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Before- and After-School ProgramsGrades K-6

At Champions, it’s all about bringing out the best in your child. Whether she chooses to nurture her inner scientist, artist, teacher, doctor, CEO, or all of the above, we give her the freedom to follow her curiosity and passion!

In our new curriculum, your child’s interests will shape what we decide to dig in and explore, and at the same time she’ll be developing skills that will help create a solid foundation for learning and growth.

Activities That Help Your Child Grow

Fun activities play a big role in how your child will develop critical skills while she’s at Champions. It may just feel like playing to your child, but what’s really happening is learning that will last a lifetime! The activities in our curriculum focus on six developmental domains:

Character Development

Being kind and empathetic, and playing fairly are all things that make up character—and we think it’s important to focus on them.

Example Activity: “What Would You Do?” encourages children to question what is right and wrong in a certain situation. In this activity, children have discussions about ethical dilemmas, which teaches them how to develop positive values like honesty, fairness, and kindness, all while expressing their opinions in their own unique way.

Community

We’re all part of a community—and pitching in and interacting within that community can make a big difference. Your child will learn the value of community participation by being involved in an inclusive classroom community with a focus on group projects to explore common goals and enhance communication skills.

Example Activity: “A Great Classmate” focuses on building and sustaining an inclusive classroom community by encouraging children to identify and discuss the behaviors that a great classmate does and does not exhibit, and then to make a commitment to treat others with kindness.

Creative Expression

At Champions, your child will get to express his creativity through movement, dance, drama, music, visual arts, and more! There are no limits to the imagination of a young and active mind—and at Champions, we want to make sure your child has the freedom to explore his creativity in any way that feels natural to him.

Example Activity: “The Ever-Changing Ball” is an improvisational game that encourages children to use creativity and flexibility to react quickly to directions given by others and to practice performing theatrically.

Executive Function

Children learn better when they are focused and able to think before they act. Our curriculum gives your child the chance to build mental flexibility (the ability to handle different situations in different ways) and practice managing his emotions in order to meet challenges and accomplish goals.

Example Activity: A strategy game called “Sculpture Challenge” uses healthy competition as a learning tool and is an effective way to build skills such as goal-oriented persistence during play.

Inquiry-Based Learning

STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) give your child the freedom to discover, create, and tinker. Your child will be given problems to solve as well as questions and real-life scenarios to think about so she can learn more about the world around her!

Example Activity: “Building Bridges” reinforces STEAM skills by encouraging children to create, take apart, and explore.

Literacy

We want your child’s inner bookworm to shine through. Whether she naturally gravitates toward reading and writing or she’s just discovering the world of books, we create an environment that fosters a love of literature for children at all levels of literacy. Along with learning about different genres and styles of writing, a focus is also put on 21st century literacy, such as using technology and other sources to find information.

Example Activity: “Group Newspaper” encourages children to create their own newspaper in a collaborative effort that promotes leadership and journalistic skills.

Optional Program Components

Your child will be given the opportunity to dive even deeper into his interests by designing his own program ideas! He can explore a theme or topic that inspires him by starting a project, founding a classroom club, or taking on additional responsibilities in the program as a junior counselor.

Interest Areas

Life is full of choices, and allowing your child to choose the activities she loves most keeps her excited to learn. Children have time every day to explore their own interests in areas like Creative Arts, the Library, Math and Construction, Puzzles and Games, and Science.

  • Creative Arts: An area where children can express themselves through drama, drawing, painting, poetry, and more.
  • Library: A bookworm’s paradise where children can find inspiration and endless adventure.
  • Math and Construction: A place where children can solve math problems and puzzles, or build bridges, towers, machines, and more using real-life math concepts.
  • Puzzles and Games: An activity area that features group games, challenging brainteasers, and puzzles.
  • Science: An area where children can experiment, explore, and discover the secrets of the scientific world.

And There's More!

Homework Help: Whether it’s a science project, spelling test, or book report, our teachers are here to support your child in completing homework—which frees up time in the evenings for you to be together as a family.

Daily Fitness and Healthy Snacks: We help children develop healthy bodies and encourage proper nutrition through daily physical activity and healthy snacks.