Afterschool Goes Outdoors!

Outdoor Adventure Program 

As we begin thinking about opening in the Fall, safety is our number one priority. Arts and Athletics is planning for several different scenarios number one being “In-Person Learning” and taking afterschool outdoors! Regardless of what the future brings, we are 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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Morning and 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:
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

MondayArt and Hiking Adventure
TuesdayYoga, dance, and Art time 
WednesdayArt and Martial Arts
Thursday Art and Fitness Games 
FridayFitness Games and Exercises

Drop off and Pick up at 577 Columbus Ave ( located in the corner of 88th Street and Columbus Ave)

Aventuras En El Parque (Adventures In The Park)
K-1st Grade Fridays 12:30-2:00 pm
“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.

Thursdays are for Field Trips!
2nd to 5th Grade 2:00-5:00 pm
How well do you know your park? Children will go on walking field trips around Central Park to destinations like Turtle Pond, Belvedere Castle, Conservatory Garden, the North Woods, and maybe even the Carousel! Along the way, we will learn about the natural life of the park and some of its characters, like Balto, the sled dog, Stuart Little’s boat race in Sailboat Pond, and the two children who hid in the Metropolitan Museum! 
Please note that there will be a lot of walking in this class, often two or more miles. Children should be prepared for long walks-comfortable shoes, water, and a snack strongly recommended.

Afterschool Program Hours

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.

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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