The dictionary definition of the word, enrichment, is “the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something.” Greater Things after-school program strongly promotes enrichment for each student who attends. Enrichment happens in academics, in playtime, and in any activity that is purposeful in design. Enrichment is both physical and mental in nature. We, at Greater Things, want to see our students thrive in whatever they do, so, in addition to their Bible time and homework time, we offer enrichment choices each day for each student.
Students will choose from an age-appropriate, interest-driven list of a myriad of enrichment opportunities. Learning another language, learning to sew, learning to cook, constructing art projects, building structures with Legos, planting and harvesting a garden, creating texts in different genres, and playing sports are just a few of the enrichment opportunities offered at Greater Things after-school program. Research is full of studies that reinforces the belief that children who participate often in something new are more intelligent and more well-rounded than students who do not. Our brains are wired to crave new ways of doing things, new knowledge, and new activities.
We have been given a great gift here in America! We have the freedom to go to school and learn as much as our minds can handle (and then, more!). God created our minds to soak up the academics we learn in school, including physics, and biology, and math! Once God gives a child a taste of what is possible when we strive to learn new things and become who He wants us to be, there is no turning back!
Greater Things will partner with the family and with the child’s school teacher to ensure the child is succeeding academically. Our goal is to see each child on or above grade level in math and reading. We accomplish that by all of us working together for the child’s academic success.
Proverbs 4:13, “Take hold of instruction, do not let it go. Guard her, for she is your life.” We have a vision of instilling a love for God’s Word and a love for learning into each child.
Do you want to be a part of something GREAT? Let me know if you want to share your talent, gift, or knowledge of a subject with students. I promise you—it will be worth your time!
(Next article on the learning styles of children and what that means for us at Greater Things)