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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
Jambo Campers! We had a chance to practice a little bit of Swahili as we learned a Kenyan welcome song this week. We explored many of Africa’s special wonders, such as the Nile River, the Sahara Desert, Victoria Falls, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Madagascar. We then took a look at the people and tribes native to these area and made a necklace that represented the Maasai of Eastern Africa. As the week moved on we talked about characteristics of folktales and read a few that originated in Africa.. Finally, we worked on creating paper Pyramids. Heri njema Africa, we loved our time here
The sights, sounds, and architecture of Europe were on the minds of our preschool kids this week as we began looking at all the different countries that make up this rich continent.
We explored all the different types of homes, buildings, and monuments found in Europe then worked in groups to replicate those structures using blocks, legos, and snap cubes. Also, we then used playdough to imitate some favorite European dishes, such as pizza, pretzels, and pastries.
As the week continued, we enjoyed the classic storybook Strega Nona and noticed how sentences always show a complete thought. We then tried writing a complete thought, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period. We also created mini-murals showcasing a map of Italy, the Mona Lisa, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Our European Adventure has been a memorable one … I hope we get to visit there again soon!
Kon’nichiwa! Ahn nyeong ha se yo! Ni hao! Namaste! There are many ways to say “hello” when visiting any number of Asian countries. This week the blue group practiced saying this simple, but friendly greeting in a variety of ways. We also listened to nursery rhymes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Row Your Boat in different languages in order to gain more exposure to the sounds of Asia. Also, we explored Asian folktales and storybooks to help provide a view about what life is like on the other side of the world. We closed out our week by dictating individual stories set in Asia and making mandalas which represent our hopes for peace and unity in the world. Now, grab your passports … Europe, here we come!
Our arrival in Australia started with with a quick lesson about the people and characteristics common to this area of the world. As part of this new learning, we noticed how the world is divided into halves (called hemispheres) and that we can use a compass rose to identify areas of the world that are north, south, east, and west of where we live in the United States.
We practiced singing the classic Australian song, “Kookaburra,” and explored animals native to this continent. Learning about kangaroos was a particular favorite! We even created our own kangaroo, complete with a pouch for her baby. In terms of literacy, we practiced our reading fluency using poetry and nursery rhymes. Then, we applied what we learned about flow to our read-aloud. Students were then able to play a rhyming game to identify words that match as we prepared to dictate sentences that have rhythm. When all was said and done, we had quite a bit of fun down under!
With passports in hand, we kicked off our summer journey by meeting our fellow travelers and making new friends. We sang songs and read stories that centered around this theme. Then, we were off! We packed our suitcase, created our own personalized planes and studied facts about the world in order to prepare for our first stop to North America.
Along the way, we had a visit from a local geologist. He shared his very special collection of rocks, minerals, and gems. We then studied the earth’s land formations as we learned about continents. Next, we were ready to pinpoint North America on a map. We brought our learning down to earth as we explored American symbols and landmarks through our emergent readers.
In terms of early literacy skills, we tried our hand at writing a new fact we learned about our planet and then shared that fact with the class. With math, we started practicing some basic calendar skills related to sequencing and number sense.
Australia, here we come!
by Ms. Kristen Schott
Learning to become an Olympian!
- During the week of August 8, Discoveries Blue Group campers will learn about how athletes train to become Olympians by doing a little training ourselves!
- We will also discuss together healthy eating habits, explore age appropriate exercises, and prepare for our final Friday showcase!
by Mr. Matt McQuillen
A Week of Winter (Olympics)!
- Even though we’re in the middle of the summer, during the week of August 1 our Discoveries Blue Group campers will have cold weather on their minds as we explore the winter Olympics!
- Campers will also be exploring elements of winter weather, winter Olympic locations, and games that are unique to this time of year.
by Mr. Matt McQuillen
- For the week of July 25, our Discoveries: Blue Group campers are going to be recognizing that they are part of a local community as well as a larger state, country, and world community, which will be evident throughout the Olympics Opening Ceremonies on August 5!
- We look forward to painting watercolors of the five main continents represented at the Summer 2016 Olympics. In addition, we are going to be exploring flags from various nations and playing concentration with country flag cards.
by Mr. Matt McQuillen
All About Heroes!
- During the week of July 18 our Discoveries: Blue Group campers will be talking about heroes, including discussing together the qualities of strong character, and exploring literature that emphasizes good sportsmanship.
- We also look forward to role-playing different scenarios related to winning and losing games, to help us build good attitudes no matter what outcome we experience when we play a game!
by Mr. Matt McQuillen
Origins of the Olympic Flame!
- During the week of July 11, our Discoveries: Blue Group campers will learn all about the origins of the Olympic flame, including creating our very own Olympic “torches” which we will practice using during a pass-the-torch relay.
- We will also create leaf crowns (or laurel wreaths), which were given out as the original prize to the winning athletes at the ancient Olympic Games!
by Mr. Matt McQuillen:
Summer Olympic Games!
- This week we explored the colors of the Olympic rings and discuss how they each represent the five major land areas of the world.
- Looking ahead we are also going to learn about the importance of the Olympics as well as review some of the important summer games hat are played there.
- Finally, we set up our own version of the Summer Games. We had fun playing the drinking straw race, the ballon-between-your-knees race, and the egg-a-then relay.
by Mrs. Stacy Carela:
Welcome! Here’s helpful information for our first week!
- “DE Dismissal Sign”-Attached to the welcome letter, each family will receive a neon dismissal sign. These signs will be placed on the passenger side dashboard of the cars during dismissal. This will expedite pick-up and help identify Discoveries Campers versus Adventures. If you would like to include the children’s names on the signs, you can write their names somewhere on the front of the card.
- Water-Play will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
- On Water Play days, send children already dressed in their bathing suits and covered with sun block.
- Send a change of dry clothes for them to change into afterward.
by Mr. Matt McQuillen:
Campers learn all about the Fourth of July!
- The Blue Group is spending their first week at camp building their new classroom community with Mr. M. Together, we are practicing songs and reading storybooks that focus on friendship. We are also going to play games that help us get to know one another.
- With the Fourth of July just around the corner we are going to be learning all about America.
- Students will be painting and describing patriotic scenes that represent our heritage and will also explore how our country’s flag has evolved since 1776.