Welcome to the website for our 23 year-‐old afterschool enrichment program designed around the unique developmental needs of kindergarten through second grade students. As former public school teachers we believe firmly in the many values of a public school education, and worked very hard to design a curriculum that both supports and enriches this experience with a multitude of exciting lessons and activities ,
Unique Enrichment Experiences
Apple students are actively involved in their education. When students first arrive they meet as a group to discuss their recess activity and lessons for the day. Students always have many choices (art or craft project, p.e. group games, cooking, manipulatives, etc.) during recess. Lessons at Apple center around monthly themes that have been carefully planned to be of high interest to our students (rainforest, desert, solar system, animals of the ocean, etc.), and unlike other programs our studies were developed by credentialed and experienced teachers. After our exciting lessons we then extend the learning even further by offering interactive “hands on” experiences for students to reinforce our classes. For example students may play an outdoor game involving animal classification, or go on a hike to identify different spider webs, or whip up apple crisp after a lesson on Johnny Appleseed. As one Apple parent described it, “Apple’s great at sneaking in the learning—my son just loves it even though he thinks he “hates” school.”J
Character Development and Education
Among our most important goals is to help students at this very young age develop strong social and conflict resolution skills. We spend a great deal of time presenting values education classes that includes ample time for students to share their feelings and concerns in a safe and supportive environment. Apple students also participate in many team building exercises including music and dance, drama skits, class discussions, and conflict resolution techniques that helps in developing core values including respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and citizenship. Our students also grow very strong in self-‐esteem and confidence through participating in our annual dance performances during Thanksgiving and spring.
Exceptional Educational Opportunities
Apple Afterschool is the only afterschool in Santa Cruz County located off-‐campus and is NOTt part of a pre-‐school or recreational program. Our ocean view setting with lots of windows and natural lighting is set amidst flowers and a large lawn and provides a wonderful non-‐institutionalized environment to relax, explore, and continue learning after a rigorous day of public school. Many of our activities also involve our wonderful sister school, Magic Apple (grades 2-‐6), and our students often visit each other to share special projects, dances, and activities. During public school recesses and summer Magic Apple students may also attend Apple for special full day sessions to the delight of our Apple students who adore the “big kids.
Apple Afterschool . . .help your student begin with the best!