Welcome to the Bowen After School Care Program (BASCP). Since 1974, we have been providing Bowen children not only with unique educational opportunities through play, but also the opportunity to form lasting friendships. In fact, we hear from many BASCP graduates year in and year out about how the friendships they made in our program have stayed with them throughout the years.
Our program is structured by grades and throughout the afternoon, we provide each group with a range of choices. These include but are not limited to STEAM activities, games, crafts, time in the gym, and quiet time. And, because we know how important it is to move our bodies, we go outside at least once an afternoon when the weather allows.
For many children, BASCP becomes an extension of their Bowen day – with perhaps little more fun and choice. They are in space that is familiar, with friends, and continuing to learn. For parents, there are many benefits. BASCP offers child care dependability, care on early dismissal days (we open at 12:30 on early dismissal days), a sense of community for their children, and financial savings as compared to a nanny.
With a team lead and 4 teachers, kindergarten and first graders meet in the room located just outside the BASCP office. Each day, they come downstairs from their classrooms and have a snack, provided by us. During that time, they learn what choices are available for the afternoon. After snack, the children go outside. That is followed by the choice time activity, and the day is concluded with games and crafts. Each month, the K-1 Stars activities have a daily choice of themed activities. Some examples are space, heroes, animal adventures, and things that grow.
Children are empowered to choose from a variety of structured lessons, active games in the gym or outside, special events, field trips, and opportunities to play and interact with older children. Healthy snacks are provided. Connect Lab encourages academic growth, while Zen Zone builds literacy and quiet time.
Stars Connect Lab is a time for interactive, multi-disciplinary teacher-led learning and inspiration offering activities such as hands-on science experiments, a variety of STEAM projects, collaborative work, and multimedia activities.
Stars Zen Zone is an area devoted to calmer, slower-paced endeavors, often involving a teacher read-aloud, self-directed learning centers, and/or small group games and activities.
Led by a coordinator and 2 teachers, 2nd and 3rd graders enjoy an engaging environment that provides opportunities to build leadership and communication skills. Throughout the day, children choose from teacher led activities, active play, and self-guided play. Students also begin to build study habits in Connect Lab and Zen Zone. Zen Zone offers quiet activities in the Bowen library including reading, writing, sudoku, origami, and brain games. The Connect Lab provides week-long project-based activities such as light saber sensory bottles, ocean collages, making outfits for stuffed animals, nature shadowboxes, mini waterfall and game construction and much more.
Led by a coordinator and 3 teachers, 4th and 5th grader students choose from a variety of teacher directed activities, indoor and outdoor free play areas, and active gym games on a daily basis. Special events, clubs, and field trips are based on monthly themes. Students love the independence and flexibility of our days. Ozone Zen Zone gives students the opportunity to use the library as a silent place for homework (including computer homework) and reading while the Ozone Connect Lab offers a collaborative location for homework. Once homework is finished, we offer several choices such as: strategic board games including Chess, Scrabble, and Bananagrams; playing the electric keyboard with headphones; working on Kindness Club Projects, exploring interests, such as space and nature, on the iPads; guided drawing activities based on the monthly theme; STEM Challenges; printout challenges based on the monthly theme, popular literature, brain teasers, or other random subjects; and Reading Buddies with the K-1 program.