Children, Grades K-3, thrive in our Before & After School
Program. Our program for school-age children in recreational
in nature. Time is divided between a mix of free play and
structured activity. We want to provide a "fun place to be"
rather than somewhere the children feel they "have to be".
Regularly planned activities include: cooking, arts &
crafts, theatre arts, various sports including fencing, field trips
and movie days. Two computers are available for the
children's use and time is scheduled for the completion of homework
While we recognize that older children (Grades 4 - 6) still need
care, we've discovered over the years that somewhere along the way,
usually starting around 3rd grade, children start to resent
Rainbow School. It doesn't matter that we may have been their
home-away-from-home for the majority of their lifetime--suddenly
Rainbow School becomes a glaring reminder to them of the
awkwardness of their age. It is a time when many children
long for the independence that they simply do not yet have the life
skills to handle.
When this happens--Rainbow School can do nothing to console
these children. They become "bored". Their "teachers
are mean". There's "nothing to do", etc. It's really
quite a painful time for everyone involved when this happens--so
rather than have our children leave us on a bitter note after so
many years being their second home, we ask our parents to make
other arrangements for their children. At this point in a
child's life--it's simply amazing what a change of scenery can
do! In some cases, of course, we'll consider working with a
child beyond 3rd grade, but the bottom line is--it has to be right
for the child.