K-6 Full-Day

 

Full-day students attend 3 morning classes from 9 AM to 12 PM, and have lunch and recreation or quiet time with friends from noon to 1 PM. After recess students participate in an integrative theme that combines art, music, science, math, drama and social studies. For students who need to stay past 3 PM, Extended Care is available until 5:30 PM.

Children reading in grass

Session Dates:

  • Session I: June 17th – June 28th
  • Session II: July 15th – July 26th

Class Size:

  • Limited to 15 students per class

What to bring:

  • A folder with pockets and pencils
  • A nut-free snack to eat mid-morning
  • A nut-free lunch and beverage

Course Offerings

Bird Brains

Grades K-3rd
Come fly with us into the trees to explore the world of ornithology. Toucans, pelicans, and hummingbirds – what do they have in common? We’ll explore many different bird adaptations. How do the birds in your backyard compare to those in other lands? Why is a hawk’s beak hooked? Are nests specific to the species?  How do their homes vary? What bird builds the biggest one? Design a nest of your own and learn about their second homes when we study migration. We’ll investigate bird songs and the role of these creatures in mythology. From incubating to leaving the nest, parent birds are egg-cellent. What type of bird will you discover and create? The sky’s the limit!

Artistry Abounds!

Grades K-3rd
Are you ready for some art and to expand your adroitness? Art provides so many possibilities for creative outlets and different explorations. We’ll examine various techniques while incorporating geometry, camouflage, balance, perspective, nature, and symmetry. Along the way, try mixing a few media. Create designs using a rich variety of materials from feathers, beans, twigs, wire, string, beads and paint. Will you focus on abstract or realistic pieces? Get messy and find your inner, creative self while having fun making masterpieces.  Our mission will be to prove the idea that we are all artists at heart!

Moving Pictures

Grades K-6th
Do you enjoy cartoons?  Have you ever tried to make your own?  Let’s go back to the beginning to get a better understanding of how moving pictures, or animation, works.  Try your hand at making zoetropes, a pre-cursor to animation and then flip books to study how flying through the pages between images creates the illusion of movement.  Be amazed as your own pencil-drawn stick figures bound across the page!  Saturday morning cartoons used to be just for kids, but these days animation is a reinvented, elevated performance medium.  We’ll spend some time watching how cartoons like the Flintstones matured into the graphic marvels they are today.  Then with the help of technology, create your very own stop-motion animations.  From inception to creation, you’ll plan a short animation using paper and pencil, clay, or other objects. Film it, edit it, and showcase your masterpiece.  Let’s get animating!

Toys – Past, Present, and Future

Grades K – 6th
Skully, Pitch Ha’Penny, Corn Husk Dolls.  Do these games and toys sound familiar? Marco Polo, Monkey in the Middle, Battleship, Jenga?  Getting warmer? Put down that game controller, power off the computer, and join us as we explore games and toys from the past and present, and then imagine and design games and toys of the future. We’ll spend time each day playing different types of indoor games and board games and exploring popular toys throughout the decades. After utilizing the Toy Inventor and Designer’s Guide, create a new toy or game. Learn the steps for starting your company to produce something new in the field. What will your design of the future look like? Olly, olly, oxen free!

Working Like A Dog

Grades K-6th
Did you know some dogs have jobs? They are hired, trained, perform specialized duties, and receive a paycheck. Not every dog has the right qualities though. Certain breeds excel as Working Dogs. German Shepherds, Bloodhounds and Labrador Retrievers are the dogs of choice for many, but there are other breeds that love to work. Did you know some dogs can pick up a smell 40 feet underground, underwater, and up to a mile away? Some can hear four times better than humans. Let’s test our senses of smell and hearing and see how we measure up! Explore how many different jobs dogs perform for humans, from livestock guarding to bomb detection. While we are at it, learn to draw different breeds of Working Dogs.  

Living in Space

Grades K-6th
Do you have what it takes to live on the International Space Station? See if you can stomach a freeze-dried meal, design a toilet to be used without gravity, and handle living in close quarters with your fellow astronaut campers. Find out why salt and pepper must be in liquid form, then invent packaging to contain the mixture. We’ll create a replica of a private room on the habitation module using different lightweight, sound absorbing materials. Discover what astronauts do in their free time, and what scientific research is currently being conducted aboard the station. Try duplicating one of their science experiments here on the ground and compare results. Finally, we’ll land our own mini Soyuz capsules and reenter life on Earth.

King of Beasts

Grades K-6th
Did you know a lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away? Come explore these fascinating big cats of Africa and discover why the male cat’s mane is very important. Why do lions sleep twenty hours a day! We’ll learn about the lives of these beautiful animals and their neighbor creatures. Investigate what it takes to be a conservationist and save the diminishing populations of endangered African animals. We’ll also visit some of your favorite literary and theatrical lions such as Simba, the Cowardly Lion, and Aslan. Come on our adventure to Africa; we’ll make lion masks, cook traditional Kenyan cuisine, and map our ultimate safari. Roar!

Dissecting Disney & Perusing Pixar

Grades K-6th
The movie Up asks, “Do you have the spirit of adventure, too?” Come take a summer journey exploring the movies of Disney and Pixar. Rediscover the magic Disney has brought us since Snow White in 1937. We’ll watch some unforgettable moments, sing those many award-winning songs, analyze good vs evil, discuss the plots and themes, and create our own adaptations and endings – and that is not all! There is a lot of princess and protagonist trivia to be talked about! Walt Disney said it best, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

A Taste for Chemistry

Grades K-6th
Did you know that your kitchen is a chemistry lab? With precise combinations of ordinary food ingredients, liquids, heat, and cold, you can polish metal, create soap, set up explosions, and even make ice cream. Learn the chemical reactions that create the “yum” in your favorite foods, and taste the wonders of your scientific prowess. Discover the secret power of eggs, burp some yeast, get to know red cabbage and vinegars, and try your hand at making slime and rainbows. Make crystals, edible and otherwise. Like all great cooks and scientists, we will measure, multiply, divide, and create. Experiments never tasted so good (or not!). We’ll even concoct the cleaners to clean up our mess!

You’re So Funny!

Grades 2nd-6th
Do you love to laugh? And to make others smile? To find someone who “gets” your jokes? Join us for fun and funny, for exploring humor in its many forms. Humor can be subtle, clever, or irresistible. Come share jokes, riddles, puns, and cartoons. Try to figure out why some jokes make you laugh and others make you groan. What is wit? What makes some humor “dry?” How many puns are in a “typical” Shakespeare play? As we explore what makes us laugh, we’ll learn about the birth of comic strips, play with word games and tongue twisters, and jump into comic improv accented with props and costumes. Bet you can’t keep a straight face :).

Who’s in Charge – Democracy, Capitalism, Socialism, and the US Constitution

Grades 3-6th
What is raw democracy? What are the differences between socialism, capitalism, theocracy, and dictatorship? Did you know the United States is not a true democracy, but instead is a democratic republic? We will set up our own classroom governments with each system and live under them for a day to see how they work. How are disputes settled? How are laws written and enforced under each system? What led to the ideas in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Should we have a world government? What kind should it be and what are the pros and cons?

On the Air – Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

Grades 4-6th
In a few years, all radios will be SDR. Instead of knobs or buttons to tune and adjust them, we have programs and instructions to tell them what we want to receive. Learn about the “old radios” and why the new method is taking over. We’ll do analog to digital conversion using paper to see how the ‘chip’ method works, then do digital to analog conversion using a speaker. Listen to signals from all over the world using a modern SDR. Build your own SDR unit from a kit that you can take home for further experiments using your own computer. ($30 lab fee per student required with registration.)


Afternoon Theme: Patterns

Patterns are everywhere. We find them in flowers, shells, food, and many other items in nature. We’ll investigate Fibonacci series and how to use a sequence of numbers to generate patterns.  Using hand lenses, observe a variety of spirals. We’ll study the impact of different types of food patterns on cooking times and how the chemical arrangement in foods determine their texture. How will we rearrange the chemical structure of chocolate to make it shiny and able to snap apart? Patterns abound in fabric and we’ll explore the cultural significance of many from tartan to paisley. We’ll discuss historical patterns in architecture at various time periods and then you’ll build one of your own. Explore pattern as a visual element of art and pick one that inspires you. Play with patterns in poetry, both rhythmic and prose. We’ll sing, write and dance patterns in music.

Attending the afternoon session provides students more time for relaxed socialization and bonding, something they may not always experience in traditional school.