Welcome to the Beacon After School Program, held directly in your child’s school. This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities. Some activities may be familiar, some might be new to you and your child. 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 to the gymnasium, where they have about thirty minutes of free play followed by a snack. Children select their activities each day. From 4:00 to 4:50 is the first activity period followed by a second fifty minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete by 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. Please see the chart below for the schedule of daily activities.
April 17th through June 16t
In addition to the main activities above, children have alternative activities to select from each day. This includes an option for homework help. We offer four sessions each school year, each session will have different activities at each school. You must re-register for each session. This program is registered through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. As per OCFS standards, staff are trained in CPR and First Aid and have passed a criminal background check.
We thank you for the opportunity to be inspired by your child.
ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES
Audubon New York’s For the Birds! teaches environmental awareness and appreciation of nature through the study of birds. Students learn about their local, natural environment through indoor and outdoor lessons as well as a conservation project designed to enhance a bird habitat. Each student receives a laminated bird guide and journal which they use to identify birds, write about the weekly concepts, their outdoor experiences and to draw pictures of the birds they learn to identify.
Baking with Five Hens - Join Five Hens Baked Goods for baking and cooking lessons designed to foster children’s kitchen skills. Your child will be trying new foods as we build confidence in the kitchen. Kids will learn about measurements and adapting recipes, the science involved in baking as well as a general knowledge and an appreciation of food. Every class, your child will create and sample a tasty delight. EACH SESSION BRINGS NEW RECIPES AND CREATIONS!
In COME PAINT! Kids can express themselves through paint using color, shape and line. Each week we’ll learn about an expressionist artist. We will explore color mixing, finger painting, tempera paints, watercolor and cut outs. Our paintings will be spontaneous, intuitive and full of color.
Fantastic Beasts and How to Build Them - Explore sculpture in a variety of materials to create creatures both real and imagined. We will build beasts of all types; a zoo favorite, a mythological creature, or a completely made-up beast and transform it into an original creation. Don't worry about the size of the beast. In fact, the bigger the better. Students will sculpt it, paint it and take it home. Students taking the MORE edition will build upon their prior class to make even more creatures from event more materials!
Get Heard! The Ground Radio will teach us how to get our voice out there. We will be making audio recordings to be shared. Participants will learn about recording, post production and publishing. Older kids will be making podcasts. Younger kids will be creating audio books. All of it will be available for download!
Hudson Valley Seed educates children in school gardens, empowering students through curriculum-integrated lessons focused on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning and academic success. This session, we will be in the garden planting vegetables in order to learn more about locally available foods. Kids will be taking vegetables to the kitchen to prepare and enjoy some snacks.
Martial Arts – Join All-Star Karate to 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. Learn new skills each session as we progress with each individual student. It is a jammed packed session of movement and fun.
The Power of Song - Join S.L.Y.M.I. (Sing Like You Mean It!) for an introduction to singing. We will learn songs about the natural world, history, current ideas and occasions, and sing songs with meaning; Students will performance techniques, play instruments and practice using a microphone. Budding songwriters will get to re-write new original lyrics to favorite songs as well as sing along to the classics.
Shakespeare Jr. - Children will explore 3 of Shakespeare's plays in a fun, engaging and no stress atmosphere. Fun for both readers and non-readers, Shakespeare Jr. will explore the themes, characters and world of Shakespeare's stories using movement, storytelling and acting games. A great introduction to the Bard for young thespians!