12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Discoveries Red Group Update 

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group traveled back in time to adventure through and explore the prehistoric times. We discovered the meaning of ancient and the important animals and symbols of this time. Our friends experienced a close-reading on picture books about dinosaurs and enhanced our learning by creating our own dinosaurs, as well as dinosaur skeletons and fossils. In addition to becoming paleontologists this week, we visited Ancient Greece and learned about pyramids and pharaohs of this civilization. Our friends are so excited to travel through time once again into our futuristic world next week!

12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Discoveries Yellow Group Update

This week the yellow group traveled to ancient times! We talked about the word ancient and what it means (and how mommies and daddies don’t qualify as ancient). Dinosaurs were a favorite topic this week as we became paleontologists and learned about fossils. We made dinosaur skeletons out of pasta and dinosaurs with our handprints. We also explored parietal art and made our own cave paintings just like early people made. Next week we will be heading to our future world and discovering the world of coding, technology, and innovation.

12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Discoveries Blue Group Update

This week the Blue Group time traveled to the prehistoric era where they observed dinosaurs, fossils, pyramids and mosaics. The Tenafly Nature Center came back by popular demand to teach the campers about the similarities and differences between birds and dinosaurs.  Our smart and always curious robot friend Moby from Brainpop taught us about the ancient Greek, Chinese, and Inca civilizations.  When the campers returned to the present day, they had a lot of play time in the sunshine. They hit balls on the tennis court, played prehistoric tag on the playground, and observed the world around them. The Blue Group also created many interesting crafts this week. They made their own playdough during Exploratorium, created a variety of dinosaurs, and built their own pyramid. Next week, the campers will have another opportunity to time travel as they travel forward in time to the future world. The campers will unlock the logic of coding which will further develop their mathematics and literacy skills.

12 Jul

SC 2019 Week 3 Art – Discoveries Update

The campers really made a ROAR this week in Discoveries Art learning all about the time of the dinosaurs.  Our art projects this week focused on drawing and cutting shapes, as well as making patterns for our dinosaur creations.  Collaboratively, the children decorated and painted bones to make a big dino-skeleton display.  Lastly and probably most enjoyable, the campers got to experience what it’s like to leave footprints by making their own dino-prints outside.  We are excited to STOMP our way into the future next week!

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Discoveries Red Group Update

This week in Discoveries, our Red Group friends opened the door to our natural world of animals and plants! As we discovered what plants need to grow, we sang songs and explored picture books that supported our learning about the life of a plant. We created artwork with our hands and creativity to make trees and flowers while studying parts of a flower. Our friends also shared about the various types of vegetables and fruits that come from plants in different ways, including on trees, roots, top of the ground, and vines. Learning about animals, such as lions and turtles, was another highlight of our week. We had a blast this week and can’t wait for our next adventure as we travel back in time to “Our World Before!”

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Discoveries Yellow Group Update

The Yellow Group loved exploring Our Natural World! We read books about the oceans and rainforests. We created watercolor underwater ocean scenes inspired by the art in a book we read. We also learned how all the parts of the plants work together to help the plants grow. We learned a song about it and created and labeled our own flowers. Petting Ellie the snake was especially fun this week! We can’t wait to travel back in time next week into Our Ancient World!

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Discoveries Blue Group Update

This week the Blue Group ventured into the natural world. The campers grew their knowledge about plants and animals. They took a chilly virtual journey to the Southern Hemisphere and landed in Antarctica to craft some penguins. The Tenafly Nature Center visited the campers to teach them about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. The campers were so inspired by the turtle they observed during the visit that they decided to make their own. Lastly, the Blue Group had their first group tennis lesson! Next week, we are excited to travel back in time into our world before to learn about prehistory, dinosaurs, and ancient worlds.

03 Jul

SC 2019 Week 2 Art – Discoveries Update

This week in Discoveries Art, the children had a short week filled with LOTS of activities.  We made yarn wrapped tulips to exercise our finger muscles for fine motor practice and used forks to make petals for our sunflower painting.  Collaboratively, we used our special hand prints to add spots to our cow craft.  The children also made pigs to add to our farm display.  They had a blast tracing each others arms and hands to make a giraffe.  Lastly, we had some 4th of July fun making fireworks with paint and recycled materials.  Up next, DINOSAURS!


28 Jun

Summer Connections (SC) 2019 – Week 1 Group Updates Introduction

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!

28 Jun

SC 2019 Week 1 Discoveries Red Group Update 

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group explored and learned all about transportation and structures. Our friends had the opportunity to get to know one another during Morning Meeting as we practiced greeting each camper and sang songs about firetrucks, buses, boats, and more. We learned about the importance of transportation and how its purpose is to take us from one place to another. Our friends explored and discussed the various types of transportation, sorting them from the ones on land, in the air, and on water. Practicing our communication and team building skills, we worked together to build different structures, such as our homes, castles, and schools. Most importantly, the Red Group had a fun and adventurous time with our new friends! We are so excited to continue discovering and learning as we launch our next unit: Our Natural World- Animals and Plants!

28 Jun

SC 2019 Week 1 Discoveries Yellow Group Update 

The Yellow Group had a great time exploring the world of transportation and structures this week! We learned some new songs, and we love the song “Driving Around”.  We examined photos of amazing buildings around the world as inspiration for the city we made in our classroom. We talked about all different kinds of transportation and created a class train, some hot air balloons, and submarines. We also talked about the vehicles that transport our community helpers around like fire trucks and police cars.

28 Jun

SC 2019 Week 1 Discoveries Blue Group Update 

Campers, buckle your seatbelts and start your engines, because it’s time for summer connections! On June 24th, the Blue Group boarded the D-E 360* airplane and traveled to the world of Structures and Transportation. After a quick car ride, we got on a red double-decker bus and cruised through London Town. Then we made a stop at a construction site and explored the various features of the skidsteer vehicle. We also learned about trains and firetrucks from our smart and silly friend on YouTube, Blippi.

After our adventure across the pond, the Blue Group flew back to New Jersey. We went on a virtual field trip into downtown Englewood and explored a local police car. Then we boarded the city bus for another exciting tour. When we reached our stop back at campus, we hopped onto tricycles and cruised around the Lower School’s playground racetrack. We rode right into the splash zone for some exciting water play in the sun! Our next stop for Week 2 will be the rainforest, where we will explore many types of animals and plants.

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

Red Discoveries

The Red Group had a great time in South America this week! We learned about the Amazon Rainforest and the variety of animals that call it their home. Making the classroom a rainforest by pretending to be all the animals was so fun! We also danced to some South American music and had a blast at Carnival!

03 Aug

Yellow Discoveries

We can´t believe camp is over…we really made the best of our last week together traveling to South America to explore itś customs and traditions, especially music and dance.  The campers made maracas and examined all different types of sound using different materials to make noise.  Yellow friends finished our 6 week collaborative mural of the world, as we filled in our last continent with green tissue paper.  They were so proud of the final product!   So many friendships have flourished in the yellow group along with their creativity and imagination.  What a summer we had!  Itś not Adios, but hasta el proximo verano!

03 Aug

Blue Discoveries

This week, Blue Group journeyed through the rainforests and landed in South America! We made slithering snakes and colorful toucans in our classroom. In art, we made decorative hats and wings to wear at our big Carnaval celebration on Wednesday. We are sad to say goodbye to DE 360 Summer Connections, but we had such a fun time! We can’t wait to see familiar faces back in summer 2019!

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.