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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 9, 2013The B.A.S.E (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare Program kicked off its sixth year of extracurricular activities on Monday, October 7, in its 29 daycares across the island of Montreal. Fifteen Concordia and McGill University students, five B.A.S.E Daycare advisors and six professional companies will be facilitating the different activities with some 3,000 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. All activities are free-of-charge to the parents.

There are a total of 30 different programs being offered during the first session of extracurricular activities, which begins today and wraps up on Friday, December 13, 2013. The B.A.S.E Daycare Program categorizes its activities into six educational cores: Homework and Snack, Creative Arts, Physical Activities, Media Awareness, Environmental Consciousness and Specialty Programs.

The Homework and Snack core offers students academic tutoring in English, French and Mathematics. Students receive help with their homework in a classroom setting or on a one-on-one basis, depending on the needs of the daycare and the students.

The Creative Arts core offers a plethora of activities that allow students to express themselves in new and innovative ways. These programs include: Abstract Painting, Beading and Jewelry-Making, Greeting Card-Making, Drawing, Drama and Theatre, Printmaking, Music and Storybook Creations. 

The Physical Activities core gets students moving, learning and having fun in a non-competitive environment. Programs include: Hip Hop and Contemporary dance, Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics, Pilates and a wide variety of sports.

Inundated with technology and the media every day, students will have the chance to learn about and utilize different forms of media themselves with the Media Awareness core. Students will work with video cameras, digital cameras, tape recorders and editing software in the following programs: Animation, Documentary Film, Print, Radio and Television Journalism and Photography.

Rounding out the activity roster are the Environmental Consciousness and Specialty Programs. The Fall Green Club will teach students about everything from recycling to composting to building a garden to widening their awareness of the impact humans have on the earth. Specialty programs include Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Proset Autism—a tennis program—for those children with special needs, and Bricks 4 Kidz—a program where students will build different motorized projects every week to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

No matter what activity students choose, they are sure to learn something valuable in a fun and relaxed environment. To follow what daycare students are up to throughout the fall session from October 7 to December 13, 2013, please visit



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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