Fives Choice Classes: Session 3

 

Session 3 : July 24th – August 4th

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 9:30-10:30 Full Day Fives Only

Superhero Camp (Denzel JohnsonIn Superhero Camp, we will explore the wonderful and creative world of superheroes. We will read age-appropriate stories about heroes and see how they use their superpowers to help others. We will also create our own superhero personas using costumes and story-telling and explore the camp, offering our superhero help to all!

Will it Fly? (Naomi ClarkWe will design paper airplanes, parachutes, kites, use balloons and bubbles…! Each class will be dedicated to creating a unique flying contraption out of various, lightweight materials and then test run them both inside and outside.

OOOOOPS! (Cody Rae KnueLet’s combine our inner scientist and artist to discover new ways of making art! Together, we’ll explore ways of making paintings without a paintbrush, what happens when we combine materials into fizzy and foaming artworks, create and play with slime, and make up new wacky experiments. This will be a colorful, slimy, and sensory filled class!

Ballet (Lara G MahlerHave you ever dreamt of gliding across a stage like a ballet dancer – floating, spinning, leaping and sharing your special talents with friends? In this ballet class we will learn basic ballet positions and movements using ribbons, scarves, and shapes, and will share our dancing with campers and counselors during an invited performance at the end of the session.

 

Block B: 10:30-11:30 Half Day and Full Day Fives 

Little Red Safari (Alyssa KeeneLions, tigers and bears, oh my! Campers will create their own safari adventure, complete with animals, tour guides and exotic habitats. We will read stories, sing songs, and explore!

Fort Making (Naomi Clark) Ever build a fort in your house, but wished you had more friends to help you build and play? In this class we will brainstorm different types of forts and fort-making techniques, then decide on a few to build, using different materials and testing their strength as we go. We’ll explore our individual forts, then collaborate on a fort large enough for all of us to fit inside!

Little Red Bakery (Ari Puleo) Do you love the smell of fresh baked goods? Join us in the Little Red Bakery and learn what it takes to create that delicious smell. We will learn how to bake different kinds of baked goods (being aware of different food allergies, of course). We will make breads like banana, zucchini, and apple-cinnamon, and muffins like blueberry and sweet potato, sugar cookies, and more! Campers will learn which ingredients are found in each, and which ingredients make every recipe unique.

Rainbow Smoothies (Lara G Mahler) Join our team of smoothie chefs as we slice and dice our favorite fruit and combine it with the most delicious juice. We will whip up some classic combinations, and even experiment with our own flavor variations!

Tag Games Galore (Jake Tiner) Tag, you’re it! Campers will learn a variety of different types of the classic game tag. We will play blob tag, smurf tag, chain tag, dragon tag, water tag, freeze tag and so many more! Make friends and learn new games while staying active.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30 Full Day Fives Only

Tea Time! (Christina Riffle) Did you ever pretend you were at a tea party? Or create your own tea party using imaginary props? In this choice class, campers will act out different stories surrounding tea time like Tea Time For Pirates by Richard Dungworth and The Tea Party By Mary Lou Van Atta. Campers will learn tea time etiquette during their very own tea party, use cookie cutters to make their own cucumber sandwiches and create a healthy menu while drinking delicious iced teas. Cheers!

Soccer (TBA) Do you love soccer? Do you want to learn the basics of how the game works? In this soccer class we will review basic skills, such as trapping, dribbling, passing and kicking in addition to playing fun, unique lead up games. Get ready to run, get ready to play, and get ready to have fun!

We Built This City (Dawn BrownLet’s have fun building a city, complete with bridges, tunnels, train tracks, parks, airports and more! It’s all up to your imagination. We will use wooden blocks, small and big legos, train tracks, tinker toys and more.

Messy Art (Henry RiceCampers will get messy and creative in Messy Art! We will make slime, paint with our fingers and toes, use shaving cream, and much more. Campers will push their own creativity in exploring different colors, textures, and materials. On top of the mess making, we will also learn valuable skills in cleaning up after ourselves, and revel in the process over product.

 

Fives Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2 : July 10th – July 21st

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 9:30-10:30 Full Day Fives Only

Tiny Circus (Candice Groenke) Welcome to the Tiny Circus! Inspired by Alexander Calder and his work with mobiles, campers will be introduced to his work Cirque Calder. We will then explore and make our own moving mini-sculptures to create our own Tiny Circus. We will collaborate on creating a circus tent to showcase our mini acrobats and circus animals, clowns and tricks of all kinds. We’ll have a blast making and selling tickets to the show, and inviting other campers to come see the greatest show on earth!

