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

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 campers traveled to Africa this week! Campers learned about the need for clean water in the villages of Burkina Faso through the story book The Water Princess.  This is a wonderful picture book based on the childhood experiences of model Georgie Badiel. Campers acted out the story and then created watercolor paintings with themselves carrying a pot on top of their head.  We learned how villagers made clay pots to carry water and we made our own pots out of model magic clay. Campers learned the story behind Maasai Beaded Jewelry from the Maasai tribe in Kenya. Group 1 became creative as they made their own necklaces being mindful of the symbolism represented by the colors.

27 Jul

Adventures Group 2

Group 2 says, “Jambo!” (That’s how to say “hello” in Swahili.) We spent a wonderful week in Africa. Students learned about some of the animals that live in the savanna, and we talked about natural resources, such as clean water. Students learned the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Our field trip to the United Nations was so cool! What a great culminating event for this year’s theme of “Passport Around the World.” Can’t believe it’s Week 6 already next week! We are off to South America for our final week at camp—the fun isn’t over yet!

27 Jul

Adventures Group 3

This week Group 3 had a wonderful time exploring the continent of Africa. Children  were able to learn about the amazing natural resources of this land and all it can be used for. Campers created drums, artwork, and fishing poles that are often made with natural materials. The trip to the United Nations allowed Group 3 to see why it is important to preserve these resources and how working together with other countries is effective. Group 3 didn’t want to leave Africa but we are taking off to travel to one more continent during Week 6!

27 Jul

Adventures Group 5

Africa is a continent rich in resources and holds the world’s longest river, the Nile.  We learned about this continent by reading A True Book – Africa by Mel Friedman, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs, and Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin.  The students used their weaving skills to create paper kente cloth and colorful necklaces similar to those worn in Africa. Everyone learned about the importance of using our resources respectful, so resources will be available for years to come.  During siesta we are entering a fantasy world with James while reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

27 Jul

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of  maps of Africa this week. They created their own physical map which featured a 3-D pyramid, complete with a pyramid blueprint!  The main focus for the week in group six was researching and creating a presentation about one of Africa’s animals. They used iPads to show their slideshow to the rest of the class.   Their presentations were Amazing!

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

Sound of Music

This week in music, Discoveries campers explored their singing voices, learned about some drums from Africa and moved to music. Adventures campers learned about different instruments from Africa, learned a couple folk songs from Ghana and tried some African drumming.

27 Jul

Yoga

Namaste Yoga  – Week 5 – Meditation and relaxation

Hello families! This week in Yoga we worked on relaxation

Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. In class this week, I tried giving younger kids something to do as they rested on their mats to help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite place, color or toy. Older kids sometimes found it easier to rest with less structure.

Namaste – The light in me sees the light in you

Ms. Madison

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.

27 Jul

Exploratorium

This week the campers in the Exploratorium will investigate gravity and flight with experiments using water and air. Some campers may use tools to make useful items and others may make bird feeders and watch birds through binoculars. Other campers may choose to build transportation structures  with Lego’s, or to see which model paper airplane will fly the farthest. In the Exploratorium the campers have the materials and equipment available to explore the world of science around them with hands-on activities and choose investigations from the wide selection available using common household materials.

20 Jul

Summer Notes Week 4


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Summer Notes Week 4

Go Green! This week, Enrichment campers in Vegetable Gardening and Cooking reaped the rewards of their hard work, creating delicious meals with fresh fixings picked from our gardens here on the D-E School campus. Other exciting Enrichment offerings this week directed enthusiastic campers toward the finer points of Fencing; the basics of engineering in Engineering for Young Minds, and crime scene analysis in Forensics!

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Next week, Acting and Cheerleading welcomes new and notable teachers to our program. Critically-acclaimed theatre production expert John Gerisi and cheer squad coaches Nicole Cieri and Maria Cornetta will engage campers in exciting hands-on instruction. Space still available. Click here to register.

Young Visionaries (YV), a 2-week Immersive program, immersed campers this week in multimedia creation and artistic expression. A YV field trip to the NY Childrens’ Museum of Art in Lower Manhattan was highlighted by the opportunity to work in 2D and 3D media while focusing on scale and size, ideas that are central to this year’s YV “community” program theme.

Hungry? Click here for our Enrichment/Scholars/Immersives Week 5 (July 23 – 27) Menu!

