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Think with Us: Compare and Contrast

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How can you build stronger linkages between the after-school program and the school day?

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What others do:

The Kids' Involvement Network uses the district curriculum to plan the after-school program. We organize everything -- homework assistance and tutoring, experiments, interactive events, stories and games, challenges and puzzles, creative arts, and discussions -- to reinforce skills taught by the classroom teachers. We want students to develop skills in problem solving, thinking, and self-discipline. Those don't even have to be related to the curriculum.
-- Juanita Lightfoot, Site Coordinator, Kids' Involvement Network (KIN), Thousand Oaks Elementary School

Homework help is our most important link to the school day curriculum. Many of our after-school teachers are part of the regular school staff, so they know the students' needs and can explain a classroom concept. We also try to offer enrichment activities that correspond with subject areas, like a trip to a cave to tie in with earth science, colonial paper making to tie in with history, orienteering to tie in with math and geography.
-- Gail Cooper, Site Coordinator, Sparks After-School Program, Gordon Middle School

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