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

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.

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

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.