Together we learned about dinosaurs when reading the following picture books: Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins, Oh say can you say Di-no-saur? By Bonnie Worth, Born to Be Giants by Lita Judge, and Everything you need to know about Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures by DK Smithsonian. We conducted prehistoric experiments shared by Bill Nye the science guy in his book Great Big Dinosaur Dig. Just as paleontologists hunt for fossils, together we discovered bones of a dinosaur in our own archaeological site and put a skeleton back together bone by bone. We practiced our estimating by predicting how many of our footprint would fit into a three foot long dinosaur print. During siesta we are relaxing and listening to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Did you know that a totem pole with wings extending from its sides is a sign that “all are welcome”? Group Six learned this fact and the symbolic significance of many of the animals and colors used by the Northwestern Native Americans to create their totem poles. Original totem poles were designed by each member of Group Six with their own unique story and symbolic meaning. They continued the weeks theme of ancient times by discussing the life and some of the beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. With this knowledge, students then used their map skills to create their own 3-D Ancient Egyptian map. In addition, there were a few students who were so inspired by the dinosaur exhibit from our trip to the Museum of Natural History that they crafted their own dinosaur skeleton model out of pasta! Great job Group Six!
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!
Believe me, I’m not “LION”…Group 2 is WILD and CRAZY…about Animals!
We had a short but fun week, meeting four new campers and exploring Our Natural World: Plants and Animals. We learned about mammals and their characteristics, with a special focus on lions. Our trip to the Bronx Zoo on Wednesday was a nice culmination of this week’s unit.
Happy 4th of July to Group 2 campers and their families! Enjoy the long weekend and see you on Monday when we’ll open the doorway to Our World Before: Prehistory, Dinosaurs, and Ancient Worlds. Hey, that reminds me of a joke: What do you call a dinosaur that eats fireworks? A Dino-mite!
Group 2 Teacher
This week Group 3 explored Our Natural World with literacy, language, and crafts. We discussed how animals protect themselves and researched sea creatures. Students also learned how to sign various plants and animals in American Sign Language. In preparation of the upcoming holiday, students reviewed U.S. symbols. They each created a patriotic pinwheel of their own. Week 2 was another one in the record books, full of fun and learning for Group 3!
What an exciting week. Our next key opened the door to the majestic world or plants and animals. Group 4 loved learning all about Pandas! Make sure to check out our amazing artwork, Our Mixed Media Pandas are sure to be crowd pleaser.
We learned about unique animals around the globe through reading When Lunch Fights Back Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson, Masters of Disguise Amazing Animal Tricksters by Rebecca L. Johnson, and Electric Animals by Natalie Lunis. Each adventurer designed a blueprint for their own zoo using perimeter, area, and critical thinking.
Group Six had a great week exploring all different types of animals. Discussions involved animals ranging from cute, populous bunnies to ferocious, endangered white tigers. Topic themes included “nocturnal” animals, “herbivore”/“carnivores”, endangered”/“extinct” animals, and even “echolocation” (how bats locate their prey!)
Their vast animal knowledge was then used to create “silhouette word animals”. IPads and “Keynote” were used to help with all of the silhouette graphics. Students designed an image of an animal using descriptive words and the terms used to classify that particular animal. Everyone did a great job!
Introduction from Director Lisa Brown and Assistant Director Stacey Carella
With keycards in hand, Camp Discoveries and Adventures became explorers of Our World Today, during Week 1 of SC 2019. As a camp, we celebrated themes of transportation and structures by wearing community worker hats on Theme Thursday. Many classes explored structures by studying skyscrapers, constructing bridges and pyramids, and learning about famous and historic places like ziggurats and the Empire State Building.
This week our Discoveries and Junior Day campers explored the world of Transportation and Structures. The children LOVED playing with all kinds of vehicles, such as cars, trains, and airplanes, just to name a few! Our campers even had a special visit from the Englewood Fire Department. The children were able to see a firefighter in his full gear, use the firehose, climb aboard and take a tour of the firetruck.
Campers in Adventures had a wonderful time at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, New Jersey where they took a guided tour through an actual home built by an early twentieth-century designer, Gustav Stickley! They were amazed that the home was made with stones and logs and were fascinated that Mr. Stickley made all of his own furniture. Each camper created a mosaic to decorate their own homes!
Click here to read SC 2019 Week 1 Updates from each of our Discoveries and Adventures Groups. VROOM, VROOM, VROOM our first week of camp sped by and what an exciting week it was!
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.
All aboooooard! Destination? We’re headed for some summer fun! Adventures Group 2 had a great first week as campers explored Our World Today: transportation and structures. We learned about air, land, and sea transport and created a 3D map. Students also worked in teams to create the tallest structure they could using only plastic cups or straw builders for a STEM challenge. At the Stickley Museum, the boys and girls learned about Craftsman-style houses and furniture, and they really enjoyed making a clay tile as a souvenir. Next week (for Week 2) we will explore Our Natural World: plants and animals. Looking forward to a short but fun week!
Group 3 had a blast using their creative keys to open new doors of exploration. While making new friends, student learned about how transportation has changed over time. They created artwork using cars that they painted. Student also learned how to express various transportation and community worker names in American sign language. At Stickley Museum, students gained knowledge about various structures and how techniques have changed over time. While touring the house of Gustav Stickley, students viewed handmade future while transported back into the year of 1911. They enjoyed seeing how people lived during that time and had an opportunity to create a clay art piece. Week 1 was great start to a wonderful summer at SC 2019!
What an exciting week for our Group 4 campers! We took a deep dive into learning about some of our local landmark structures like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Check out our original artwork as we continue to unlock new doors to new adventures.
This week campers in Group 5 and Group 6 designed and created sturdy homes that the “big bad wolf” from The Three Little Pigs An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia would not be able to blow down. We learned that triangles create a strong foundation for any structure, and tetrahedrons (3D shapes with 4 faces) create a Sierpinski Pyramid. Together we cut, folded and glued together individual tetrahedrons and joined them together to create our pyramid. We read about Record Breakers Megastructures by David Jefferis, Building Science by Barbara Fierman, Skyscrapers by Carol A. Johmann, Self-Driving Cars by Katie Marsico, and Transportation for the Future by Polly Goodman. During siesta we relaxed and listened to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Can’t believe we are on our final week of Summer Connections. We have focused our time to enjoy the wonderful music, art, and culture that South America has to offer.
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!!