Fort Making (Naomi Clark) Ever build a fort in your house, but wished you had more friends to help you build and play? In this class we will brainstorm different types of forts and fort-making techniques, then decide on a few to build, using different materials and testing their strength as we go. We’ll explore our individual forts, then collaborate on a fort large enough for all of us to fit inside!

Ballet (Lara G Mahler) Have you ever dreamt of gliding across a stage like a ballet dancer – floating, spinning, leaping and sharing your special talents with friends? In this ballet class we will learn basic ballet positions and movements using ribbons, scarves, and shapes, and will share our dancing with campers and counselors during an invited performance at the end of the session.

Bug Mania! (Ari Puleo) In Bug-Mania, campers will get a chance to explore bugs in so many bug-tastic ways! Together, we’ll design and play with our own bug themed bingo boards. We’ll also get to make bug fossils and exciting bug-themed arts and crafts that use different materials like paint, model magic, pipe cleaners, and even cheerios! Each class will open with a bug-themed read aloud and will close with bug movement games. Campers will use their imaginations, fine-motor skills, as well as their artistic abilities.

OOOOOPS! (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s combine our inner scientist and artist to discover new ways of making art! Together, we’ll explore ways of making paintings without a paintbrush, what happens when we combine materials into fizzy and foaming artworks, create and play with slime, and make up new wacky experiments. This will be a colorful, slimy, and sensory filled class!

Block B: 10:30-11:30 Half Day and Full Day Fives 

Let’s Save the Day! (Christina Riffle) With the help of our trusted campers, we will create characters and costumes, transforming ourselves into super human, superheroes. Campers will create a story for their character and explore costume ideas using different art materials and fabrics. Campers will be sent on challenges and work together to solve superhero mysteries. We will explore our creativity, work together and problem solve. Let’s save the day!

Sensory Science (Clara Campos) In this class we will explore the five senses through hands-on projects and experiments. We will SEE what happens when we put vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring all together in a test tube; make our own scented play dough and notice which SMELLS we like more or less; make a goopy, slimy mess with oobleck and experience what it FEELS like; play “What’s That Sound?” using various instruments, and the noises we HEAR in our environment; and have a TASTING party with sweet, salty, sour, and spicy goodies.

Mission Possible (Lara G Mahler) In this class, we will work together (to crack codes), eat snack (and then find buried treasure), and have fun with each other (carry out top secret missions all over camp, shhhh don’t tell!!). If you like to have fun, work as a team, and have a knack for stealth missions, this top secret choice is for you.

Fantastic Frames (Candice Groenke) Budding artists will have the freedom to explore different materials, using wood as their jumping off point. Campers will explore different shapes and thicknesses of wood, create a frame to fit their vision, and discover how sanding, cutting and painting can add layers to their artwork. We will collaborate on creating a museum to exhibit our works of art for the whole camp to enjoy.

Tag, You’re It! (Jake Tiner) Tag, you’re it! Campers will learn a variety of different types of the classic game tag. We will play blob tag, smurf tag, chain tag, dragon tag, water tag, freeze tag and so many more! Make friends and learn new games while staying active.

Block C: 1:30-2:30 Full Day Fives Only

Gym Stars! (Christina Riffle) Campers will learn gymnastics vocabulary and skills as they explore hopping, skipping, swinging, and more. Class begins with a fast paced warm up, and then divides into rotations to tumble, walk on the balance beam, and swing on the bars, building confidence and coordination. Campers will string together their new-found tumbling skills and share their sequences with other campers at the end of the session!

Pirates! (Samson Baker) Ahoy, maties! We’re looking for a few good buccaneers to join our ragtag crew as we set sail for distant lands in search of fun and adventure! We will design our own pirate costumes and tools, scour our surroundings for buried treasure, and learn some songs that celebrate the pirate’s life. We will also play movement games like fishy-fishy and ocean-shore-wave, fend off scurvy with some nutritious fruit snacks, and share our booty with our landlubber friends!

All About Me (Dawn Brown) We will read stories about children and their families from all over the world, and share ideas about what makes us special and unique. We will then create Reggio inspired splatter paint self portraits, family portraits, puppets, shadow boxes and more!

Circle Games (Alex Checkman) In this playful and active class children will work together to explore all sorts of games! We will play games like Sneaky Bead, Musical Chairs, Guess My Rule, discover who is hiding the bone in “Doggie, Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?” and do our best to freeze during freeze dance. If you like playing games this is the class for you!

