Great News! We’ve come up with an After School Planner that will help you plan out what you want to do each with with your Child. We encourage you to get them involved in the planning so that they understand that homework comes first, then Family Responsibilities and then it’s time to add all the enrichment that makes the afternoon full of fun and learning…shhh don’t tell them they’re still learning.
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We’ve found that once children understand the routine of the afternoon and evenings it helps them with focus and behavior issues. Children will thrive with routine and you will find those moments of fun and learning that you’re looking for.
Our After After School Weekly Planner contains the subject we like to do each day with our children. Each day we fit one into our afternoon. Art, Science, Cooking, Field Trips, Community Outreach. Then we make sure everyday to include play, exercise and reading. We try to include a theme to make it more exciting. This week we’ll be focusing on David McPhail’s books to get ready for the Virtual book Club next week. We’ll also be focusing on Greece since our Around the World series is learning about food from Greece. Can’t wait to share with you this week!
Here’s an example of how I used the weekly planner for my plans next week.
Once you’ve created your schedule you might be thinking now what do I do? You can turn to The Educators’ Spin On It each Monday where we share our activities for the week! We also invite other bloggers to share their weeks too. Children engaged in after school activities tend to do better in school, value education and creativeness.
Did you see the ABC’s of After School Activities? We shared with you some of our favorite activities for children After School. You are your child’s first teacher and this is a great way to incorporate learning after school too! You can use our List of After School Activities or you can turn to other options.
One option is to turn to our Pinterest Boards. We’re always sharing ideas for Elementary Aged children in addition to Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. We have a Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies Board for extra academic support for your child. We also have enrichment boards for Art, Music, Outdoors, Gardening, Cooking, Technology, Community Outreach and Seasonal Crafts and Activities and more to build enrichment and literacy into your child’s life.
With more and more budget cuts in schools and standardized testing it’s these subjects that get less and less focused on. Truthfully this is why Amanda and I are choosing to share our Ideas for After School Activities on The Educators’ Spin On It.
Thanks for providing ideas for a planner! Great idea given how busy we are all these days, kids especially!
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days says
I love how you plan your activities and the sheet. Thanks for sharing! Since my kids are in school each day, we've outgrown the lesson plan document that I made years ago. Your planner would work better for us now.
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Wonderful weekly planner! You're so right, getting the kids involved in their schedule helps them to see that time is finite and it's important to do a little prep work to get ready for weekly activities.
Raising a Happy Child says
This is really neat even though for me the time we spend together is a lot more limited. I am sure many families will find this planner very useful!
Great planner! I wish my kids were home that early in the day! They're not home until 4 and I'm not done working until 5, so by that time we don't have much time for activities. You have some fun ideas on there though.
What a wonderful planner . . . thank you for sharing it! 🙂 And thanks for hosting this link up. Off to check out some of the great ideas listed there!
I know that you guys are VERY busy and super lucky to have an awesome afterschool program, but I am sure there are still things you want to do with and teach your daughter. Although you may not have a weekly plan – it may be helpful to sit down every month and think of the things you want to do with and teach your daughter that the school may not. Writing a letter to a family member for an example is a way to teach about compassion for family members and practice writing at the same time.
So you may not have as much time as we do, then simplify. I hope this doesn't come accross in the wrong way, because you are an amazing parent, but I think it is so important to make the time you have with your kids what you want it to be. I know that I get into the daily life chores and forget to have fun and teach my kids the values and things I want them to know about. We put soccer games and dance lessons on our calendar – why not schedule in time for a science experiement or readathon with your family? When I have things scheduled in – there is more of a chance that they will get done. The great thing about parenting is that you get to choose how to do it!
I second that – but it doesn't always go that way =)
ooh, ps – our kids start school WAY early, so our day begins really early. Mine are in bed at 6:30 every night – so we don't have much evening time together.
Kim is awesome for creating it =) She is so talented. I thought the activities this week were awesome and am so thankful for the many blogs that link up! – Amanda
Kelly do you have a link to the one you have used in the past? I am trying to find one I like to use with my toddler. Amanda
Erica MomandKiddo says
Awesome planner! I'm guessing if I hunt around you have a much more awesome post about journaling on your site, but here's mine anyway! So glad to see all the posts that have linked up this week!