After School Programs

Our activity and group facilitation books are a great resource for after school program providers looking to enliven their programs with experiential approaches to engaging youth in learning. Our books include activities and approaches to building a positive learning community and developing positive assets in youth.

 



Books for After School Programs

Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators

Michael L. Bentley, Michael P. Mueller & Bruce Martin

This is a practical, how-to book. The chapters in this book, written by professionals from backgrounds in both school and informal education, offer examples and activities utilizing many outdoor settings, from backyard and neighborhood to study abroad. You will find fresh ideas and useful resources for parenting infants to teens and college students, or teaching pK-16, or even teaching teachers, and it is all about the theory and practice of introducing children of all ages to the phenomena of nature and building upon their experiences to grow their naturalist intelligence and critical conscience.

Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons

Jennifer Stanchfield

A successful and rewarding approach to teaching and learning can be created by connecting the dots between experiential education theory and methods, brain-based research, differentiation or personalized instruction, social-emotional learning, 21st century career readiness, and a strength-based attitude toward teaching.

Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership for the Classroom

Laurie Frank
Carol Carlin
Jack Christ, PhD

Leading Together provides a thorough and straightforward foundation for teaching the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leadership in the classroom, grades 8 – 12. Students learn how the strengths of relationships—the power of people working together—can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. The exercises, readings, and activities encourage students to reflect on their own experiences in order to develop leadership skills and values.

Springboard: Quick Creative Activities to Launch Learning

Mary Beth Campbell
Carolyn Hill
Micah Jacobson

Springboards contains 50 creative activities and demonstrations designed to address—in 15 minutes or less—topics like goal setting, focusing attentions, achieving the “impossible,” time management, and teamwork. Group leaders, therapists, experiential program facilitators, and educators of all kinds will appreciate these quick, emotive activities deliberately designed to draw participants’ attention and encourage deep thinking and learning.

Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social-Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children

Nancy MacPhee Bower

Does your community become more caring simply because you are playing together? Quite possibly, yes. AND, we can certainly add education within the play setting, giving children “lessons” along the way. These lessons are the insights and wisdom about being a good person, making friends, being peacemakers and much more.

The Bookmaking Experience: An Educator’s Guide to Student Made Books

Paula Bickel, Carol Ruth Carlin, Mary Ann Germanson, Joanna Gonzalez, & Madeline Huston

Human development as embodied in learning is complex, multidimensional, and challenging. Everyone can be involved. Making books provides a fun, challenging, creative, and practical tool to guide that journey. We welcome you to join in the fun, laughter, excitement, appreciation, challenge and pride of accomplishment that draw us to lifelong learning.

Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition

Jennifer Stanchfield, MS

The second edition of Tips & Tools eclipses the first with insights gained from another decade of experience in group facilitation and new information coming from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. As a result the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded. The layout of information is more effective—experiential theory and perspectives, hands-on activities, and teachable moments flow from one chapter to the next—making this edition an essential resource for practicing and teaching the art of experiential group facilitation.

Portable Teambuilding Activities: Games, Initiatives, and Team Challenges for Any Space

Chris Cavert & Friends

This book is filled with a variety of teambuilding activities with a range of challenge levels.These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the challenges require easy-to-find props and equipment, others require some extra effort before you play. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social development programs.

If Anybody Asks Me…: 1001 Questions for Educators, Counselors, & Therapists

Larry Eckert

1,001 questions about health, family, relationships, growing up, school, social issues, and more. These creative questions encourage youth aged 11 to 18 to make decisions, self-evaluate, and form and vocalize opinions about issues crucial to growing up and living in our world. They also make great topics for writing exercises, values education in recovery groups, life questions for youth groups… think of all the possibilities!

The Me I See 2nd Edition: Learning Through Writing and Reflection

Wood 'N' Barnes Collective

The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives. The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals. The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 1: Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

Making your group a fun place to be will surely encourage participation. This practical guide to experience and activity-based counseling includes 37 different 10- to 20-minute activities, focusing on topics that crucially affect experiences throughout life, including understanding gender issues, rumors and their effects, creativity, communication, and expression of emotions and frustrations. For ages 12 to adult, and adaptable for younger audiences as well.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 2: More Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

This second book provides fun and creative initiatives for therapeutic or educational groups. Here are 25 more engaging activities that require minimal and affordable props and adapt easily to different situations and age groups. Some of the topics include expressing emotions, learning names, learning about each other, decision making, working with others, following directions, creative thinking, frustration, and communication.

Focus Your Locus: Activities That Focus the Power of Individuals and Groups

Mike Gessford
Jusin McGlamery

What can we do as teachers, as group leaders and facilitators to help refocus our groups and harness the necessary energy to keep the momentum moving through the experiential learning cycle? Understanding the energy within us is important. Being able to harness and focus the collective power of the group can bring groups back to previous levels of performance and then move them far beyond.

Are You More Like…?/What Would It Be Like…?: A Back-to-Back Book of Anytime Questions for Anysize Answers

Chris Cavert, EdD
Susana Acosta Cavert, MA
& friends

Open-ended questions designed to encourage youth to think beyond daily occurrences and stretch the imagination to the possibilities of life. Thinking deeply and responding to these questions creates a more honest and profound understanding of self, others, and life. Have fun with them!

Journey Toward the Caring Classroom 2nd Edition: Using Adventure to Create Community in the Classroom

Laurie S. Frank

Utilizing the principles of adventure-based education, the author presents a curriculum of games and activities for a variety of age levels that build trust, cooperation, and problem-solving skills and which teach personal responsibility to groups as well as setting and achieving individualized goals. The development of the text provides a map for building community and tips on group/classroom facilitation, making the program easy to implement.

Changing the Message: A Handbook for Experiential Prevention

Jeff Albin

Fun, entertaining activities demonstrate the importance of a safe and healthy lifestyle—from communication and trust in relationships to healthy methods of coping with conflict and hardship—build a prevention curriculum that invites participants to engage themselves in the process of learning about and living a disease-free lifestyle. Changing the Message favors prevention, offers healing processes, and directs youth toward strong life choices.

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