Fives Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 : June 26th – July 7th

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 9:30-10:30  Full Day Fives Only

Fort Making (Naomi Clark) Ever build a fort in your house, but wished you had more friends to help you build and play? In this class we will brainstorm different types of forts and fort-making techniques, then decide on a few to build, using different materials and testing their strength as we go. We’ll explore our individual forts, then collaborate on a fort large enough for all of us to fit inside!

Ballet (Lara G Mahler) Have you ever dreamt of gliding across a stage like a ballet dancer – floating, spinning, leaping and sharing your special talents with friends? In this ballet class we will learn basic ballet positions and movements using ribbons, scarves, and shapes, and will share our dancing with campers and counselors during an invited performance at the end of the session.

Little Red Subway (Ari Puelo) Calling all subway riders! Together in Little Red Subway, each of us will get a chance to design our own subway line! But what would the subway be without MetroCards and trains? Don’t worry, we’ll get to make those, too! We’ll even get a chance to create our very own subway map, after taking a walking tour of the neighborhood around camp! Campers will use their imaginations, as well as practice their artistic abilities as they bring to life one of NYC’s most necessary forms of transportation.

Ahoy Matey (Candice Groenke) Campers will become the fiercest, the silliest, the most sea loving pirates of them all! We will work on designing and making our very own floating pirate ships and other small vessels that will float in quest of a hidden treasure. Campers will collaborate on making a treasure map and then set a sail to find that treasure!

Tag, You’re It! (Jake Tiner) Tag, you’re it! Campers will learn a variety of different types of the classic game tag. We will play blob tag, smurf tag, chain tag, dragon tag, water tag, freeze tag and so many more! Make friends and learn new games while staying active.

 

Block B: 10:30-11:30  Half Day and Full Day Fives 

Dancing Dragons (Christina Riffle) There are so many different kinds of Dragons, from mythical creatures to Chinese New Year dragons to real Komodo dragons. Campers will read and act out dragon-themed fables and poems, sing songs like “Puff the Magic Dragon”, play movement games like “Jump in the Moat” and create their own dragons by using various art materials.

Will it Fly? (Naomi Clark) We will design paper airplanes, parachutes, kites, use balloons and bubbles…! Each class will be dedicated to creating a unique flying contraption out of various, light-weight materials and then test run them both inside and outside.

Soccer (TBA) Do you love soccer? Do you want to learn the basics of how the game works? In this soccer class we will review basic skills, such as trapping, dribbling, passing and kicking in addition to playing fun, unique lead up games. Get ready to run, get ready to play, and get ready to have fun!

Treasure Hunters (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s hunt for treasure! We’ll search high and low around camp to find magical and unusual objects to make art and sculpture. We’ll use recyclable materials, plants, rocks – whatever we can find – and mix in fine art materials as well, transforming everyday objects into unlikely treasures that we can share with friends and family.

Little Red Post Office (Jake Tiner) Campers will learn about the post office and how it works, and then create our very own! We’ll figure out what roles our post office needs to be successful, create mailboxes, and advertise our services. Once our post office is up and running, we will deliver letters, pictures, packages and all other types of mail to our friends throughout camp.

Block C: 2:30-3:30 Full Day Fives Only

Lego City (Denzel JohnsonWelcome to the wonderful world of Lego! In this class we will design and build vehicles and buildings with our friends. We will discuss strategies for building stronger ships and better walls. The focus of this class is playing/interacting with others through the lego creations we build.

All About Animals (Samson BakerAre you an animal expert? Do you enjoy sharing what you know and learning even more about your favorite creatures? Well, then join us as we share, explore, play, and create all things animal. Through art projects and scientific explorations, we will discover what our favorite animals like to eat, where they live and how they behave, including some wild facts and amazing figures!

Dream Dwellings (Dawn Brown) Let’s explore caves, forts, houses and structures by creating and building our own to share and enjoy! We will use our imaginations, as well as mats, tents, sheets, chairs, blocks, and more to create the dwellings of our dreams.

Tag Games (Henry Rice) Get active and have fun in Tag Games!! Campers will enjoy chasing one another in old classics such as All-Is-It, Fishy-Fishy, and Ship to Shore. Tag Games will provide a perfect space for active kids to exercise while also giving more reserved children a space to get out of their comfort zone. Games will help garner skills in teamwork and trying new things, giving campers a unique, fun and enlightening experience!

Yoga Musical Adventure (Janine Bickoff) Have fun and listen to music while learning yoga! We will start with a deep breath flow through sun salutation to flipping your dog, tree pose, and boat pose, just to name a few. Get on your mat and let’s get moving! Each class will end with a restful savasana.

Fives Program Overview

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There are three options for children in the Fives program.

