Second Grade

How to Participate in PolySummer Remote Learning

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Course Descriptions

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

    Faculty: Julita Penido 
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (2 Sections available)
    Cost: $355
    Did you know that you can make a compass using a paperclip and a magnet? Or an oven out of cardboard and foil? Do you like searching for treasure? All Hands on Deck is a class that helps young learners hone critical thinking and survival skills. Each day, students will learn about a different facet of surviving in the outdoors. 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, fixing, identifying, measuring, and navigating, all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to traverse life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
    Each day, students will spend an hour with their teacher learning new concepts, working on projects, and synthesizing what has been covered in the class. A box of supplies will be sent to the household of each student, with each day’s activity individually labeled.
  • Around the World Cultural Celebrations K-2

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): K-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ T-Th
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $185 (includes material fee)
    Students will explore the globe through a combination of regional and culturally specific literature and tactile activities. Each class will focus on a different continent or region. After an overview of the region (language, location, animals, holidays, and more), we will read cultural stories or folktales, and complete a corresponding tactile activity.

    The class structure will be a class meeting and group share, lesson time, discussion, craft/activity instruction, guided work time for the activity or craft, and a closing circle to wrap up the day. Students are expected to have basic motor skills in order to complete tactile activities. Ms. Pyle will be online with your students for the entire hour.
  • Become a Travel Agent 1-2

    Faculty: Melanie Hampton 
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9 am - 10 am 
    Cost: $355
    Traveling around the world is an awesome adventure! Together, we will experience the culture and learn through new experiences as we learn about different countries. After learning about each new country, students will create a travel brochure as a way to share with others what to expect when they travel to each destination. Take the time to learn about our world and become a travel agent all in one summer!
    Our class will meet daily on Zoom for one hour. While on Zoom we will learn about different countries and have the opportunity to participate in a few virtual field trips. Students are expected to participate each day in order to become familiar with the information needed to complete a travel brochure (with the instructor’s assistance as needed).
  • Big Art! One Square at a Time 1-4

    Faculty: Veerle Govaerts
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 10am-11am
    Cost: $150
    Students will complete a Big Art poster by the end of the session, worthy of framing! Each class time we will complete one square of our work using different simple techniques. Students will see their work grow and grow and will be proud of their accomplishment! The class structure will be a class meeting, lesson time, craft/activity instruction, guided work time for the activity or craft, and a closing circle to wrap up the day. Students are expected to have basic motor skills in order to complete tactile activities. Ms.Veerle will be online with the students the entire class time.
     
  • Blastoff into Outer Space K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time:12:30pm-1:30pm
    Cost: $355
    If your child is one who is attracted to or loves the study of outer space, consider signing him or her up for this fun in the galaxy course. Students will identify the planets in the Earth's solar system, learn about astronauts, and apply science technology and engineering skills in project based learning. This unique course will provide students in grades K-4 with an educational opportunity to explore and learn about Space. They will participate in projects that foster curiosity and confidence while exploring Outer Space. We will inspire and encourage kids to ask questions about the world around them and point them toward the tools they’ll need to investigate. Hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and projects bring new concepts to life as students work collaboratively to solve problems. During this course, we strive to support children to think creatively and critically about their developing understanding of their world. This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home or yard with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of projects and/or activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class assignments. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A rocket ship of materials will arrive at your home to support you in your mission.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute roll call game/fun facts
    15-20 minutes of instruction (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    1-10 minutes closure/lesson review
     
