Art and Crafts Program
Exposure to art is beneficial to children. Art provides opportunities for children to express themselves and find new ways to succeed. Our focus in our Art Program is for our children to learn, create and appreciate art. Our art program offers a time for children to express their individuality, dreams and ideas. Art is a fun and enjoyable way to engage children of many different learning abilities.
We have discovered that children’s academics improve when arts are included as an integral part of their education. We teach children how to achieve project goals, utilize their time and materials efficiently. Children develop the individual skills to create, self-evaluate, and finalize their art creation.
Children learn many intangible life skills that make them more whole as humans through the arts and art appreciation. Some of these lessons are to communicate through a variety of means, to develop a sense of how to work on a team, to use creative approaches to problem solving, and to flex their imaginations.
According to the National Art & Education Association, art helps children think globally and grasp abstract concepts more easily. Exposure to art increases a child’s awareness of different cultures and world views which helps children accept differences in their peers and in society. These skills greatly aid successful academic achievement and help create a well-rounded life. Creating art requires children to observe their subject matter and think of how it connects with their life.
Art is about showing children that it is positive to feel and express emotions. When they are experience stressful events, they will have an outlet to release emotions Through the arts.
Our Music Program
BEAS Academy provides children with a program where they learn to develop emotionally and socially, just in the same way they grow academically. Our after-school music programs bring kids together and have them play music in groups. This activity is fun, engaging; and, most importantly, a confidence boost. Surveys show that kids who take part in after-school music sessions for at least a couple of hours a week end up becoming better team players. After-school music programs builds confidence and nurtures teamwork in children. We believe every child should have an opportunity to participate in a music program.
Our Science Exploratorium Program
At BEAS Academy we believe all children should have opportunities to be scientifically literate. A science-based program teaches children to think critically, to question, and to solve problems. Children learn to figure out things for themselves and grow in confidence as they interact with society.
We provide the opportunities for hands on experiential science learning through the Science Exploratorium. The Science Exploratorium is a series of station where students travel, in small groups, from station to station. At each station, students are challenged by different science problem that they must tackle as a group during the time allotted. The science task assignments come from a variety of scientific fields which give students a great survey of possible scientific pursuits. The time limitation requires students to communicate well as a team in order to complete each task. The activities are designed address children’s interest in exploration and discovery by allowing them opportunities to engage with science and with each other.
Our Gardening Program
Gardening provides opportunities to enhance children’s education through practical, reality-based learning. Gardening is part science and part art. BEAS Academy’s gardening program provides the opportunity to learn the science of how their food is grown as well as the art arranging and nurturing plants. Starting and maintaining a garden is also hard work which will require student groups to “pull their own weight”- in dirt and weeds- to create the most beautiful and productive plots they can. Gardening is an effective way to promote life-long healthy eating habits and connect children to the natural world.
Our Gardening program helps children to get excited about fruits and vegetables and provides them with countless opportunities to experience and try the foods that are often the hardest to get them to eat. Our gardening program promotes physical activity offering ample opportunities to walk, lift, carry, dig, plant, and rake as well as balance and dexterity, all while participating in an enjoyable and engaging activity.
Our Robotics Program
Technology is one of the fastest growing and most important fields in our modern world. New innovations in computing and robotics are being made every year. Learning about robotics can help children learn concepts and skills that help them excel in their STEM classes and gain marketable skills in their future careers. There is also considerable evidence that robots are particularly suitable for engaging with children on the autism spectrum. Children on the spectrum respond well to the calm, clear, consistent interactions that robots can provide.
In our after-school robotics program, students work in small groups to Robotics give students a great introduction to the process of identifying a problem and addressing it with possible solutions. More specifically, a robotics curriculum can give students a practical and hands-on introduction to programming. But, more importantly, they also find it fun!