Children in our Half Day Fours/Fives, Half Day Fives and Full Day Fives program are entering Kindergarten in the Fall, on track to go into First Grade the following year. As birth date cut-offs vary from school to school, children in the Fives may not necessarily have turned five by the time of camp.

Fives have two schedule options in order to most appropriately meet their energy level and needs. Fives may either join us for a Half Day program: Monday-Thursday from 9am-1pm and Friday from 9am-4pm, or Full Day program: Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Note that full and half day programs meet in separate Homegroup classrooms.

The camp program for children in the Fives includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, Choice Classes which they select according to their interests, and weekly field trips.

Fives Program Description

Homegroup Time

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When registering, parents choose a Homegroup for their child. A Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. For example, we may have as many as five Homegroups of Fives: “Fives A,” “Fives B,” “Fives C,”…etc.

Homegroup room doors open at 8:50am. Activities are set up throughout the room in order to engage children in the beginning of the camp day. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay in the room until morning meeting begins at about 9:10am.

Since children in Little Red Summer Camp come from many different schools, morning meeting is an important time for campers to get to know each other and to establish a safe sense of community in the Homegroup. The meeting may include a song or game, time to discuss what will be happening during the day, and time for campers to share their thoughts and ideas.

Activities on the schedule such as Arts and Crafts or Outdoor Play take place with the Homegroup. We use the Downing Street Park and our rubberized rooftop play area for outdoor activities. Groups may occasionally use the sprinklers, so we ask that campers keep a change of clothes and a swimming suit at camp.

Lunch for Fives is provided Monday-Thursday, and served in the Homegroup room. All ages have a snack of pretzels, cheese, fruit, water, and juice throughout the day. Campers bring a packed lunch for field trips on Fridays.

Rest and Story Time or Quiet Play is simply an opportunity for children to quiet their senses without the demands of a structured activity. Some children may rest, while others may look at books, draw, or play quietly.

The camp day is closed by Afternoon Meeting, during which campers have a chance to reflect on the day and talk about what to expect for the next day.

Choice Classes

During Choice Class time (indicated as “Choice A,” “Choice B,” and “Choice C”) Fives participate in specialized activities, which are chosen during online General Registration in advance of the camp season. All Half Day Fives and Full Day Fives, regardless of Homegroup placement, combine for these classes. Choice Classes meet consistently on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for an hour each day for the course of a two-week session. The classes are taught by Specialists, Head, and Associate Counselors.
Different classes are offered each session. Note that Half Day Fours/Fives and Half Day Fives only select a class for Choice Class Block B.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

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Campers in all Fours and Fives Homegroups gather together on Wednesday morning for a community activity such as a song or game, and then participate in mixed-age activities of their choice. These may range from making a mural to playing tag games, bird watching or creating a disco party. This is a great opportunity for friends of different ages or in different home groups to spend time together.

The second Wednesday of each session is a theme day, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Beach Day.” Camp-wide activities on those days are based on the theme, and each camp group chooses how it will participate in the theme.

Field Trips

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All Fives attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays for field trips. Fives generally join the Fours in going to locations such as Central Park Zoo and Carousel and Green Meadows Farm. We travel by air-conditioned, chartered bus. Our goal is to choose trip locations that give us a chance to be in as much “green,” natural space as possible. Our counselor to camper ratio on field trips for fives is 1 to 4.

Fives Field Trips

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All Fives, including those registered for Half Day Fives Homegroups, and Half Day Fours/Fives mixed ages Homegroup, attend camp for a full day from 9:00am-400pm once a week for a field trip. Trips take place on Fridays, except for the last trip of the season, which is Wednesday, August 3rd.  Please note that the Half Day Fours/Fives mixed age Homegroup travels on field trips with the Fours.

We take air-conditioned, chartered buses to age-appropriate locations for activities that are educational and lots of fun. Our priority is to take trips that give campers the opportunity to be in a natural setting or a museum worth exploring as a group. In order to maintain a very safe adult to camper ratio, Specialists accompany home groups as additional adults on field trips. For Fives on trips we maintain a 1 to 4 counselor to camper relationship.  For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.

 

Fives: Field Trip Schedule 2017

Session One:
June 30th: Prospect Park Zoo and Carousel
July 7th: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Session Two:
July 14th: Alstede Farms
July 21st: Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Session Three:
July 28th: Victorian Gardens
August 2nd: Block Party

Fives Choice Classes

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Choice Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for a two-week session. Classes are selected during registration.

Half Day Fives choose one class from Block B, Full Day Fives choose one class from Block A, one from B, and one from C.

2017 Choice Classes: