Did you know that you can make a compass using a magnet and paperclips? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Do you know how to identify a raccoon paw print from a skunk's? All Hands on Deck! is a class that steps outside the pervasive technological landscape to help young learners hone fine motor, critical thinking, and survival skills. Each day, students will be faced with a new task in which they will have nothing but their own knowledge, newly acquired critical thinking skills and group collaboration efforts to help reach an end goal. Along the way they will develop self-confidence, independence, and an increased awareness of their surroundings while learning how to engage with the world in new, exciting and practical ways. Among other activities, students will be building, braiding, cultivating, fixing, foraging, navigating, orienteering and tinkering, all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to navigate life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
Faculty: Mary Mather Grades: K-1 Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
Periods: D Cost: $260
Students will explore the globe through a combination of regional and cultural specific literature and hands on activities. Each two day unit will begin with an introduction of the country or region and the reading of corresponding cultural stories in the vein of “Crepes by Suzette”, “Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa”, “Anansi the Spider”, “Tree of Cranes, etc”. During the second day of the unit, students will continue their exploration through a hands-on-activity related to the region.
This class will celebrate great literature by focusing on different books by a particular author for a week. Over the course of one session, students will become familiar with the work of three authors. Students will listen to stories and complete a project connected to the book of the day. Students will be able to demonstrate their comprehension of the story in fun and creative ways! This class will also work on phonic skills as we will do different activities that review letters and sounds. Some authors include Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, and David Shannon.
This class will foster a love of reading and develop comprehension skills through creative expression. We will bring reading to life through creative art projects based on favorite Children's stories both contemporary and classic.In connecting text to self we will use various media to extend meaning through drawing, painting, recycled art, sculpture, print making and collage.
The Creation Station is a place for young artists and craftspeople to explore and create. Each day will be an opportunity to create something new! Some projects will focus on free expression and other will focus more on process and technique. We will get inspiration from storybooks, fellow artists and the world around us.
Designed to nurture the creative problem solver in your child, Creative Crusaders asks students to apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the school year to both practical problems and super silly scenarios. Scientists will perform plays, athletes will build structures with moving parts and musicians will rewrite classic literature, all in the name of stretching their brains to creative capacity. In three weeks, your Brain Crusader will learn the importance of independent and out-of-the box thinking as well as cooperation and collaboration firsthand, as they work in groups to achieve common goals. Sometimes spur-of-the-moment, sometimes prepared in-advance, but always having fun, Brain Crusaders are ready to explore the many different ways they can approach finding a solution.
Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 Period: B or E Cost: $260
In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk pastels. They will learn drawing, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and even animated characters.
Faculty: Nicole Taylor Grades: K-1 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $260
This course will feature fantastic Children’s authors such as Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, and Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin just to name a few. Children will learn through song, art, sequencing, patterning, story retelling, and sensory activities. Each day will bring a new book and a new adventure in literacy.
Students will learn how to be positive, polite, respectful and well-mannered young children. This course offers students opportunities to learn proper ways of addressing adults, good table manners, and telephone etiquette. Students will learn social skills in fun and creative ways that they will use the rest of their lives.
Faculty: Megan Lee Pyle - Period B, Tonita Fernandez - Period C
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: B & C
Children will explore, create, imagine and engineer using the "big blue blocks" in the imagination playground. Design thinking will be inspired by by storybooks and once a week, we'll put the blue blocks away and engineer, design, create, explore and imagine with other unconventional items. Fun in the imagination playground will promote and reinforce important social and emotional learning skills like collaboration, communication, active listening, teamwork, problem solving and resilience.
Get ready to dive into the world of American Girl Dolls! In this class students will come with their doll for a fun filled hour of crafts and more. Students will have the chance to share their dolls with the peers and learn about all of the different dolls from different times and places. In addition, students will complete crafts for themselves and their dolls. Each week will have a different theme in which the projects will be centered around. Themes include tea party, sleep over, and luau! It is not necessary for students to have an American Girl doll; all dolls and stuffed animals are welcomed!
