Recreation Department
After School Program

Session 2  2017-2018
November 13 to January 26, 2018

Welcome to the Beacon After School Program, held in J.V. Forrestal, Sargent and South Ave. Elementary schools.  This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities; an opportunity for your child to try something new or learn more about something they already enjoy. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun recreational experience to all participating children while providing opportunity for enrichment.

Each day, the children are dismissed from their classroom directly to the program, where they have about thirty minutes of free play followed by a snack. From about 4:00 to 4:50 is the first activity period followed by a second fifty-minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete around 5:45. Parents are welcome to pick their child up at any time prior to 6:00.

Your child may attend any number of days per week. Activities will fill up fast; secure your space early if you want a particular activity.

 

 




 

More About Our Programs

 

All Sorts of Sports will start each day with dynamic warm ups that build strength, agility, and coordination; a great way to experiment with movement.  We will play to develop the skills and teamwork required for a wide variety of sports. Participants will help to select the sports we play! We may play soccer, kickball, basketball or badminton. Class will be outside whenever weather allows.

All-Star Martial Arts - Learn the basics through kicking, punching, blocks, self-defense, break falling, rolling, and maybe even board breaking. Techniques are reinforced through motivation, fun and games. Students will work to gain confidence, listening skills, self-control, and goal setting. It is a jammed packed session of movement and fun. Program is progressive for returning students.

BeBhakti Kids Yoga - Children naturally practice patience, compassion, love and devotion which we cultivate through yoga play. Children get to know themselves and connect with each other by exploring and sharing their creativity and inner wisdom. Yoga teaches kids to use breathing to create space between their thoughts and their reactions. We will learn to move and to pause with awareness and intention.

COME PAINT! Explore and experiment with materials and paint to discover art ideas. This class will emphasize the process of art making over a finished product. We will work with things we find outdoors and "discarded" materials, giving them a second life through our art. Through play and creative problem solving each child will create their own unique work.

(Even More) Fantastic Beast and How to Build Them Using a variety of materials, kids will be introduced to the limitless world of making sculpture. We will various crafting techniques to imagine and build creations of all types - people, pets, mythical creatures or forms of their own invention. With a focus on using upcycled materials, we will experiment with building smaller figures, wearable sculptures and larger scale installations. We will look at artworks throughout history for inspiration and work together to bring our own ideas to life!

Nature is Awesome! Join us to learn how to identify all sorts of living things! We’ll be in the outdoors to observe insects, spiders, mammals, birds, plants, algae, fungi and anything else we might find in its natural habitat. We’ll discuss how much we have in common with them when it comes to the need for resources such as water, sunshine and oxygen. Each week, will learn a little more about our place in the environment.

Silly Science-We hypothosize your child will have a lot of fun being part of Silly Science! Each week we will undertake a different experiment to learn about chemical reactions, the physical properties of matter and the manipulation of energy. The focus is fun with a sprinkle of science and discovery.

Small Tribe Hoops is a super-fun program that introduces hula hooping as an art form. In this series, students will play hoop games and learn how to do circus-style tricks! New hoopers will be developing their mind-body connection while learning about the importance of exercise, movement, and expression. Each week students will be introduced to a new age-appropriate trick or skill. By the end of the program students will be dancing in their hoop, moving fluidly from one hoop trick to the next!

World Party – Welcome to the holiday season! Did you know there are literally HUNDREDS of different celebrations from around the world during the Winter? We will be learning about different celebrations from all four corners of the globe. We might create and destroy our own piñatas, learn about eastern philosophies or have a dance party to welcome the sun. Join us each Friday as we learn about different ways to par-tay!