27 Jul

Yellow Discoveries

This week in yellow group, the campers explored Africa and all its beauty.  We made African jewelry and masks to wear while learning to play the drums in our amazing assembly with Mr. Robert.  Yellow group also studied Egyptś pyramids and created their very own using several different blocks, sand, and cereal.  Campers celebrated Kindness Day, and this is the perfect age to bring empathy, mindfulness, and kindness to their attention and help them cultivate these skills.  Our yellow friends discussed what it means to be a good friend and use kind words through the sense of touch to look closer. First we read Mo Williams, Should I Share My Ice Cream, then we did a short and sweet but beautiful lesson with cotton balls and sand paper.  Each cotton ball represented a kind or polite word or phrase that the campers brainstormed like ¨thank you,Iḿ sorry, Can I help you?¨ We used descriptive words to describe the way the cotton balls felt like soft, fluffy and squishy. When feeling the cotton on each otherś arms, we all agreed how nice it felt, the same way kind words make us feel.  The sandpaper represented hurtful and not so kind words which all of our yellow campers agreed did not make us feel good. The children were able to fully relate and engage, and practice these skills throughout the week. We are almost done with our tissue paper collaborative mural. We only have one continent left! Time flies when you’re having so much fun!

27 Jul

Blue Discoveries

Jambo Campers! We had a chance to practice a little bit of Swahili as we learned a Kenyan welcome song  this week. We explored many of Africa’s special wonders, such as the Nile River, the Sahara Desert, Victoria Falls, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Madagascar. We then took a look at the people and tribes native to these area and made a necklace that represented the Maasai of Eastern Africa. As the week moved on we talked about characteristics of folktales and read a few that originated in Africa..  Finally, we worked on creating paper Pyramids. Heri njema Africa, we loved our time here

27 Jul

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 campers traveled to Africa this week! Campers learned about the need for clean water in the villages of Burkina Faso through the story book The Water Princess.  This is a wonderful picture book based on the childhood experiences of model Georgie Badiel. Campers acted out the story and then created watercolor paintings with themselves carrying a pot on top of their head.  We learned how villagers made clay pots to carry water and we made our own pots out of model magic clay. Campers learned the story behind Maasai Beaded Jewelry from the Maasai tribe in Kenya. Group 1 became creative as they made their own necklaces being mindful of the symbolism represented by the colors.

27 Jul

Adventures Group 2

Group 2 says, “Jambo!” (That’s how to say “hello” in Swahili.) We spent a wonderful week in Africa. Students learned about some of the animals that live in the savanna, and we talked about natural resources, such as clean water. Students learned the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Our field trip to the United Nations was so cool! What a great culminating event for this year’s theme of “Passport Around the World.” Can’t believe it’s Week 6 already next week! We are off to South America for our final week at camp—the fun isn’t over yet!

27 Jul

Adventures Group 3

This week Group 3 had a wonderful time exploring the continent of Africa. Children  were able to learn about the amazing natural resources of this land and all it can be used for. Campers created drums, artwork, and fishing poles that are often made with natural materials. The trip to the United Nations allowed Group 3 to see why it is important to preserve these resources and how working together with other countries is effective. Group 3 didn’t want to leave Africa but we are taking off to travel to one more continent during Week 6!

27 Jul

Adventures Group 5

Africa is a continent rich in resources and holds the world’s longest river, the Nile.  We learned about this continent by reading A True Book – Africa by Mel Friedman, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs, and Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin.  The students used their weaving skills to create paper kente cloth and colorful necklaces similar to those worn in Africa. Everyone learned about the importance of using our resources respectful, so resources will be available for years to come.  During siesta we are entering a fantasy world with James while reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

27 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of  maps of Africa this week. They created their own physical map which featured a 3-D pyramid, complete with a pyramid blueprint!  The main focus for the week in group six was researching and creating a presentation about one of Africa’s animals. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class.   Their presentations were Amazing!

27 Jul

Art (Discoveries)

Week 5: Africa

  • African drum and rattle
  • Lion mask
  • Mini walking sticks
  • Handprint flamingo
  • African necklace

 

During week five we focused African-inspired crafts and animals with projects that offer an array of sensory exploration, skills practice, and cognitive development through planning and problem solving.

Art projects…

Each child had the opportunity to learn and build on important skills for preschool and Kindergarten participation. They could learn and practice:

  • Fine motor skills with detailed drawing and coloring, tearing/cutting tape
  • Gross motor skills to rotate, not shake, the rattle so the beads swing; hold a round or irregular object while working with the surface
  • Proper scissor handling and cutting techniques
  • Hand-eye coordination and focus to place objects and thread beads
  • Planning skills in gathering materials to complete projects and the order in which they should be applied
  • Problem-solving skills to connect materials, keep beads from falling off, repair pieces that were initially unsuccessful

We had a roaring good time!

