Sixes Choice Classes: Session 3

Session 3 : July 24th – August 4th

Sixes and Sevens take Choice Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour per class.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 10:30-11:30

Basketball (Woobens Celony) Meet us on the court, where we will learn basketball skills like passing, shooting and dribbling. After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies. We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!

Under the Big Top (Christina Riffle) Step right up as we train to be circus performers in the greatest show on earth! Combining imaginative play with skill-building exercises, campers will learn to tightrope walk and tumble like acrobats, jump through hoops like lions, and perform silly tricks like clowns!

Intro to Lacrosse (Matt Mahler) Known as the “fastest game on two feet”, Lacrosse is an exciting team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. In this intro class, players will learn the basic skills and rules including throwing, catching, scooping and shooting before playing actual games against each other. Open to beginners, come see why this game is quickly becoming a camp favorite.

Totally Tie-Dye! (Dylan Smock) Campers will design and create various tie-dye items as well as use food dye to create a variety of different hands-on art pieces.

Life Size Robots (Mollie Flannery) Create your own life-size robot using found and recycled materials! Campers will construct their robots from an assortment of boxes, cylinders, and molded plastic, then decorate them with colorful buttons, switches and levers. Over the course of the two weeks, each robot will develop its own distinct personality! At the end of camp, campers will showcase their robots in a share with other kids.

Forget the Paintbrush! (Cody Rae Knue) Have you ever thought, “Why do I need a brush when I can use this bubble wrap or my FEET!?”  In this class, we’ll explore how to make paintings using unusual and wacky items. We’ll test out the kinds of textures, shapes, and marks that are made when we use different types of tools such as potatoes, spray bottles, combs, and more! Campers will combine and build their own “brushes” to create their personal and collaborative paintings.

A Minute to Win it (Norah Turnham Roderick) Every day we’ll split up into teams – sometimes as individuals, partners, or larger groups – to challenge each other to complete a wacky task within a minute! Counselors will provide some challenges but you’ll have a chance to create your own challenges too. Examples might include: Cookie Face, Paper Clip Races, Penny Stacker, Bounce Off, and more!

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Paint Party (Chloe Smock) In this class we will work with watercolors and acrylic paints to create masterpieces to be brought home and shared, as well as create collaborative painting projects with our peers. We will work with other campers to make large scale paintings and paint collages that we can hang around camp, and explore all the ways you can play with paint!

Build It! (Matt Mahler) Have you ever wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and tin foil? A building out of toothpicks? Your own arcade game out of recycled materials? In this construction/art class we will work with cardboard, paper, wire, clay, string, papier mache, paper clips, rubber bands, paper plates, toothpicks and more to see what kinds of structures we can invent and build. If you can think it, you can build it!

Cardboard City (Clara Campos) In this construction/art class we will work both independently and together to build a cardboard city! Each camper will design and make their own block(s), and then we will connect them all to create our own cardboard city. Builders will be able to disconnect their blocks to bring home at the end of the session.

Danceketball (Adrian Jevicki) What happens when you mix dance with basketball? Danceketball! Danceketball is a class where we will mash-up classic ball games with creative, imaginative movement and music to create original experiences of ballgame dance party madness. This is a class for campers who love to move, play, and invent new ways of doing so.

Let’s Bead! (Alex Checkman) In Let’s Bead, campers will practice and develop their fine motor skills by creating necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. We will use ready made beads of all shapes, sizes, and materials, and also work with clay to make our own beads.

Gaga  (TBA) The classic camp game is back! For those who don’t know, Gaga is a version of dodgeball that promotes friendly competition in a safe form, while still giving campers an opportunity to run around and use their bodies. Don’t let the ball hit your feet, or you are out! Gaga players use all of their intellect, speed and skills. Are you up for the challenge?

Adventure Playground! (TBA) Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Scavenger Hunt (Samson Baker) Put your detective hat on and get your magnifying lens ready! Each class we will crack the codes and solve the mysteries that abound at camp. No case will go unsolved! Who is up for the challenge?

