Programs
PolySummer 2019

First Grade

List of 54 items.

  • All Hands on Deck! Critical Thinking and Survival Skills 1-2

    Faculty: Julita Penido & Bordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Did you know that you can make a compass using a paperclip and a magnet? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Do you like searching for treasure? All Hands on Deck! is a class that steps outside the pervasive technological landscape to help young learners hone 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 skills, and group collaboration efforts to help reach an end goal. Along the way they will develop self-confidence, independence, cooperation, 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, fixing, foraging, navigating, and orienteering all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to navigate life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
  • Around the World in 15 Days - Exploration of Holidays 1-2

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s):3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will explore the globe through a combination of regional and cultural specific literature and tactile activities. Each unit will focus on a holiday or festival celebrated throughout the world. After an introduction of the region and event, we will being with reading corresponding cultural stories. Examples of these explorations might include Diwali, Santa Lucia, Children's Day, the Chinese New Year, etc. Students will explore these festivals by comparing and contrasting with other cultural celebrations and completing a related hands-on-activity.
  • Artistic Number Sense 1-2

    Faculty: Tim Bell
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Author Exploration 1-2

    Faculty: Dani Barrero
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class will allow students to explore different genres such as creative fiction, non-fiction, poetry and personal narrative. By examining different author's, students will be able to learn how to create their own stories. Writing projects will also accompanied with creative representation of their word through clay models, portraits, -and guided drawings. Students will also be introduced to the role of characters in stories, dialogue, voice, and style of different genres. This course provides a creative way for students to delve into the wonderful world of literature.
  • Batter's Up - Baseball Clinic 1-3

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275

    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.
  • Creation Station 1-2

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Early Literacy Through Children's Favorite Authors 1-2

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This course will feature fantastic Children’s authors such as Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin and Mercy Watson author Kate DiCamillo just to name a few. Children will learn through omit song art, sequencing, patterning, story retelling, and sensory activities. Each week will bring a new author and a new adventure in literacy.
  • Exploring Science through Experiments 1-2

    Faculty: Science Staff
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A, B or E
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Fine Art Trio! 1-3

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will be introduced to art created by some of the worlds most renowned painters, sculptors, assemblage artists, and illustrators! Inspired by their work, we will create three jaw dropping masterpieces which will include a portrait, landscape and sculpture. During our time together, students will be honing drawing, painting and making skills, experimenting with color, technique & materials, and most importantly- having a great time doing it!
  • Fun in the Imagination Playground 1-2

    Faculty: Anne walsh and Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Fun with American Girls 1-3

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2 
    Period: C 
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Fun with Math Games 1-2

    Faculty: Mark Munoz and Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    “Left, left, left, right, left. We're the best, we're number one. Now let’s have some math fun!” Fun with Math Games focuses on engaging rising first and second graders in specific strategies to build on and further strengthen math fact skills in all four math operations. This course is designed to encourage students to practice and reinforce math facts through a variety of math activities that involve iPad apps, computer games, cards, dice, board games, and flashcards to further their mastery of basic facts. The extra practice is critical to each student’s math success and developing the automaticity of facts. Some games will include Double Trouble, Half as Much, Baseball Math, Defensive Struggle, Number Maker, Knock-Off Numbers, Pyramid Math, Dollar Race, Murb, Crazy Cone and many more.
     
  • Games of All Sorts 1-2

    Faculty: Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    In Game of All Sorts, we will be playing a variety of developmentally appropriate games. Come join the fun as we play games including soccer, kickball, relay races, a variety of tag games, parachute games, Hippo Toss, and fan favorite, Friday Funday! Your child will have an hour of game packed fun, with lots of water breaks, of course. Look forward to seeing your child in Games of All Sorts at Poly Summer!
  • Garden Art

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    The garden offers endless artistic inspiration and space for children to blossom. This class will explore various artistic media including painting, drawing, mosaic, collage, sculpture, and music.
  • Handwriting 1-2

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Handwriting, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard and tablet typing can't.The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. 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 build confidence while improving 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.
  • Hang-able Food Sculptures 1-3

