As the leader in hands-on education, we strongly believe in the value of providing learning experiences that promote active participation during both the regular school day and after the final bell rings.
When a child engages in a fun skill review game or takes the initiative to discover more about a high-interest topic in a book they've just read, they take important steps toward successful school performance.
Our wide range of Math, Reading, and Science programs boost student achievement by—
- Supporting curriculum goals
- Differentiating learning and practice to meet the needs of students, especially those who have fallen behind and need to catch up
- Providing flexibility and ease-of-use for any after school program facilitator, regardless of their classroom experience
- Extending the curriculum with unseen materials that students find fun and engaging
VersaTiles® Math Labs and VersaTiles® Reading Labs are featured products in The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Math and Literacy Resources! Learn more!
Increase Student Achievement with a Hands-On Math Program Designed Exclusively for Afterschool! Learn more!
Click here to read how VersaTiles' puzzle-like, self-correcting system actively engages students in afterschool review of essential math skills. Available for grades 1-8!
Click here to read how VersaTiles's puzzle-like, self-correcting system activity engages students in afterschool review of essential reading and language arts skills. Available for grades 1-6!
The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Math and Literacy Resources is an initiative of the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency at Harvard University and the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The guide is designed to help programs locate and make informed choices about high-quality math and literacy resources that match their individual needs.
Research shows that effective afterschool programs are "intentional learning environments" (McLaughlin, 2000). Intentional learning means having clear learning goals and activities specifically designed to meet those goals. The key to intentional learning is creating a precise match between curricula and learning goals, while taking into account program resources and restrictions.
The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Math and Literacy Resources was created to aid programs in choosing high-quality literacy curricula that would support the creation of intentional learning environments in afterschool programs. The guide includes in-depth reviews from literacy experts as well as from practitioners who have experience using the specific curriculum. Versatiles Math and Literacy were both featured curricula in this guide. The full reviews can be found at:
For more information on the Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR), please visit their website at www.pearweb.org.
McLaughlin, M. (2000). Community Counts: How Youth Organizations Matter for Youth Development. Washington, DC: Public Education Fund Network.
Learning Place for Afterschool Math is a comprehensive, hands-on instructional system designed to increase math performance with activities that keep students engaged in afterschool learning. Built to support instructors with any level of experience, the program is easy to implement and puts students at the center of learning.
Each grade level is thematically organized and provides enough activities to support up to 150 days of instruction, making Learning Place for Afterschool Math easily customizable and comprehensive.
Learning Place for Afterschool Math supports the recommendations of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning for effective math instruction by–