Karaoke Party (Tara McLaughlin) If you like to sing along to your favorite songs and unleash your hidden music star, Karaoke Party is the choice for you. Through the exploration of music, singing and performing, campers will make a list of their favorite songs and perform them with a real microphone to an audience of friends. We will dress up and use props too! Our main goal is to have fun and create a safe space where campers feel comfortable expressing themselves through music. Additional projects during the session will include a group effort to create new lyrics to our favorite songs. The final class will be an open invitation to other campers to join our Karaoke experience!

Young Yogis (Janine Bickoff) In this lively yoga class, young yogis will start with sun salutations and get into a deeper practice with partner poses and inversions like L dog and flipping dog. We will play fun yoga games and breathe through deeper poses like side plank and lizard pose, ending each class in a restful savasana.

Rebuild. Reboot. Robots! (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s get building! We’ll activate our engineering skills to transform cardboard boxes and other recyclables into life-size robots. Together we’ll problem solve ways of building our new friends as big as us. We’ll incorporate foil, different shaped cardboard, and paint to decorate and bring them to life.

Dance through the Decades (Lara G Mahler) Let’s do The Bop, the Mashed Potato, Hustle, Moonwalk, Roger Rabbit and the Cha-Cha-Slide. Let’s hop into a time machine and learn dances from past decades and create dances for the future. We will create our very own individual and group dance moves, and share them with our friends at camp dance parties!

Floor Hockey (Jake Tiner) Campers will learn about the coolest sport on Earth: hockey! Campers will learn the basics of stick handling, passing and shooting. Then we will engage in fun, low stakes scrimmages, in a fun and friendly atmosphere where teamwork and good sportsmanship are emphasized.

Making Mosaics (TBA) Campers will create mosaic art pieces using various materials such as tissue paper, buttons, sand, feathers, gems and magazines.

 

Sixes Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2 : July 10th – July 21st

Sixes and Sevens take Choice Classes together which meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

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2017 Choice Classes:

Block A: 10:30-11:30

Mad Scientists (Calla KennedyWe will conduct an array of experiments ranging from edible ice-cream making, to explosions of coca-cola and a secret ingredient! We will have fun getting our hands dirty and watching as our experiments unfold in front of our eyes. Students will also come away with instruction on how to reenact experiments at home!

Basketball (Woobens CelonyMeet us on the court, where we will learn basketball skills like passing, shooting and dribbling. After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies. We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!

Karate (Vinnie BarilleAn introduction to the basic moves and ideas of karate. Activities will focus on building strength, flexibility, coordination, and spatial awareness.

Art in Action (Naomi ClarkIn this action-packed art class we will use anything but a paintbrush to create our masterpieces. We will work together to splatter, drip, roll and stamp our canvases creating works both large and small.

Life Size Robots (Mollie FlanneryCreate your own life-size robot using found and recycled materials! Campers will construct their robots from an assortment of boxes, cylinders, and molded plastic, then decorate them with colorful buttons, switches and levers. Over the course of the two weeks, each robot will develop its own distinct personality! At the end of camp, campers will showcase their robots in a share with other kids.

Witches and Wizards! (Cody Rae KnueDouble, double, toil and trouble! In this class we’ll tap into our special powers to make our very own bubble wands and spells to go along. Don’t forget your cauldron – we’ll need them for our fizzy potions and Witches’ Brew paintings we’ll create together. We’ll even make photographs called sun prints using sunlight and magical paper. And of course, we’ll create a magical hat since a wizard and witch are incomplete without them!

Frisbee Games (Dylan SmockCampers will first learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee. Then, campers will use those skills to play different frisbee games such as Frisbee Golf, Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, Frisbee Bowling, and more. Campers will get active, learn the benefits of teamwork, and most of all have fun!

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Claytopia (Chloe Smock) Using clay, a few tools and our hands, we will design and make bowls, cups, and other creative knick-knacks. We will incorporate different colors and introduce different clay materials to bend, contort and play with the mushy madness of our imaginations!

