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Cocurricular Classes

At Mt. Bethel, we believe our students need and deserve to be challenged beyond traditional academic subjects, important as they are. 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 follow the links at the left to learn more about each of these areas.

Library

The library supports and enhances the curriculum of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy.

Lower school students come to the Library once a week for a story which presents to students different genres of literature or for instruction on the use of the library and for learning research skills. Middle school students come to the library to select pleasure reading, for research on a variety of subjects or for special projects. Through the library program students develop an appreciation of literature, a love of reading and independent research skills.

The card catalog is computerized and the library collection consists of over 17,000 books, along with magazines and journals, an extensive reference collection, and non-print materials.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy uses the web version of Accelerated Reader Program in the lower grades to supplement the reading programs. Students may use the library’s computers to take quizzes, search for books, and for research.

The Library conducts a yearly Book Fair with the proceeds going to further expand the Library to meet the needs of our students and teachers.

Parents have the opportunity to volunteer in the Library. Parent volunteers are an essential part of the success of the Book Fair, as well as the smooth day to day operation of the Library.

The main goal of the Library is to encourage students to become life-long readers.


CLICK HERE for Accelerated Reader (AR) Book Finder

Music

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 as well as study composers and instrument families. They, too, learn performance skills and are involved in either the Christmas or Spring Musical.

Physical Education

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.

Art

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.

World Languages

Latin

Our study of the Latin language begins in third grade and continues through the eighth 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, along with making flashcards and taking quizzes. Students utilize the laptops for interactive games and review activities.

In Middle School, students pursue the Latin I curriculum of a high school course. The curriculum includes reading and translating Latin passages, Roman History, Roman Culture and Classical Mythology. Students continue their study of Latin Roots and English Derivatives. Eighth graders participate in the National Classical Etymology Exam.

Spanish

Our study of the Spanish language begins in Junior Kindergarten and continues through Fifth Grade.