Poly kindergarten: Ready, set, go!

Welcome, incoming kindergartners! Come and spend the morning with us to explore all the joys and adventures of kindergarten! The weeks will be filled with kinder-readiness activities, including circle time to build community, math sense, pre-literacy skills, social-emotional activities, and play to develop cooperation, teamwork, patience, and more.

Mornings will include snack and recess, just like a real kindergarten day, and then classes will move on to gross motor activities on the playground and the field. Fine motor activities will be explored to help develop pre-handwriting skills and tying shoes. The kinder experience will also include STEAM lessons, such as coding, building, baking, and sensory play. Do you have a budding artist? We’ll explore dance, singing, theater games, and even working with clay and other materials to create an inspired masterpiece.

This program is designed to give your young kindergartner a sense of what to expect in a kindergarten day and will help them prepare for the exciting year ahead. This course will help build confidence and awareness and help alleviate the uncertainty of starting in a new school. We look forward to having your kinder with us this summer!

Fees:
Each three-week session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; cost is $1,100 per session.

List of 9 items.

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kinder STEAM Thinkers

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): K
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 ONLY
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! By the end of this 3-week course, students will have worked collaboratively on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) tasks to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Tasks are hands-on, require teamwork, and allow opportunities for creativity and reasoning. Students will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think beyond what has already been done. Full STEAM ahead!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Summertime Crafts, K-2

    Faculty: Susan Marchant
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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.
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