Summer Notes Week 4
Go Green! This week, Enrichment campers in Vegetable Gardening and Cooking reaped the rewards of their hard work, creating delicious meals with fresh fixings picked from our gardens here on the D-E School campus. Other exciting Enrichment offerings this week directed enthusiastic campers toward the finer points of Fencing; the basics of engineering in Engineering for Young Minds, and crime scene analysis in Forensics!
Next week, Acting and Cheerleading welcomes new and notable teachers to our program. Critically-acclaimed theatre production expert John Gerisi and cheer squad coaches Nicole Cieri and Maria Cornetta will engage campers in exciting hands-on instruction. Space still available. Click here to register.
Young Visionaries (YV), a 2-week Immersive program, immersed campers this week in multimedia creation and artistic expression. A YV field trip to the NY Childrens’ Museum of Art in Lower Manhattan was highlighted by the opportunity to work in 2D and 3D media while focusing on scale and size, ideas that are central to this year’s YV “community” program theme.
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This week, Adventures students traveled to Europe and became cultural enthusiasts. Campers studied famous European artists and buildings. This exploration was enhanced on Wednesday when our campers took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they viewed the masterpieces of Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso, as well as, the Egyptian Temple of Dendur and the European Arms and Armour Collection.
Discoveries students loved exploring Europe and visiting many of its famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, just to name a few. The teachers filled the classroom with exciting activities that encompassed art and architecture, cultural celebrations, foods, songs, language, folk tales, games and crafts. Our time in Europe was a memorable one.
Get your passports and suitcases ready! We are headed to Africa next week.
Why are bubbles round? Why do bubbles pop? Why do bubbles stick together? This week we had a special STEM program for our campers in Discoveries and Adventures called the the Fun With Bubbles program, sponsored by SUEZ Water.
Adventures Campers learned and discussed the science behind bubbles, conducted fun water experiments, and explored the structure and behavior of a water molecule. They also made their own wands and created small and large bubbles outdoors.
Discoveries campers read the story Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland. Together, with the Suez Water Company, the kids followed a recipe to create a bubble solution. They also constructed their very own wands and went outside for a bubble blowing party!
Blowing bubbles is such a classic outdoor activity that can be enjoyed just about anywhere! Not only is it fun to do, but there are lots of ways that exploring bubbles can engage kids in concepts related to math, science, and engineering. The kids had a blast blowing and catching bubbles!
Ciao! Bonjour! Our Discoveries friends had a blast exploring the art and architecture of Europe this week. As we virtually traveled through Europe, we visited the London Bridge, Eiffel Tower, and Leaning Tower of Pisa. We stopped to admire the breathtaking artwork of Monet and Leonardo Da Vinci, The Water Lily Pond and The Mona Lisa. We enjoyed talking about the interesting parts of the architecture and the beautiful colors of the art. Our friends also practiced our coordination and motor skills through dancing and singing along with GoNoodle videos while learning about patterns and numbers. Get your passports ready to join us in our next adventure as we travel to Africa next week!
The Yellow Group had a fun visit to Europe this week! We learned about fairy tales that come from Scandinavia and Germany. We examined European architecture including Neuschwanstein Castle, the Eiffel Tower, and London’s Tower Bridge. Using giant blocks we recreated these and brought Europe to our own backyard! We even learned some words and songs in Italian, German, and French!
The sights, sounds, and architecture of Europe were on the minds of our preschool kids this week as we began looking at all the different countries that make up this rich continent.
We explored all the different types of homes, buildings, and monuments found in Europe then worked in groups to replicate those structures using blocks, legos, and snap cubes. Also, we then used playdough to imitate some favorite European dishes, such as pizza, pretzels, and pastries.
As the week continued, we enjoyed the classic storybook Strega Nona and noticed how sentences always show a complete thought. We then tried writing a complete thought, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period. We also created mini-murals showcasing a map of Italy, the Mona Lisa, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Our European Adventure has been a memorable one … I hope we get to visit there again soon!
Group 1 traveled through the many countries of Europe. Our first stop was France. Most campers were excited to learn about France since they won the World Cup. We created Eiffel Towers and learned fun facts about this amazing structure. Our next stop was Greece where campers learned about the Parthenon. This stone structure was designed to be a temple for the Greek goddess Athena. We then learned about the Italian culture and history. It has been a blast traveling through Europe with your children!
Bonjour! Group 2 spent the week learning about European architecture and art. We made Monet-style water lilies, and sunflowers like Van Gogh. Students learned about the Eiffel Tower as well. On Wednesday, we explored the Met and saw artwork by both of these artists in real
On another note, it was nice to see so many parents last week at our Meet and Greet. Thank you for coming! Next week, we are off to Africa.
Europe is well known for its historical architect. This week Group Three had fun exploring these sculptures through text, media, and art. Campers learner about Big Ben and created their own Eiffel Tower. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they were able the explore creations from around the world. Children were able to compare and contrast different forms of architectural design. Week 4 in Europe was a blast, can’t to travel again next week!
What an exciting week learning about Europe!! What do we love most about learning about Europe… ART of course.
We were inspired to create beautiful artwork in Group 4.
Come check out some of our artwork…
Drip Drip, Splatter, Splash a Collaborative Watercolor Painting!
