Today the Gardening Club has begun the first phase of the plan to clean up Lithia Springs yard. For phase one the students worked together to collect yard waste that was scattered across the yard. As the students collected the waste they learned that the waste collected included weeds, flowers, grass clippings, and brush. By completing this phase the students are beginning the first steps that are required to allow the future vegetation in their landscape to live longer and grow healthier. This first step will allow the yard to become a clean slate so that all the other phases of the cleanup can be put in place so that the final product is as beautiful as all the students imagine it will be! While completing the phase the students had a good time with their friends learning about the collected waste as well as knowing that they were creating something beautiful that would last a very long time at their school.
The BASE students at Lithia Springs learned about famous impressionist artist Claude Monet from Paris who began experimenting with art around the same age as many of the students. The students learned about how Monet used art as a way to express himself which gave him the ability to create the beautiful pieces we still admire today. During the lesson, the children enjoyed learning about Monet and how he began his career as an artist around the same age that they all are. This made the activity even more enjoyable while the students made their own colorful vision with all different colored tissue paper that mimicked Monet's own pieces. By completing this activity the students learned that they have the ability to express their own feelings by creating their own masterpieces.
Today the students at Lithia Springs stayed active by playing a number of games outside! The students warmed up by bouncing a basketball back and forth between one of their friends. Then the students participated in an intense game of basketball! After the game, the students sat in a circle and each of them got to lead the group in a number of stretches. The students had a great time playing basketball and showing off their skills to their friends during the game!
Today at Lithia Springs the students learned about the famous artist Alberto Giacometti, who is famous for creating 3-dimensional sculptures of the human form. His sculptures greatly resemble stick figures by reducing the human body down to just the essential elements. By using tin foil and clay the students and their friends were able to practice mimicking Giacometti's minimalist style by designing and creating their own 3-dimensional models of themselves. The students enjoyed helping their friends creatively form the foil and clay into different shapes that resembled their own body then being able to bring their sculptures home.
The Odyssey of the Mind club provides educational activities allowing each student to grow their creative problem-solving abilities. Today, the students were tasked with stopping a fabricated disastrous event that was said to be threatening the world. To stop the event the students had to create a plan that allowed different materials to be sent from each corner of the world to one final destination. By working together, the students were able to creatively plan a solution to solve the problem at hand. At the end of the activity, the students were excited to celebrate their success and all of the cool ideas and solutions that each of their friends thought of. Not only was this activity fun today, but it also allowed the students to grow their problem-solving skills that will last a lifetime.
Today the students at Lithia Springs were able to create mini catapults from plastic spoons, rubber bands, and popsicle sticks. To begin the activity, each student was directed to band the popsicle sticks together with rubber bands to create a simple machine called a catapult. Each student must keep what he or she knows about force and motion in mind in order to create the best catapult. The students enjoyed helping their friends to create the best mini catapult that would be able to toss items the farthest!
This fall, BSAC will debut a behind the scenes project that has been many years in the making. Children and families at our main campus will soon be able to enjoy a brand new playground, complete with a shade structure. The playground will be located to the left of the basketball courts and will be visible from the parking lot. It will have two slides, monkey bars, ladders, and other fun climbing apparatuses. Soft green turf will cover the ground and make a pathway to the gated area entrance. While structured activities and organized games are essential for growth and development, we also understand the importance of free play. Children need the opportunity to socialize with friends, exercise, and spend time outdoors. We look forward to the installation of our brand new playground, and will keep our families updated with news and announcements!
BASE students at Lithia Springs went on a scavenger hunt around school grounds to find their favorite pieces of nature! Their treasures were used in Arts & Crafts Club to mimic wildlife and landscapes. Students enjoyed sharing what they had found with their friends and bringing home their artwork!
The BSAC After-School Experience (BASE), is bringing back its most popular after-school clubs in addition to exciting new options! After a long day, students can look forward to spending time with their friends while developing personal interests and hobbies in Culinary, Arts & Crafts, Robotics, LEGO’S (intro to Robotics), Community Service, Gardening, Odyssey of the Mind, and Trade. Students have the opportunity to register for two clubs in the fall, and two clubs in spring. “As a local Non-Profit, BSAC is excited to serve our community by providing exceptional after school experiences for children,” said Brandi, Director of BASE. “Our curriculum-based programming offers homework time, computer lab time, organized outdoor games, and enriching clubs. All of our activities are focused on immersing your child in leadership experiences, community connections, the importance of service, and understanding how they can impact the lives of those around them.” In an effort to drive the BSAC mission of impacting lives daily, students will explore educational topics they are passionate about while building life skills that will carry on well into middle and high school. The highly anticipated new curriculum has also brought in community business partners, which connects students not only to our community but to current leaders in the Brandon area as well. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with professionals across a wide range of industries through field trips and guest speakers, interacting with chefs, dental hygienists, law enforcement, nutritionists, and more! BASE continues to raise the standard for after-school programming by tying activity curriculum to the Sunshine State Standards. Educational enrichment has never been more fun, innovative, or engaging! In the 2019-2020 school year, BASE will be available at BSAC in addition to the following six Hillsborough County Elementary Schools: Brooker, Fishhawk Creek, Bevis, Stowers, Lithia Springs, and Kingswood. BSAC also picks up students from various elementary schools in the Brandon area for programming at its 12.5-acre main campus, which has two swimming pools, diving boards, a media center, gym, and art room. For more information, visit: https://www.mybsac.org/afterschool/.
With summertime just around the corner, we felt it was extremely important to give our students a quick lesson on water safety. With the help of the Director of Aquatics at BSAC, Theresa Hickey, students were taught the importance of practicing safe habits while having fun in the water.