Extended Day Programs Support Students and Parents

Oh, the thought of homework … though not favored by students, homework may be an important way for teachers to reinforce key learning concepts that takes place during the school day, and may be an important component of education. When doing their homework, children learn many important skills: to develop organization, discipline and how to work on their own. Younger children especially need help in developing these skills.

Quality after-school programs often provide homework support. These programs reinforce effective homework practices. With the lessons from the school day fresh in their mind, children have the opportunity to sit down and concentrate on their tasks. If they have questions, an Extended Day staff member is always close by to offer assistance. This assistance supports both child and parent, yet it is not meant to supplant the parental role to nurture learning and education.

Busy parents often need to be on the job well before the opening school bell rings. To help parents, Stratford offersextended day programs to provide flexibility for student drop off and pick up.

Preschool and Pre-K students may begin their school day as early as 7:00 a.m., spending their first hour enjoying independent and group activities designed to develop fine and gross motor skills, and concentration. When the school day begins, students engage in imaginative STEAM play that encourages curiosity and teaches basic problem-solving and collaboration skills.

There’s plenty of caring, one-to-one attention from teachers, and a special emphasis on helping our youngest students develop social skills. The afternoon extended day program, available until 6:00 p.m., includes a variety of table activities and games, outdoor fun and physical education, craft projects, and ends on an entertaining note with stories, dramatic play, movement, and music.

Extended day programs for elementary students begin as early as 7:00 a.m., and the after school session ends by 6:00 p.m. Stratford’s extended day is a natural extension of the school day, beginning right after the last departure. Stratford’s elementary extended day program gives students an opportunity to complete homework. In addition to homework time, elementary extended day students are led through organized arts and crafts projects, and a variety of STEAM activities. To round out the program, students also spend time outside on the playground through a variety of field games and play.

Visit Stratford School at 2046 Allen Avenue in Altadena. You may contact them directly at (626) 794-1000. For more information or to schedule a school tour, visit www.stratfordschools.com/Altadena.



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