  • Build-a-Bear Reading K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 2pm-3pm
    Cost: $395 (includes material fee)
    Calling all bears! Join an enriching and fun-filled class that brings our favorite books to life while working on reading and comprehension skills as you transition into the next grade. Embark on a journey with Tajar, a mystical magical friend of Ms. Fernandez and your own bear that you get to stuff, adopt and love forever. With special twin t-shirts that you will design for you and your bear, the magic of reading and writing will soon come to life. This will be a journey that will forever be remembered. Each student will become an author and illustrator as they decorate their journal and write creative stories to go along with what they read. Join us for an enriching, entertaining and fun-filled session! Educational benefits and objectives: Students taking this course will learn to appreciate the love of reading in this relaxing, nurturing Zoom filled environment. We will take each child from where they are in reading and get them excited about the love of words and print. If they are just learning to read or if they have been reading since the age of two, this course is sure to help them on their journey with books. It is a course designed to fire children up for reading as they gain self-confidence while learning the necessary skills to enrich their reading experience. Students will come out of this course with a stronger vocabulary, knowing more sight words, and a better understanding of story lines. The students will write about the beginning, middle and end of a story with a plot and characters. How do you plan to run the class? This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home, on the front porch or in your back yard with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of reading assignments and activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class learning. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A basket full of supplies will arrive at your home to support the student in their magical journey through Tajar Town.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute read-a-loud
    15-20 minutes (large and small group instruction dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    10 minute closing reading / writing circle
     
  • Chess 1-8

    Faculty: Daniel Frazer 
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Section 1 - MWF, Section 2 - MWF, Section 3 - Tues/Thurs
    Time: Section 1: 1pm - 2pm, Section 2: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm, Section 3: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
    Cost: $205
    This class will teach beginner players how to play chess and to better acquaint them with this great game. Students will learn about the pieces, their movements, and basic strategies. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players. As their knowledge of chess improves, they will learn more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be explored.
    This will be a Synchronous Classes. The first week we will be learning the basic pieces and moves of chess. The class will have fun games leading up to the last couple weeks where students will be able to compete in tournaments.
  • Fun with Math Practice for Second Graders 2-3

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:15 am - 10:00 am
    Cost: $265
    Second grade is a big year for math: regrouping, fractions, multiplication, and division! A great way to keep this knowledge and skills fresh is with some fun summer time practice.
    In this session, students will review many of the concepts from second grade with fun games and activities that they can make and play at home. Join us to keep math skills sharp and ready for third grade!

    This class will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. We will meet daily for 25 minutes in a virtual setting where students will be introduced to an activity and shown how to create their own practice activity. The remaining 20 minutes will be asynchronous and an opportunity for students to practice their activities by themselves or with friends and family members. Students will know beforehand what materials they need for every day’s activities. Access to Google docs and Zoom will be important for communication during this course.

  • Guided Drawing: Adventures in Stickfiguring 1-4

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Learn storytelling through drawing. Learn how to create characters, comics, cards and stories through this directed drawing class. Students will learn how to use the magic of details to bring their characters and picture stories to life. Each class will be centered around a topic for the day followed by a directed drawing. Students will take that theme brainstorm and jump into the “Drawing challenge” of the day. We will wrap up each class by sharing our stories and planning for the next step. This class will consist of live sessions where we will meet, create, draw and share together. Online activities will be assigned throughout our lessons.
     
  • How to be a Unicorn

    Faculty: Vaneza Paredes
    Grade(s): 2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11:30 am - 12 pm 
    Cost: $180
    In “How to be a Unicorn,” students will discover the power of positivity, enhance their creativity, and learn to embrace their individual uniqueness. By being introduced to affirmative children’s literature, engaging in mindful exercises throughout the week, and creating a “magical box” with unforgettable items, students will develop an optimistic and positive attitude towards themselves and others.
    This class will be run synchronously. All activities will be completed during online meeting; students may need to spend time collecting items around their house, however all content and information will be discussed during online meeting.
    Students will need the following materials: shoebox, basic art crafts-crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, and a journal or notebook.
  • Kid Biz K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: Section 1: 10:30am-11:30am OR Section 2: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $395 (includes material fee)
    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 Kid Biz 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 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. This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of projects and/or activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class assignments. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A treasure chest of supplies will arrive at your home to support the student in their business venture.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute brainstorm session
    15-20 product design meeting (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes project or activity
    10 minutes business meeting
  • Magic Tree House Book Club 1-2

    Faculty: Melanie Hampton 
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 11 am - 11:45 am 
    Cost: $265
    Together we will embark on a magical journey through the first 4 books in the Magic Tree House Series. We will travel through time and read about dinosaurs, castles, mummies, and pirates. We will make our own magic tree house, become the masterminds of our own games, all while still discussing key story elements. Students will have a chance to discover the magic of reading!

