To fulfill the Meeting House mission, we provide the highest quality recreational programs to children in a reliable, exciting and integrated way. We offer a rich series of innovative studio sessions in an interesting range of areas that children can’t find elsewhere. Group studio programs include up to twelve children.
Kids spend the afternoon moving in an easy, fluid fashion from one activity to another. Our services are child-centered and coordinated between staff members. Our therapists and teachers have the ability to share pertinent information to support each child reaching their potential in a particular area.
Homework Help, Snack and Game Time (everyday) 3:30 -4:00
With children attending TMH from many schools throughout the city, each afternoon we provide a number of engaging opportunities for both supervised homework help and game-playing. Children relax and enjoy organic snacks while they play informally with peers before the more structured programming begins. Junior teachers are available to assist with homework as well as play board games, card games, building games in small groups of two to four students
Meeting House Chat (everyday) 4:00 -4:15
This short period of the program allows the entire community to gather together once a day to connect and learn about the offerings of the day and share personal as well as community information.
The Kite Club (everyday) 4:15 – 4:45
Each day when the children come to The Meeting House Afterschool they begin their day with our signature program called Kite Club. During this time, we inspire them in ways that promote the development of their social selves. Kite Club is run by the TMH psychologist along with the help of others on the professional team. We use creative and innovative ways to teach the children critical skills and encourage them to generalize these skills during their weekly visits at TMH. During Kite Club we focus on being good friends and good community members. It is the strongest instructional part of our recreational afternoon and the focus is on developing group goals through experiential learning. This activity is organized into weekly learning segments that focus on developing social skills including; Self-awareness, group dynamics, resiliency, friendship management, conversation and listening skills.
Fitness & Sports Club (Everyday) 4:45 – 5:15
Run by our fitness expert, kids play sports in an informal and non-competitive atmosphere and build skills around each unit of sports introduced. Areas of focus include, developing strength and flexibility while working on motor planning and overall skill development for basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey, and kickball to name only a few. Playground games are also played for extra fun such as tag, capture the flag and gaga.
Specialty Programs (flexible scheduling varies during the week)
Led by a teaching artists with a specialties in education, drama and improvisational play, sessions offer children a chance learn about drama and improvisation. Each year we culminate the year with one play being performed. Through encouraging the children to take appropriate risks as all performers do, they expand their comfort zone in roles as cast and crewmembers. By building sets and designing costumes they discover new creative skills and by exploring characters and studying book, script and movie they learn about social-emotional dynamics of the characters they play and themselves.
Improvisational play utilizes humor and the game form for the development of skills necessary in becoming an emotionally well-rounded, social thinking, functioning human being. Theater games are the building blocks of improvisation. Each game focuses the players on an explicit short-term objective that can only be met through social interaction and the shared reality of the players. Each game incorporates humor and skill development as tools for meeting explicit goals. Students experience two perspectives, that of the players and of the audience members. These programs help to build core social and emotional skills to help communicate effectively with others such as:
- Social Skills: Eye contact, spatial awareness, flexibility, cooperation, compromise as well as important
- Emotional skills : Self-Confidence, Self-Acceptance, Self-Motivation, Self-Assessment, Self Advocacy
- Executive Functioning Skills: Working memory, attention, planning, time management, self-direction and self-regulation
At these sessions students explore various different mediums around art making including painting, collage, 2D and 3D projects as well as crafts. We work on themed art projects and encourage creative personal exploration using the tools or techniques that we are using for that particular art activity.
Rhythm & Drumming
Music sessions integrate rhythm and drumming into social activities using relevant pop-culture references. Rhythmic, percussion and responsive listening games are often played. The kids are active participants getting to play the instruments also and really become part of the process of contributing to the sound. The experience is wonderfully visceral for the children.
Sample Daily Schedule:
3:30 – 4:00: Arrival: Homework Help, Snack and game time
4:00 – 4:15: Community meeting: Meeting House Chat (M-Chat)
4:15 – 4:45: Kite Club: Instructional and Fun socio-emotional unit
4:45 – 5:15: Fitness and Sports
5:15 – 6:00 Specialty Program and Free Choice (drama, improvisation, art, music)
6:00 Depart Goodbyes and Pick-up