Under the Big Top (Christina Riffle) Step right up as we train to be circus performers in the greatest show on earth! Combining imaginative play with skill-building exercises, campers will learn to tightrope walk and tumble like acrobats, jump through hoops like lions, and perform silly tricks like clowns!

Forget the Paintbrush! (Cody Rae Knue) Have you ever thought, “Why do I need a brush when I can use this bubble wrap or my FEET!?”  In this class, we’ll explore how to make paintings using unusual and wacky items. We’ll test out the kinds of textures, shapes, and marks that are made when we use different types of tools such as potatoes, spray bottles, combs, and more! Campers will combine and build their own “brushes” to create their personal and collaborative paintings.

Basketball Bonanza (TBA) Meet us on the court, where we will learn basketball skills like passing, shooting and dribbling. After practicing the basics, we will try out some game play, while developing good sportsmanship and teamwork strategies. We will also make time for fun basketball games like Knock Out, Horse and others!

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!

Rainbow Treats (Alyssa Keene) Edible rainbows? Yes please! We will use colorful whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to make edible works of art to enjoy and share. By following recipes and creating a few of our own, we will bring more color to our tables and tummies. Campers will practice collaboration, kitchen safety, science, and healthy eating habits.

Adventure Playground! (TBA) Jump, run, and play as we explore a different neighborhood playground for each class.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Basketball Basics (Denzel Johnson) Players will practice the fundamentals of passing, dribbling, shooting, and footwork. We will take time to learn proper technique, develop muscle memory, and work together as a team. And of course, we’ll have lots of fun trying out our skills on the court!

Yoga Games (Janine Bickoff) Yoga, breathing, creative play, and games help campers learn confidence and have fun!  Let’s play dance party yoga, freeze dance yoga, yogi says, mirroring games and have a yoga adventure to outer space! Class will end in savasana.

Lil’ Botanists (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s explore the world of plants and nature together! We’ll take nature walks to our local parks to sketch in our homemade field notebooks, recording the plants we find. We’ll also make textured rubbings and plant based movable sculptures. We’ll roll up our sleeves and get dirty as we plant our own little garden in pots we created and designed ourselves. Each day, as we watch our garden grow, we’ll make observations and share our findings with one another.  We’ll also use our notes and sketches to create a collaborative mural to hang up at camp!

Dance through the Decades (Lara G Mahler) Let’s do The Bop, the Mashed Potato, Hustle, Moonwalk, Roger Rabbit and the Cha-Cha-Slide. Let’s hop into a time machine and learn dances from past decades and create dances for the future. We will create our very own individual and group dance moves, and share them with our friends at camp dance parties!

Young Jedis (Candice Groenke) Campers will use The Force to create a variety of battleships from the Star Wars series. The young Jedis will have different wooden materials, shapes and attachments to choose from when constructing Tie Fighters, X-Wings, Star Destroyers and of course, the mighty Millennium Falcon, to name a few. Campers will practice their problem solving skills during their construction and be able to paint and embellish their space crafts how they see fit.

Ya Build It, Ya Break It (Henry Rice) Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a unique experience: each project we make will be able to be destroyed and taken apart. Campers will be given a safe and free space to enjoy the visceral experience of destroying something they created. By destroying each piece, campers will free themselves the confines of focusing on the finished project. It is not required that campers destroy every piece they make, but it will certainly be encouraged! Campers will be exposed to exploration in creativity and freedom in their art.

Will it Fly? (TBA) 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, lightweight materials and then test run them both inside and outside.

Sixes Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 : June 26th – July 7th

Sixes and Sevens take Choice Classes together that meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour.

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2017 Choice Classes

Block A: 10:30-11:30

Radical Rainbows (Alyssa Keene) Using rainbows as our inspiration, we will create wearable art! We’ll use the colors of the rainbow to marbleize clay and make handmade beads for jewelry. We’ll also use yarn and finger knitting to create colorful scarves, belts and whatever else we can think of. Campers will practice design, math, and fine motor skills.

