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Developmental Asset: Constructive Use of Time


Developmental Assets Focus for April/May:

Constructive Use of Time Assets

“We must use time creatively -- and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

External assets are positive experiences kids receive from the world around them. The constructive use of time assets encourage us to ensure students have opportunities outside of school to learn and develop new interests and skills with other kids and adults.

Are your children spending time in positive, healthy ways?

Here are some activities and ideas to try at home:

  • Work on a family project such as making home movies or photo collages.
  • Share music together. Listen to recordings, play instruments, or sing karaoke.
  • Start your own family book club.
  • Visit local museums and galleries together.
  • Attend school plays, concerts, and musicals, whether or not your child is performing.
  • Set up a family meal by creating a menu together and cooking together.
  • Have dinner at the table as often as possible.

Here are some activities to try outside of the home:

  • YMCA
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Scouts
  • After school enrichment programs

-Text credit: A Leader’s Guide to The Adding Assets Series for Kids by Ann Redpath, Ed.D., Pamela Espeland, and Elizabeth Verdick

Image Credit and Link to Purchase the Children's Chapter Book