Academic Camps for Ages 6 – 11

Summer Camp Weeks for Children Ages 6 – 11

Astronomy:
To the moon and beyond!    We take students beyond the moon and Earth, to all our planets and even outside the solar system.   We’ll learn about galaxies, nebulas, “dead stars” and black holes.  We explore two of the great questions in life:  Where did we come from? And where are we going?  Planetarium trip included.

Ballet & Tap:
Looking to stimulate your child’s interest, focus, natural energy and expressiveness? Our Classical Ballet and Modern Tap program may be the way.  For parents searching for ways to interest, engage, stimulate and focus their child’s natural energy and expressiveness, the answer might be, “Modern Tap” or “Classical Ballet”.   This week introduces children to both. Ballet is a unique synthesis of artistry and technique, of self-expression and discipline. It’s challenging and great fun.  Here children will learn:

 That focused effort leads to results.

            That  stories can be told by moving to music.

                     That stretching, bending, reaching and jumping to the beat is exhilarating.

                              That the body can create beautiful shapes and lines.

 Our world is full of tempting options.  Introducing a child to classical ballet can be a gateway to the performing arts and artistic communication.  It can also lead to proud accomplishments and success in the studio and on stage.   This is for beginners, ages 6-10.  Shoes are needed, (not included in the price).  Rentals are available.

Chess: (beginning)
Welcome to the wonderful game of chess. This class is for beginners.  On our first day we introduce all moves and give students basic offensive strategy.  On day two we include counter-moves, defense and thinking three and four steps ahead.   By the end of our second day all children will be playing their first games!  On day three we give each student a series of “what if” situations, introduce playing with a clock and playing new people via computer chess. Days 4 and 5 consist of almost all game-playing, with a handicapped tournament at the end of each day.  Stronger students will have to work within tighter time limits, so the games can be competitive.

Chinese: (beginning)
Learn a new and PRACTICAL language! This course introduces the basics of pronunciation, grammar, and everyday vocabulary of Mandarin, official language of China . This course helps students develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing colloquial Chinese.

 Our goal this week is to understand and hold basic low level conversations.  All writing will be in Pinyin, a phonetic transcription system. We will not teach Chinese characters (or Hanzi), but we will show students a computer translation from Pinyin to Hanzi.   We leave students with a progression of home-study to take them to the next level.

Crafts/Jewelry Making:
Our enthusiastic staff love teaching the art of jewelry making to children in a fun, engaging and age appropriate way. We begin with basic beading crafts on day one. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and ornamental pins will follow. Our classes focus on using your creative talents to create beautiful handmade pieces of jewelry that will impress your friends and family. All levels welcome.   An array of beautiful beads and stones to work with are included in the course price.  Parents who’d like to see their children create pieces with more expensive gems may bring them separately, or have us procure them in advance.   We look forward helping your child create beautiful handmade crafts and jewelry.

 Digital Art:
Does the idea of “morphing” inspire you? Do you like to transform one thing into another? Then sign up for this fun and experimental digital art workshop module in which students will learn to use  computer graphics software to create art. They will learn to capture images from different sources – the digital camera, scanner, the Internet, etc,. Integrate them, and transform them into unique personal expressions through the application of the basic tools and functions of Adobe Photoshop.

Fun Science:
This is a survey of what makes science interesting. It emphasizes the practical – how science can affect every child’s life. Each day we have a brief survey of at least two of the following areas: asteroids, chemical reactions, dinosaurs, earthquakes, oceans, physics, pollution, rivers, solar eclipses and volcanoes.  Each day your child will have some collaborative project to work on.  The final day will include a take-home creation.

Guitar (beginning):
Learn to play the world’s most versatile instrument.    Guitar is used in almost every music genre, and brings an “audience” whether in a large group, a duet, or playing solo.  Learn chords, learn technique, and learn the basics of reading a score.  This class arms the beginner to have musical knowledge and have fun.  At least one day is devoted to collaboration and harmony, letting a second student fill, while student A harmonizes.

Lego – Oh!:
Build things, over-and-over!   Lego has become much more sophisticated over the last 20 years, and for many children, even more fun.    Children learn about volume, support, and aesthetics.  For aspiring young architects, crafts-persons, engineers, Lego sets are the building blocks (literally) to scientific success. Children collaborate on one large standing project, while working on their own individual creations.

Outdoor Explorations:
This course will help stimulate the curiosities of children who have yet to show an appreciation for nature.  Our experience will take your child away from the concrete and to the flora & fauna that abound even in the city. Excitement here begins indoors, with a discussion and slide shows of what to look for in the nature around us. On each of the remaining days, we will be in a different place, assessing the earth, the rocks, the trees, and the animal life around us.  Students keep a photo collage of the natural world they have experienced.  They also keep a continued relationship to the Instructor team, who will be emailing remarkable natural phenomena by email each week.

Soccer Skills:
Come join us for skills, teamwork and fun!   This course is for children who are above the raw beginner stage, but not yet in regular competition. Our instructors are young adults who have both played and taught soccer. All children will learn passing, receiving, offense and defense.  They will work in groups and each instruction “hour” begins with a 5 minute “Soccer Strategy Session”. All children will experience each position: forward, midfield, defense and goalkeeper. Each afternoon concludes with a 90 minute doubleheader match.

 Softball Skills: 
Be part of America ‘s best team sport!  Our camp helps students have fun while drilling skills and strategy for every position except pitcher. All children will experience each defensive position, and all will learn to bat both left and right-handed (they are young enough to make this a good habit!). This is slow-pitch, but faced-paced, with an adult on the mound to lob to every level.  Each afternoon concludes with a 90 minute doubleheader for a “short squad” of up to 16 children.

Speed Reading:
Get through your reading faster, with equal or BETTER comprehension!   We help students develop good habits so they are not bogged down with work. We make use of the “Breakthrough!” curriculum, using age-appropriate novels and non-fiction. Students should EXPECT to double their reading speed, and know that emerging three times faster, with equal or even BETTER understanding is a realistic result.  Most students will read a full (short) book in their final 3-hour session.

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