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How to Design an After School Program with a Focus on Movement



When you have the opportunity to teach a student something important, you take it. When you have the opportunity to increase the health of a student with exercise, you take that too. So when you have the chance to do both at once, your opportunity for improving the life of a child is doubly effective.

Creating an after school program with a focus on simultaneous learning and exercise is not only a fun way to end the school day, it’s a proven way to help children retain valuable information.

Take a look at how you can design an after school program your kids will love.

What You’ll Need

 The key to creating an exciting environment is having exciting things to do. There are tons of ways you can use sports training equipment like basketball hoops, volleyball nets, and orange cones to create games that stimulate critical thinking in your students.

You can even take the old baseball tees and gloves the high school teams no longer use and put them back in action.

Planning Your Lessons

 Next up, think about what you want to teach your students each time you meet. Since attendance at after school programs can be up and down, you want to have a good number of available options in case you have an odd number of students or they are interested in learning a specific skill, like shooting a basketball.

Whether you teach addition and subtraction, spelling or grammar, or even physics and earth sciences to your students, you can simulate all those things with fun games.

For example, here’s a great way to help teach addition to your students using basketball training equipment. Use orange cones or brightly colored tape to mark zones on a basketball court within the three-point line. Each zone gets a specific number: 1, 2, 3, and so on until all your zones have numbers. When a student steps up to play, he or she must score exactly 10 points by adding up the numbers in each zone from which they made a successful shot.

Keep Ideas Fresh

 Kids these days catch on fast, so keep them thinking by switching the types of games you play. Keep the ideas the same (i.e. addition using zones with corresponding values) but switch up the sport. You can play that same basketball addition game using a soccer ball, a baseball, or even a game of tag.

Without even knowing it, your students will pick up the essential skills they’ll need to be successful in their lives through academics and exercise.