02 Aug

SC 2019 Week 6 Discoveries Red Group Update 

What a magical way to end our time together in Discoveries! The Red Group stepped into and explored our fantasy world as we experienced and lived through the fairy tales with our friends. We had an enchanting time listening to read alouds and telling the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. One of our favorite moments this week was acting out the characters and storyline of the fairy tales, especially The Three Little Pigs. Our friends learned the meaning of collaboration and communication as they worked as a team and explored their creative minds to build a beautiful Red Group Castle with blocks and manipulatives. Most of all, we had so much fun while learning, growing, and celebrating our last week together. We created so many amazing memories in Discoveries, and we are grateful for our families and friends for allowing us to be a part of this special summer!

02 Aug

SC 2019 Week 6 Discoveries Yellow Group Update

The Yellow Group had a great last week at camp! We dove into the world of fairy tales this week and had a magical time. We read many different versions of fairy tales that we already knew like a worldwide Cinderella, 3 little aliens, and a version of Little a Red Riding Hood with a big bad Lion! We examined these stories and noticed what we recognized and what was different from the original fairy tales. We made Strega Nona inspired pasta necklaces and built castles out of blocks. We also spent time acting our fairy tales! We loved getting to show our families around the camp on Wednesday!

02 Aug

SC 2019 Week 6 Discoveries Blue Group Update

The Blue Group entered a week that was filled with music, magic, and majesty! Our final week’s theme was Our Fantasy World. The campers enjoyed listening to read alouds of classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This theme allowed for plenty of opportunities for the campers to enhance their literary skills. The campers practiced sequencing stories by ordering pictures of scenes from familiar fairy tales on story strips. The Blue Group also got a taste of Greek mythology by watching the movie Hercules. The campers had a lot of fun making fairy tale crafts including a mirror from Snow White, houses from the Three Little Pigs, fairy paper dolls, and a gingerbread person. It has been a joy working with your campers, and we hope you have a great rest of the summer! 

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Discoveries Red Group Update

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group had a blast learning all about space and our solar system! During our space exploration, our friends discovered that the sun is in the center of our family of planets. We learned about the planets in our solar system, such as that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and facts about earth. Our adventure then allowed us to land on the Moon. Through read alouds and discovery, our friends learned that the Moon has holes called craters, and it orbits the Earth. Our little astronauts were most excited to share and talk about gravity. Next week, we will enter the magical world of fairy tales, magic, and myths!

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Discoveries Yellow Group Update

The yellow group had an “outta this world” week! We examined pictures of nebulas and planets and noticed how colorful they are. We used that for inspiration in creating our own nebulas and planets. Constellations were also part of the theme this week, and we read some of the stories behind the constellations and created and named our own! We learned about the cycle of the moon and made our own puffy paint to paint some moons of our own. We also learned about astronaut Mae Jemison and completed some astronaut training! We are excited for a great week six exploring the world of myths and fairy tales!

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Discoveries Blue Group Update

This week, our mission was to explore Our World Beyond. Faster than we could count “…five …four …three …two …one,” the Blue Group left Earth and traveled to the International Space Station (I.S.S.). Upon arrival at the I.S.S., the campers went on a virtual tour of the space station. Next, the campers orbited further into outer space and learned more about the solar system, spacecrafts, and galaxies. 

Back on Earth, we recreated our favorite planet. One of our math activities was making a bar graph of different space objects that we counted. We took another virtual field trip and took a direct route to the moon. Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus was our personal tour guide. The blue group finished out the week by coming to school dressed as our favorite superheroes. We are looking forward to exploring Our Fantasy World next week.

26 Jul

SC 2019 Week 5 Art – Discoveries Update

To Infinity and Beyond!  Discoveries Art blasted off this week into outer space.  Blue friends worked together to make a mural of our galaxy.  They worked diligently over a few days to paint the sun, planets, and constellations after researching their size, color, and distance from the Sun of each planet.  Yellow and Red friends created their own moon rocks with model magic, astronauts, and moon with bubble paint. They also enjoyed ¨cloud writing” with shaving cream on the tables.  All the children reflected on their favorite moments this summer with their friends and made a camp memory coaster out of tile. As we fly into next week, itś sure to be a Happily Ever After!

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Discoveries Red Group Update

This week in Discoveries, the Red Group navigated our way through the digital world and explored technology and coding. We read aloud “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle to launch our discovery of patterns and sequencing. We focused on observing, determining, and completing patterns with various objects and colors. Our friends were also introduced to the first steps of coding by playing with arrows and direction in order to experiment with patterns and sequence to reach a destination. We learned how to count and move through our grid, taking turns being the “computer” and “programmer.” The Red Group is over the moon to blast off into next week as we learn all about space and the solar system!

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Discoveries Yellow Group Update

This week the yellow group loved discovering the world of technology and coding. We learned how computers are machines that follow instructions and we practiced being computers and following instructions with games like “Computer says…”. We learned about how binary code is the language of computers and how the only numbers in it are zeros and ones. So that we could learn some binary code we made bracelets with the binary code version of our first initials! We even learned a binary code song! Patterns were also a big part of our week and we practiced making patterns with a variety of materials. The Yellow group is excited to spend next week exploring outer space!

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Discoveries Blue Group Update

This week, the Blue Group ventured into Our Future World! The campers learned how to use patterns and their number sense to understand the world around them. They were able to make connections to patterns inside and outside the classroom. The campers used their knowledge of patterns to make predictions about the weather and gain more insight about animals and the natural world. As the week progressed, the campers extended their knowledge about patterns and building structures. While building with legos and K’nex pieces, the campers further developed their problem solving and communication skills. The campers also worked in partnerships to construct musical instruments, miniature houses, vehicles, and animals. After virtually returning back to the year 2019, the campers considered which jobs they might pursue in the future. On career day, the Blue Group campers came to Summer Connections dressed as an array of occupations, including a prima ballerina, a movie director, a veterinarian, a dentist, a doctor, a Taekwondo instructor, and a member of the SWAT team to name a few! Next week, the campers will learn about Our World Beyond (Space & Solar Systems).

19 Jul

SC 2019 Week 4 Art -Discoveries Update

This week in Discoveries Art, campers took a trip to the year 3000. We used the “Aging Booth” app to see what we would look like! Campers then took a closer look using mirrors to create self portraits of what they look like today. We then had some fun guessing who was who with lots of laughs! Lastly, each group created a robot together using recycled materials. The blue group decided they wanted to make a chef robot to surprise Senora Harrison. They added a chef hat and an apron and ¨whisked¨ Senora away! We are excited to blast off into space next week!

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!