Courses

Our summer academic enrichment program is implemented through four different courses each day that include: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Arts. The courses are designed through a team collaborative process by addressing a different theme each week. The teachers meet weekly in teams to design instruction and activities to further our students’ understanding of the weekly themes.

Week 1: Exploring the Ocean

Discover why the oceans are one of the most important things in the world.

Ocean scene
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Topics Include: Deep Sea, Sea Mammals, Tide Pools, Salt Water, Food Chain, Saving Our Oceans

Description: Dive below the surface of the ocean and explore the known and unknown marvels of the sea. Enjoy the spectacles of the oceans, the beauty of the coral reefs and the vast quantities of fish that inhabit them. Students will understand how the sea casts its spell and holds us in its net of wonder.

Week 2: Classic Literature/Fairy Tales

Engage in the world of fantasy and reality.

Fairy tale scene on a book
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

~ Albert Einstein

Topics Include: Classic Works of Fiction and Nonfiction, Fairy Tales, Authors, Illustrators, Illustrations

Description: Great literature, fairy tales, and illustrations will come alive in the classroom. Students will explore literature that children love to read and will be provided the skills to become authors and illustrators themselves. Have fun spending the summer using creative projects to discover the vast amount of treasure to be found in books.

Week 3: America the Great

Investigate our wonderful country.

Statue of Liberty against American flag and ocean
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain!

~ Katherine Lee Bates

Topics Include: The Fourth of July, Famous Presidents, Patriotic Songs, American Symbols, Famous Monuments, Democracy

Description: Happy 4th of July America! Celebrate our country’s birthday this week as we learn all about America's greatness! Students will acquire additional knowledge about America's history and contributions in the Fine Arts, Literature, Math and Science.

Week 4: The Blue Planet

Explore our planet Earth.

People with hands clasped, making a ring around the Earth
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow if from our children.

~ Chief Seattle

Topics Include: The Continents, Solar System, Constellations, Land Masses, Populations, Ecology

Description: Find out the reason it's called the "Blue Planet", who lives there, what it's made of and why it's different from the rest of our Solar System. Most importantly, students will investigate how 'Green' can help keep it 'Blue'.

Week 5: It's a Zoo Around Here

Learn about the world of animals and their habitats.

Zoo animals
In an hour I taught a cat and dog to be friends. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

~ Mark Twain

Topics Include: Animals, Animal Safety, Habitat Preservation, Mammals, Birds, Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians

Description: Check out the fun waiting for your animal-loving children! Get ready for an exciting week of nature discovery, animal adventures, and much, much more! Activities throughout the week may include interactive stories, arts and crafts projects, and science investigations.

Week 6: Nature

Come all to discover and explore the natural world around us.

Girl lying on grass
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug!

~ Helen Keller

Topics Include: Plants, Rocks, Magnets, Wind, Rainbows, Insects, Sounds of Nature, Nature Walks

Description: Experience a new adventure and experience every day. Students will enjoy discovering and exploring the natural world around us! Outdoor investigations, hands-on nature crafts, and nature's science at its best are just a few exciting activities to take place this week.