20 Jul

Adventures Group 1

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!

20 Jul

Adventures Group 2

Bonjour! Group 2 spent the week learning about European architecture and art. We made Monet-style water lilies, and sunflowers like Van Gogh. Students learned about the Eiffel Tower as well. On Wednesday, we explored the Met and saw artwork by both of these artists in real
Life!

On another note, it was nice to see so many parents last week at our Meet and Greet. Thank you for coming! Next week, we are off to Africa.

20 Jul

Adventures Group 3

Europe is well known for its historical architect. This week Group Three had fun exploring these sculptures through text, media, and art. Campers learner about Big Ben and created their own Eiffel Tower. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they were able the explore creations from around the world. Children were able to compare and contrast different forms of architectural design. Week 4 in Europe was a blast, can’t to travel again next week!

20 Jul

Adventures Group 5

Europe has many famous structures and artwork to observe and research.  Together we learned about the art and architecture of Europe by reading: Art is… by Bob Raczka, Young Frank Architect by Frank Viva, 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roader, Adventure Homes by Gerry Bailey, and Buildings by Karen Hosack.  We watched the movie From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler so when we visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art we could track Claudia and Jamie’s journey through the museum.  Group 5 architects explored their creativity by designing their own structures and artwork.  We continue to learn about the importance of standing by your friends and always being kind as we are reading Wonder.

20 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of maps of Europe this week. The main focus for group six was researching and then creating a presentation about one of Europe’s famous landmarks on Keynote. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class. Their presentations were terrific!

13 Jul

Welcome to the rich and diverse continent of Asia!

Discoveries and Adventures enjoyed traveling to Asia as part of their fabulous study of the continents of the world.

Discoveries’ amazing journey through Asia included trying new foods, learning the flags, discovering the animals, experiencing the culture, and so much more. They ended the study of Asia by learning how to make origami crafts, which is the art of paper folding often associated with Japanese culture.  The Discoveries campers had a great time visiting Asia, the largest continent on Earth.

Adventures trekked through Asia this week, exploring the cultural traditions, food, and economies of the various countries that call the continent home. This exploration was enhanced on Wednesday when our campers took a trip to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, where they learned about Himalayan culture with a tour of the museum and a workshop on making their own mandalas!

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

13 Jul

Adventures Group 1

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!

13 Jul

Adventures Group 2

Greetings from Group 2 in Asia! We spent the week learning about the largest continent and the many countries that make up Asia. Students learned the basics of economics–needs and wants, money, and trade.  Our field trip on Wednesday to the Rubin Museum was great! We saw lots of buddhist art and had fun making mandalas. On Friday, students welcomed their parents into our classroom and showed off all that we’ve been working on. Next week, we are headed to Europe!

13 Jul

Adventures Group 3

Traveling to Asia was a blast for Group 3. Students enjoyed learning about different money from various areas of the continent and creating their own person dollar bill. Group 3 explored the development of trade, exchange, and making a purchase. We discussed earning money and the difference between purchasing goods or services. By reading “Mr. Lucky Straw”, students were able to retell the characters journey of trade and also learn how important kindness and generosity is. The field trip to the Rubin Museum was an amazing experience including the tour and the hands-on workshop where students created their very own mandala. Special thank you to the families who sent in activities for your child to share about Asia. We look forward to the classroom visit on Friday! There is always great learning and fun when traveling with Group 3. Let’s see where Week 4 will take us!

13 Jul

Adventures Group 5

Asia is filled with a rich and colorful history which we learned more about through reading and research.  As few of the picture books we read together are: A True Book: Asia  by Gary Drevitch, The Trip Back Home by Janet S. Wong, We’re Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road by Laurie Krebs, The Great Wall by Elizabeth Mann, and Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein. The students made paper lanterns to led them to happiness, ornamental fans to stay “cool,” mini tea cups for a delicious sip of tea, and dragons symbolizing power, strength, and good luck.  As we read Wonder during siesta we are continuing to learn the importance of building respectful relationships with our families and friends.

13 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Members of group six worked on physical maps of Asia. They also researched and graphed the five highest peaks in the world which are all found in Asia.  The week’s research culminated in the presentation of students’ original iPad slideshows covering many different aspects of the continent.

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

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. 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.

06 Jul

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.” We learned about Australia’s geography and the animals that live there. Thursday’s trip to the Bronx Zoo reminded us that we need to do our part to help conserve ALL of our planet’s beautiful creatures.
Next week, we’re off to Asia!

06 Jul

Adventures Group 3

This week Group 3 had a wonderful time down under! Children were able to explore the habitats of kangaroos and koalas. Learning new facts about each animal and creating masks were so much fun. Group 3 was amazed to discover the history of boomerangs. They designed a paper boomerang with so much flare! The group also discussed language and practiced their names in Aussie Sign Language. The trip to the Bronx Zoo was the highlight of the week. The guided tour provided students with a small informative adventure. Traveling to each animal and learning interesting facts made Group 3 smile. Giraffes, fish, birds, monkeys, bears, and reptiles are just a few of the animals observed. Group 3’s passport stamp to Australia was well deserved. Can’t wait to travel again during Week 3!

06 Jul

Adventures Group 5

Throughout Week 2 we learning about all the unique & amazing Australian animals and landscape.  We read the following picture books: Australian Animals by Caroline Arnold, Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields, and Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein. Pointillism, artwork using tiny dots with various colors, was used to create pictures of animals and scenes of Australia.  Colorful scrapbook paper was used to design prints of Australian animals. During siesta we are continuing to follow August in Wonder as we learn to always stand by your friends and classmates.

06 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group 6 explored several different types of  maps of Australia this week. Children also chose one of Australia’s unique animals and became the class expert on their animal through on-line research.  They used iPads to create a slideshow about their animal and then presented it to the rest of the class. They all did an amazing job!

29 Jun

Music

This week in music, Discoveries listened to songs like This Land Is Your Land, explored their singing voices, and played some instruments!

This week in music, Adventures sang songs like This Land Is Your Land, learned about traditional North American instruments and folk music, and did listening activities to  patriotic music.