For Week 5 (July 23-July 27) Enrichment, Scholars and Immersive Programs – Building Assignments and Classroom Numbers can be found by clicking here.

Discoveries & Adventures Program Highlights

  • Click here for our Discoveries Week 5 (July 23 – 27) Schedule
  • Click here for our Junior Summer Day Camp Week 5 (July 23 – 27) Schedule
  • Click here for our Adventures Week 5 (July 16 – 20) Schedule
  • Yum! Click here for our Discoveries & Adventures Week 5 (July 16 – 20) Menu.

Week 4 in Review

Welcome to Europe – a continent with unique, historical, and culturally-rich countries! This week, Adventures students traveled to Europe and became cultural enthusiasts. Campers studied famous European artists and buildings. Read More

STEM Special Program

Why are bubbles round? Why do bubbles pop? Why do bubbles stick together? This week we had a special STEM program for our campers in Discoveries and Adventures called the the Fun With Bubbles program, sponsored by SUEZ Water. Read More

Red Discoveries

Ciao! Bonjour! Our Discoveries friends had a blast exploring the art and architecture of Europe this week. Read More

Yellow Discoveries

The Yellow Group had a fun visit to Europe this week! We learned about fairy tales that come from Scandinavia and Germany. Read More

Blue Discoveries

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. Read More

Adventures Group 1

Group 1 traveled through the many countries of Europe. Our first stop was France. Read More

Adventures Group 2

Bonjour! Group 2 spent the week learning about European architecture and art. Read More

Adventures Group 3

Europe is well known for its historical architect. This week Group Three had fun exploring these sculptures through text, media, and art. Read More

Adventures Group 4

What an exciting week learning about Europe!! What do we love most about learning about Europe… ART of course. Read More

Adventures Group 5

Europe has many famous structures and artwork to observe and research. Read More

Adventures Group 6

Group Six explored several different types of maps of Europe this week. Read More

Art

This week in art, our Adventures campers looked at famous European landmarks and figured out their shapes. Read More

Music

This week in music, Discoveries campers listened to some music from different countries in Europe, sang songs and tried new instruments. Read More

Bodies in Motion

This week during Bodies in Motion class campers participated in a number of full inclusion activities such as tag games and cooperative game play.Read More

Yoga

The children had A LOT of fun this week learning new yoga poses and breathing techniques. Read More

Spanish/Drama/Cooking

Discoveries Students enjoyed the story “Caps for Sale” and we all had such a fun time putting on the hats and trying to break the Peddler’s record of 17. Read More

Exploratorium

In the Exploratorium our campers have a choice of experiments and equipment that let them explore the science around them with hands-on activities using common household materials. Read More

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20 Jul

Welcome to Europe – a continent with unique, historical, and culturally-rich countries!

This week, Adventures students traveled to Europe and became cultural enthusiasts. Campers studied famous European artists and buildings.  This exploration was enhanced on Wednesday when our campers took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they viewed the masterpieces of Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso, as well as, the Egyptian Temple of Dendur and the European Arms and Armour Collection.

Discoveries students loved exploring Europe and visiting many of its famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, just to name a few.  The teachers filled the classroom with exciting activities that encompassed art and architecture, cultural celebrations, foods, songs, language, folk tales, games and crafts.  Our time in Europe was a memorable one.

Get your passports and suitcases ready! We are headed to Africa next week.

20 Jul

STEM Special Program

Why are bubbles round?  Why do bubbles pop?  Why do bubbles stick together?  This week we had a special STEM program for our campers in Discoveries and Adventures called the the Fun With Bubbles program, sponsored by SUEZ Water.

Adventures Campers learned and discussed the science behind bubbles, conducted fun water experiments, and explored the structure and behavior of a water molecule.  They also made their own wands and created small and large bubbles outdoors.

Discoveries campers read the story Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop by Mark Weakland.  Together, with the Suez Water Company, the kids followed a recipe to create a bubble solution. They also constructed their very own wands and went outside for a bubble blowing party!

Blowing bubbles is such a classic outdoor activity that can be enjoyed just about anywhere!  Not only is it fun to do, but there are lots of ways that exploring bubbles can engage kids in concepts related to math, science, and engineering. The kids had a blast blowing and catching bubbles!

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!