Afterschool Goes Outdoors!

Outdoor Adventure Program

Since re-opening in the Fall, safety has been our number one priority. Arts and Athletics has implemented a number of outdoor programs for safe, socially-distanced, in-person learning. Outdoor Adventures involve exploring different parts of Central Park, learning about nature, taking part in yoga and martial arts, and expressing our creative side with art and music offerings. For winter these offerings will expand to include a section taught completely in Spanish (Monday 2 to 5) and a section taught completely in French (Friday 2 to 5).

For all of our offerings, our instructors remain dedicated to your child and their continued academic growth and social-emotional well-being. By going outdoors, students will discover new places outside of their school and learn new and exciting things during different seasons. 

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Gallery–Adventure Photos

We are excited to offer a nature-based after school, all of which take place just steps away in Central Park. The adventure program is designed for children entering pre-k through fifth grade. Students can spend an afternoon building a makeshift shelter, drawing a scenic view, or discovering the park’s many plant and animal species. While having fun in the fresh air, students will develop a better understanding of nature, as well as a more profound sense of place and belonging while keeping their social distancing rules.

 Students will explore a window of colorful adventures and enrichment activities through a weekly theme while given the opportunity to learn about and through nature. Each topic contains various activities such as Hiking, Bird Watching, Wilderness Adventure, Observational Drawing, Plant Life in Central Park, Landscape Drawing, Gardening, and Sports. Our program addresses all aspects of language: listening, speaking, vocabulary building, and a lifelong interest in nature and experiencing the outdoors. 

Curriculum

Our outdoor curriculum is based on the nature core routines, coyote mentoring guidelines, North American Associations for Environmental Education. 

Core Routines of Nature Connections

We used the core connections to connecting kids in nature. The “Core Routines” are part of a nature connection movement and cultural model called the “Coyote Mentoring.” 

Arts and Athletics’ outdoor team models the core routines and guides the students every day to make the core routines a habit. The central park is a natural beauty and is a wonderful place for observing plant and animal life at close range.

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Risk Management and Weather

Understanding the BENEFITS & HAZARDS of Outdoor Play and Learning
We have crafted this critical resource to help you understand the many ways we protect children, staff, and the land we tread upon. We want everyone to thrive outdoors, which requires a commitment to thoughtful planning and safety routines. As you read through this resource, we hope it illuminates the thorough preparation of staff and the immense ways in which nature is your child’s third teacher. We are aware of the risks that children and staff are exposed to nature and the public environment. 

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Mid-Day Screen Break Time!

Take a Break while practicing social distance! Let’s explore, play, and have a lot of fun!

The morning and midday programs include a variety of sports and activities. Each day is structured to provide experiences designed to enrich the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth of your child.
Schedule:
Monday to Friday 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Recess De-Stress – Monday to Friday 2:30-3:30 pm

After sitting in front of our screens diligently, focused on our school work, we just need to get moving! Our Recess De-Stress offers just that! Our instructors will guide students through a range of activities in this hour-long mini version of our Outdoor Adventure class.

Full Immersion French and Spanish Afterschool

Aventuras En El Parque (Adventures In The Park)
K-1st Grade Mondays 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
“Aventuras en el Parque” is a full immersion Spanish adventure where we maintain the original essence of the outdoor adventure program philosophy where the role of a teacher is to accompany, observe and document the children’s activities from behind the scenes asking open-ended questions about the important discoveries of the day, thus allowing children to share a deep connection with nature and their peers by owning their space and experiences in Spanish.

L’aventure en Plein Air (Adventures In The Park)
K-5th Grade Tuesdays and Fridays 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Join us in the park for this full-immersion French adventure where we maintain the original essence of the outdoor adventure program philosophy where the role of a teacher is to accompany, observe and document the children’s activities from behind the scenes asking open-ended questions about the important discoveries of the day, thus allowing children to share a deep connection with nature and their peers by owning their space and experiences in French.

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Outdoor Afterschool Adventure Program

Arts and Athletics follows the orientation of the natural cycle of learning for the outdoor program; we will look at the sun as being our guide for our afterschool schedule. Each day children will have different specialty activities martial arts, yoga, exercises, and dance!

Schedule:

North East (Open)Dismissal-2:20p.m.Pick up form the classroom or designated school area
North East (Open)2:20p.m.-2:35 p. mWalk to Central Park 
East (inspired)2:35 p.m.-3:05 p.m.Snack time/Storytelling
East (inspired)3:05 p.m.-3:25 p.m.Sit Spot quiet time to relax
Southeast (Active)
South (Focus) 
3:25 p.m.-4:05 p.m. Enrichment activity or Games and Sports
Southwest (Take a Break)4:05 p.m.-4:15 p.m.Rest time (Sit Spot quiet time) 
West (Gather and Shared)4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.Games and Sports or Enrichment activity 
Northwest (Reflect)
North (Integrate)
5:00 p.m.-Closing time relax recover, gather and get ready for pick up time 
Northeast (Close)5:00 p.m.Pick up time
Aftercare available 5-6pm please email us for more information.

Middle School Grades 6-8

Middle School Outdoor Fitness Fun Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 (gr 6-8 )
The ‘Outdoor Fun’ class is designed to cultivate our middle schoolers’ athletic ability—both physical dimensions and mental ones. In doing so, we’ll include activities like parkour, agility obstacle courses, track and field exercises and flag football just to name a few. We’ll also measure speed and strength at the start of the class in hopes that we improve by the last class meeting.
 
The instructors will also encourage their athletes to increase their mental focus, their understanding of the principles of training, and their commitment to consistent effort. By improving the physical and mental components together, we set the students on a path to lifelong fitness and better health.