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Hang-able Food Sculptures or Everlasting Flavor for your Walls! Through experimenting with scale and materials, in this art fun and dinamic class we will build mouth watering sculptures worthy to hang on your walls! From giant sandwiches and cakes to teeny-tiny roast chicken dinners, the focus of this class will be on working with form, presentation, creative problem solving, and thinking outside of the box!
  • Home Sweet Habitat, K-1

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): K-1
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • How to Be a Princess 1-3

    Faculty: Kate Austin and Lindsay Morales
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Tea, crowns, dresses oh my! We'll talk about what it means to a be a princess besides pretty clothes and crowns: confidence, kindness, and taking care of others; and we'll practice those qualities while having tea parties, games, and even a royal ball!
  • iDance Minis 1-2

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri and Douglas Locke
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture through Games and Activities 1-3

    Faculty: Irene Chen & Yong Liu
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s):3 Weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Mr. Monkey (hóu zi) and Miss Croc (è yú) will take us on a trip to China in this three-week long course. Our puppet friends will show us the rich history through bilingual stories and songs, and help us celebrate the traditional holidays with engaging crafts and maybe even a taste of authentic Chinese food. We will dive into the art of pictograph, trying our hands at writing Chinese characters. In addition, we will learn basic conversation words and phrases through interactive games and activities. The class will culminate in a showcase of 15-20 minutes for parents and friends on the last day.

    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.
  • Keyboarding Games for Kids K-2

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Koding Kids 1-2

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister and Kimberly Justiniani
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or E
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Learning with Osmo 1-2

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Little Chefs 1-2

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: C or F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Little Steam Thinkers 1-2

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister and Kimberly Justiniani
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or D (Session 1) or B or E (Session 2 )
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Math Facts Boot Camp 1-2

    Faculty: Mark Munoz
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    There is more to just practicing and mastering multiplication and division facts. In this Math Fact Boot Camp, students will think about and discuss how to select the most appropriate strategy, reinforce how to solve each problem efficiently, accurately, and flexibly. While this course is designed for students to practice and potentially master multiplication and division facts by means of games, drills, oral and written practice, the students will also learn how to identify and apply tips and tricks related to fact fluency. This course is suitable for both first and second grade students seeking to improve their math fact recall.
  • Mermaids and Sea Kings

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar & Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Do you hear the call of the sea? This course is all about the amazing creatures that call it home. We have ocean storytime, mermaid crafts, and so many fun activities in store for you. We will learn all the ways we can help protect our ocean friends and how we can be good friends to one another. You'll create and bring home many treasures that you'll admire and enjoy for years to come, so grab your tale and jump on in, we can't wait to meet you. 
  • Mystery Science Animal Adventures 1-3

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Let the animal adventures begin! In this class, students will engage in hands-on activities to investigate Earth’s animal diversity. While collaborating, creating, and thinking critically, students will develop a sense of wonder for the amazing world of animals. Come curious and get ready to adventure through the mysteries of Earth’s biodiversity!
  • Number Sense Grades 1-2

    Faculty: Tim Bell
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or D
    Cost: $275
    Number sense is the intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships. The course is designed to help the young student, entering first & second grade in the fall of 2019, 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.
  • On Broadway - A Musical Theater Experience for K-2

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): 1-2 Period A, K-2 Period E
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or E
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Painting Exploration with Watercolor 1-3

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Paper Mache 1-2

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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?
  • Read, Color, Draw

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    This is 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.
  • Ready, Set, Go! Speed, Coordination and Performance Clinic 1-4

    Faculy: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Recycled Art Masterpieces 1-2

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Using things we would normally throw away like yogurt pots, scraps of cardboard, shoe boxes and more, we will make three stunning masterpieces inspired by nature as well as other artists working with recycled materials. As we draw, paint and sculpt the 2 and 3d elements of our multimedia works, we will not only be learning the essential skills of visual art and design, but looking at how to reuse everyday things in creative ways. During our sessions, we’ll also be discussing the importance of recycling and how we each play an important role in taking care of our planet.
  • Sensory Play 1-2

