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!

27 Jul

Blue Discoveries

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

20 Jul

Blue Discoveries Group

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!

13 Jul

Blue Discoveries

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!

06 Jul

Blue Discoveries

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!

29 Jun

Blue Discoveries

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!

05 Aug

Discoveries: Blue Group

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!
29 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

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.
21 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

by Mr. Matt McQuillen 

Geography Week!

  • 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.
14 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

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!
07 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

 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!
30 Jun

Discoveries: Blue Group

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.
27 Jun

Discoveries

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.

 

27 Jun

Discoveries: Blue Group

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.