A typical day at RASP includes:
Arrival – unwinding: 15 – 45 minutes
Time for children to make the transition from school to RASP. They may prepare snack,
go outside, play in the gym, sit and talk– whatever helps them change pace and unwind from
their school day. Children wash up and have a healthy snack during this time.
Activity time: 60 - 90 minutes
Children are presented with a choice of staff-led activities (art project, cooking,
or gym games,for example). Children can choose among many available materials
and activities. They can play in any of the supervised areas and are encouraged
to initiate and organize activities. Children can choose not to participate in a staff-led
activity as long as they stay in a supervised area and are productively occupied
for the duration of activity time.
Homework: 15 - 60 minutes
During this time, children with homework can to do it in a quiet place.
Staff are there to offer support.
Unwinding – clean up: 30 minutes
Most children are being picked up at this time. The room is put back in order for the
following day. Parents should give their child sufficient time at pick up time
to clean up before they leave.
Each program has a routine that is consistent and stable yet flexible.
Every day children can choose from a variety of activities such as:
gym and outdoor play
large and small muscle activities
Children can choose to play alone or in groups.
They can choose active or quiet play.
They can participate in both staff-led and child initiated activities.
RASP is like a neighborhood that offers a rich variety of age-appropriate resources
and a caring staff that is there to guide your children, set limits,
respond with caring and concern and
– sometimes –
just stand back and watch great things happen.
All children have interests which we help them pursue. For all children, our goal is
that while they are involved in activities they will develop:
* Excitement about informal learning * Self-confidence, self-reliance
* Sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play * Good peer relationships
* Positive values * Physical, intellectual and social skills