Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For February, the exercises include Reverse Lunges, Squats, Squat Jumps, Knee Raises, Heel Walks, and Tippy Toe Walks. Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. Wednesdays are Cardio Day, where students will spend the allotted time either doing jumping jacks and/or mountain climbers.
The calendar also includes task cards for each challenge, so you can show your students images of the correct way to do the activities. Continue reading →
By Hamisi Juma, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award Winner
My name is Hamisi Juma. I came to the U.S. in 2010 as refugee, after I spent 6 years in a refugee camp in Tanzania. During my time in the refugee camp, I was a youth supervisor at Youth Center. This program was established by different community members including me. Because of the difficult situation in the camp, most of the youth was involved in drugs, alcohol, and early pregnancies.
After I resettled in U.S. and saw most of the African and immigrants struggling a lot in the same ways I saw in the refugee camp, I felt concerned and looked for a way I could help them. My question was how, when, and where I can get a place to help them? I started looking for some non-profit organizations for help, and decided to create the Safari Youth Club, with the goals of helping them for their future life. Continue reading →
Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.
Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks
I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.
We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!
Parents and teachers share creative ideas that go beyond raffles and car washes and keep the fun in fundraising. We teamed up with Family Fun Magazine to share these 5 ideas that you can recreate at your school!
St. Bernadette’s Catholic School in Springfield, Virginia came up with the idea to have a Surprise Teacher Getaway Raffle. Nearly half the school’s 380 students entered their favorite teachers and staff into a drawing that featured a parent-donated four-day vacation. They received over $3000 toward interactive whiteboards.
Students decorated the raffle tickets with stickers, “Good Luck!” messages, and smiley faces. The tickets said “Please send on vacation.” Families bought them for $5 each, filled in a teacher’s name (and their own on the back), then entered them in the vacation drawing. With nearly half of school families participating, minimal work, and happy kids and teachers, this fund-raiser was truly a win-win solution. Continue reading →
Encouraging kids to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle is a main goal of both teachers and afterschool professionals. We have seen many teachers asking for monthly fitness calendars to challenge students to stay active during the year, and even to take home over school break and get their family involved.