This week, all of the children got to be lions. Holding the mask up to their own face to pretend to be a lion, holding it up to your face to see you as a lion, and looking at the mask and making the lion roar back at them are all ways your child can learn to put themselves in others’ shoes. (And they love to peek behind and make sure it’s still you back there!) In the making of the masks, some children learned about symmetry and perfected details of their lion’s features. Others sharpened their observational skills and learned proper placement of features.

Our drum and necklace projects included discussions about shapes and patterns. Although only some children are at an age to practice patterning, it is important to provide awareness and observation as they develop.

The children also had the opportunity for sensory exploration. Based on the tradition of decorating tribal walking sticks with colorful patterned beads, they handled sticks (real sticks from actual trees which amazed them) with various textures and shapes, chose loose and drapey yarn, fuzzy yet stiff pipe cleaners, and small smooth beads. They also got their hands gooey and experienced direct printmaking with their handprint flamingo.

Confidence Grows with Accomplishment!
This week, we prioritized instilling confidence in one’s own abilities. While instruction and guidance was given, each child was encouraged to complete, or at least attempt, as much of the projects as they could with as little help as possible. It was wonderful to see their skills raised to the next level, the amount of focus they could apply when needed, and the look of joy on their faces when they realized they CAN accomplish a task on their own.

27 Jul

Sound of Music

This week in music, Discoveries campers explored their singing voices, learned about some drums from Africa and moved to music. Adventures campers learned about different instruments from Africa, learned a couple folk songs from Ghana and tried some African drumming.

27 Jul

Yoga

Namaste Yoga  – Week 5 – Meditation and relaxation

Hello families! This week in Yoga we worked on relaxation

Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. In class this week, I tried giving younger kids something to do as they rested on their mats to help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite place, color or toy. Older kids sometimes found it easier to rest with less structure.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you

Ms. Madison

27 Jul

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Adventures Students
Spanish/Drama
This week we continued to travel and landed on the continent of Africa. We talked about the countries that make up this big continent. We read a book called “El Leon Remolon”. It was about African animals, what they eat and the sounds they make. For Drama we played animal charades where we acted out the animals and the other students had to guess who you were.

Cooking 

In Cooking; West Africa was our destination and it was enjoyed by all. We learn all about the Plantain/Platanos. We peeled, cut, seasoned and cooked and made an avocado cream sauce that was delicious. We also discovered that every continent has a fried dough and a stuff dough. We made Mandazzi a fried dough that is eaten throughout Africa and is similar, but better than the doughnuts in America. In keeping with our theme, students learned about fruits that are grown and eaten in Africa. Paletas have been a hit for the kids so we made a “Purple Cow Smoothie” that would later become Paletas. Also, Papaya, Banana, Mango and Coconut.

Discoveries Students
Spanish/ Drama:
This week we continued to travel and landed on the continent of Africa. We talked about the countries that make up this big continent. We read a book called “El Leon Remolon”. It was about African animals, what they eat and the sounds they make. For Drama we played animal charades where we acted out the animals and the other students had to guess who you were.

Cooking:

In cooking we travelled to Africa and explored the West African cuisine. We made monkey
bread In keeping with our theme, students learned about fruits that are grown and eaten in
Africa. Paletas have been a hit for the kids so we made a “Purple Cow Smoothie” that would later become Paletas. Also, Papaya, Banana, Mango and Coconut.

27 Jul

Exploratorium

This week the campers in the Exploratorium will investigate gravity and flight with experiments using water and air. Some campers may use tools to make useful items and others may make bird feeders and watch birds through binoculars. Other campers may choose to build transportation structures  with Lego’s, or to see which model paper airplane will fly the farthest. In the Exploratorium the campers have the materials and equipment available to explore the world of science around them with hands-on activities and choose investigations from the wide selection available using common household materials.

06 Jul

Summer Notes Week 2

 


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Summer Notes Week 2

This week our D-E 360° Summer Connections Enrichment campers enjoyed Krav Magra, a Balloon Rocket Car STEM Competition, Body Knitting, and so much more! Some of our Immersive campers learned how to build their own code in Coding with Raspberry Pi !

Our Scholars continued to bolster their skills in their “ABCs” (Algebra; Biology; Chemistry) — just a few of the credit-earning courses that are offered for students who want to make the most of their summer break.

Enjoy our Week 2 video – click here

Looking forward to next week when we host STEM Institute… led by Trevor Shaw, Dwight-Englewood School’s Director of Technology Services, this workshop will engage teachers and administrators in makerspace, coding, and other hands-on STEM learning opportunities.

Hungry? Click here for our Enrichment/Scholars/Immersives Week 3 (July 9 – 13) Menu!

For Week 3 (July 9-July 13) Enrichment, Scholars and Immersive Programs – Building Assignments and Classroom Numbers can be found by clicking here.

Discoveries & Adventures Program Highlights

  • Click here for our Discoveries Week 3 (July 9 – 13) Schedule
  • Click here for our Adventures Week 3 (July 9 – 13) Schedule
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Week 2 in Review

Welcome to the land “Down Under”! Australia is a fun country to explore with its beautiful colors, unique languages and interesting animals. What better way to learn about animals than to see them in real life? Read More

Red Discoveries

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group traveled across the world and all the way to Australia. Read More

Yellow Discoveries

G´Day Mate!  The Yellow Group had a blast hopping on the plane and traveling to Australia to explore all the different animals and their habitats.  Read More

Blue Discoveries

Our arrival in Australia started with with a quick lesson about the people and characteristics common to this area of the world. Read More

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 learned about the beautiful animals that make their home in Australia.  We brainstormed a long list of various land and water creatures. Read More

Adventures Group 2

G’ Day, Mates! After welcoming the newest campers to our class, Group 2 spent the week learning about the land “Down Under.” Read More

Adventures Group 3

This week Group 3 had a wonderful time down under! Children were able to explore the habitats of kangaroos and koalas. Read More

Adventures Group 4

What an exciting week! We loved traveling down under to Australia. Read More

Adventures Group 5

Throughout Week 2 we learning about all the unique & amazing Australian animals and landscape. Read More

Adventures Group 6

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

Art

Campers had a blast this week learning about Australia!  Read More

Music

This week in Discoveries, we listened to music, sang songs, and learned about instruments and folk songs from Australia! Read More

Bodies in Motion

In honor of Australia we learned and played games that involved cooperation and body awareness.Read More

Yoga

Namaste & Hello Families! Welcome to Week 2 in Yoga. This week we worked on body awareness. Read More

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

This week we traveled to the continent of Australia and discovered many foods eaten by the children of Australia. Read More

Exploratorium

In the Exploratorium our Discoveries & Adventures campers all have a choice of experiments that let them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. Read More

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06 Jul

Welcome to the land “Down Under”!

Australia is a fun country to explore with its beautiful colors, unique languages and interesting animals. What better way to learn about animals than to see them in real life?

Turtle Back Zoo came to visit our Discoveries Campers with a presentation about animals and how they protect themselves in different environments!  The zoo brought in various artifacts for the campers to explore, such as feathers, snake skin, owl pellets and turtle shells. The children had an up-close meeting with a few of Turtle Back Zoo’s animal ambassadors.  Discoveries had such an amazing time in Australia!

Adventures became Australian globetrotters this week.  Campers explored the continent by learning about the animals and people that call Australia home.  Throughout the week, the importance of conservation was discussed and on Thursday they went to the Bronx Zoo in New York City, where they took a guided tour that focused on animal adaptation!  The visit to the children’s zoo was enjoyed and the sea lions, giraffes, rhinos, and prairie dogs were amongst the campers’ favorites!

Get your passports and suitcases ready!   Shortly, our plane will be boarding for our next stop, Asia!

06 Jul

Yellow Discoveries

G´Day Mate!  The Yellow Group had a blast hopping on the plane and traveling to Australia to explore all the different animals and their habitats.  They were engaged in learning and researching facts on the tablet, reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, and making crafts of Australiaś native animals:  the kangaroo, koala, echidna, and wombat. They explored “see, think, and wonder” activities in our hands on sensory center buffet which included water beads and sand.  We also enjoyed using blue and green tissue paper to fill in the land for Australia and itś surrounding waters on our collaborative world map. The campers were delighted to receive another stamp in their passports…up next, a taste of Asia!

06 Jul

Blue Discoveries

Our arrival in Australia started with with a quick lesson about the people and characteristics common to this area of the world. As part of this new learning, we noticed how the world is divided into halves (called hemispheres) and that we can use a compass rose to identify areas of the world that are north, south, east, and west of where we live in the United States.

We practiced singing the classic Australian song, “Kookaburra,” and explored animals native to this continent. Learning about kangaroos was a particular favorite! We even created our own kangaroo, complete with a pouch for her baby. In terms of literacy, we practiced our reading fluency using poetry and nursery rhymes. Then, we applied what we learned about  flow to our read-aloud. Students were then able to play a rhyming game to identify words that match as we prepared to dictate sentences that have rhythm. When all was said and done, we had quite a bit of fun down under!

06 Jul

Red Discoveries

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group traveled across the world and all the way to Australia. Throughout our adventure, we learned about different animal species that can be found in Australia, such as koalas, kangaroos, and kookaburras. Our friends studied interesting facts about these fascinating animals, sang songs about them, and worked on art projects to create koalas and kangaroos with their joeys. We also had the opportunity to celebrate Theme Thursday by bringing in our own stuffed animal. We had so much fun sharing about our stuffed animals’ names and why they are so special to us. We hope you enjoyed Fourth of July with your family and friends! We are so excited to travel to Asia next week. See you there!