03 Aug

Summer Notes Week 6

 


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Summer Notes Week 6

It’s hard to believe that this year’s program is coming to a close for D-E 360° Summer Connections 2018!

Week 6 wrapped up with a flurry of exciting events including the Discoveries & Adventures Carnival and today’s SingAlong for our youngest campers and their families (see photos above and highlights below for more details).

Our Scholars program participants may have officially completed their classes last week, but the learning never stops at D-E 360° Summer Connections. Congratulations to those hard working ‘campers’ who truly enriched their summer this year with credit-earning academic work in English, Mathematics and Science!

This week, Enrichment campers in Explosive Science made quite an impression in their on-campus ‘fieldwork’ and off-campus field trips, and our Geology campers enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Natural History. Campers in Debate honed their powers of verbal persuasion and Cheerleading had a big win again this week.

Enjoy video vignettes from Week 6 – click here!

Be sure to visit us at de360.d-e.org later this year for information on special workshops and learning opportunities during the upcoming 2018-19 school year and Summer 2019.

We hope to see all our campers and their families again soon!

Discoveries, Adventures, & Junior Summer Day Camp Program Highlights

Enjoy our Summer 2018 Discoveries & Adventures Slideshow: click here!

Welcome to South America! Adventures, Discoveries, and Junior Day Camp paraded around the continent of South America! Read More

Red Discoveries

The Red Group had a great time in South America this week! Read More

Yellow Discoveries

We can´t believe camp is over…we really made the best of our last week together traveling to South America to explore itś customs and traditions, especially music and dance. Read More

Blue Discoveries

This week, Blue Group journeyed through the rainforests and landed in South America! Read More

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 is having so much fun traveling through the continent of South America. Read More

Adventures Group 2

Adios, Amigos! Hard to believe it’s our last week in Camp Adventures—-the past six weeks have flown by! Read More

Adventures Group 3

The week Group 3 had an amazing time dancing to the rhythms of South America. Read More

Adventures Group 4

Can’t believe we are on our final week of Summer Connections. Read More

Adventures Group 5

South America is the fourth-largest continent made up of 12 independent countries and three territories. Read More

Adventures Group 6

Group 6 explored several different types of maps of South America this week. Read More

Art (Adventures)

This week campers made Molas from Columbia with construction paper as they cut out animal shapes. Read More

Art ( Discoveries)

Carnival was the inspiration for our crafts this week! Read More

Sound of Music

Each day of our South American themed week, our campers delved into South American culture by singing songs in Spanish and practicing a song to learn all of the countries and capitals. Read More

Bodies in Motion

This week during Bodies in Motion class all students played a variety of elementary P.E. games and activities. Read More

Yoga

This week we focused on reviewing all that we know about Yoga and how it is a wonderful life long tool. Read More

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Our final destination on our travel across the world has taken us to South America. Read More

Exploratorium

This week the campers in the Exploratorium investigated the properties of clay and gems by making “glitter stress balls.” Read More

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03 Aug

Welcome to South America!

Adventures, Discoveries, and Junior Day Camp paraded around the continent of South America! South America is a gorgeous region of the Earth and has incredible treasures to discover, one being the beautiful Amazon Rainforest. Campers explored some of the countries and found out about its geography and rich history. South American culture and traditions are so vibrant and offer excellent opportunities for hands-on exploration and investigation.  They had such an amazing time celebrating at Carnaval. South America was a fascinating place to visit!

We have traveled the world together in just 6 short weeks.  We have learned about the world around us and made memories that will last a lifetime.  The Discoveries and Adventures Faculty and Staff would like to thank you for coming along on this journey with us.  Keep your passports as a memento of this wonderful experience we had. We hope Summer Connections Passport Around the World left a stamp in our campers’ heart!

Enjoy our Summer 2018 Discoveries & Adventure Highlights Slideshow: click here! 

