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Learning and fun continues in Varsity Club, our before and after school program. Our well-balanced curriculum, Building the Primary Classroom, encourages imagination, builds pride, and offers new challenges. It provides opportunities for academic success while children gain knowledge in core subject areas. By promoting a positive classroom culture, our curriculum allows children to experience new adventures, which inspires a lifelong love of learning and exploration.
The curriculum objectives are the heart of the Building the Primary Classroom program and define the path teachers take with students in their classroom. They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state Common Core State Standards. The objectives cover 6 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas and content areas. Many of the objectives also include examples that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective, and help clarify what it addresses.
Our comfy atmosphere provides “your child’s home away from home” by Fostering Friendships, supporting Emerging Emotions, building Healthy Beginnings, Sparking Curiosity and promoting Language Development.
Each day your child will be challenged with a question of the day through our Brain Buster Cards. Students will use their own prior knowledge and work with others to try to figure out the correct answer. Our Brain Buster cards spark the students’ interest and promote problem solving, team work and persistence. Students are encouraged to explore new topics and expand their learning of the curriculum themes. Once the answer is revealed, students have the opportunity to share additional knowledge they already have to scaffold learning with their peers.
These cards focus on four different areas of learning: Arts and Sciences, Community Service, Language Arts, and Health and Fitness. Your child will complete thoughtful tasks relating to each of these domains as they work to get 10 punches on their card. When your child has successfully completed 10 tasks, they will receive a bracelet for their accomplishment.
Students will become more empowered in their classroom community, by participating in Student Advisory Committee groups. These groups will meet once a week and focus on various aspects of the classroom and the community in which the children live. Students will be able to discuss, problem solve and develop conflict resolution skills to work through the rights and responsibilities of each member of the classroom, decide how to effectively use classroom resources, and strengthen their leadership skills.
Rainbow Child Care understands the importance of create a safe and secure environment where children feel comfortable to take appropriate risks. Our curriculum, Building the Primary Classroom®, has an overarching goal to create a positive environment and community in the classroom. All Varsity Club children will take an Anti-Bully Pledge and review the expectations in the classroom. Each student will sign the class pledge poster that will remain in the classroom as a visual reminder and receive a pledge card to keep. They will also get an anti-bully bracelet to wear and serve as a commitment of how to be a good friend.
Fostering Friendships provides students with experiences designed to support developing relationships with peers while promoting independence, confidence and the desire to discover. Conflict resolution lessons provide students with the tools necessary to maintain friendships and negotiate through conflicts with peers and teachers.
Emerging Emotions lays the foundation for students to navigate everyday social interactions. It provides students with knowledge of how to understand their own feelings through positive social interactions with their teachers and peers.
Students are constantly developing physical skills as they explore their environment and expand their horizons. Healthy Beginnings provides activities and games designed to help support muscle development, coordination and manipulative skills.
Our before and after school program also includes Ready, Set, GROW! Fit Foundations®, a program that blends educational concepts to promote health and fitness. These hands-on experiences inspire Healthy Beginnings. With the ability to utilize our state-of-the-art gymnasiums and playgrounds, our programming is consistent and year-round.
We help students Spark Curiosity by providing opportunities to build a positive approach to learning, exploring new concepts through hands-on activities and building memory, reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Sparking Curiosity lays the cognitive framework for later learning and academic success.
Through thoughtfully designed activities, students will listen to and understand increasingly complex language. Our Language Immersion Spanish program offers students an opportunity to expand their development of a second language.