Spend your afternoons with Mo Willem's beloved Elephant and Piggie. In this class, students will participate in a variety of activities inspired by the adventures of Elephant and Piggie. Each day, we'll read a book and then create art, play a game or complete a follow up activity. We will also spend some time discussing the ins and outs of "friendship" as addressed in the book series. This class is great for students who love to immerse themselves in the stories they read and listen to!
Did you know that you can make one of the world’s strongest materials out of common plants? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Or make a pulley system using nothing but rope? 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.
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.
By the end of this 3 week course, students will have explored math through play and created art projects to increase mathematical thinking. Topics include composing and decomposing numbers, shapes, patterns, place value, equal groups, and more. Students will leave this course with a math/art portfolio and a better understanding of what numbers are.
Do you want to hit the ball harder and more consistently? Do you want to be able to field ground balls and fly balls easier and with more confidence? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 3 who want to improve and have more fun playing baseball or softball by improving their hitting and fielding. During this three week session we will improve the skill level through different drills and games.
Grades: K - 2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): A Cost: $270
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.
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.
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.
The Exploring Science through Experiments course is intended to provide young kids the opportunity to perform experiments through which they learn basic science principles. Just to name a few, experiments they will conduct in this age group includes ice cream making, density layered columns in eppendorf tubes, use of basic medical instruments (stethoscope, reflex hammer, tuning fork) to understand how the human body works, and learning the principles of conservation using Newton's cradle. The second session of this course will cover different material, so the second session is not a repeat of the first.
Students 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!
Faculty: Mark Munoz Grades:K-1 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): E Cost: $270
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!
In this fun, active course students will be placed in teams at the beginning of the session. Students will compete as Olympic-style teams and create their team names. Each day students will engage in an activity, challenge, game or sport such as wacky relay races, capture the flag, dodgeball competitions, flag football, soccer and even some water fun activities. At the end of the session, all students will receive a small prize.
Drawing and connecting letters allows children to better memorize words and phrases. The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Handwriting, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard typing can't. The successive construction of letters and words is more fluid and allows children to remember words and bridge ideas. In this class, we will review the basics of Print writing and explore some fundamental cursive. The goal is to improve each student's hand-eye coordination, hand muscle building and, most importantly, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship while learning to love their own writing.
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, Students 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.
Students will explore the global environment through a combination of literature, short videos and hands-on activities. We will begin with an introduction to the variety of habitats on our planet. From there, we will dive in to spend a few days exploring each biome, including the rainforest, desert, ocean and arctic. We will focus on the temperatures, animals and distinct features of each. We will finalize each unit with a tactile element, such as nature walks, painting, model magic creations, or dioramas.
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.
This class can be considered a mix between a theater and an art class, a “language laboratory.” In this course, students will learn the basics of the Italian language through experiences and activities. The children will listen to two famous fairy tales, Pinocchio and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; they will create their favorite character puppet/mask, and perform the story. They will learn basic Italian 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 and songs will enhance their learning of the language. Join in for a fun and educational class!
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!
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.
Faculty: Thomas Krentzin (Session 1) & Bordeaux Martin (Session 2) Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): A Cost: $270
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!
Come and experience a new way to learn. Osmo's "groundbreaking system fosters social intelligence and creative thinking by opening up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play". We will explore the world of Osmo together, building problem solving strategies, working cooperatively, and even maybe designing our own Osmo lesson.
In this course students will expand their cultural competency through cooking delicious dishes from the Americas. Science, math, health, social skills and cultural awareness will be reinforced through this hands-on class as students measure, mix and learn the origin of guacamole, arepas, quesadillas, Cuban rice pudding and more. They will explore the history of food and how climate and geography affect food preferences.
Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! Students will work collaboratively on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) tasks to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as enhance their creativity and reasoning. Virtual field trips will provide an opportunity for students to learn about important inventors and see STEAM in action worldwide. Students will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think beyond what has already been done. Full STEAM ahead!
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 storytime, mermaid crafts, and learn ways we can help protect our ocean friends so we can treasure them for years to come.
Faculty: Sherlyn Burns (A period Session 1) & Angela Brown (D period both Sessions)
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
Period(s): A OR D
Number sense is the intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships. The course is designed to help the young student, entering first grade in the fall of 2014, achieve a better sense of numbers and their relationships through fun games, puzzles, and projects. Students who achieve a strong understanding of how numbers relate to each other are better equipped to understand and utilize all the basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as a conceptual understanding of fractions.
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.
Students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of conservation by teaching it to extra-terrestrials that have just landed and don't quite understand the concept. They students will take their visitors on an expedition through the Americas to show these friendly aliens about habitats, foods, and scenes from the wide plains to the rainforest jungles to the Andes mountains while teaching them about the earth and nature. The students will work together to protect endangered species and learn ways to live on earth sustainably.
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.