03 Aug

Red Discoveries

The Red Group had a great time in South America this week! We learned about the Amazon Rainforest and the variety of animals that call it their home. Making the classroom a rainforest by pretending to be all the animals was so fun! We also danced to some South American music and had a blast at Carnival!

03 Aug

Yellow Discoveries

We can´t believe camp is over…we really made the best of our last week together traveling to South America to explore itś customs and traditions, especially music and dance.  The campers made maracas and examined all different types of sound using different materials to make noise.  Yellow friends finished our 6 week collaborative mural of the world, as we filled in our last continent with green tissue paper.  They were so proud of the final product!   So many friendships have flourished in the yellow group along with their creativity and imagination.  What a summer we had!  Itś not Adios, but hasta el proximo verano!

03 Aug

Blue Discoveries

This week, Blue Group journeyed through the rainforests and landed in South America! We made slithering snakes and colorful toucans in our classroom. In art, we made decorative hats and wings to wear at our big Carnaval celebration on Wednesday. We are sad to say goodbye to DE 360 Summer Connections, but we had such a fun time! We can’t wait to see familiar faces back in summer 2019!

03 Aug

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 is having so much fun traveling through the continent of South America.  We watched a short video clip of Carnaval from Rio De Janeiro. Campers were intrigued by the elaborate floats and costumes.  We learned that music is a huge part of South American festivities so we made our own maracas to shake at the Adventures Carnaval. Campers learned about the importance of rain sticks and had fun making and listening to the sound of their own rain sticks.  Next, we read the book Come On Into The Rain Forest by Judy Nayer and learned that a large part of land in South America makes up the Rain Forest. Group 1 likes snakes so we created unique snakes with lots of different patterns. It has been fun traveling the world with your children!

03 Aug

Adventures Group 2

Adios, Amigos! Hard to believe it’s our last week in Camp Adventures—-the past six weeks have flown by! Group 2 kids were lively, sweet, and a lot of fun. It was a pleasure getting to work with your child each day. Students learned all about South America for the final part of our “journey” this week. The Carnival/Carnaval on Wednesday was a highlight and a nice way to come together as a group before saying goodbye. I wish you and your family all the best these last weeks before school starts…time for fun and relaxation. Hope to see you next summer!

03 Aug

Adventures Group 3

The week Group 3 had an amazing time dancing to the rhythms of South America. Campers created their own percussion instruments and flags to parade in the festive Carnival. We explored the diverse cultures of the continent, it’s rich wildlife, and tropical weather. Group 3 also focused on the love of football (soccer) across the continent. After learning about the popular pastime and recent World Cup games, Group 3 crafted a paper soccer game. This week we received our final passport stamp, but campers in Group 3 will continue to explore the world around them every day!

03 Aug

Adventures Group 5

South America is the fourth-largest continent made up of 12 independent countries and three territories. Together we read the following picture books to learn about the South American cultures:  A True Book South America by Libby Koponen, Exploring Continents South Americaby Alexis Roumanis, Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, The Magic Bean Tree A Legend From Argentina by Nancy Van Laan, Love and Roast Chicken A Trickster Tale From the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson, and The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.

Each student designed a small plate with a creative designs and instruments from recycled materials just like children in Paraguay created in Ada’s Violin.  We are enjoying traveling with James to a life of fun and adventure as we complete reading James and the Giant Peach during siesta.

We enjoyed spending the past six summer weeks with your children.  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!!

03 Aug

Adventures Group 6

Group 6 explored several different types of maps of South America this week. Our main focus was researching and creating a presentation about one of animals found in the Amazon Rain Forest. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class. Their presentations were terrific!

03 Aug

Sound of Music

Each day of our South American themed week, our campers delved into South American culture by singing songs in Spanish and practicing a song to learn all of the countries and capitals. They enjoyed using the rhythm sticks and maraca shakers to add to the beats and bring a South American feel. They also enjoyed the opportunity to have dance parties to traditional South American music.

03 Aug

Yoga

This week we focused on reviewing all that we know about Yoga and how it is a wonderful life long tool.

