After School Enrichment Programs

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Policy Studies Associates, Inc. finds that regular participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits as well as reductions in behavior problems among disadvantaged students. These gains help offset the negative impact of a lack of supervision after school.

Academic Outcomes

Students who regularly attended afterschool programs (alone or in combination with other activities) across two years demonstrated significant gains in standardized math test scores, compared to their peers who were routinely unsupervised during afterschool hours. Regular participation in the programs was associated with gains of 20 percentiles in math achievement test scores over the two-year period for the Program Plus group relative to the Low Supervision group (effect size = .73) and 12 percentiles for the Program Only group relative to the Low Supervision group (effect size = .52.)

Program Only and Program Plus students also posted gains in teacher reports of work habits (effect sizes of .31 and .35, respectively) and task persistence (.23 and .30, respectively) over the two-year period. The students also reported gains in their work habits (effect sizes = .24 to .41). These gains in work habits and task persistence may have provided important support that contributed to the gains in math achievement.

Social Outcomes

Program Only and Program Plus students posted significant gains in teachers’ reports of students’ social skills with peers (effect sizes = .21 to .30) and prosocial behaviors (effect sizes = .21 to .23). Program Only and Program Plus students also posted significant reductions in aggressive behaviors with peers (effect sizes = .29 to .34).

Problematic Behaviors

Reductions in elementary students’ reports of misconduct (e.g., skipping school, getting into fights) over the two-year period were reported by the Program Only and Program Plus groups, relative to unsupervised students (effect sizes of .66 and .51, respectively).

MUSIC PROGRAMS

Music programs are the foundation of many students’ introduction to the world of music. In their music classes, students are exposed to instruments, music, and concepts that can spark their interests for a lifetime. An introduction to one song or instrument has the potential to inspire children. Effective music programs can make a difference in their students’ lives.

Music programs introduce children to instruments and help to foster an appreciation for them. In basic music classes, children learn about percussion, woodwind, string, and brass instruments. They get to experiment with these instruments. With their early introduction to these instruments, some children make the decision that they want to learn to play the drums, violin, cello, or flute, for instance. Because of their early introduction to instruments, some children even become professional musicians or conductors.

Additionally, children’s exposure to instruments helps them to develop music appreciation skills. Students are able to go to a symphony and hear an instrument’s sound and can learn to identify it because of the groundwork established in an elementary school classroom. Beyond being able to identify the instruments, they can go to a symphony and simply enjoy the music.

In an music program, children learn to use their bodies as instruments. They learn the value of snapping their fingers, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, tapping on their thighs, and other body parts to establish a rhythm or beat. Also, when using their bodies to follow or understand musical notes, rhythm, time, and tempo, children’s appreciation of their abilities and music continues to increase.

Not only do children learn to appreciate instruments in music programs, but they learn to appreciate the music made by instruments and voices. Children can be more open to listening and learning about various music types. Whereas a child may be resistant to listening to opera with his parents, he or she may be more interested in listening to it and enjoying it in an academic setting surrounded by his or her peers.

Students are exposed to various music genres participating in a music program. By interacting with various types of music and music from different cultures, music programs offer students a multicultural music experience. Since they hear and sing songs from various cultures, their exposure to other cultures’ music can cause students to be more receptive and better prepared to learn more about these cultures in their social studies, history, and language arts classes.

Learning about music is fun. Children get to sing, play instruments, and sometimes even dance, too. The subject matter is creative, compelling, inspiring, and interactive. Students enrolled in music programs benefit from the information they learn, as well as the music they hear and create.

OUR AFTER SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS

We provide the following programs to cultivate child’s appreciation of music at early ages:

First Steps: (Ages 2-3) Students will develop corporal position to play instruments, learn basics of theory, and play basic songs. Main instrument: Piano.

First Songs: (Ages 4-5) Students will learn to play with both hands and learn more advanced music theory, and understanding of musical elements such us pulse, meter, rhythm pattern, phrasing and form. Main instrument: Piano.

Dynamic Music: (Ages 6-12) Students will learn theory, sight reading, study major and minor chords, intervals, chord progressions, rhythmic design and phrasing, and will start building their repertoire. Main instruments: Piano and Guitar.

Programs are available at schools in the area. Contact us for more information.

SPANISH PROGRAM

Our Program of total or partial immersion involve the handling of Spanish language by means of an educational strategy integrating grammar courses with artistic and cultural activities involving Hispanic communication. Thus, in the course of the school year, we combine formal language teaching with formation of different activities that involve music, dances, theater of puppets, and manual arts.

With our program of immersion offers children who only speak English the opportunity to learn a second language with an efficient educational strategy. Our objective is that graduates of this program be able to speak, read and write in two languages, taking advantage of the fact that the children are learning a new language before adolescence.

Pedagogical investigation has shown that advantages of learning a second language represent more than simply the ability to speak an additional tongue. According to these studies, studying a second language enlarges the intellectual potential, the academic achievements, and improves the abilities in the native language. Given the growing economic integration between the US and Latin America, an efficient and fluent management of Spanish better prepares children for their professional future. Participating in our Spanish program is an investment in the future of your children.

Children who become bilingual with our program acquire a sense of respect and appreciation for their own culture as well as others, which prepares young people to contribute to a more competitive, complex, diverse, and democratic society. This program also permits children to improve their levels of respect and tolerance, having a sense of identity and pride toward their cultural inheritance. Numerous studies document the benefits of learning a second language at early age; academic investigations have shown that bilingual students perform better than monolingual students in jobs of divergent thought, in the recognition of diverse patterns and in the troubleshooting of mathematical logic.

Our program also represents a personal academic challenge, helping improve the self-esteem of students. Our premise is that there will be many great benefits, social and otherwise with the developing greater linguistic skills.

OUR AFTER SCHOOL SPANISH PROGRAMS

First Words: (Ages 2-5) Students will learn basic vocabulary by the means of music and other fun activities.

Spanish for Kids: (Ages 6-12) Students will learn to express themselves in Spanish in different real life situations.

Programs are available at schools in the area. Contact us for more information.