The mission of the Lincoln Extended Day Program is to provide a safe, supportive environment during after-school hours that fosters children’s emotional, physical, and creative growth. By offering a wide variety of materials and activities, we will promote self-direction, advocacy, self-efficacy and discovery.
Staff and programming at Lincoln Extended Day teaches accountability and respect for both self and community, and encourages children to make healthy choices, explore interests, and learn effective methods of conflict resolution. Lincoln Extended Day also works closely with the classroom teachers and families of its students in order to provide the best and most consistent care possible.
Our K-1 afterschool classroom is affectionately named Beehive. We offer an exciting variety of daily projects and activities that are designed to both educate and captivate. We serve a healthy snack twice a day, and offer supervised free-choice time, and small-group activities. We especially believe in hands-on experiential learning, and many of our projects are process-driven instead of product-driven.
Younger students in the Beehive program are encouraged to understand and express how they feel and are consistently given a platform to practice these skills (most commonly when conflicts arise between students). Our staff is always on hand to help facilitate these interactions and ensure that all parties are respectful, and feel heard and validated.
Students enrolled in 2nd and 3rd grades at Lincoln School are part of our Sharktank branch. Like Beehive, we serve a healthy snack twice a day, and offer supervised free-choice time, small-group activities, as well as a huge variety of hands-on, experiential projects. Sharktank staff provide homework assistance during longer, mandatory daily quiet time. We especially believe in hands-on experiential learning, and many of our projects are process-driven instead of product-driven.
Students continue fostering the skills they practiced in Beehive and become even more skilled communicators through peer interactions at Sharktank. Staff are always available to help peer mediate.
Wolfpack is the older children's component of the Lincoln Extended Day program, providing after school care for fourth and fifth grade students. We offer daily creative, educational, active and community-building projects and activities. A healthy snack and mandatory quiet homework time are built into our afternoon schedule as well. Knowing that independent play is a cornerstone of a child's development, we feature an extensive free choice period at the close of each school day. This is an opportunity for children to explore and decide their own agenda under adult supervision. Wolfpack students also take on more responsibilities, and are expected to wash their own dishes at snack-time, walk themselves to and from lessons and bathroom trips, and keep their belongings organized and accessible.
Students in the Wolfpack program are also expected to continue practicing the building blocks of compassionate interaction that they learned as Beehive and Sharktank students. Our amazing staff members are present to support meaningful relationships between the children and ensure appropriate and effective peer mediation and conflict resolution. Kids can earn (and enjoy the perks of) honorable community positions such as Wolf of Merit by upholding or exceeding community expectations and exhibiting behaviors of selflessness, responsibility, excellent sportsmanship, and gratitude. Our House Point System encourages kids to understand how their actions affect the community at large, and ensures appropriate and effective behavior management.