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.

03 Aug

Yoga

This week we focused on reviewing all that we know about Yoga and how it is a wonderful life long tool.

I truly enjoyed watching the children as they moved through a series of poses and learning Yoga vocabulary.

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids.

Yoga helps kids to:

  • -Develop body awareness
  • -Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • -Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • -Build concentration
  • -Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices
  • -Have a healthy and safe rest of your summer!

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you!

Ms. Madison

03 Aug

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Adventures Students

Spanish Drama

Our final destination on our travel across the world has taken us to South America. We talked about the countries that made up South America and shared our similarities. We read a book called “La Oruga Muy Ambrienta.” The students were excited to learn about the different foods and butterflies/mariposas described in the book. Much fun was had during Drama when we danced and played games, incorporating our robotic animal toys which brought excitement to the kids.

Cooking

In Cooking, our final destination was South America and just like all the other continents it was enjoyed by all. Our focus was on the ancient food of the Gods, Chocolate. The students enjoyed making and eating their own chocolate which originated in Brazil known as “Brigadeiros.” We also discovered that in most of the countries found in South America there is a very delicious pastry known as “Empanadas.” The children were offered choices in making their own kind of empanadas ranging from chicken, beef, guava, and cheese. In keeping with our theme, the students learned about the tropical fruits grown and eaten in South America. Since Paletas have been a huge hit for the kids we made them using the fruits mora, papaya, fresa, and banana.

Discoveries Students 

Spanish/ Drama:

Our final destination on our travel across the world has taken us to South America. We talked about the countries that made up South America and shared our similarities. We read a book called “La Oruga Muy Ambrienta.” The students were excited to learn about the different foods and butterflies/mariposas described in the book. Much fun was had during Drama when we danced and played games, incorporating our robotic animal toys which brought excitement to the kids.

Cooking:

In Cooking, our final destination was South America and just like all the other continents it was enjoyed by all. Our focus was on the ancient food of the Gods, Chocolate. The students enjoyed making and eating their own chocolate which originated in Brazil known as “Brigadeiros.” In keeping with our theme, the students learned about the tropical fruits grown and eaten in South America. Since Paletas have been a huge hit for the kids we made them using the fruits mora, papaya, fresa, and banana.

27 Jul

Red Discoveries

What an adventure we had traveling along the Nile River as we explored the wonders of Africa this week! Our friends in the Red Group had a blast listening and dancing to the beats and rhythm of African music. We filled the room with excitement and enthusiasm as we danced together and continued to enhance our motor skills. We enjoyed learning about and exploring the traditions and cultures of Africa through pictures, videos, songs, and read alouds. Our friends have truly become a strong team traveling and learning together, and we are looking forward to continuing our adventure in South America next week!

27 Jul

Yellow Discoveries

This week in yellow group, the campers explored Africa and all its beauty.  We made African jewelry and masks to wear while learning to play the drums in our amazing assembly with Mr. Robert.  Yellow group also studied Egyptś pyramids and created their very own using several different blocks, sand, and cereal.  Campers celebrated Kindness Day, and this is the perfect age to bring empathy, mindfulness, and kindness to their attention and help them cultivate these skills.  Our yellow friends discussed what it means to be a good friend and use kind words through the sense of touch to look closer. First we read Mo Williams, Should I Share My Ice Cream, then we did a short and sweet but beautiful lesson with cotton balls and sand paper.  Each cotton ball represented a kind or polite word or phrase that the campers brainstormed like ¨thank you,Iḿ sorry, Can I help you?¨ We used descriptive words to describe the way the cotton balls felt like soft, fluffy and squishy. When feeling the cotton on each otherś arms, we all agreed how nice it felt, the same way kind words make us feel.  The sandpaper represented hurtful and not so kind words which all of our yellow campers agreed did not make us feel good. The children were able to fully relate and engage, and practice these skills throughout the week. We are almost done with our tissue paper collaborative mural. We only have one continent left! Time flies when you’re having so much fun!

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

27 Jul

Art (Discoveries)

Week 5: Africa

  • African drum and rattle
  • Lion mask
  • Mini walking sticks
  • Handprint flamingo
  • African necklace

 

During week five we focused African-inspired crafts and animals with projects that offer an array of sensory exploration, skills practice, and cognitive development through planning and problem solving.

