After School Program Curriculum
The ASP implements the SPARK Early Childhood Physical Activity Curriculum. SPARK is a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. The focus of SPARK is to develop basic movement, manipulative, social, and personal skills at an early age. Children will have many opportunities to practice movement and object control skills while participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. The SPARK curriculum has eight major objectives:
- To develop a variety of basic movement and manipulative skills so children will experience success and feel comfortable during physical activity pursuits.
- To develop positive social skills and the ability to get along with others in movement environments.
- To engage motor neurons that will lay the foundation for easier acquisition of skills later in life.
- To develop and maintain acceptable levels of physical fitness through increased moderate and vigorous physical activity.
- To increase kinesthetic awareness and be more confident and safe movers.
- To demonstrate improved problem solving and movement creativity while using a variety of manipulatives in many situations.
- To receive opportunities to interact with new stimuli and situations, thus broadening their experiences.
- To enjoy and seek out physical activity for lifelong wellness.