KATY (Covering Katy News) – When long-time Katy resident Shachi Sanghavi was researching franchise opportunities, one of the first businesses she came across immediately caught her attention – Challenge Island. Shachi, who has a master’s degree in special education as well as a Montessori degree, was immediately taken by the program’s innovative approach to learning through teamwork and creativity.
“It is a great, whimsical journey into adventure and imagination,” she said.
This informative article is presented by Challenge Island.
Children in the Katy area can take part in the enrichment program once a week from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Seven Meadows Clubhouse, 23610 Seven Meadows Parkway. The 12-week program begins Sept. 11 and goes through Dec. 4, with no program during the week of Thanksgiving.
A second session will be offered beginning in January, and an all-week camp will be offered during spring break.
Participants are divided into “tribes” of four or five children each. The tribes are then given a challenge and all the tools to complete it on their own.
Through solving the challenges, children ages 4 through 14 can learn skills like communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking abilities, flexibility, sociability, initiative, leadership and perseverance through difficulty.
“It’s just a great program,” said Shachi. “It brings out the creativity of the kids. They are always on their computers or tablet, and this brings out so much more.”
A few of the many challenges include the Anaconda Squeeze (Rainforest Island), Minotaur’s Labyrinth (Mythology Island) and Wicked Witch Twist (Hollywood Island).
After-school enrichment programs aren’t the only type of program Challenge Island offers – Challenge Island can bring the program to you. Programs include birthday parties, a once-a-week after-school program at your child’s campus, an in-school “field trip” and summer camps.
“Parents who attended our summer camps said they would love to have Challenge Island come to their schools,” said Shachi. “We also offer in-school fields trips, which we can offer to the elementary schools in the Katy, Fulshear and Richmond areas.”
Summer camp themes include Wizardry Camp, Mindcraft Camp, Icy Party Camp, Space Wars Camp and many more.
Birthday party themes include Mindcraft , Wizardry Academy, Superheroes, American Girls and Dolls , Minions, Frozen, Space Wars, Emojis and more.
“We say it’s more ‘STEAM’ – STEM with art in it,” said Shachi. “Plus it has a cross-curriculum. It checks all the boxes.”
Following successful camps this summer after operating for fewer than two months, Shachi is looking to expand the camps to full-day camps next summer in locations easily accessible to residents of Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land and other areas of Fort Bend County. She is also working with Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD to offer after-school programs.
To register for the after-school program at the Seven Meadows Clubhouse and to see other programs offered in your area, visit https://challenge-island.com/nwhouston-katy/.