    Our book club will take place on Zoom each day for 45 minutes. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters independently. Students will read two chapters a day in each book we read. Students are expected to complete their reading assignments on time in order to keep pace with the class. Students are expected to engage in discussions and work well with others.
     
     
  • Mail Art DIY Envelopes and Cards

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-8
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 9am-10am
    Cost: $225 (includes material fee)
    Who doesn’t love getting a special card in the mail? Let’s make some art to send to each other! In this class students will create cards and envelopes with found materials, paper, collage, recycled objects, stamps, etc., and then mail them to each other. This is a free-form process perfect for first time makers and accomplished artists alike. Each week will have a creative theme, which students will interpret following their personal creative inspiration. Mail art began in the 1960’s and today is a global movement that promotes interconnection between makers by sharing hand made small-scale works through the mail. Come join in and keep this tradition alive!

    This class is synchronous, and students are expected to be actively participating and present (barring technical difficulties) for the whole class period. The first 15-20 minutes will be structured around attendance, and teacher demonstration and instructions, with the remaining time for students to work at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive help from peers and the teacher. An atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and social engagement will be encouraged – making art is fun to do together and you’ll have a new creative hobby to do after the class is over!

    Course fee includes a $20 materials fee which covers a packet with project templates, paper ephemera, and other goodies to add to your art works.
  • Math Busters to the Rescue K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: Section 1: 9:00 am -10:00 am OR Section 2: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Cost: $380 (includes material fee)
    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. Calling all adventurous and inventive mathematicians. 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, increase their knowledge and 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 flashcards, board games, game shows, water balloons and much more! With math facts galore you will enter the next grade prepared with a better understanding of facts. Join us for weeks of wonder, as you become a certified math fact buster! Learn the secret behind understanding math facts and become a whiz at using number bonds. You will create your own math fact book full of interesting ways of learning. Educational benefits and objectives: This course is structured to meet each child from where they are in their journey of learning math facts and move them forward. If they find learning math facts challenging or if they excel and just need practice, this course is sure to provide a hands-on approach to learning and understanding facts. It is a course designed to fire children up and keep them excited about math facts as they gain self-confidence, speed, and become more accurate as they enrich their math experience. Students will come out of this course with a better mathematical foundation as they work together in small and large groups. This class will be taught via Zoom in the comfort of your home with large and small group instruction. (sample class structure below). After step by step instruction the students will work on a variety of projects and/or activities that incorporate a blend of in-class and out of class assignments. Small group/breakout rooms will be created to facilitate community connection, opportunity for participation, sense of adventure and fun. Students are expected to log into Zoom sessions daily. A geometric package of supplies will arrive at your home to provide the tools necessary for the student to complete the Math Facts Buster course.

    Sample Class Structure
    10 minute Math Fact Buster orientation
    15-20 minute Math Fact Buster Training (large and small group dependent upon daily lesson plan)
    15-20 minutes Math Fact Buster Practice session (Hands-on activities)
    10 minutes Math Fact Buster Challenge (Game Show format)
     
  • Math Fun for Grades 1-2

    Faculty: Emily Tom
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/  M-F
    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Cost: $355
    This course will introduce students to several topics discussed and further developed during 1st and 2nd grade mathematics. Specific topics include time & money, measuring, addition & subtraction, and geometry. This class is perfect for students who have not yet been exposed to these topics and/or would like to further develop their skills in these areas!
    This class will take place synchronously through Google Classroom or Zoom. Class time will consist of interactive opportunities to work with manipulatives and learn material. Breakout rooms may be utilized as centers for students to get further feedback, direct instruction, and experience with material. Manipulatives and videos will be heavily used throughout class time. Access to a printer, preferably with colored ink, is required. Any worksheets or handouts that will be used for class will be emailed to parents at least one day in advance. Students are expected to be present, with their camera on, and ready to learn and interact virtually with others!
  • Mermaid Storytime and Ocean Exploration 1-4

