School is a place where we educate our children. They spend a large portion of their early lives in the classroom. School represents 175-180 days and between 900-1,000 hours of classroom activity. While time spent during these hours of instruction are spent on teaching subject intensive material, many individuals can overlook the importance of the education that occurs outside of the curriculum.
Many years of studies, research, and evaluations have proven that, without a doubt, after-school programs improve students’ academic performance. Math and Reading are the subjects most positively affected by high quality programs outside of the normal classroom. Students are given the opportunity to complete their homework as well, which makes their lives at home less about school and more about family. These initiatives serve to reinforce the materials covered in their respective classes, but also tend to engage students in more lively ways than traditional class time. For further information, check out this article by the American Institute for Research.
The social aspect of afterschool programs has been shown to increase students’ self confidence, self esteem, and empathy. The behavioral benefits to attending these sessions include increased self control and assertiveness. The structure of afterschool programs serves to give children the opportunity to interact with others in a controlled environment that is centered around learning. Improved social and personal skills are just a couple of the benefits gained from enrolling your child in a quality afterschool program.
The non-traditional structure of afterschool programs create an environment where children can develop their emotional intelligence in fun and engaging ways. This method makes the instruction feel less like a classroom and more like real life. Children who attend these programs are more likely to display the qualities of leaders, role models, and mentors. Studies have shown that children with higher emotional intelligence are more likely to graduate high school, college, and thrive in a full time job. Learn more about how afterschool programs positively impact emotional development here in this article by educationweek.com.
These programs are instrumental in teaching children about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good dietary habits. In addition to health education, many programs give children access to healthy snacks and physical activity. There are proven health benefits in attending these afterschool programs.
Walton Academy’s Extended Day
At Walton Academy we are proud to educate your children. Our professional, highly-qualified teachers assist students in reaching their full potential. We offer small class sizes, a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, character education, and an environment that promotes a love of learning. Please visit our website to take a virtual tour of our institution. We understand the importance of afterschool programs and because of that we offer Extended Day. Extended Day is a before and afterschool care program designed to enhance our students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. To learn more about Walton Academy click here. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.