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!
This week Adventures campers used rice paper and Xeroxes of Chinese, Japanese and Korean money to create collages based on the animal zodiac signs. This is the Year of the Dog.
Our Discoveries campers were excited to craft their way through Asia. We learned about several Asian countries and created Japanese cherry blossom trees, Chinese New Year Dragons, Rangoli inspired Mandalas and more!
Australia is a fun country to explore with its beautiful colors, unique languages and interesting animals. What better way to learn about animals than to see them in real life?
Turtle Back Zoo came to visit our Discoveries Campers with a presentation about animals and how they protect themselves in different environments! The zoo brought in various artifacts for the campers to explore, such as feathers, snake skin, owl pellets and turtle shells. The children had an up-close meeting with a few of Turtle Back Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Discoveries had such an amazing time in Australia!
Adventures became Australian globetrotters this week. Campers explored the continent by learning about the animals and people that call Australia home. Throughout the week, the importance of conservation was discussed and on Thursday they went to the Bronx Zoo in New York City, where they took a guided tour that focused on animal adaptation! The visit to the children’s zoo was enjoyed and the sea lions, giraffes, rhinos, and prairie dogs were amongst the campers’ favorites!
Get your passports and suitcases ready! Shortly, our plane will be boarding for our next stop, Asia!
G´Day Mate! The Yellow Group had a blast hopping on the plane and traveling to Australia to explore all the different animals and their habitats. They were engaged in learning and researching facts on the tablet, reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, and making crafts of Australiaś native animals: the kangaroo, koala, echidna, and wombat. They explored “see, think, and wonder” activities in our hands on sensory center buffet which included water beads and sand. We also enjoyed using blue and green tissue paper to fill in the land for Australia and itś surrounding waters on our collaborative world map. The campers were delighted to receive another stamp in their passports…up next, a taste of Asia!
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!
This week in Discoveries, the Red Group traveled across the world and all the way to Australia. Throughout our adventure, we learned about different animal species that can be found in Australia, such as koalas, kangaroos, and kookaburras. Our friends studied interesting facts about these fascinating animals, sang songs about them, and worked on art projects to create koalas and kangaroos with their joeys. We also had the opportunity to celebrate Theme Thursday by bringing in our own stuffed animal. We had so much fun sharing about our stuffed animals’ names and why they are so special to us. We hope you enjoyed Fourth of July with your family and friends! We are so excited to travel to Asia next week. See you there!
In the Exploratorium our Discoveries & Adventures campers all have a choice of experiments that let them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. Some may use a stitching machine and others will look through a microscope, and some campers may choose to look for bugs or butterflies. This week the campers will have the materials to make balloon powered Lego cars, create bouncing eggs, make their own flying creations, or choose from a collection of other science investigations.
This week we traveled to the continent of Australia and discovered many foods eaten by the children of Australia. We made and ate Meat and Vegetable Pies and Fairy Bread.
In Spanish/Drama, campers were introduced to Professor Perico and his amigos. We practiced “¿Cómo te llamas?” (What is your name?) We also played games, like “¿Qué es?” and practiced our numbers.
This week in music, Discoveries listened to songs like This Land Is Your Land, explored their singing voices, and played some instruments!
This week in music, Adventures sang songs like This Land Is Your Land, learned about traditional North American instruments and folk music, and did listening activities to patriotic music.
This week, campers explored different symbols of the countries in North America. Campers learned the shapes of the American flags and The United States National bird with Handprint bald eagles. Campers also learned about our neighbors to the north and made watercolor Canadian flags and paper bag beaver puppets!
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!
This week Yellow Group started getting ready for our trip around the world! We talked about what we need to pack for our trip and made suitcases filled with our favorite things. We didn’t want to forget anything important! After packing we got ready to travel and talked about airports, airplanes, and other ways to get around. Lots of fun was had learning about North America and how we travel!
The Red Group kicked off our adventure in Discoveries by getting to know our new friends and traveling to North America together. Our friends practiced greeting one another, sharing our thoughts and excitement about the day, and singing songs during Morning Meeting. We listened to read alouds and learned about traveling with passports and on airplanes to see different parts of the world. We read a story that gave us the opportunity to explore the airport and the events that take place leading up to boarding the airplane and arriving at the destination. Our friends completed crafts of an airplane and the earth to represent how we can travel around the world and to remind ourselves that learning can take us anywhere! Focusing on our theme this week, we studied our country’s flag and important symbols and landmarks that can be seen when exploring North America. We are so excited to continue our journey around the world with our new friends! Next stop- Australia!
by Mrs. Stacy Carela
Last Week of Discoveries!
It’s hard to believe that next week will be our last week in camp! This summer, we’ve reacquainted with old friends and even made some new ones. Additionally, students gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Olympics.
Some of the culminating events for the week of August 8 include the following:
- Wednesday, August 10 – Olympic Field Day!
- Thursday, August 11 – Theme Thursday – Pajama Day! Campers are welcome and encouraged to come to camp in their comfy PJs!!
- Friday August 12 – Our Final Showcase! 2:15-3:15 PM, Lower School Gym, Drapkin Hall
by Ms. Rachel Shin
Winter Olympics & Rhyming Words
- During the week of August 8, Discoveries Red Group campers will learn about and explore about the winter Olympics, as we play our own version of ‘the Games’!
- We also look forward to studying onomatopoeias , identifying rhyming words, naming shapes and counting with manipulatives!
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. Tim Coyne
Summer vs. Winter Olympics!
- During the week of August 8, Discoveries Yellow Group campers will be talking about the events in the upcoming summer Olympics, including comparing the number of events that take place at this time as compared to the winter Olympics.
- In addition, our campers will do some of their own Olympics-inspired physical activities, going outside to run, jump and throw!
by Mrs. Robin Lehovitis
Reviewing Realism and Abstract Painting
- During the week of August 8, Discoveries campers will discuss and learn more about the styles of modern painting, including examples by famed artist Piet Mondrian, and they will also continue to practice observational drawing.
by Ms. Sandra Buritica
- During the week of August 8, Discoveries campers will sing the chants: “La araña pequeñita” and “El Osito” (The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Bear). They will also decorate their “ositos” faces (little bear faces) to use during retelling the story “Ricitos de Oro y los tres ositos” (Goldilocks and the Three Bears).
- In addition, campers will learn the color “anaranjado” (orange) and review the other colors by playing “Pescando” (Going Fishing). They will also say and sing the numbers 1-20 in Spanish and the month “Agosto” (August)!
by Ms. Rachel Shin
- During the week of August 1, our Discoveries Red Group campers will learn about and explore the winter Olympics, enjoying our own version of this seasonal athletic event.
- We also will focus on onomatopoeias and continue to identify rhyming words through our read-aloud time together.
- Additionally, we will practice naming shapes and counting!