    Faculty: Seraya Mott
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    Come learn all about mermaids and the creatures they share their ocean home with. We will dip into the creative imaginations of our explorers as we wonder what or who might be left undiscovered in the unexplored parts of our ocean.
    We will have ocean storytime, learn about a new sea creature each class, keep a journal of discoveries and practice many small and big ways we can help protect our ocean friends.So grab your tale and jump on in, the sea is calling!
  • Print Handwriting and intro to Cursive Handwriting 2-3

    Faculty: Seraya Mott
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ MWF
    Time: 10:30 pm to11:30 pm (1 hr each session)
    Cost: $205
    In our ever-increasing technological world, the connections made with real penmanship can not be understated. The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Physical Handwriting and Cursive, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard and tablet typing can’t. In this class, we will review Print writing and begin exploring the beauty and importance of Cursive handwriting through exposure. The goal is to build real-world confidence while improving each student’s hand-eye coordination, dexterity and, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship. This class will consist of Live sessions where students will be led through a series of activities. Each class will begin with a hand warm up to prepare the muscles. We will work through letter practice, activities including games and puzzles and end with application and dictation. **Online activities will be assigned throughout our lessons.
  • Ready, Set, Van Gogh! 2-3

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues & Thurs
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Cost: $150

    Students will be taken through time as they discover famous artists. Ranging from Vincent Van Gogh to Yayoi Kusama, students will study artists’ biographies, where they lived, and, of course, explore their most notable artwork. We will observe their art to identify their unique styles, then use it as inspiration to create our own artwork. Students will also tour virtual museums to see the famed artwork come alive in their classroom!
    The class will be all synchronous sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour each. If a project is not finished by the end of the session, students may work on it independently afterwards. Students will need a working laptop, sufficient internet speed, basic art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils), and headphones or ear buds (optional, but ideal).
  • Storytelling Through Disney and Pixar Gr 2

    Faculty: Jessica Lopez
    Grade(s): 2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues/Thurs
    Time: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm
    Cost: $115
    The course will involve read out loud sessions that involve Disney or Pixar related books. The course will highlight the different themes found in these books and how students can apply the lessons that are learned in their daily lives. Learning of these themes will involve interactive discussions, small video clips for visual learning, and art projects that foster comprehension. The instructor will provide instruction online and will also provide downloadable worksheets that will be needed each week so that students can prepare for the course ahead of time. The class will be using Zoom and or/ Google Classroom for instruction.
  • Virtually Active 1-2

    Faculty: Heidi Strauss & Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ M-F
    Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Cost: $355
    Ready to get moving? You’ve come to the right place. A play-based approach to promote active participation, functional movement, an appreciation for a healthy body and lifelong physical fitness, and of course have fun. This class will include competitions, sport activities, exercise and fun new games for the whole family to enjoy, with minimal equipment or what you have on hand. We will meet with the students on Monday via Zoom. The rest of the week the students will complete the activities and interact with us via Flip Grid, a free video discussion platform where we can see and hear from every student in class and foster a fun and supportive social learning environment. In Flipgrid, we will post discussion prompts and students respond with short videos. It allows us to interact with students everyday, while limiting screen time.
  • Yoga for the Young Ones K-2 (T-Th)

    Faculty: Katherin Warner
    Grade(s): K - 2
    Duration: 4 weeks/ Tues/Thurs
    Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Cost: $115
    Yoga for the Young Ones offers movement and mindfulness for your little one. Through a combination of storytelling, stretching, mindful movement and breathing, this class is great for the young body, mind, and spirit. Each class will begin with "circle" sharing, will include a story that involves child participation and movement, and will end with Savasana- a restful time. Students are encouraged to bring a toy/stuffed animal to each class. Parents are welcome to join! This class will be taught over Zoom twice a week. No outside work will be required. Students are expected to show up in comfortable clothes for movement. Yoga mats are helpful but not required.
     

PolySummer Staff

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  • Jon Fay

    Director of Extended Programs and PolySummer Program

  • Jacklyn Gonzales

    Assistant to the Director of PolySummer Program

  • Lorena Santos

    Associate Director of PolySummer Program

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