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Our mission is to introduce Hobbies to girls so they can learn how to foster a passion for life-long-learning. To provide experiences that transforms a girl’s ability to be creative and to express herself. Increasing a girl’s capacity to learn and achieve thru activities that integrate language arts, science and math. Enhancing social skills thru leadership opportunities and volunteering. We will teach the Power of Anytime Learning!
Program Description 2015
LWC an Enrichment program for Tuolumne County is a valuable resource in the community for families who wish to provide more hands on learning experiences for their children. We have established locations where we provide activities at no charge to girls ages 6-13. Our programs for girls include once a week meet -up at Jo-Anns Craft and Fabric store to work on crafts and sewing activities. In Soulsbyville we meet to promote social engagement and play organized games, have group discussions about sportsmanship, what it is to be beautiful and talks on friendship. Our leadership component is going well with 5 girls signed up to learn more about volunteering in their community. We have a service project lined up to design and install a playground for families in a mobile home park.
LWC visits local schools to bring math lessons with PBL - project based learning activities. We have specific math concepts that we teach to charter schools students in Tuolumne includingMtn.OakSchool, The Little Red School and the Country School- Gold Rush Charter. For example: when we introduce String Art to students we talk about geometrical figures - polygons, their shapes which the string art forms depending on the designs the students choose. The activity introduces mathematical terminology to young children, such as the names of each type of polygon and if they are irregular or regular, convex or parallel. Our goal is to be asked by more schools to provide PBL activities for their students that include math in the art concepts.
Arts and Crafts for Kids in Jamestown and our Wild Life Study in Columbia are new events that are successful in delivering free activities for kids and parents to participate in together, and it becomes extended "anytime learning" when they take the projects home. We have had good turn out and will continue to offer these events in the community.
We are engaging 40 kids every week during the school year with "the Power of Anytime Learning" philosophy.
LWC has implemented peer led activities since our inception, because we believe that it makes us closer as a group and gives the girls the opportunity to share something they know and love with their friends. This is a great affirmation for the girls and boosts their confidence. This is gaining ground in many states during school and after school.
IMPACT - What We Believe
LWC believes that participation in our program promotes better performance in school and supports a wider range of positive learning outcomes by affording our members opportunities to practice new skills through hands-on activities. We support student learning by bringing activities and materials to our members that challenge them to become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. We teach initiative and leadership and can see improved cooperation skills and increased self confidence in our members.
There is a common thread in studies on after school programs that strong partnerships between families, schools and the community are the key ingredients to developing youth. LWC believes in the Complementary Learning Idea that is a national conversation on supporting how children learn.
Our members are getting valuable lessons and much guidance working towards their ability to learning how to learn and are finding success in improving their critical thinking skills.
- Diana Sanders
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