Cezzane, Matisse, and Sonia Delaunay inspired us to create beautiful Artwork. Original Ancient Artifacts from clay were very fun to create!
Europe has many famous structures and artwork to observe and research. Together we learned about the art and architecture of Europe by reading: Art is… by Bob Raczka, Young Frank Architect by Frank Viva, 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roader, Adventure Homes by Gerry Bailey, and Buildings by Karen Hosack. We watched the movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler so when we visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art we could track Claudia and Jamie’s journey through the museum. Group 5 architects explored their creativity by designing their own structures and artwork. We continue to learn about the importance of standing by your friends and always being kind as we are reading Wonder.
Group Six explored several different types of maps of Europe this week. The main focus for group six was researching and then creating a presentation about one of Europe’s famous landmarks on Keynote. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class. Their presentations were terrific!
This week in art, our Adventures campers looked at famous European landmarks and figured out their shapes. They made pop ups of castles, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Parthenon, and the Coliseum. They also created self-portraits in front of these iconic landmarks.
Discoveries campers made a Medieval castle play-set, including a castle, characters to live in the castle, animals to live outside, a horse, and a dragon. Aside from having a lot of fun expressing themselves creatively, the children are developing skills and gaining confidence in their abilities in STEM projects.
A common theme in all these artistic endeavors is how the children are developing fine motor skills! Campers are learning and practicing proper pincer grip, cutting techniques with scissors, hand-eye coordination in wrapping cylindrical objects and placing tape and yarn in strategic paces.
They are also exposed to age-appropriate engineering and math concepts. For instance, they learn how a simple 2D shape can turn into a 3D shape and experience perpendicular and parallel structure. They also learn mechanics in the creation of a functional drawbridge as well as measuring by determining appropriate sizes and lengths of chosen materials.
This week in music, Discoveries campers listened to some music from different countries in Europe, sang songs and tried new instruments. Adventures campers listened to music from different areas of Europe and talked about the differences and similarities, and then learned a folk song from Ireland called The Rattlin’ Bog.
This week during Bodies in Motion class campers participated in a number of full inclusion activities such as tag games and cooperative game play.
The children had A LOT of fun this week learning new yoga poses and breathing techniques. We had very interactive and dynamic ‘discussions’ as to why ancient yogis named the poses what they did. The continued emphasis on interconnectedness between us, Nature, and the Cosmos was woven into each yoga practice session using imagination and games! Ask your child about the game 🙂
Discoveries Students enjoyed the story “Caps for Sale” and we all had such a fun time putting on the hats and trying to break the Peddler’s record of 17. In cooking we travelled to Europe and landed in Paris where we enjoyed making chocolate and cheese Croissants. Then we hopped over to Spain to enjoy making a Margo smoothie that would later become a Paleta.
This week we continued to travel around the world and made a stop on the continent of Europe/Europa. We went to a small village in Russia and met a man selling hats/sombreros. The peddler went up and down the road selling his hats; but no one bought the hats. The peddler soon met some monkeys who gave him the monkey business. They stole his hats when he fell asleep. The students counted the hats in Spanish and each acted out the parts of the Peddler and the monkeys.
In cooking Paris was a destination enjoyed by all. We made chocolate and cheese Croissants.We also travelled to Spain for tapas and enjoyed a Spanish tortilla made with potato chips. To their surprise a tortilla is not just for tacos. Paletas have been a hit for the kids so we made a “Sunshine Punch Smoothie” that would later become Paletas.
In the Exploratorium our campers have a choice of experiments and equipment that let them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. This week campers in the Exploratorium were excited to catch butterflies and study worms up close. Activities also included figuring out how to make a lightbulb light up and making a pulley system to retrieve gummy worms. Campers can work with also Legos and Knex or choose another investigation from the wide selection available in the Exploratorium.
|Summer Notes Week 3
STEMtastic! The Hajjar STEM Center was abuzz this week thanks to stellar STEM classes for both campers and teachers. Immersive campers in STEM Challenge built and then ‘battled’ with their ‘bot creations and worked together hands-on with STEM Institute educators in a collaborative makerspace. These motivated teachers also learned all about programming, 3D printing, and more, earning professional development credits along the way.
3D Origami, Archery, Ballet, Fencing, and Woodworking were just a few of the exciting courses that D-E 360° Summer Connections Enrichment campers enjoyed this week. There are still some openings in many of these unique ‘a la carte’ courses for the next few weeks – click here for details and to register today!
Meanwhile, our Scholars hit the half-way point in their credit-earning classes!
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Discoveries and Adventures enjoyed traveling to Asia as part of their fabulous study of the continents of the world.
Discoveries’ amazing journey through Asia included trying new foods, learning the flags, discovering the animals, experiencing the culture, and so much more. They ended the study of Asia by learning how to make origami crafts, which is the art of paper folding often associated with Japanese culture. The Discoveries campers had a great time visiting Asia, the largest continent on Earth.
Adventures trekked through Asia this week, exploring the cultural traditions, food, and economies of the various countries that call the continent home. This exploration was enhanced on Wednesday when our campers took a trip to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, where they learned about Himalayan culture with a tour of the museum and a workshop on making their own mandalas!
Get your passports and suitcases ready! Shortly, our plane will be boarding for our next stop, Europe!