Fours Choice Classes: Session 3

Session 3:  July 24th – August 4th

All Fours groups have a Morning Arts Block from 9:30-10:30, when art, movement, and science specialist teachers visit Homegroups on a rotating schedule.  Morning Arts Block and Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

Full Day Fours select one Choice Class from Block B.  Nearly Fours and Half Day Fours do not select a Block B Choice Class.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only

Imagination Movers (Lara G Mahler) Have you ever swam with fish on the ocean floor, danced on the moon or transformed into a lion in the jungle? In imagination movers, campers will transform themselves and the space using their imaginations. We will use music, ribbons, dots, stars and our bodies to create and travel together to new worlds.

Mo Willems! (Christina Riffle) Campers will explore the books by author Mo Willems. They will create art projects around and recreate scenes from the stories. Campers will become the pigeon who wants to ride the bus, and become the best of friends like Elephant and Piggy.


Fours Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2: July 10th – July 21st

All Fours groups have a Morning Arts Block from 9:30-10:30, when art, movement, and science specialist teachers visit Homegroups on a rotating schedule.  Morning Arts Block and Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

Full Day Fours select one Choice Class from Block B.  Nearly Fours and Half Day Fours do not select a Block B Choice Class.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only

Creative Movement (Lara G Mahler) Have you ever danced on the moon or under the sea? In this class, we will use our imaginations plus music, ribbons, dots, stars and our bodies to move through and transform the space around us. As creative movers, we will explore different sounds and music, use props, and travel to imaginary fantastical places.

Mix n’ Mash (Candice Groenke) This class is perfect for curious minds eager to figure out how things are made and what we can create together. What do you get when you combine a few simple ingredients, a little time, a few drops of hard work, and a lot of fun? All kinds of fabulous things! From play-dough to puppets and from popsicles to papier-mache, this class will offer students a chance to create all sorts of things. Let mix n’ mash!


Fours Program Overview


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There are three options for Fours entering our camp program to most appropriately meet the needs of each child during her or his first time with us:

  • Nearly Fours
  • Half Day Fours
  • Half Day Fours/Fives
  • Full Day Fours

The camp program for children in the Fours includes organized activities and outdoor play in their Homegroups, daily workshop rotations of either movement, sensory, science, music or cooking, and weekly Field Trips.  Children who are four years old during our camp season may register for either the Nearly FoursHalf Day Fours, Half Day Fours/Fives or Full Day Fours. Half Day Fours/Fives, Half Day Fours and Nearly Fours meet 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday for Field Trips. Full Day Fours meet 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Note that the Half and Full Day programs meet in separate Homegroup classrooms.

Please note that all campers are expected to be toilet trained.

Fours Program Description

Doors open to Homegroup classrooms at 8:50am.  Activity stations 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 classroom until morning meeting begins at about 9:10am.

Homegroup Time

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Morning and afternoon circle meetings open and close the camp day and may include an activity such as a song or a game, a discussion of what will be happening in the day and the week, and a time for the children in the Homegroup to get to know one another.

Activities such as art, cooking, and outdoor play listed on the weekly schedule at times other than Choice Class blocks take place with the Homegroup.  Outdoor play happens at Downing Street Park, Minetta Lane Park or on our rooftop play area.  Outdoor play may occasionally include sprinkler time, so we ask all campers to bring a swimsuit and a change of clothes that they can leave at camp.

Lunch is served in Homegroup rooms for Fours.  A snack of fruit, cheese, pretzels, water, and juice is also provided throughout the day.

Rest time following lunch is an opportunity for children to quiet their senses and to play individually.  Some may really rest, while others may look at books or play quietly.  Fours may choose to bring a favorite stuffed animal, book, or blanket to have with them during rest time.

Block A and Block B

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Full day Fours also sign up for a Choice Class during Block B during General Registration, in advance of the camp season.   Block B Choice Classes meet outside of the Homegroup rooms in the afternoons on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour each day over the course of a two-week session. Different classes are offered each session. Classes are taught by Specialists, Head and select Associate Counselors. Fours classes take place both inside and outside of the Homegroup room and are open to the participation of children in all Fours groups. During Block A, each Homegroup is visited on a rotating basis by a visual art, music, sensory, or movement Specialist for an hour each morning on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Note that Half Day Fours, Half Day Fours/Fives and Nearly Fours participate in Block A activities only.


See the Full Day Fours Choice Class Listing for current Choice Classes with descriptions by session.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

On Wednesday mornings, children from all Fours and Fives Homegroups gather together for age-appropriate activities, such as mural-making, a dance party, making a marching band, or a special cooking project.  This is a fun chance for children to interact with different Homegroups.  It is also a good opportunity for friends in different Homegroups to spend time with each other.  Wednesday afternoons (Full Day Fours) are set aside for collaborative projects and activities with other Homegroups in the camp or for more extended Homegroup activities.

The second Wednesday of each session is a theme day, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Big Green Meadow.”  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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On Friday, all Fours groups attend camp from 9:00am to 4:00pm in order to go on Field Trips.  We travel by chartered bus to locations such as the Green Meadows Farm and Central Park Zoo and Carousel.  Our goal for Field Trips is to take the campers to “green,” natural spaces.  We have a 1:3 or 1:4 counselor to camper ratio for Fours on Field Trips.

Nearly Fours / Fours Field Trips

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All Fours groups, including those registered for Half Day Homegroups 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 6th.

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 Fours on trips we maintain a 1 to 3 or 1 to 4 counselor to camper relationship. For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.


Nearly, Half Day 4’s, Half Day 4/5’s and Full Day Fours:  


Field Trip Schedule 2018: 

Session One:
June 29th: Prospect Park Zoo & Carousel
July 6th: Teardrop Park

Session Two:
July 13th: Alstede Farms
July 20th: Staten Island Children’s Museum

Session Three:
July 27th: Victorian Gardens
August 1st: Block Party

*Note that children in all groups attend from 9:00am-4:00pm on this Wednesday.

Fours Choice Classes

Choice Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for one hour and meet six times over a two-week session. Classes are selected during online General Registration.

Nearly and Half Day Fours do not select Choice Classes. Full Day Fours select one class from Block B.

Full Day Fours and Half Day Fours have a Morning Arts Block from 9:30-10:30, when art, movement, and science specialist teachers visit Homegroups on a rotating schedule.  Morning Arts Block meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

2017 Choice Classes:

Session 1:  June 26 – July 7
Block B: 1:30-2:30 Full Day Fours only
Where the Wild Things Are
Animal Mix-Up

Session 2:  July 10 – July 21
Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only
Creative Movement
Mix n’ Mash

Session 3:  July 24 – August 4
Block B: 1:30-2:30  Full Day Fours only
Imagination Movers
Mo Willems!