WOW! What a wonderful Week 6 with D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC)!
Below are highlights from just a few Enrichment and Immersive programs offered to campers this past week. Feeling “fantastical”? Catch up with our Discoveries, Adventures, and Junior Day Camp. Our youngest campers enjoyed “Our Fantasy World” and participating in a “Fantastical Faire”– the culmination of their six weeks of exploration into our “Keys to Different Worlds” theme this Summer 2019!
With Week 6 now wrapped-up, Summer 2019 has now officially ended at D-E 360° SC. Looking back over the past six weeks, 600+ campers — along with more than 200 energized and engaged SC faculty and staff — actively engaged in the arts, athletics, business entrepreneurship, cooking, leadership, STEM, and so many other areas. Together we had a myriad of memorable experiences, formed new friendships, and, of course, made the most of opportunities to “Learn Boldly.”
We are grateful to ALL our campers, their families, and everyone who helped make Summer 2019 a success! We also invite you to visit us in the coming months to continue to learn how D-E 360° provides new opportunities to “Learn Boldly”! Enrichment Workshop weekends and chess tournaments are just a few upcoming programs arriving on the D-E campus in Fall 2019. To learn more in the coming weeks and months, visit us at https://de360.d-e.org/, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-227-3144. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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It’s hard to believe this is our last week of camp. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. This summer had many memorable moments, and we are grateful we got to share and create them with your children. We have played, learned, laughed and grown together for the last six weeks. We opened the doors to many different learning experiences and our last week was nothing less than magical. The campers had an amazing time at the Fantastical Faire and were blown away by the magic show. They also enjoyed showing their families their classroom and some of their favorite classes, such as Exploratorium, Art and Spanish/Drama.
To sum it all up, we had an amazing summer! We want to thank you for the trust you place in us, and for being a part of our Adventures, Discoveries and Junior Day camp family. We can’t wait to have you back again next year. Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a great upcoming school year. We will truly miss all of our Adventures, Discoveries and Junior Day campers.
Lisa & Stacy
What a magical way to end our time together in Discoveries! The Red Group stepped into and explored our fantasy world as we experienced and lived through the fairy tales with our friends. We had an enchanting time listening to read alouds and telling the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. One of our favorite moments this week was acting out the characters and storyline of the fairy tales, especially The Three Little Pigs. Our friends learned the meaning of collaboration and communication as they worked as a team and explored their creative minds to build a beautiful Red Group Castle with blocks and manipulatives. Most of all, we had so much fun while learning, growing, and celebrating our last week together. We created so many amazing memories in Discoveries, and we are grateful for our families and friends for allowing us to be a part of this special summer!
The Yellow Group had a great last week at camp! We dove into the world of fairy tales this week and had a magical time. We read many different versions of fairy tales that we already knew like a worldwide Cinderella, 3 little aliens, and a version of Little a Red Riding Hood with a big bad Lion! We examined these stories and noticed what we recognized and what was different from the original fairy tales. We made Strega Nona inspired pasta necklaces and built castles out of blocks. We also spent time acting our fairy tales! We loved getting to show our families around the camp on Wednesday!
The Blue Group entered a week that was filled with music, magic, and majesty! Our final week’s theme was Our Fantasy World. The campers enjoyed listening to read alouds of classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This theme allowed for plenty of opportunities for the campers to enhance their literary skills. The campers practiced sequencing stories by ordering pictures of scenes from familiar fairy tales on story strips. The Blue Group also got a taste of Greek mythology by watching the movie Hercules. The campers had a lot of fun making fairy tale crafts including a mirror from Snow White, houses from the Three Little Pigs, fairy paper dolls, and a gingerbread person. It has been a joy working with your campers, and we hope you have a great rest of the summer!
Campers were immersed in fairytales and fantasy world! We listened to the story Jack and the Beanstalk and created our own group beanstalk including pictures of campers climbing it! We painted royal portraits of ourselves which included crowns, gowns, jewels and special royal clothing! We read The Gruffalo and made mythical Gruffalos. The Fantastical Faire was so much fun. We made crowns fit for royals. We built houses that the big bad wolf couldn’t knock down! Thank you for sharing your children with us! We had a blast on our adventures this summer!
This week Group 2 explored the fantasy world by reading Fables, Tall Tales, and Fairy Tales. We learned about the unique features of each and wrote our own fables. We shared our stories and our wonderful illustrations with each other. We also made summer memory books that I hope your campers will read to you. It has been a pleasure sharing the summer with your children! We had an amazing time on our summer adventure to different worlds!
This week Group 3 had a magical time exploring fantasy world. Students read several fairy tales and learned about characters while acting them out. They created a mythical kingdom with magical dragons and unicorns as well as puppets. During the Fantastical Faire, parents and students completed the Humpty Dumpty Challenge where they created a force field to protect Humpty during the fall. The faces of each family working together and having fun was priceless. Thank you Group 3 for a fabulous final week!
Wow! What an amazing week. We opened our final door to the World of Fantasy and Fairy Tales!
Group 4 loved learning all about the structure of what makes a Fairy Tale!
Make sure to check out our own Fairy Tale Characters, The Fantastical Unicorn, The Evil Villain Dragon, and The Magical Fairy Godmother 🧚🏽♀️!!
Thank You for an Amazing Summer!
