At Mt. Bethel, we believe our students need to be challenged beyond traditional academic subjects. Our students are blessed with tremendous opportunities to express their creativity through visual and performing arts, take care of their bodies through physical education and participation in competitive athletics, and learn about other cultures and languages through our Latin and Spanish programs. From the technology lab to the library and many points in between, our student’s academic day is enriched by cocurricular classes, which expand their horizons and encourage their interests.
Please click below to learn more about each of these areas.
Music is such an integral part of a student’s healthy development. From Junior Kindergarten to fifth grade students are taught fundamental music elements. These include music listening, music literacy, musical performance, and musical instruments. Students will also gain an appreciation of music history by studying a composer of the month and a piece of his or her music.
Music at the Academy encompasses a wide variety of areas. Worshipping God through music is an important part of the music classroom. Curriculum components include:
Kindergarten – second graders learn concepts such as steady beat, rhythm patterns, pitch, and melody through a variety of activities. Students study composers and instrument families. They also learn performance skills and are involved in either the Christmas or Spring Musical.
Third – fifth graders learn conducting, music reading, choral techniques, how to play the soprano recorder, and engage in the study of composers and instrument families. They, too, learn performance skills and are involved in either the Christmas or Spring Musical.
Physical Education is a multi-faceted program that integrates kinesthetic learning with listening, following directions, and critical thinking skills to develop the whole child. Physical education is taught at all grade levels and incorporates life skills and health education with physical fitness to develop healthy and active lifestyle skills.
The lower school physical education program focuses on achieving competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. By achieving health-enhancing levels of physical activity, students’ realize the benefits of physical fitness.
At Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, there are countless ways students can explore visual arts. Fine art instruction begins in kindergarten and builds a foundation for continued study throughout middle school. Students gain a thorough understanding of the elements of art and principals of design. From an understanding of art history and technique to the creation of diverse art forms, students explore and are exposed to a multitude of visual arts mediums.
Our study of the Latin language begins in third grade. In the Lower School classes, students discover the influence of Latin on the English language and the influence of the Roman Empire on Christianity. Since 90% of all English words over two syllables are derived from Latin, students learn the building blocks of English, its Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes.
Activities include creating artwork, playing charades and other games, making flashcards, and taking quizzes. Students utilize the laptops for interactive games and review activities.
Our study of the Spanish language begins in Junior Kindergarten and continues through fifth grade. Students learn the Spanish alphabet pronunciations and numbers, colors, places, and common objects. They will learn how to form sentences using the correct articles, and they will study the cultural traditions of countries who have Spanish as their primary language. Through a variety of activities, games, foods, and field tripes, students will be immersed in the culture and the language.
Our library supports and enhances the curriculum of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in so many ways.
Lower School classes are scheduled to visit the Library once a week to hear a story showcasing a variety of genres of literature and check out new reading material. We also teach instruction on the use of the library for research and special projects.
The library collection consists of more than 17,000 books which are catalogued online. Additionally, MBCA has subscribed to several online databases to enhance the study and research efforts of our students. Throughout the year, the Library welcomes published authors to campus to host workshops and to share their works and experiences with our students.
The library conducts an annual Book Fair and the proceeds benefit the continual expansion of our library to meet the needs of our students and teachers. Often, Canine Assistants volunteers visit with service dogs, giving students an opportunity to practice reading out loud.
Parents have the opportunity to volunteer in the Library and are an essential part of our success of the Book Fair and smooth day to day operations. As always, our main goal in the Library is to encourage students to become life-long readers. We believe if you can read, you can do anything!
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Think Tank is a class where the students focus on creativity, critical thinking, communications, and collaboration. Through tinkering and experimenting, the students become problem solvers, builders, and inventors. Think Tank also focuses on higher-level technology skills such as coding, robotics, stop-motion animation, and more. Students in Kindergarten through fifth grades enjoy Think Tank once a week. To learn more about Think Tank, email Julie Hampton.