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!
Campers embraced Our World Beyond as they learned about the planets and created their planet in a galaxy far away. The planets have characteristics of the planets in the solar system, as well as some unique qualities.
We made alien headbands and learned an alien dance. Some campers invented an alien language and added words to their headbands.
We learned about constellations and had an opportunity to stargaze with our handmade telescopes. We enjoyed the planetarium at The Hudson Museum as this further developed our understanding of the world beyond.
This week Group 1 opened the door into Our Future World! As a group, we looked into what coding is and made our own coding bracelets for our friends to figure out what secret message they made with beads. We also created our own robots and found out how helpful robots are to humans. Each of our campers named their robots which brought out their creative side. Lastly our campers, learned about innovation and ways we can create our own ideas. Group one worked in teams building their own bridges with the use of popsicle sticks and cups. Group 1 had a fantastic week in our future world! We are looking forward to next week when we open the door to Our World Beyond!
Group 1 campers were excited to see old friends and eager to make new friends! We embraced this weeks theme of Our World Before. Campers imagined what it would be like if the dinosaurs came back as we listened to a read aloud by Bernard Most of the book If the dinosaurs came back. We created a group book with the same title; the campers had terrific ideas about what life would be like if dinosaurs roamed our earth. We became paleontologists as we searched the camp room for dinosaur bones with a partner and had to piece the bones together like a puzzle to create a T-Rex. Campers were all smiles as they worked together. We used Model Magic to design replicas of dinosaurs and sang songs about our creations.
Group 1 kicked off the week learning about bears and raccoons. We watched two short videos about the various types of bears and learned many facts about bears. We discussed the differences between fiction and non-fiction as we looked through several bear and raccoon books. We crafted a bear face and a raccoon mask. We sang songs about the animals as we prepared ourselves for the field trip to the Bronx Zoo. Campers enjoyed creating Fourth of July Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottles!
Week 1 has led campers to new friendships as they engaged in fun activities while getting to know each other. We worked together to make roadways and buildings from recycled materials to create a moveable city as we embraced the week’s theme of transportation and structures. The campers had a blast each day recreating the roads and repositioning the buildings to design unique cities as they played with the land, sea, and air vehicles. We listened to the story The Little Red Lighthouse And The Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward. This story taught us that lighthouses are structures that are important for boat safety. Campers designed boats and made lighthouses to protect their vehicles. It put a smile on my face to see the children play games with one another throughout the week and hear their laughter as they were genuinely enjoying themselves and each other.
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!
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.
Group 1 traveled through the many countries of Europe. Our first stop was France. Most campers were excited to learn about France since they won the World Cup. We created Eiffel Towers and learned fun facts about this amazing structure. Our next stop was Greece where campers learned about the Parthenon. This stone structure was designed to be a temple for the Greek goddess Athena. We then learned about the Italian culture and history. It has been a blast traveling through Europe with your children!
Group 1 welcomed new campers this week. We are having a great time and making lots of new friends!
We learned the differences between the American Dollar, the Korean Won and the Chinese Yuan. Campers created their own world money in various denominations and colors.
Group 1 learned about imports and exports of goods around the world. Campers decided what their product would be and how it would be delivered; air freight versus cargo (ship) freight. They considered four factors: cost, speed, reliability and environmental impact. Most campers picked the need for speed and decided to use air freight!
Group 1 learned about the beautiful animals that make their home in Australia. We brainstormed a long list of various land and water creatures. The adults had fun researching and learning alongside the campers. We read lots of fiction and non-fiction animal books. Some favorites were Edward the Emu, Possum Magic and Top to Bottom Down Under.
We created emus and learned that they can only be found in Australia. We learned how to draw a kookaburra, platypus, kangaroo, wombat and koala through step-by-step demonstrations. Their animals looked amazing! The campers drew forest and woodland habitats and then collaged their animals onto their creations. The final result looked wonderful.
Group 1 campers engaged in fun greetings with one another as we began to learn each other’s names. We had a blast getting to know each other and the children were smiling as they moved from class to class.
We learned about national landmarks through a Time For Kids magazine. Each child received their very own magazine and were encouraged to explore the U.S.A. through colorful illustrations. We watched a Let’s Find Out video about American symbols which helped connect the information discussed with the campers.
Group 1 campers were fascinated by facts about the bald eagle. We read non-fiction books and created eagles by tracing each child’s foot for the body and hands for the wings.
by Ms. Kate Augustus
- During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 1 campers will learn more about the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio that will start this weekend! We will watch clips from the Opening Ceremony and discuss which countries are participating.
- In addition, campers will explore the sporting events that will take place and the athletes that will compete for the gold for Team USA!
by Ms. Kate Augustus
Exploring Future Olympic Games!
- During the week of August 1, our Adventures Group 1 campers will explore both the Paralympics and the winter Olympics!
- We also look forward to learning about when and where future Olympics will take place, and the different athletes and events that will be involved.
by Mrs. Tricia Fiore
Athletes, Flags, All Around the World!
- During the week of July 25, our Adventures: Group 1 campers will explore the continents by learning specifically about Olympics athletes from these areas, and their traditions.
- We also look forward to exploring the colors, designs and symbols of various flags from countries within the continents of Africa, Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia.
by Mrs. Tricia Fiore
Campers Search for Inspiration!
- During the week of July 18 our Adventures: Group 1 campers will learn about supreme athletes and what it takes to be an Olympian, including hearing about inspirational stories about famous athletes, and thinking and discussing what inspires them!
- We also will be preparing for the Showcase on Friday, July 22, which will demonstrate what we have learned and continue to learn about Olympic traditions.
by Mrs. Tricia Fiore
- During the week of July 11, our Adventures: Group 1 campers will learn all about the history of the Olympics and the culture and life of ancient Greece, by creating “parthenons” with various arts and crafts materials.
- Our campers will also be learning all about Greek gods and goddesses, through the telling of stories from Greek mythology!
by Mrs. Tricia Fiore:
Campers immerse in Brazilian culture!
Next week we look forward to the following:
- Learning about the traditions of Rio de Janiero, which include: Carnaval, Reveillon, Candomble
- Creating an Olympic architectural playground
by Mrs. Simone` Aynilian:
Olympics Skills Challenge this week to kick off our summer!
- Activities, challenges, games. Leadership, sportsmanship, team spirit on Leggett Field.
- Trip to High Exposure Action Adventure on Wednesday, June 29. Sporting facility with obstacles high off and low to the ground. Builds strength and courage and develops friendship and teamwork. Online waiver must be filled out in order for campers to participate. https://app.rockgympro.com/tablet/highexposureclimbing
- Theme Thursday: Thursday, June 30- Culture Day! Wear something to show your pride for your culture or heritage!
by Ms. Amanda Wilson
Adventures in art await!
- Campers will learn about line, shape, color and symbols in art.
- They will create an Olympics ring poster with printmaking techniques and paint.
- They will also make an art journal; which they will work on the weeks they are here.
- They will be using washable paint the first two weeks they are here. Make sure they are wearing suitable clothing.