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At-Home Activities for Winter Break

Black Bear teachers put together at-home activities for winter break (12/24-1/6)! We hope these activities can be useful!

At-Home Activities for Winter Break

At Black Bear, the benefits of your child’s play are facilitated by our instructors to increase developmental readiness for future developmental, academic, and social milestones by improving language skills, increasing core vocabulary, facilitating healthy neurological maturation and supporting efficient and effective construction of rapid neural pathways and processing centers. Read more on the Philosophy of Black Bear Academy – Chicago Private.


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F.A.Q. | Introduction to Kindergarten Ideas (IKI)

A parent asks: We received our child’s recommendation for IKI. What does that schedule look like generally?


Great Question:

Students in the IKI (Introduction to Kindergarten Ideas) program can enroll Monday-Friday for the desired frequency, however typically students in the IKI program attend at least three days. The class occurs 9-11:45am and students have the option to enroll in extended day programming. If parents are interested in extending their child’s day pick-up can occur at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. From 12-1pm students will eat lunch (parents provide a lunch) then play in the gym. If a child stays for afternoon classes then s/he would go to their 1pm and 2pm classes. These include academic focused classes or leisure classes such as cooking, dance, music & movement, etc. All programs are rolling admission so you can add extended day at any point during the year, along with adding days to your child’s morning IKI class if you were interested.

Food Drive Benefiting Greater Chicago Food Depository

Join Black Bear Academy in this years Food Drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.   This year makes it easier for family and friends to join in this gift of giving with a Virtual Food Drive option.

And once again, we are also collecting gently used coats of all sizes to benefit the services of Lakeview Pantry.

Our goal for this year is to collect 40 Bags of Food and 40 Coats.

Food Drive at Black Bear Academy for Greater Chicago Food Depository

September News for you!

September News

The school year is off to a great start and we are gearing up for a few exciting events! Please check out what’s happening at BBA!September News Image 2018

Upcoming Events


PICTURE DAY, 9/26 & 9/27!Picture Day

Dress your child in their best! Picture Day is September 26 & September 27. For class specific information please contact your child’s teacher or Annie Hernandez.








Wagner Farm
Wagner Farm

Save-the-date to our All School Field Trip! Children will explore the farm and learn about animals. Contact your child’s teacher if you would like to be a chaperone!

For more information please contact Jennifer Snell







Saturday Parents
Saturday Parents

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 13 for a filled morning with crafts, snacks and gym play!

To volunteer please contact Annie Hernandez










Black Bear Academy Chicago Private Open House Flyer
Fall Open House!


Black Bear is hosting a Fall Open House for prospective families! Please share the event with family, friends and colleagues! This year prospective families can stop in with their child from 8:30-9:30am or 6-7pm!

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2018-2019 Morning & Elective Sign-up

2019 Summer Camp Enrollment Now Available!

Open House October 9 2018 at Black Bear Academy

Open House | Attention Prospective Parents!

Open House Registration > Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Find out why we're just what you've been looking for!"

Prospective Parents please sign up for our upcoming Open House scheduled, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to learn more about our Academic, Pre Academic and Therapeutic Programs.

Note: All items identified with a red star "*" are required fields.

Black Bear Academy is a private institution.

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