New for the 2017-18 school year, Lextended Day has hired a new array of 'specialist' teachers in a variety of entertaining and educational disciplines. They will visit each site once a week, sharing their passions and expertise regularly with your children.
Science and the Natural World
Students participating in Science and the Natural World at Lextended Day will explore how the world around us works and how we fit into it. Through direct observation, experimentation and creative problem solving students will enjoy an exciting, hands-on journey into the natural phenomena that shape our lives and make our planet such an amazing place.
Utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces, the program will incorporate outdoor education strategies and curriculum elements as kids learn about local flora, fauna and weather patterns. The Science and the Natural World program at Lextended Day seeks to foster a spirit of inquiry, and sense of wonder while leading students on an exploration of the interconnectedness of people, plants, animals and natural forces
Our theatre specialist will bring a unique curriculum to each program depending on the age of the students participating and the needs of each site. Theatre gives children an outlet to explore skills that will stay with them for life whether they actually participate in theatre as adults (onstage, backstage, as an audience member supporting the arts!) or they gain confidence in things like public speaking, creative thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
We will offer a wide array of activities including, but not limited to, performing (short and long productions), designing (sets, props, costumes, sound), puppetry, improvisation, play writing, auditioning techniques, mask work, movement, and other activities sparked by the children! Some of these activities could take the form of one afternoon of letting our imaginations run wild. Others might take the form of building skills on a week to week basis for a given period of time with the possibility of a final project such as a short performance, pretend professional audition or designer showcase.
The number one goal is to have fun! Alongside this, the aims for this program include creating a love and appreciation for the outdoors while developing respect for other living things through mindfulness, knowledge, and understanding. Children will learn life skills, build stronger executive functioning skills, develop leadership, enhance their problem-solving abilities, and use their senses - all while being active!
Children will engage in both unstructured free play time and team-building games and initiatives run both indoors and out.
This year we are introducing a new program to teach children about food and cooking! Almost every week your child will have a guest teacher instruct the group in a food focused lesson where the children will have many opportunities for hands on cooking and food prep. The program will teach the students how to cook recipes from both their own backyard and from around the world, all the while using their math skills as they help weigh and measure ingredients.
Additional topics covered will range from the history of food, to how fruits and vegetables are grown, to the manufacturing of their favorite snacks. By the end of the year we hope the children will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge in cooking/food preparation, show understanding of nutrition, and will have broadened their taste bud horizon!