Snacks and Free Play
All the sites at Lextended Day share a very similar structure that takes into account the developmental needs of children. If the weather permits, outdoor recreation time takes place every day. The students have the opportunity to play in the fresh air with friends, and are supervised by members of staff. Outdoor play takes place before or after a healthy snack. We design our snack time to be as nutritious as possible. We tend to offer a selection of fruit, vegetables, cheese, crackers, and milk or water, and we choose particular snacks depending on what is freshest and in season.
Activities and Homework
Each site offers scheduled activity time each day. Some may be student led, where children have the opportunity for free play with a variety of toys and educational materials. All sites have a variety of teacher led activities and classes which students can choose from. Activities depend on the strengths of current staff at each site, but in general all locations offer options including drama, dance, art, and STEAM activities. When needed, time is set aside for homework. Depending upon the skills and interests of the teachers at each site a variety of activities are offered. Past activities included yoga, chess, foreign languages, cooking, music, lego robatics.
The extended Thursday afternoons offer a great opportunity for additional programming. Following lunch, sites offer outdoor recess and their regular activities and sessions. Many sites also use the additional hours for altogether time. This could be an organized competition, such as bridge building or egg drop, or may take the form of a visiting entertainer, such as a magician, clown, or world Frisbee champion! In addition, some sites also offer field trips.
Lextended Day has an array of 'specialist' teachers in a variety of entertaining and educational disciplines, such as cooking, drama, outdoor adventure, and the natural world. They visit each site, sharing their passions and expertise regularly.