SRACLC and the local school districts collaborate to educate the students about the recreation and leisure activities available to them within the communities they reside.
Leisure Education is an assistive tool to enable an individual to gain a broader understanding of where, why, how, and with whom he/she can pursue leisure interests and experiences. Leisure Education also assists individuals to develop different modes of leisure behavior which will enable them to adapt to the environment to meet free time needs.
The goals of each leisure education program will be adapted to best fit the needs of each individual classroom. Listed below are many of the components our staff demonstrate, teach, and encourage during a program.
- Leisure Appreciation
Assist participants to become aware of leisure and the benefits to be gained through recreation. Assess attitudes towards leisure is an important component within leisure appreciation.
Participants examine their leisure lifestyles to become aware of values, patterns, and behaviors reflected in their lifestyles, as well as barriers. Self-awareness allows participants to plan to make alterations to their leisure lifestyles.
- Decision Making
Decision making skills can be learned through leisure education. Although decisions can be made using either intuition or reasoning, a combination of both approaches is often used. Whatever approach is used, it is usually helpful to structure decision making.
It is critical that participants perform a self-assessment in order to best determine leisure inclinations. SRACLC can help participants identify recreation preferences and then assert themselves in order to achieve those preferences.
- Leisure Activity Skills
Through leisure education programs, participants learn the skills they need in order to take part in activities.
- Community Skills
Community skills allow participants to participate in community life with more independence. Examples include knowing how to use public transportation and learning how to handle money.
- Social Skills
Social skills can be developed through modeling techniques and providing opportunities for social recreation in order for participants to try out their social.
- Leisure Resources
Leisure education allows SRACLC and teachers to match participants with community resources and their interests.