We can’t forget the 8 weeks before our Summer Adventure Camp starts! We are going to have a crazy amount of fun outside.
*We will combine our April and May themes to make one BIG SPRING NATURE ADVENTURE. All things spring!!! Bees, butterflies, other bugs and insects, gardening,
*We do need the children to bring a few items.
*If they haven’t brought their insulated water bottle yet, please send that Monday.
*They need rain boots to either leave here or have on rainy and/or muddy days. They are welcome to go barefooted outside but they may not want to.
*They need some OLD play clothes they can wear outside that are ok to stay here to get muddy and dirty. I’ll throw them in the wash afterwards to have them ready for the next day’s play. PLEASE label them so it’s easy to see what belongs to each child.
We will be collecting some simple household “trash” and other simple supplies to use. Some things to start saving and keeping your eyes peeled for are
*tin pie pans
*play buckets and shovels
*child-size gardening tools to leave here to lend the school
To name just a few. Think gardening, playing in the dirt or mud and water, exploring bugs, and things of that nature.
It’s going to be messy but oh so much fun!
10 Weeks + 3 Themes = TONS OF FUN & ADVENTURE
For Ages 3 - 11
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. $140/week
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. $160/week
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. $190/week
Supply Fee $50/summer
*Bring sack lunch, insulated water bottle, swimsuit & towel. Apply sunscreen BEFORE drop off. Wear swimsuit and/or play clothes that can get wet & dirty. Bring clothes to change into before going home.
There are 10 weeks available. Choose the ones you want to sign your child up for. You can pay weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or the total for all weeks booked. If you want to ADD a week, make sure there is an opening for your child. We may fill up quickly! Don't wait to book the weeks you want! Supply fee and first week's tuition is due at time of sign up. They are non-refundable but can be transferred to a different week, if space is available. You will receive an email confirmation and/or text with your child's reserved weeks. Should you need to cancel or change one, please give us at least a week's notice.
Week 1: Water Wonders
Week 2: Art Studio
Week 3: Science Lab
Week 4: Water Wonders
Week 5: Art Studio
Week 6: Science Lab
Week 7: Water Wonders
Week 8: Art Studio
Week 9: Science Lab
Week 10: Water Wonders
*We will be closed May 30, July 4 and July 11-15
**Make sure everything is well labeled with your child's name.
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
First Day of School August 14
Spring Break Space Camp March 14 - 18 (Pay Tuition to hold spot)
Last Day Of School May 27
Summer Camp May 31 - August 12
Monday, September 6 Labor Day
Monday-Friday, November 22-26 Thanksgiving Break
Monday-Friday, December 20 - 31 Christmas Break
Monday-Friday, March 14-18 Spring Break
Friday, April 15 Good Friday
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day
Monday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday-Friday, July 11-15 Summer Break
2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
First Day of School August 29
Spring Break Dinosaur Camp March 13 - 17
Last Day Of School May 26
Summer Camp May 30 - August 11
Monday, September 56 Labor Day
Monday-Friday, November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
Thursday-Monday, December 22-January 2 Christmas Break
Monday-Friday, March 13-17 Spring Break
Friday, April 7 Good Friday
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday-Friday, July 10-14 Summer Break
Our Spring Break Space Camp is just around the corner on March14-18. We are getting ready for an adventure that is out of this world!
Our students LOVE it when we do a unit on space. We have stations set up across three large rooms that the children can play and create in. We lay the resources out and allow the children to play and create as they desire. We are always near by to assist or join in when asked. We do our best to capture the fun on video and/or pics. We have some really fun songs about space that the kids sing.
This is our first year to offer a special camp during spring break. We wanted to do something different and fun for the families that might need it while they work OR they want to give their child a chance to get out and meet new friends.
Contact us TODAY to book a tour and hold your spot!
March 7 - 11 we will have our read Across America 2022. It will be a week later than usual but we are going to have a lot of fun. Check out the pictures for more details.
BCAA has been around for over two decades. We were originally named MTKCP Preschool, Where You Know Your Kids Are Having Fun! We branched out and became an early elementary private school. We blended it with our family’s homeschool, Bradford Christian Academy.
We have continued to provide the very best curriculum for each age group. We partner with Experience Curriculum and use it for each age/grade level. We use The Good and The Beautiful for math, LA, and handwriting.
At Bradford Christian Academy of Arlington we Never Underestimate The Joy of Learning. Each activity is filled with fun and exploration. We strive to put a smile on children’s faces. We capture those smiles in many photographs.
We are enrolling for the second semester, January 3 - May 27
(20 weeks excluding Spring Break March 14-18)
We off morning and full day classes.
Book your school tour and hold your child’s spot today!!!
Where You Know Your Kids Are Having Fun!
We gave our library a facelift, again. We opened it up so we could see in the library area from the big brown work table and from the den.
It also allowed us to have easier access to the baskets under the bench that contain our handwriting, language arts and math books. We get them out each morning and put them away as we complete one. We like to keep things looking uncluttered.
We pulled the table out to make it bigger for our school days. Now the kids have more room to work and I still have room for the extras that they need on the table.