Paper Making (Mollie Flannery) Campers will explore the hands-on process of paper making with a range of materials, from fabric to leaves. Embedding seeds, bark, string, and other textural fibers into our hand-made surfaces, we will experiment with sculpting the paper into molds, as well as using it as a painting surface. Made of biodegradable materials, the seed paper can be placed in soil to grow plants!

Gaga  (Woobens Celony) The classic camp game is back! For those who don’t know, Gaga is a version of dodgeball that promotes friendly competition in a safe form, while still giving campers an opportunity to run around and use their bodies. Don’t let the ball hit your feet, or you are out! Gaga players use all of their intellect, speed and skills. Are you up for the challenge?

Build It! (Matt Mahler) Have you ever wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and tin foil? A building out of toothpicks? Your own arcade game out of recycled materials? In this construction/art class we will work with cardboard, paper, wire, clay, string, papier mache, paper clips, rubber bands, paper plates, toothpicks and more to see what kinds of structures we can invent and build. If you can think it, you can build it!

Messy Scientists (Norah Turnham Roderick) Bam! Whoosh! Ew! Let’s get messy! We’ll combine common household materials – and maybe a few special ingredients – to explore messy chemistry. Elephant toothpaste, vinegar painting and, of course, classics like oobleck will all be part of the fun mess we create together.

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.

Magical Creatures (Candice Groenke) What might a cross between a cat and owl look like? What if a unicorn and butterfly magically became one? How about a beetle and an elephant? Campers will have the delight of coming up with fantastical creatures made of wood and a variety of art materials. Using their imagination, energy and laughter, we’ll come up with all sorts of amazing creatures with wiggly parts, colors, and creative designs.

 

Block B: 1:30-2:30

Treasure Hunters (James Miner) Campers work in small groups to decipher clues that lead them to a secret treasure. Clues hidden throughout camp will task children with challenges in the form of puzzles, riddles, maps, and physical acts of strength and agility. At the completion of each class, campers will have discovered a piece to the “final clue”. Once all six pieces have been found, campers will be able to locate the treasure and share it’s secrets!

Tiny Worlds (Clara Campos) In this construction/art class, we will create “tiny worlds” using our big imaginations. Projects will include hidden gnome homes, an aquarium for small critters to enjoy, and mouse museums. Materials will include boxes, wood, cork, string, twine, buttons, and many other tiny things perfect for building tiny worlds!

Mystery Kitchen (Naomi Clark) Can you taste something and guess what it is? Come train your palette in this fun cooking class where we taste new mystery ingredients each class and make something fun and delicious!

Dodgeball Challenge (Alex Checkman) Campers will learn the basic rules of dodgeball and the honor system. They will then learn a variety of dodgeball games such as switch sides, doctor dodgeball, sector dodgeball, and more! After learning a variety of games, campers will work together to create their own dodgeball games to share.

Cosmic Cantina (Adrian Jevicki) Part snack lounge, part tv show, part meeting place for interstellar aliens (and humans!), it’s the number 1 cafe on Mars, the Cosmic Cantina! Cosmic Cantina is a class where imaginative play and creative snack making (and eating) come together to create the most intergalactic camp class this side of the Milky Way. We will make glowing masks, bubbly drinks, mini edible rocket ships, and learn about the alien worlds we come from as we bring the Cosmic Cantina to life on the (little) Red Planet!

Gaga (TBA) This summer camp favorite is a below-the-knee version of dodgeball, where players bat a ball around an enclosed space while doing their best to avoid it touching their legs! Kids will explore the many versions of the ever-popular game. After learning gaga variations, campers will work to invent their own rules!

Will it Fly? (TBA) 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, lightweight materials and then test run them both inside and outside.

 

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Young Jedis (Candice Groenke) Campers will use The Force to create a variety of battleships from the Star Wars series. The young Jedis will have different wooden materials, shapes and attachments to choose from when constructing Tie Fighters, X-Wings, Star Destroyers and of course, the mighty Millennium Falcon, to name a few. Campers will practice their problem solving skills during their construction and be able to paint and embellish their space crafts how they see fit.

