Our summer academic enrichment program is implemented through four different courses each day that include: Arts & Crafts, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science. 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: “Superheroes & Villains”
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people
~ Maya Angelou
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
~ Bob Dylan
Topics Include: Comic Books, Personalized vs. Real-life heroes, Magic, Wizards, Origins of heroes and villains, Mythological Characters, Potions.
Description: From the movies that we see to the comic books we read, to the real world heroes who surround us; learn about the world of super heroes and villains. How did they originate? What does a wizard do? What magic potions help them do their job? How did our predecessors explain the world they lived in without our present day knowledge of science? Learn how to determine who you think is a hero and what makes them a hero to you.
Week 2: "The Four Elements"
I felt my lungs inflate with the on-rush of scenery of air, mountains, trees, and people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.
~ Sylvia Plath
Topics Include: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Seasons, Habitats, Weather, Plants, Animals, Ecology, Landforms, Lifecycles, Chemistry
Description: We live in a beautiful, exciting and changing world. Discover how earth, wind, fire and water affect our seasons, weather, landforms, and the habitats in which all animals live. We will learn about the ecology of these habitats and how the chemistry involved causes change. Let’s understand and explore how we can take care of this beautiful world we call home.
Week 3: “Fun and Games”
Life is more fun if you play games.
~ Roald Dahl
Games give you a chance to excel, and if you’re playing in good company you don’t even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.
~ Gary Gygax
Topics Include: Mindbenders, Board games, Dice, Card games, Puzzles, String games, Counting games, Outdoor games
Description: Everyone likes to play games. Explore the world of games from Pick-up-sticks to video games. As parent, we want our children to know and love the same games we played when we were kids. Most of our play included games indoors and out of doors. In this week, your children will learn to play and love a variety of games most likely new to them.
Week 4: “Dr. Seuss”
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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
~ Dr. Seuss
Topics Include: Poetry, Friendship, Imagination, Health and Nutrition, Conservation, Pillars of Character
Description: Most of us have grown up hearing stories from Dr. Seuss. His poetry inspires us to expand our circle of friends and use our imagination to grow and take on the challenges of life. His characters teach us about health and nutrition, how to develop good character and how to take care of our environment. His formula works by using nonsense to make good sense out of our world.
Week 5: “To Infinity and Beyond”
Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe.
~ Ron Garan
Do you ever look up at the stars and try to contemplate the ends of the universe?
~ Ruth Ahmed
Topics Include: Space, Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Astrophysics, Satellites, Astronomy, NASA, Sci-Fi
Description: Space is one of the favorite topics of kids. Science fiction fascinates us all; especially as we experience some of the science fiction we watch or read about come true. What place does NASA play in developing the systems which allow us to explore and expand our knowledge of outer space? Rocket ships, planets, stars, galaxies and more will be explored this week as your child takes off into infinity and beyond.