Ages: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 15
School-Age Care at YWCA Minneapolis
Kindergarten through third-grade children come before and after school and all day on school release and vacation days. Our School Age Summer Program includes sports, field trips and challenging activities so the learning doesn't stop when the school year ends. Instructional practices in a high-quality, school-age program foster strong relationships among the children.
Safe and Encouraging Environment
School-age children need a safe, interesting afterschool environment where they can develop skills and relationships in a positive manner. We encourage this development with age-appropriate activities that include social, physical, creative and emotional opportunities for growth.
Leadership Skills and Conflict Resolution
Leadership skills and conflict resolution are focuses for this age group. Individual interests are honored. Decisions about classroom materials and the environment are made jointly with the children. School-age children are encouraged to work in teams and share in decision making and problem solving.
We plan learning opportunities and projects:
- Connections to caring adults
- Activities to promote reading and writing
- Classroom activities that help children develop their individual interests, talents and skills
- A focus on anti-bias and conflict resolution skills – teaching children to respect the viewpoints of others
- Opportunities to learn for community involvement and service - we focus on the interests of our children and create projects that directly relate to them
Field Trips and Community Interaction
Enrichment activities include field trips and interactions with community people who visit the classroom. The program promotes fun through games, project-based experiences and hands-on, experiential learning.
Learning Goals for School-Age Children
- Service Learning Activities: intentionally connect to the community and to the children in the program
- Self-Regulation: Uses strategies to correct mistakes; understands that everyone makes mistakes
- Knows own strengths and work areas and seeks to learn techniques for overcoming weaknesses
- Thinking and Reasoning: Identifies simple problems and possible solutions; chooses best strategy
- Working with Others: Works cooperatively within a group to complete tasks and solve problems
- Demonstrates respect for others’ rights, feelings, and points of view
- Actively listens to the ideas of others and asks clarifying questions
- Makes contributions in group discussions
- Takes turns in conversations or group discussions
- Gives reasons in support of opinions