While our 3rd-8th grade poet-athletes take the winter season off, our youngest poet-athletes are just getting started. From early January to early March, America SCORES Chicago runs Junior SCORES. Junior SCORES is a unique program designed to introduce K-2nd students to soccer and poetry by supporting the development of fundamental movement and literacy skills. And most importantly, we have a lot of fun doing it!
Through the Playing with Poetry curriculum, Junior SCORES aims to have poet-athletes who can:
The Junior SCORES soccer manual focuses on:
Why focus on movement and literacy at such an early age?
Building not only literacy skills, but enjoyment of reading and writing, during the K-2 years sets up our poet-athletes for greater future academic success. By developing motor coordination skills and strengthening their running abilities in a fun and supportive environment, Junior SCORES participants set the foundation for lifelong enjoyment of movement and physical activity.
Junior SCORES culminates with two exciting Game Days this season. Due to the growth of our program, this is the first time we are hosting two Game Days! While it is always sad to say goodbye to our new friends at the end of the season, we look forward to seeing the 2nd grade students in our elementary leagues in the fall and the K-1st students come back as leaders on their Junior SCORES teams in the winter of 2020.
If you are interested in volunteering at our Junior SCORES Game Day or learning more about the program, contact Jess Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.