Incorporating academics in afterschool gives students the ability to use a variety of strategies and learning styles to explore multiple subject areas. Students who struggle in language arts, for example, might enjoy the content more if it is presented in the context of a drama project or a song writing activity. Literacy skills are necessary for young people to decode sounds and words and then later to have the ability to read and learn across the curriculum.
When school lets out, learning is still fresh and students are ready to apply and extend their learning in exciting activities.
R’Club’s Alphabet Soup component offers literacy and reading activities that provide significant benefits to youth. Our featured activities are aligned with Florida Sunshine State Standards to assist in supporting the school day. These activities range from independent reading, chapter reading, language board games, researching topics of interest, journaling, pen pals, poetry writing, word games, acting out plays, collaborating on projects as well as homework help, tutoring and much more. These are activities that the time constraints and curricular pressures of busy school-day classes often do not permit.
Alphabet Soup incorporates various enrichment clubs, hands-on projects, and creative problem solving activities. These lessons are developed to allow students the chance to enhance reading strategies, and reinforce language skills. Research indicates that such activities can improve students’ achievement in reading and language arts and develop a love for reading that will ultimately become a lifelong hobby and increase their desire to learn. Perhaps most significantly, R’Club gives children a rare chance to read. Most children read only a few minutes a day. “Literacy is a product of having read a lot and your ability to do that depends on the time you have to invest,” says Marilyn Adams, author of Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print.