Group 5 explored the genres of fairy tale, fantasy, and myth by reading the following picture books. The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Leo and Diane Dillion, Lon Po Po by Ed Young, Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas, The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen, and The Trojan Horse by Warwick Hutton. We created our own Trojan Horses, painted a frog prince, and designed Greek vases. Together we created our own version of Three Little Pigs” using a Mad Libs to guide us. During siesta we read the book Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson.
This week, Group Six explored “Fantasies” by reading several books, engaging in focused discussions, and completing follow-up activities. After defining “fantasy” as anything involving a strong sense of imagination, Group Six applied this definition to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Everyone in Group 6 created their own monster inspired by Sendak’s Wild Things.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and several Dr. Seuss stories were read and also discussed. Group six visited the Medieval Times, reading Saint George and the Dragon. Then, they created some amazing dragons of their own out of Play-doh, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper. All in all, it was a magical week to end our summer program.
This week, campers used patterns, shapes and colors to make castles in watercolor and collage. They also made autograph books to celebrate their friendships from this summer. Campers also created their own stories which they drew in markers. We discussed characters, settings, beginning, middle and end.
This week in Bodies in Motion, our Discoveries and Adventures campers had a magical time exploring many engaging activities and cooperative games that supported their exploration and experiences with fairy tales. The students collaborated with one another, using effective communication while racing around the gym during our obstacle course relay race. It was great to see our friends using encouraging words and cheering on one another as they completed the relays. The students worked together to use different creative strategies when participating during our Wizards, Giants, and Elves game. Our friends also worked closely together to create miniature huts out of hula hoops as they participated in The Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf game! We are so grateful for all of the wonderful memories we made in Bodies one Motion this summer!
A systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation and positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.
It has been a pleasure to have spent the summer with your children. We have learned about Yoga and how it benefits everyone! Have a great summer and remember to…
In the Exploratorium the Campers have a choice of experiments and a variety of equipment that lets them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. This week the campers explored the world of magic when they dissected an owl pellet to find skulls and bones. Some campers used both natural and man-made materials to build architectural model of castles. The campers had fun exploring the materials with their friends and often encouraged each other to try new projects. A few campers even built box fans made out of styrofoam with hidden wires and switches, and others made mini personal fans that switched on and off.
Week 5 was alive with energy at D-E 360° Summer Connections 2019, thanks to thoughtful initiatives linked to Camp Kindness Day (celebrated on July 25); exciting hands-on Enrichment offerings such as Cut N Sew, Delectable Desserts; Fiesta Mexicana; and Investigative Reporting, to name a few; and special space system- and future-minded programs for our youngest campers as they opened doorways to “The World Beyond” (see below for details).
Through the Enrichment Program at D-E 360° Summer Connections, campers have the opportunity to choose classes from a wide variety of options. Some classes are all-day Immersives, where campers are given an in-depth experience like no other in a specialty of their choice. For campers looking for more variety in their day, they are able to pick three classes with roots in athletics, arts, or STEM.
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3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF! What a wonderful week we had! The Adventures Campers began the week by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. They learned about the moon, its characteristics, and phases, as well as, the planets in our solar system and the important role astronauts play. Our campers also visited the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York where they enjoyed creating and launching rockets and attending a planetarium show. What a BLAST they had learning all about space.
The Discoveries and Junior Campers soared to new heights as they explored the world beyond. They engaged in various activities around planets, stars, the moon, astronauts, and much more. Our campers were honored to have a visit from Laura Jean Checki, a Science Education and Public Outreach Specialist. As an ambassador for NASA, Laura shared her wealth of knowledge with campers. The kids participated in an experiment with ultraviolet (UV) light-sensitive beads, which are generally white but turn colors when exposed to UV light. After the presentation, the campers learned so much about our sun and solar system. The campers were over the moon learning about space exploration.
We are looking forward to next week as we open the doors to Our Fantasy World.
This week in Discoveries, the Red Group had a blast learning all about space and our solar system! During our space exploration, our friends discovered that the sun is in the center of our family of planets. We learned about the planets in our solar system, such as that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and facts about earth. Our adventure then allowed us to land on the Moon. Through read alouds and discovery, our friends learned that the Moon has holes called craters, and it orbits the Earth. Our little astronauts were most excited to share and talk about gravity. Next week, we will enter the magical world of fairy tales, magic, and myths!
The yellow group had an “outta this world” week! We examined pictures of nebulas and planets and noticed how colorful they are. We used that for inspiration in creating our own nebulas and planets. Constellations were also part of the theme this week, and we read some of the stories behind the constellations and created and named our own! We learned about the cycle of the moon and made our own puffy paint to paint some moons of our own. We also learned about astronaut Mae Jemison and completed some astronaut training! We are excited for a great week six exploring the world of myths and fairy tales!
This week, our mission was to explore Our World Beyond. Faster than we could count “…five …four …three …two …one,” the Blue Group left Earth and traveled to the International Space Station (I.S.S.). Upon arrival at the I.S.S., the campers went on a virtual tour of the space station. Next, the campers orbited further into outer space and learned more about the solar system, spacecrafts, and galaxies.
Back on Earth, we recreated our favorite planet. One of our math activities was making a bar graph of different space objects that we counted. We took another virtual field trip and took a direct route to the moon. Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus was our personal tour guide. The blue group finished out the week by coming to school dressed as our favorite superheroes. We are looking forward to exploring Our Fantasy World next week.