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 Periods: E Cost: $260
Fun with Math Games is a great class for students in kindergarten and first grade who want to keep their math skills finely tuned over the summer. It offers them the opportunity to have fun with math by engaging in various games that utilize the skills they already know, learn and build upon their math content knowledge, and most importantly get the chance to practice. Consistency and practice are key to maintaining strong mathematical skills. What better way is there to practice and enhance math skills than through social game play in large group, small ground, and 1-on-1!
Faculty: Grace Birkenbeuel Grades: K-2 Duration: 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): E Cost: $260
In this course students will enjoy various games with their classmates. Students will play normal team sports such as soccer, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and more. In addition, students will play fun and exciting games like capture the flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, kickball, team handball, and more. This class is geared for fun so come out and have some fun.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 Periods: A Cost: $260
Explore the hilarious, heartwarming world of George and Martha, the beloved hippopotamus pair created by award-winning author James Marshall. Through reading, writing, arts and crafts, role-playing, and discussion, children will not only fall in love with these tons of fun friends, but explore the meaning of friendship and learn how to be a good friend.
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 (Pigneri) and 2 (Priolo)
Period: B or C
This class will introduce movement and dance fundamentals for the young dancer. Jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques will be learned using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta Grades: K-2 Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $260
This class provides exposure to the Italian language through listening, reading and performing the story of “Pinocchio”, the Italian fairy tale known throughout the world . Students will learn Italian basic vocabulary for kids such us the names of family members, colors, the numbers up to 20, animals, the parts of the body, food, and clothing. Poems, songs, and the creation of their favorite character puppet will enhance their learning of the language. On the last Friday, children will perform an Italian song. Join in on a fun and educational class!
Faculty: Aquita Winslow Grades K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: F Cost: $260
Typing is a basic skill that needs time and practice to develop. Young kids have a great capacity to learn. When they start learning the position of characters on the keyboard at an early age, they have a much better chance of building up high-accuracy for the future. In this entry level class, students play fun keyboarding games as they become familiar with the keyboard!
Faculty: Lauren McAlister (Session 1) & Jamie Tibajia (Session 2) Grades: K-1 Duration? Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: A (Session 2) or B (Session 1 and 2) Cost: $260
Get ready to explore the world through coding! Similar to Little Steam Thinkers, this course will teach students the basics of block coding, critical thinking, and problem analysis. Students will be introduced to Ozobots, Kodable, Code.org, and more! Students will also work in cooperative teams in unplugged STEAM activities.
Students will be given guidance to research specific topics under general subjects such as Arts & Technology, Reading & Writing, Math & Science in Brainpop Jr., an animated educational resource database. They will then self select specific videos to watch and learn through cartoons featuring Moby, the hilarious Robot. Quizzes and games are associated with each video to reinforce and assess knowledge. It's learning under the guise of watching cartoons and having fun!
Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott & Melissa Valdez Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: D Cost: $260
Do you hear the call of the sea? Enjoy making crafts that become treasures, love animals and tales from the deep? Then grab your tale and jump on in. We'll have ocean story time, mermaid crafts, and learn ways we can help protect our ocean friends so we can treasure them for years to come.
Number sense is the intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships. This course is designed to help young students, entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2016, achieve a better sense of numbers and their relationships through fun games, puzzles, and projects. Number sense builds a strong foundation for problem solving and will help students be prepared for addition and subtraction, and other mathematical operations.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Session 1 and 2 Periods: A or E Cost: $260
Get ready to sing and dance! Students will explore the world of musical theatre through theatre games, dance technique, and music fundamentals. Additionally, students will learn music and choreography for 2 Broadway songs. Class will culminate in a presentation of these songs and an interactive drama activity.
Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia Grades: K-2 Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): C Cost: $260
Students will explore the basics of watercolor: choosing the right brushes, paint and paper, mixing colors and learning about the different types of washes. Students will create several finished paintings from a variety of subject matter while learning and increasing their confidence in this medium.
Faculty: Leah Bieltvedt Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: C Cost: $260
In this class students will experience the hands-on, messy, tactile world of paper mache. Students will sculpt animals, imaginary creatures, pretend foods, and other fantastic objects through the process of creating a base, covering it with newspaper dipped in paper mache paste ( the messy, fun part) and finishing with a dazzling array of paint and colors.
Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 Periods: C Cost: $260
Shorely you will want to dive into learning about life under the sea! From dolphins and sharks to seahorses and sea turtles (and otters and octopuses, oh my!), we will fish for knowledge while discovering the wonders of ocean life. From under the sea, we will adventure ashore to explore tide pool creatures such as anemones, urchins and sea stars. Awareness of habitats, environmentally safe practices and endangered ocean species will be discovered along the way. And since we can’t explore at the ocean, the ocean will come to us in tanks and touch pools for a hands-on culmination of our oceanography adventure.
But beware, matey and scallywag, o’ scurvy Pirate Fridays, as treasure hunts abound and pirate tales and booty provide swashbuckling fun. Who knows wha’ may ensue when th’ Jolly Roger be a’ flyin’! Savvy?
Come explore the rainforests of Central and South America. From the floor to the canopy and beyond, discover the animals, insects and reptiles that make the forest their home. And don't forget about the rivers teeming with wildlife like piranhas and pink river dolphins. We will learn about the conservation and sustainability our rainforests and what we can do to ensure they last for generations. We will culminate by inviting a reptile wrangler to visit and show us creatures that live in the rainforest.
This class provides students exposure to Spanish language and culture following the adventures of different animated characters. Through games, videos, songs, stories, role playing, and food, students will learn everyday Spanish vocabulary. The class’ fun atmosphere will be conducive to learning for our young students.
This is a traditional camp-craft based course in which our younger students can explore their more creative and artistic abilities. This is a great way for them to unwind after a full day of summer classes. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination and work with all sorts of craft materials. Some activities include making seashore wind chimes, stone planters, kites, bottle cap jewelry, tie dye, lanterns and lots of projects from nature and recycled items. Students will also be water coloring and working with clay. Crafts will be different for both sessions.
This course is designed for young scientists to explore the silly and smelly side of science. Each lesson is fun and interactive with hands-on experiments that dive into the reasons why things occur in the body. The focus of this course will be lessons on why certain “daily functions” occur or happen. This course will also encourage social interactions and humor all while engaging in scientific reasoning. From growing a germ garden, to exploring how germs travel, or observing the chemical reactions of different substances each student will enjoy the stinky, crusty, and sometimes slimy side of science. Please keep in mind that a variety of foods will be used in conducting these experiments.
Do you love to read? So do we! In the Alphabet Game we will build your child's early literacy skills by strengthening letter recognition and letter sounds through fun activities, games and plenty of movement.
Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period: E Cost: $260
It's the end of the day, and you want to start winding down, while still having fun? In this story telling class, kids will be read stories in engaging ways, whether it be through puppets, storyboards, or acting it out, we will make these stories come to life!
Faculty: Amy Hwang Grades: K-3 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only Period: B Cost: $260
This class exposes the ears of children to the world that is beyond Western music history. Listening to pieces in various genres from different parts of the world, children think outside of their box, learn to embrace the culture, and express their emotions and thoughts in creative methods. Self-expression will be performed including but not limited to body movements, art works, and writing.
What better way for your child to relax and exercise then an hour of water play on a sunny afternoon? They will be playing a wide range of water themed games such as sponge tag, slip & slide, beach towel volleyball, sponge relay, wet and wild kick ball, splish-splish-splash, and water balloon toss amongst a range of other water based games. This class is designed to invigorate your child after a busy morning in the Poly Summer program. Children are required to bring their bathing suits to this class. This class may be repeated in the second session.
This yoga class is presented in a playful and educational way. Each session incorporates energetic and soothing yoga positions, meditation, breathing exercises, group games and reading. Children stretch, laugh and participate actively to the class by creating yoga positions, making up stories with yoga poses, and building warm up sequences. Each session ends with a calming story or a creative relaxation, inviting rest and awakening of the imagination. Students will be taught partly in French which is also a great way to learn another language while having fun. This course is taught by a French-native experienced yoga teacher who has taught yoga to kids for many years in France.
Course planning grids
The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2017. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2017. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.