I truly enjoyed watching the children as they moved through a series of poses and learning Yoga vocabulary.

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids.

Yoga helps kids to:

  • -Develop body awareness
  • -Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • -Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • -Build concentration
  • -Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices
  • -Have a healthy and safe rest of your summer!

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you!

Ms. Madison

03 Aug

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Adventures Students

Spanish Drama

Our final destination on our travel across the world has taken us to South America. We talked about the countries that made up South America and shared our similarities. We read a book called “La Oruga Muy Ambrienta.” The students were excited to learn about the different foods and butterflies/mariposas described in the book. Much fun was had during Drama when we danced and played games, incorporating our robotic animal toys which brought excitement to the kids.

Cooking

In Cooking, our final destination was South America and just like all the other continents it was enjoyed by all. Our focus was on the ancient food of the Gods, Chocolate. The students enjoyed making and eating their own chocolate which originated in Brazil known as “Brigadeiros.” We also discovered that in most of the countries found in South America there is a very delicious pastry known as “Empanadas.” The children were offered choices in making their own kind of empanadas ranging from chicken, beef, guava, and cheese. In keeping with our theme, the students learned about the tropical fruits grown and eaten in South America. Since Paletas have been a huge hit for the kids we made them using the fruits mora, papaya, fresa, and banana.

Discoveries Students 

Spanish/ Drama:

Our final destination on our travel across the world has taken us to South America. We talked about the countries that made up South America and shared our similarities. We read a book called “La Oruga Muy Ambrienta.” The students were excited to learn about the different foods and butterflies/mariposas described in the book. Much fun was had during Drama when we danced and played games, incorporating our robotic animal toys which brought excitement to the kids.

Cooking:

In Cooking, our final destination was South America and just like all the other continents it was enjoyed by all. Our focus was on the ancient food of the Gods, Chocolate. The students enjoyed making and eating their own chocolate which originated in Brazil known as “Brigadeiros.” In keeping with our theme, the students learned about the tropical fruits grown and eaten in South America. Since Paletas have been a huge hit for the kids we made them using the fruits mora, papaya, fresa, and banana.

03 Aug

Exploratorium

This week the campers in the Exploratorium investigated the properties of clay and gems by making “glitter stress balls.”  They also made scientific journals and designed vehicles. Some campers created structures that used simple machines like pulleys.  Other campers chased butterflies and inspected worms, while other campers created working circuits with batteries and wires. In the Exploratorium the campers choose from a wide selection of hands-on activities and experiments. They use the available materials and equipment to explore the world of science around them.

27 Jul

Welcome to Africa!

Africa is a beautiful continent rich in both its natural resources and its ecosystems.   This week, campers learned about the variety of animals, plants, geographical features, and traditions that call Africa home.  This was studied through literature, mapping, video clips, dramatization, and art. On Wednesday Adventurers took a trip to the United Nation in New York City and learned about how they can become peacekeepers in their home, school, community, and world.  

Africa is a vast continent of varied regions and many cultures.  It’s widely known for its gorgeous animals and their abundance in resources. The diversity of Africa and its people promotes a study of similarities and differences within a culture and an appreciation for cultural values.  Traditional African music is passed from one person to the next. One way Discoveries accomplished this is by inviting in ethnomusicologist, Robert Levin, who demonstrated the rhythm and beats native to this rich continent.

Our campers had an amazing time in Africa!  

Get your passports and suitcases ready! We are headed to South America next week, our final destination of our tour around the world!

27 Jul

Red Discoveries

What an adventure we had traveling along the Nile River as we explored the wonders of Africa this week! Our friends in the Red Group had a blast listening and dancing to the beats and rhythm of African music. We filled the room with excitement and enthusiasm as we danced together and continued to enhance our motor skills. We enjoyed learning about and exploring the traditions and cultures of Africa through pictures, videos, songs, and read alouds. Our friends have truly become a strong team traveling and learning together, and we are looking forward to continuing our adventure in South America next week!