Discover the fun and messy art of Paper Mache. We will get our hands gooey while wecreate lanterns, bowls, monsters and other things from our imagination with newspaper,glue and paint. Are you ready for some fun?
This class is for 6-8 year old students who enjoy art and reading in a low stress environment. The students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres in magazines, chapter books, and short stories. Also, we will sketch, color, trace, and draw about the stories we read and other high interest topics.
The art of reading is learned and developed through engagement and practice. The Reader’s Workshop class will focus on supporting students to work on their reading interests, fluency, and comprehension strategies. Through methods such as reading aloud and shared reading, your child will have the opportunity to: (a) explore and read a variety of genres and topics; (b) learn strategies to find ‘just right’ books; (c) read and talk about books they enjoy; and finally, (d) develop their reading interests and reader’s identity.
Do you want to improve your speed, coordination and performance on the athletic field? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 1-3 who want to have fun and improve their athletic sports performance. This session will prepare you for the unique demands of your sport. Defining moments in sports occur at full speed in a chaotic and unpredictable environment. We will teach agility, change in direction and more through fun individual and team exercises.
Does your little one like to get his/her hands dirty? Wiggle his/ her body? Then this isthe class you need! We are going to explore our world with our hands, eyes, ears, andnose. We will make scented playdough, paint to music, play in the mud, make clouddough and slime, and the list goes on! The fun awaits!
In this class kids will have a chance to ditch those ants in their pants, lose those post-lunch blues, and have a crazy-good time through movement, dance, and games. Students will learn synchronized dances like the Hand Jive and the Macarena, sing those really repetitive songs like The Ants Go Marching and Father Abraham, play movement games like Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says, and have time every class for free dance. Come shake your sillies out in this lively afternoon class!
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.
Students will learn Spanish vocabulary as they listen to, re-construct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content in Spanish of some of the Classic stories from the most well known Classic authors: Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Carlo Collodi, Alexander Afanasyev. There will be one to three stories per week from different authors.
Students will learn Spanish vocabulary and culture as they listen to, reconstruct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content of some popular fables from the Spanish speaking world. There will be one fable and/or legend per week from three different Spanish speaking countries.
Faculty: Susan Marchant Grades: K - 2 Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): F Cost: $270
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.
The goal of this class is to have fun and gain a love of swimming. Students will be put into groups according to their ability; some students are learning to swim while others will be improving technique and learning new strokes. Daily, students will do a warm-up activity, a swim lesson, and finish the class with free time to play or practice new skills. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are necessary.
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: Lizzy Bonamy (Session 2) & Raleigh Young (Session 1)
Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
Spend the morning exploring and tending to the Poly garden. This class will include garden related literature, nature art and craft experiences and basic gardening skills. Music and whimsy will guide us along the way!
Come and join this active class and develop your sense of play, storytelling, performance, and comic timing. By learning to improvise you will develop your imagination and intuition even more than before. Not only will you have an entertaining time, but these skills are also useful in every aspect of learning and life. You will be quick to think and play, and you will learn to expect the unexpected!
What better way for your child to relax and exercise than 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. Students are required to bring their bathing suits to this class. This class may be repeated in the second session.
Faculty: Sherlyn Burns & Mark Munoz Grades: K-2 Duration/ Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2 Period(s): C Period for Grades K-1, D Period for Grades 1-2 Cost: $270
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 the ocean, the ocean will come to us in tanks and touch trays for a hands-on culmination of our oceanography adventure. Subject to availability.
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 the’ Jolly Roger be a’ flyin’! Savvy?
Needlepoint is a terrific way to unwind and relax while creating something handmade and beautiful. Students, little stitchers, will learn the basics of needlepoint and such stitches like Cross stitch, Half Cross stitch, Basketweave, Box stitch, Diamond stitch and more. Students will start out with a small canvas and, with practice and proficiency, move on to designing their own idea. Students will first sketch projects on paper then on canvas and finish their project by bringing it to life with beautiful threads and yarns. Needlepoint is a creative hobby that can be done anywhere (think waiting rooms and airports). With so many stitches to learn and projects to make it can be a lifetime hobby. Stitchers can continue at their own pace and level in session two, if desired.
Got the phonics blues? Does sounding out words to read or spell feel like an uphill battle? Then this may be the class for you! In this class, students will develop strategies for sounding out and identifying features of words. Students will also work with word patterns and sight words, focusing on beginning and ending sounds, short vowels, blends, digraphs, and possibly some long vowel patterns. Through hands-on activities and games, word study can be lots of fun! Please note, classes in both sessions will cover the same content.
Get ready, get set, write! In this Writers' Workshop modeled class, students will strengthen their writing skills by writing narratives, fiction stories, and poetry. Students will work on important writing skills like generating ideas, planning their writing, writing and illustrating, revising, editing, and publishing. This class will be taught by two credentialed teachers to help meet the needs of these young writers. It is sure to be a fun and beneficial class to get students ready for first grade!
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. Students will 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 2018. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2018. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.