School-Age: Developing and Implementing Effective Indoor Interest Areas
2 hours (0.2 CEUs)
In order to operate an effective school-age program environment, it is essential for staff to know how to design, set up, and operate a variety of different interest areas that meet the developmental needs of school-age children.
Effective interest areas are multi-dimensional; they provide a wide variety of activity options within the area. Effective interest areas provide children with opportunities to work and play independently on their own or with others. They also provide a setting for focused, staff-led activities designed to introduce children to new concepts and skills.
Staff in quality school-age programs know how to work with colleagues and children to define, develop, and manage a wide variety of interest areas.
Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences