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It's almost summer (really)! Are you ready?

Summer will be here before we know it! Do you know what you're doing?

Often we don’t think about our goals for kids before we plan our summer programming. Summer is a great time for kids to get excited and experience learning in a different way, but planning for summer can often be at the last minute.

Let's plan for summer! What's not fun about that?

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Sizzling Science for the Summer

What does science look like in summer?

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Happy New Year...Take Two!

This is really our second “New Year.”

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After-school Tip #10: Making Way for Learning Every Day

In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of letting kids do the talking, while the leader is the “guide on the side.” This tip addresses taking advantage of learning opportunities in everything you do.

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After-school Tip #6: Give Lead-time to Leaders

In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of timing when planning activities for young people. This tip addresses the importance of time in a different way.

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After-school Tip #5: Timing Is Everything

In our last after-school tip, we talked about how important it is to have fun, and that after-school programs shouldn’t just feel like more school. This week’s tip talks about the importance of timing.

Timing Is Everything

There are important things to consider about timing:

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After-school Tip #4: The Fun Factor

In our last after-school tip, we talked about the importance of bringing enthusiasm to everything we do with kids.

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After-school Tip #3: How Leader Interests Can Drive Engagement

In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of nurturing children’s interests and natural curiosity to drive learning. Of course, curiosity isn’t present only in children. Adults have interests of their own that can infuse after-school activities with excitement and energy.

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After-school Tip #2: Interest Leads to Engagement

In this segment of our After-school Tips series we’re going to talk about how getting to know the children in our care can help us build engagement and excitement about learning.

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After-school Tip #1: Meet with School Leaders to Maximize Your Impact

I have been working with after-school programs across the country since 1998. In that time I’ve learned some things that make academic enrichment activities more successful with kids after school. Over the course of several blog posts I’m going to share these helpful tips with you so that after-school time doesn’t become more school.

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