Minecraft Movement! (Christina Riffle) Minecraft is all the rage, so why not bring it to life? Campers will paint cardboard boxes to build “houses” and will develop their own characters. They will tap into their creativity and work together with friends, to bring their ideas to life. We will dial into “Adventure Mode” and make real custom maps to help with the personalized quests we have created.  Put on your creativity cap on and let’s get exploring.

Art in Action (Naomi Clark) In this action-packed art class we will use anything but a paintbrush to create our masterpieces. We will work together to splatter, drip, roll and stamp our canvases creating works both large and small.

Backyard Games (Dylan Smock) Campers will learn to work as a team, form strategy, practice agility, and have fun as they learn backyard games such as Spud, Steal the Bacon, Capture the Flag, Kickball, and Giants, Wizards, and Elves. Campers will then invent their own games using various materials such as cones, balls, flags, etc.

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!

Stuffed Creatures (Calla Kennedy) In Stuffed Creatures, we will be designing and creating our own stuffies. Campers will begin by drawing an initial design, then move through the process by assembling their new stuffed creature with assorted fabric, cotton, and an array of accessories.

Karaoke Party (Tara McLaughlin) If you like to sing along to your favorite songs and unleash your hidden music star, Karaoke Party is the choice for you. Through the exploration of music, singing and performing, campers will make a list of their favorite songs and perform them with a real microphone to an audience of friends. We will dress up and use props too! Our main goal is to have fun and create a safe space where campers feel comfortable expressing themselves through music. Additional projects during the session will include a group effort to create new lyrics to our favorite songs. The final class will be an open invitation to other campers to join our Karaoke experience!

 

 

Sixes Program Overview

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Children in our Sixes program are divided into Sixes Homegroups.  Sixes are going into First Grade in the Fall.  The camp day for Sixes is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Registration is by two-week sessions.

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

Sixes Program Description

Homegroup Time

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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.

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 Sixes (“Sixes A,” “Sixes B,” “Sixes C,”…etc.).

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, our rubberized rooftop play area, and Houston Ballfield 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. Note that the actual days for particular Homegroup activities may vary from Homegroup to Homegroup.

Lunch for Sixes is provided Monday-Thursday, and served in our cafeteria. 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.

Quiet Play following lunch 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. Homegroups may also have story time or some recreation time as a transition into the afternoon activities.

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

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During Choice Class time (indicated as “Choice A,” “Choice B,” and “Choice C”) Sixes participate in specialized activities, which are chosen as part of registration in advance of the camp season. For most Choice Classes all Sixes and Sevens, 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.

The following is a sample of classes offered to Sixes and Sevens:
(2016 Examples)
Gymnastics, Deep Sea Creature Feature, Imagination Dance, Kickball Club, Books and Baking, Eye Spy, New York Mystery, Karate,
Jewelry Making, Stuffed Creatures, How Things Work and Maskmaking!
Please note: 2017 Choice Classes will be added before General Registration opens on Monday, March 13th.

Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities

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Campers in all Sixes and Sevens 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 Homegroups 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. Wednesday afternoons are set aside for extended Homegroup projects, collaborations between groups, and activities related to the theme day.

Field Trips

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All Sixes Homegroups go on field trips on Fridays. Sixes generally join the Sevens in going to locations such as Central Park Zoo and Carousel, New York Botanical Gardens, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. 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 Sixes and Sevens is 1 to 4.

Sixes & Sevens Field Trips

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All Homegroups take a field trip once a week. 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 Sixes on trips we maintain a 1 to 4, to 1 to 5 counselor to camper relationship. For this reason, we do not ask for parents or caregivers to accompany groups on trips.

 

Sixes and Sevens: Field Trip Schedule 2017

Session One:
June 30th: Central Park Zoo and Carousel
July 7th: Transit Museum and Park

Session Two:
July 14th: Legoland
July 21st: New York Hall of Science

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