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Beating the Back to School Blues

Fun Activities to Start After School Programs

The end of summer can bring mixed emotions to children and adults alike. It is a time of transition from days of play to days that are scheduled around school, homework, and extracurricular activities. While the school year can be a welcoming relief to some, it can cause stress for others. Back to school doesn’t have to be plagued with the blues! Here are fun ways to get Club kids back into the swing of programming and introduce new faces that may be showing up at the Club.

There’s no sugar coating it, summer is over. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t sweeten up going back to school! Grab a bag of Skittles or M&M’s for some fun at the first few days of after school programs at the Club. Give each participant 5 pieces of candy. Each color will represent a fun fact that the youth can share. You decide the fun fact! Here are some examples: a red candy means that the participant will share something fun they did over summer, an orange candy means that the participant will share their favorite music artist, a blue or purple candy means that the participants will share something the group doesn’t know about them like a hobby they have picked up or a special talent. The options are endless!


Summer Slide Prevention Tips

With summer right around the corner, it is easy to want to put thoughts of academics to the side. It then becomes increasingly difficult to maintain education and physical activity levels because there is no longer a set program to follow. This summer, Clubs and families can improve child well-being by encouraging reading and physical activity!

Summer slide tells us that reading skills in our youth decrease over the summer months. In order to prevent this, try taking youth to the library, letting them choose their own books, and encouraging them to bring books along on road trips and vacations!

Did you know that 62% of children really enjoy reading and say that it is a fun way to pass the time? The more youth are presented with the opportunity to read, the more they can explore their enjoyment of it. Along with the slide in academic skills, physical activity can decrease over the summer as well. This can be prevented with simple structured summer programming which can prevent unhealthy wellness practices in youth. The opportunity that youth have to participate in the Club over the summer can significantly help in the prevention of physical activity loss.

More information on summer slide prevention can be found here!

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