Communicating with others is done in many ways. Experience Curriculum did a fantastic job of giving us so many super fun Make & Play crafts.
One of the most popular is with a phone. We made cell phones. They decorated the back of them just like a fancy phone cover. We glued on the number pad and they made a phone book. It was so fun watching them use their phones. They were all taking pictures of each other. And they posed for the pictures.
A child’s imagination is a grand thing!
Another Make & Play for communication with others was a computer. They loved making laptops. They decorated the outside and one boy decided he wanted to draw his own picture on the inside instead of using the picture provided.
They played with them the rest of the day. They emailed each other and shopped online. It was really funny to hear the roll play. They would tell someone “I sent you a message!” One girl told her friend “Stop sending me so many messages!”
The children took their computers home but it was so fun that I want to have it as a play option daily. We have some extra supplies that I’m going to make a few more for them to use, along with some extra cell phones. I am contemplating laminating them to make them hold up longer.
Sometimes pretend play is a whole lot more fun AND beneficial than technology. I encourage you to give it a try.
While learning about how we communicate with each other, we talked about sending and receiving mail! That is somewhat of a lost art but we should bring it back.
The children decorated the front of a postcard, we get one each month in our curriculum. The older children write a small note to someone special on the other side and chose someone to mail it to. Each day we have a coloring picture that has our daily topic in English and Spanish.
Those were the highlights of the week. Next week we will be wrapping up our Friends & Feeling unit and preparing for our October theme!
We spent the week talking about different feelings. The main ones that our Experience Curriculum focused on were Happy, Sad, Mad, Surprised and Scared.
We made mirrors for our Make & Play activity. We talked about how our face changes when we feel different emotions. We practiced making those faces. They were each given a large wavy craft stick, a blue card stock rectangle and a small mirror board. They decorated the craft stick and the blue card stock before gluing everything together. We added some small pieces of tape to hold the mirror board down because it wasn't sticking around the corners as well as we needed it to.
They used markers because, well, they LOVE markers! You can use anything you want. You can use sequence or glitter if you want. These kids pick markers over just about anything, except paint.
In our Creative Corner we made Picasso Portraits. They really got a kick out of the inspiration photo with the face all mixed up. The children used a mirror to look at their own faces. We talked about the features they saw and about the shapes our faces are made up of.
They were each given a background paper and we divided up our different shape pieces on two cookie sheets so each child could pick the ones they wanted to use. They were encouraged to make a face or whatever they wanted with the shapes. One of the first graders made something that looked like a face at the end of the project. The others wanted to add more shapes and they didn't look as much like a face when they were done. But with this activity, like all of our Invitation to Create projects, we don't stop them from doing their own thing.
Each month we learn three new letters and Experience Curriculum includes a Little Letter Book for each one. Each book has four simple pages to color. The cover has the upper and lower case letter and a place for the child's name. We staple the booklets together. You can choose to let the children get some cutting practice in or you can cut it and staple them before the children arrive. This is just one of the literacy tools included in our curriculum each month. At the end of the school year, the children will have booklets for the entire alphabet.
This month, the kids didn't just get the monthly journal. They also got a Feelings Book. They were encouraged to draw a picture on each page of the different emotions. We like to keep our journals ready to work on throughout the month, so we had those out at the same time. We enjoy giving the children the freedom to work as much or as little in them during our table time. This book will also be used throughout the month. Both will be sent home at the end of week four.
We started out our month of Friends & Feelings talking about Making Friends! Even our youngest students understand just how important having and being a good friend is. One day we made Friend Puppets. Some kids made clothes for their puppets and some just used markers to color on it. and some only put eyes on them. We just let them do it however they chose.
An Invitation to Create activity was the I Am Special Tree. They each started out with their hand/arm as the trunk and branches. Then they had to decided what kind of tree to make. We were given large red circles so once they were finished with the trees they all wanted to add the red circles to them.
There were several students out this week. I am going to give the other students an opportunity to complete this activity because it is one I want to have in everyone's portfolio. I will be putting together a special combination of activities for each child to have at the end off the school year. Each week I will pick one or two things to add to it.
Experience Curriculum offers several resources that we can download each month. It is only available to those who have purchase that month's curriculum. One off them is 20 coloring pictures that go along with each day's theme. We change up what we use to color them with. Sometimes it is crayons, colored pencils, markers and sometimes water colors. We use this as a transition activity so teachers can get the next big project ready while they color. We talk about the days topic while they are coloring the picture.
We have so many different learning activities that the children work with while we are helping other students in the upper grades. Our kinder and first grade classes sit at the big table and we take turns instructing and guiding each student where they are. We don't make them rush to be caught up or ahead of other students.
We had our first graders use the Word Building Blocks to spell their spellings words or any word they wanted. When they needed help, we would assist them. I think they enjoy this was because it is similar to actual lego blocks. It is great because the red are vowels and the blue are consonants. I think it is great when they want to know why Y isn't red since "sometimes y" is part off what they learned. I have to remind them it says "sometimes" not always.
Next week we will be talking about Feelings. We will also be talking about how the children can help others understand what they are feelings and healthy ways to deal with it.