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grade(s):1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks / Session 1 only 
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Does your little one like to get his/her hands dirty? Wiggle his/ her body? Then this is the class you need! We are going to explore our world with our hands, eyes, ears, and nose. We will make scented play-dough, paint to music, play in the mud, make cloud-dough and slime, and the list goes on! The fun awaits!
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Hand Sewn Menagerie 1-5

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential hand sewing techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own menagerie! Together we'll practice pinning and cutting, stitching and embellishing, as we create expressive animals from fabric, thread, and trimmings. Daily teacher demonstrations and personal guided instruction are designed to develop eye-hand coordination, patience and accuracy, and a sense of accomplishment, while completing a fun sewn project. The skills & concepts learned in this class create a solid foundation for progressing to machine sewing.
  • Sketching Fun with Pastels 1-3

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or E
    Cost: $275
    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk and oil pastels. They will learn the fundamentals of sketching, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and animated characters.
  • Spanish Adventures 1-2

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class provides students an 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.
  • Spanish through Classic Tales 1-3

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Spanish through Fables and Legends 1-3

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Students will learn Spanish vocabulary and culture as they listen to, re-construct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content of some popular fables from the Spanish speaking world. There will be one to two fables and/or legends per week from three-five different Spanish speaking countries.
  • STEM Construction Engineering 1-3

    Faculty: Veronica Covarubbias
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This class is designed to enhance students' Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills. Participants will use their imagination and creativity by being challenged to build their own cars, animals, robots and anything you can imagine! These activities will help to build their problem solving skills and reinforce the importance of teamwork & collaboration, build social skills, support creativity, and improve imagination through interactive play.
  • Storybook STEAM 1-2

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! Students will listen to stories and complete a collaborative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) project connected to the story. Students will develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as enhance their creativity and reasoning, through collaborative projects and hands on learning. They will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think outside the box. Full STEAM ahead!
  • Summer Clay 1-2

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will create a variety of hand built ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Projects for 2019 include: Sun Sculpture, Animal Face Sculpture, Keychains and functional bowls and cups.
  • Summertime Crafts K-2

    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.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim 1-5

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels and Heather Sweet
    Grade(s):1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A, B, or C
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • That's Gross! That's Stinky! It's Science! K-1

    Faculty: Mark Munoz
    Grade(s): K-1
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • The Curious Gardner

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • The Literacy Club 1-2

    Faculty: Molly Wiebe
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A, C or E
    Cost: $275
    This class will focus on strengthening your child’s literacy development by focusing on four main areas: (a) reading; (b) writing; (c) listening; and (d) speaking skills. The learning day will begin with a community building circle to practice speaking skills. Next, we will read aloud together to practice reading and listening skills. Finally, we will work on personal story books to ractice writing skills.
  • Tinker, Tinker, Creative Thinker with Legos! 1-2

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Through innovation and design, students will brainstorm, plan, and construct structures with Legos! Based on the concepts of S.T.E.A.M, students will complete challenging tasks, in which they’ll need to work independently or cooperatively to solve each challenge. By means of project-based learning activities and opportunities, each student will further their understanding of how S.T.E.A.M can be applied in a variety of ways thus expanding their design and critical thinking skills, enhance their ability to question and wonder, and effectively communicate their thinking in a fun and engaging way. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be creative or play with Legos! 
  • Water Play of All Sorts K-2

    Faculty: Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Waves of Facts, Fun and Oceanography

    Faculty: Mark Munoz and Sherlyn Burns
    Grades: 1-2 Period D, Grades K-2 Period E
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $275
    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?
  • Word Study - Mastering Phonics Grade 1

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 1
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275

    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.
  • Yoga in Francais 1-3

    Faculty: Stephanie Evans
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    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 2019. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2019. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
Polytechnic School | 1030 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106 | Phone 626.396.6300 | Fax 626.796.2249
© All Rights Reserved. Polytechnic School.