05 Aug

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

Summer vs. Winter Olympics!

  • During the week of August 8, Discoveries Yellow Group campers will be talking about the events in the upcoming summer Olympics, including comparing the number of events that take place at this time as compared to the winter Olympics.
  • In addition, our campers will do some of their own Olympics-inspired physical activities, going outside to run, jump and throw!
29 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

A Focus on Paralympics !

  • During the week of August 1, Discoveries Yellow Group campers will compare and contrast the events of the winter and summer Olympics.  We will also learn why certain sporting events take place during specific seasons!
  • In addition, campers will discuss  the Paralympics, and why  it is important for athletes of all abilities to be able to compete. To help us talk about the importance of being inclusive we will read Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin.
  • Campers will also enjoy viewing some videos of Paralympic athletes in action!
21 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne 

(Olympic) Rings and Ties, to All Parts of our World!

  • For the week of July 25, our Discoveries: Yellow Group campers will focus on the meaning of the five Olympic rings, how they represent the five inhabited continents of the world (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe) — continents united by the Olympic Games — and how the rings can inspire various projects and crafts. In addition, campers will learn about finding the five continents on maps and globes, and discussing and learning about which of our fellow campers have family ties to these other parts of our world.
  • We will also read books together, including Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, to help us understand and recognize that although we all may have some differences, we also have many similarities which unite all of us!
14 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

Record-Breaking Campers!

  • During the week of July 18 our Discoveries: Yellow Group campers will be discussing what a world record is and what it means,  in certain types of sports including running, jumping, throwing, swimming, etc. — as well as talking about some of those athletes who hold those records.
  • We will also enjoy recording, setting, and breaking our own personal records in various activities!
07 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

The Olympics, Past & Present!

  • During the week of July 11, our Discoveries: Yellow Group campers will continue to enjoy our Summer 2016 Olympics theme! Using a timeline, our campers will develop better understanding about how long ago the first Olympics took place.  Campers will consider other years as part of this research, such as the year they were born, the years of teachers’ births, the year of the invention of the car, etc.
  • We will also compare the Olympic games of the past and present, and spot the differences through the years! Our campers will see how the games have evolved, and it will be interesting to recognize which events have stood the test of time.
30 Jun

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne: 

Exploring the Globe!

  • Next week we will be talking about what a country is.  We will also be introducing the campers to maps and globes so that they can get a better idea of how big our world really is.
  • We will locate Brazil, as well as many other countries of interest, on maps and globes and compare their sizes.
  • We will capitalize on our campers’ interest in animals and their habitats by learning about the rainforest in Brazil. Some questions we will ask are:
    • What are characteristics of a rainforest?
    • What kinds of interesting animals live their?
27 Jun

Discoveries

by Mrs. Stacy Carela:

Welcome! Here’s helpful information for our first week!

  • “DE Dismissal Sign”-Attached to the welcome letter, each family will receive a neon dismissal sign.  These signs will be placed on the passenger side dashboard of the cars during dismissal.  This will expedite pick-up and help identify Discoveries Campers versus Adventures.  If you would like to include the children’s names on the signs, you can write their names somewhere on the front of the card.
  • Water-Play will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  • On Water Play days, send children already dressed in their bathing suits and covered with sun block.
  • Send a change of dry clothes for them to change into afterward.

 

27 Jun

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne:

Welcome to our first week! Here’s what’s happening:

  • We will be using the three Olympic values to help build classroom and discoveries communities
  • We will think and talk about what each of the values – friendship excellence and respect – look in sound like in the Olympics and in our camp setting
  • We will be using books such as – Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness by Carol McCloud and One by Kathryn Otoshi – to facilitate our making sense of the values
  • Camp and the Olympics are also about being outdoors and participating in physical activities, so we will be outside exercising, running, jumping, throwing and so much more.  We will also use the book Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus to help us learn about and practice sportsmanship and the idea that we all have different talents, but we can all practice to get better and grow.