that was completed over a year ago? Great question! To take on a challenge that is going to last a year requires some planning and a willingness to stick to it. The challenge that I took part in was called the 365 Burpee Challenge. It is straightforward and simple; do one burpee on January 1, 2017 and then rest. Do two burpees on January 2, 2017 and rest. Add one a day for 365 days so that you will do 365 burpees on December 31, 2017. Continue reading

10 Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE


basketball pe lessonWhile looking through the thousands of lesson ideas published on PE Central, we found many basketball related activities published over the past 20 years. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to put some of our favorite basketball lesson ideas on one page so teachers could find them easily. If you are interested in teaching dribbling with finger pads to young children, teaching the proper techniques for chest or bounce passes, or if you want ideas for teaching youngsters how to shoot a basketball, you have come to the right place! We even found an amazing, unedited, 22-minute basketball lesson that we list first!

Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

Teaching Dribbling

  • Elementary PE Dribbling with Basketball Lesson Video – Watch Elementary PE Teacher Tom Winieki teach a lesson on basketball dribbling to his 4th graders. This video will give you a great perspective on how to effectively teach the skills of basketball in a very small space. Watch how he differentiates instruction for so many children.

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Clayton Kid Zone Afterschool Program


By Tyler Kearns, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2017 Winner

afterschoolS&S Worldwide recently sponsored the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017, and we are very proud of all of the nominees and winners! This is a great opportunity to highlight these afterschool professionals and the dedication they have to their programs.

Tyler Kearns shares his experience as an afterschool leader and some tips for a successful program:

I, as many do, came into this role as an afterschool professional unintentionally and fell in love with this work from the beginning. I began my work in afterschool with the Clayton School District’s Kid Zone program in Missouri the school year following my student teaching experience at one of the elementary schools. Continue reading

5 Ways to Prevent Cabin Fever at Your Senior Facility


seniors cabin feverIf you have residents who suffer from cabin fever, try a few of these activity ideas and tips from to keep your residents engaged throughout the winter season.

1. Schedule Game Tournaments – Grab several checkers boards and host a checkers tournament for residents to play. You can even schedule Game Night for each Friday night, where residents can compete in different board games like chessYahtzee, and Dominoes.

2. Create an Indoor Garden – Create an indoor garden area for your residents to keep busy as they plant. In addition, set up an area in your Activity Room for residents to display and tend to their flowers and herbs. Continue reading

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