After School Enrichment-West Plano/North Dallas
Since January, I have had the pleasure of volunteering in the Challenging Island classroom at my daughter’s school. As a former educator, I can see the quality of the program that is being offered and how it is making the kids think. The teachers are very good at presenting the problem or challenge of the day and then letting the kids work together to solve it.
It has been exciting to see the kids grow over time. In January, the groups required a certain amount of assistance to get going on the problems, to navigate their interpersonal relationships and to make progress. Now, here in May they are far more familiar with the way Challenge Island works and the way their group interacts and, as a result, they need far less assistance. Challenge Island not only allows for this type of growth but encourages it.
I feel fortunate that my daughter has been a part of Challenge Island this Spring. I hope that the skills of leadership, cooperation, compromise, problem-solving and friendship she has learned here become something she can rely on as she goes through school.
-Challenge Island Parent
Each week we will be offering virtual classes for kids to participate in from their home via ZOOM meetings. You can sign up for one of our many classes each week. Each class is $10. Once registered, we will send a supply list and link!
Current Schools: Greenhill, Barkesdale Elementary, Wyatt Elementary, Haggar Elementary, Akiba Academy, Emanuel EC, and Trinity Christian Academy
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When kids enter the Challenge Island classroom, they are transported to a cross-curricular learning environment worlds away from the regular school experience. The ambiance feels positively party-like as our adventurous tribes tackle high-level thinking challenges at whimsical weekly destinations like Jaguar’s Claw (Rainforest Island), Medusa’s Pet Rock Playground (Mythology Island), Wizardry Academy (Hollywood Island) and Kenyan African Safari (Challenge Island World Tour). Kids count down the seconds until Challenge Island day rolls around!
- STEAM education, problem-based learning, and critical 21st Century Skills are at the heart of every Challenge Island Afterschool Class. But we don’t stop there. Our proprietary curriculum seamlessly intertwines ELA, STEM, History, Social Studies, Arts, Geography along with creative problem solving skills and much more into one thrilling Island adventure!
- Each session of Challenge Island takes place on a unique thematic island 8 or more action-packed hour-long afterschool classes. Every island experience is one of a kind and kids come back session after session to experience the magic once again.
- Challenge Island students work with tribes full of friends on hands-on creative problem solving adventures. Core socio-emotional skills 21st like collaboration, communication, and compromise are fostered and bonds and friendships are built in the process.
- Our child-driven learning approach makes Challenge Island an enriching and developmentally appropriate experience for a wide span of ages from preschool through middle school and beyond.