These are crazy times. With schools closed and parents and caregivers scrambling to keep their children's learning on track, simple resources that keep afterschool students active and learning while they're home can have multiple benefits—for everyone.
Many afterschool and summer learning programs are implementing social and emotional learning initiatives, but not all afterschool professionals feel prepared to discuss SEL.
Afterschool programs can contribute greatly to boosting academic performance, promoting physical activity, and providing kids with a safe and nurturing environment.
Some facts about how we learn: 80 percent of what we know is acquired through listening, which is closely connected with reading comprehension.
The research is clear: If we want students to succeed academically, we need to teach them to take care of their bodies and encourage them to exercise regularly.
The Walking Classroom gets kids walking, listening, and learning—both in the classroom and in out-of-school programs.
The Walking Classroom addresses students' need to move. Whether for the energy-filled student who can't sit still or the student who needs encouragement to get his recommended daily amount of activity, incorporating walking into the classroom benefits everyone.