Outside recreation refers, generally though not always, to physical activity in a game or competitive format. Examples include volleyball, soccer, softball, and flag football. The policy of the after school program is that, normally, each student should participate in at least one block of outside recreational activities. For days when outside activity is not practical, indoor activities will be used. Examples include chess and checkers, miscellaneous board games, and "party" type participatory games such as charades.
Inside recreation refers to games such as those listed just above and also to creative pursuits such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. Dance can also be a considered a recreation activity.
As with applied learning, additional recreational opportunities are to be researched and added as the program moves forward. Student preference is the prime source of new recreational activities, though suggestions from parents will be entertained.
Social/Health Services and Activities
For the purposes of the after school program, a social activity is generally one that involves significant interaction between individuals but does not involve competition. Many of the after school social activities involve learning or improving social skills such as interview techniques, telephone etiquette, conversation skills, and conflict management. These activities obviously have a great deal in common with applied learning. Other social activities overlap almost completely with recreation. Dance is the prime example. This overlap of common features is to be expected. The category into which a particular activity is placed is based more on the overall impact than on an inventory of features.
For our purposes, health services deal with issues that affect a child's physical or mental well being. The most common examples are violence and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Other situations may involve people other than the child (usually the parents) and such issues as personal hygiene, nutrition, abuse, or neglect. In such cases, involvement by outside agencies such as social services or child protective services may be warranted.
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