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.

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  • Crafts with Kinders

    Faculty: Melanie Hampton
    Grade(s): K
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    Begin to learn and reinforce the letters and sounds of the alphabet through crafting. We will bring each letter of the alphabet to life and turn each letter into an animal or object. This is a great opportunity for incoming kindergarten students to engage in a hands-on learning experience as we bring the alphabet to life.
  • Every Day is a Holiday K-2

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    In this class the students will learn about other countries and cultures through their particular and unique holidays. We will create crafts, taste foods, and learn new games and dances. Students will bring home their special projects to demonstrate what they have learned. Come join us on our special “holiday” voyage around the world!
  • Home Sweet Habitat K-1

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): K-1
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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!
  • Kidventures Financial Literacy Course K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    Inspiring ordinary children to do extraordinary things is what this class is all about. Not every child will be an entrepreneur when he or she grows up, but through this course we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Have you ever thought about creating your own business in a real-world environment? Ever wished you knew the wonders of how to create products that will make others happy? Developing a business, earning cash, saving, and donating to worthy causes are key components to our Financial Literacy class. The Financial Literacy class will be filled with an abundance of activities that will take you on a journey to be remembered!! Each child will work on a team and create a business that they can develop and share with others. In this course, students will get into small groups, according to the businesses of interest, come up with a plan of what they would like to sell and create a budget. They will fill out an application, elect Vice Presidents (of marketing, finance, publicity), and elect their CEO. In addition, students will also work with a Graphic Designer and create their own company logo. Some of the companies they could develop might be a Beverage Bar, Bakery Business, T-Shirt Company, and other creative possibilities. Join us for a session of fun and adventure.

    Educational Benefits and Objectives ~ The skills students can develop through this course is to lead with confidence, use good critical thinking skills, understand and value teamwork, and to become financially responsible. Each company will work with a banker from Wells Fargo and also local business owners to assist with business plans and strategies on how to run a successful business.
  • Kinder STEAM Thinkers

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): K
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: E
    Cost: $280

    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!
  • Kindergarten Program

    Faculty: Anna Draper, Tonita Fernandez & Halle Rogers
    Grade(s): Kindergarten only
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Cost: $1,120
    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!
  • Learning Your Letters! K-1

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): K-1
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    TBD
  • Math Fact Busters - Sum Kool Math 4 Kids! K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Math Busters to the rescue!! Amuse yourself through the number one roller coaster ride of math!! If your journey in math has been too fast, slow, up and down, or new this is the ride for you. A Strong math foundation is the key to grasping higher-level math concepts. This course is designed to help develop mathematical strengths as it introduces numbers and enforces instant recall of math facts. Through the journey of this course, students will gain an understanding of the addition and subtraction families, gain an understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and identify division facts and its relationship to multiplication. We will also increase speed and accuracy of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Join us in a math fact lab created by our own math team. Yes, that is each of you! We will design the space to help bring math facts to life in an exciting and creative way. Come hone in on your myth busting skills through a variety of action-packed activities using I-pads, flashcards, board games, game shows, water balloons and much more! With math facts galore you will for sure enter the next grade well prepared with facts. Join us for weeks of wonder, as you become a mathematical myth math fact buster! Learn the secret behind learning math facts and becoming a whiz by using number bonds, creating your own math fact book full of interesting ways of learning, become a math artist by building art projects using geometric shapes, and learning how to develop a better understanding of math facts from addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    Educational Benefits and Objectives ~ The skills students can develop through this course is to lead with confidence, use good critical thinking skills, understand and value teamwork, and to become financially responsible. Each company will work with a banker from Wells Fargo and also local business owners to assist with business plans and strategies on how to run a successful business.
  • On Broadway - A Musical Theater Experience for K-2

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A (Grades 1-2 only) or E (Grads K-2)
    Cost: $280
    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
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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 K-1

    Faculty: Mark Munoz
    Grade(s): K-1
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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 2020. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2020. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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