SHADES of Development is a choice based program that offers a mix of teacher directed and self directed activities. Each SHADES of Development program offers the following program content.
SHADES Time - SHADES Time is the time during the week that children participate in activities and discussions related to the SHADES program bi-weekly learning objectives. When your child is enrolled in the SHADES program, he/she is assigned to a specific group based on your child's grade level and/or developmental level. SHADES Time activities occur in that group setting. Besides exploring bi-weekly themes, SHADES Time allows children to learn and practice positive character traits such as respect, trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, friendship, community, good decision-making, positive communication, active listening, and conflict resolution. Each group usually meets once per week at a designated time. SHADES Time group meetings are not optional. Children must go to SHADES Time on their assigned day.
Leaders In Training (LIT) Program - SHADES of Development offers an LIT program for children in the fifth grade. The program allows older children to explore and exercise leadership skills through hands-on activities and mentoring experiences. Children will learn how to plan and lead activities with younger children. Children that serve as positive role models and responsible leaders will earn special privileges, such as special activities and snacks, use of LIT specific supplies, and walking field trips.
Story Time - This is the time during the day that children have the opportunity to relax their bodies and their minds. A SHADES staff member will be introducing children's literature through ongoing readings of children's books and novels. This time allows the children to develop imagination and comprehension skills, as well as, an appreciation for reading and language. (Kindergarten and full-day care only)