With trees beginning to flower and tadpoles morphing into frogs, spring represents a season of growth and new beginnings. And with the first day of spring (March 20) just around the corner, that’s exactly what YouthQuest students will be learning about this month.
“During the spring, we can teach life lessons about plants, insects and weather,” said LaKeitha Givens, Director of YouthQuest. “Considering that these topics all involve life cycles and patterns, the season also presents an opportunity to teach and reinforce the concept of time. This is an important lesson as it helps students to think and talk about events and ideas in a logical order.”
Over the next four weeks, students will participate in a variety of engaging activities relating to time and timelines, butterflies, flowers, music (Vivaldi’s concerto The Four Seasons), Daylight Savings and more. For example:
Want to help extend your student’s learning beyond YouthQuest? Families can try some of the following activities to keep youth engaged in the evening, on Fridays and during the weekend:
FOR OLDER STUDENTS
Rather than use themes, YouthQuest’s middle and high school programs offer short-term and long-term clubs to teach students new skills and encourage interest in new subjects. This month, for instance, all three sites are offering cooking clubs. To build their skills at home, involve your student in your weekly meal-prep process. Provide a set budget and task him or her with writing a grocery list for a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner. After the two of you go shopping for the ingredients, either ask your student to prepare the meal or – if supervision is required – make it together!