Art projects…

Each child had the opportunity to learn and build on important skills for preschool and Kindergarten participation. They could learn and practice:

  • Fine motor skills with detailed drawing and coloring, tearing/cutting tape
  • Gross motor skills to rotate, not shake, the rattle so the beads swing; hold a round or irregular object while working with the surface
  • Proper scissor handling and cutting techniques
  • Hand-eye coordination and focus to place objects and thread beads
  • Planning skills in gathering materials to complete projects and the order in which they should be applied
  • Problem-solving skills to connect materials, keep beads from falling off, repair pieces that were initially unsuccessful

We had a roaring good time!

This week, all of the children got to be lions. Holding the mask up to their own face to pretend to be a lion, holding it up to your face to see you as a lion, and looking at the mask and making the lion roar back at them are all ways your child can learn to put themselves in others’ shoes. (And they love to peek behind and make sure it’s still you back there!) In the making of the masks, some children learned about symmetry and perfected details of their lion’s features. Others sharpened their observational skills and learned proper placement of features.

Our drum and necklace projects included discussions about shapes and patterns. Although only some children are at an age to practice patterning, it is important to provide awareness and observation as they develop.

The children also had the opportunity for sensory exploration. Based on the tradition of decorating tribal walking sticks with colorful patterned beads, they handled sticks (real sticks from actual trees which amazed them) with various textures and shapes, chose loose and drapey yarn, fuzzy yet stiff pipe cleaners, and small smooth beads. They also got their hands gooey and experienced direct printmaking with their handprint flamingo.

Confidence Grows with Accomplishment!
This week, we prioritized instilling confidence in one’s own abilities. While instruction and guidance was given, each child was encouraged to complete, or at least attempt, as much of the projects as they could with as little help as possible. It was wonderful to see their skills raised to the next level, the amount of focus they could apply when needed, and the look of joy on their faces when they realized they CAN accomplish a task on their own.

27 Jul

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Adventures Students
Spanish/Drama
This week we continued to travel and landed on the continent of Africa. We talked about the countries that make up this big continent. We read a book called “El Leon Remolon”. It was about African animals, what they eat and the sounds they make. For Drama we played animal charades where we acted out the animals and the other students had to guess who you were.

Cooking 

In Cooking; West Africa was our destination and it was enjoyed by all. We learn all about the Plantain/Platanos. We peeled, cut, seasoned and cooked and made an avocado cream sauce that was delicious. We also discovered that every continent has a fried dough and a stuff dough. We made Mandazzi a fried dough that is eaten throughout Africa and is similar, but better than the doughnuts in America. In keeping with our theme, students learned about fruits that are grown and eaten in Africa. Paletas have been a hit for the kids so we made a “Purple Cow Smoothie” that would later become Paletas. Also, Papaya, Banana, Mango and Coconut.

Discoveries Students
Spanish/ Drama:
This week we continued to travel and landed on the continent of Africa. We talked about the countries that make up this big continent. We read a book called “El Leon Remolon”. It was about African animals, what they eat and the sounds they make. For Drama we played animal charades where we acted out the animals and the other students had to guess who you were.

Cooking:

In cooking we travelled to Africa and explored the West African cuisine. We made monkey
bread In keeping with our theme, students learned about fruits that are grown and eaten in
Africa. Paletas have been a hit for the kids so we made a “Purple Cow Smoothie” that would later become Paletas. Also, Papaya, Banana, Mango and Coconut.

20 Jul

Red Discoveries Group

Ciao! Bonjour! Our Discoveries friends had a blast exploring the art and architecture of Europe this week. As we virtually traveled through Europe, we visited the London Bridge, Eiffel Tower, and Leaning Tower of Pisa. We stopped to admire the breathtaking artwork of Monet and Leonardo Da Vinci, The Water Lily Pond and The Mona Lisa. We enjoyed talking about the interesting parts of the architecture and the beautiful colors of the art. Our friends also practiced our coordination and motor skills through dancing and singing along with GoNoodle videos while learning about patterns and numbers. Get your passports ready to join us in our next adventure as we travel to Africa next week!

20 Jul

Yellow Discoveries Group

The Yellow Group had a fun visit to Europe this week! We learned about fairy tales that come from Scandinavia and Germany. We examined European architecture including Neuschwanstein Castle, the Eiffel Tower, and London’s Tower Bridge. Using giant blocks we recreated these and brought Europe to our own backyard! We even learned some words and songs in Italian, German, and French!

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