A Parent Asks: Can my child enroll in just the afternoon program if s/he is doing other activities in the morning or vice versa?
Yes! We offer flexible sign up for AM or PM enrollment and full day too!
A parent asks: We are looking at your Summer Camp Program. What are Centers?
Centers are themed based, age appropriate activities during Summer Camp! Camp classes rotate around 4 or 5 Centers throughout the school to engage in specific activities. These activities will change each “Center” day and include anything from art, science, technology, fine arts, outdoor play, math, gross motor games or cooking! The Center activities will relate to the theme of the week in a fun, hands on, experiential way!
Samples of Centers
Space is the Place Centers
Sports Week Centers
Party in the USA Centers
Integrating Positive Behavior Supports with AAC | (Chicago, IL) – Training Course
Behavior is communication. This workshop will discuss the relationship between challenging behaviors and the communication needs of the individual using AAC. We will explore strategies to target positive behaviors using both visual and vocabulary supports integrated in the Snap + Core First software. Attendees will also learn how to create, customize, and share supports within the software to help implement these strategies successfully in a variety of settings.
Anyone attending this event must pre-register online using this registration link.
Black Bear teachers put together at-home activities for winter break (12/24-1/6)! We hope these activities can be useful!
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.
A parent asks: We received our child’s recommendation for IKI. What does that schedule look like generally?
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.
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.
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!
PICTURE DAY, 9/26 & 9/27!
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 FIELD TRIP, 10/11 9-1pm
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!
SATURDAY PARENTS, 10/13
We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 13 for a filled morning with crafts, snacks and gym play!
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BBA 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!