Fives Choice Classes

Fives Choice Class Season Overview

Choice Classes meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for an hour. Full Day Fives select one class from Block A, B and C. Half Day Fives select one class from Block B only.

 

Below are Choice Classes from the 2019 seasons. Stay tuned for the 2020 offerings!

 

Session 1: June 24th- July 3rd
Block A:
Rainbows, Rainbows, and More Rainbows!
Stuff it!
Balloon Games
Block B:
Lego City
Where the Wild Things Are
Beginner Chess
Pinkies Up!
Block C:
Dress Up Club
Tag, You're It!
S.O.S-Sink or Swim?
Session 2: July 8th- July 19th
Block A:
Construction Engineers
Little Red Post Office
Stuff It!
Karate
Block B:
Let's Go On An Adventure!
Circus Circus!
Painting Without a Brush
Beginner Chess
Tag, You're It!
Block C:
Young Chefs!
Dress Up Club
Sensory Sensation
Without a Paintbrush
Session 3: July 22- August 2nd
Block A:
Animal Hop and Jump Relay
Dragons & Fairies Scavenger Hunt
Balloon Games
Read It and Eat It!
Block B:
Ball Games
Beginner Chess
Story Acting
Space Ryders
Block C:
Jewelry Jam Session!
All Things Merpeople
Adventure Playground
Stuff It!

Session 1

Block A: 9:30-10:30



Rainbows, Rainbows, and More Rainbows! (Helen Maeng): Let’s explore all the colors of the rainbow! Using all five senses, we’ll examine each color through a different sensory lens. What does orange feel like? Ever taste red? Join us for a unique journey of colorful fun!

Stuff it! (Laura Araman): Nothing compares to the comfort and warmth of a special stuffed animal, squishy toy, or lovie. Whether it’s a quick squeeze or a hug, they’re always there when we need them most. Join us as we design, build, and sew our very own stuffed creation! You decide what you want to make, the shape it will be, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

Balloon Games (Danny Tom) :Nothing compares to the comfort and warmth of a special stuffed animal, squishy toy, or lovie. Whether it’s a quick squeeze or a hug, they’re always there when we need them most. Join us as we design, build, and sew our very own stuffed creation! You decide what you want to make, the shape it will be, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

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Session 1

Block B: 10:30-11:30



Lego City (Denzel Johnson) Have you ever wanted to create your own city out of Legos? During this choice class, you will get to put together your own uniquely designed cities using our expansive collection of Legos. Come ready to build people, cars, and buildings with all the accessories to go on top of that. We will work both at times individually and as a group.

Where the Wild Things Are (Danielle Staropoli) We will read Where the Wild Things Are and act out the story, along with other books about animals and wild things, creating animal dances and stories that we can share with our friends. Join us in the jungle!

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Pinkies Up! (Laura Araman) It’s tea time! We’ll work together to create a unique accessory (crowns, hats, wings etc), a plate, and a fancy cup. Next we’ll focus on preparing the table by making some finger sandwiches, scones and, of course, tea! Campers will be working collaboratively, following through with their own designs, and trying new things.  

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Session 1

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Dress Up Club (Nora Woolley) Say yes to your imagination as costume and guided improvisation take you places you’ve only dreamed of visiting.  Underwater caves need expert scuba divers; restaurants need servers, chefs, and customers; museums need great works of art (that come to life at night!); pirate ships need pirates.  Dress up-ers will create some of their own costume pieces and experiment with already-made costume pieces to discover how exciting life can be when you look (and feel) the part!

Tag, You’re It! (Danny Tom) Tag is a classic game with many variations, each one posing a slightly different challenge! Campers will chase and be chased as they play favorites like blob tag, TV tag, freeze tag, stuck in the mud and more. We will also explore less well-known varieties of tag, and even invent rules for our very own version!

S.O.S. – Sink or Swim? (Shanna Silien) Will it sink to the bottom or float to the top?  S.O.S. will challenge campers to think creatively about choosing, finding, and building structures that can survive the ultimate test — will it float?  Campers begin by dreaming up a creation they will build. They’ll embark on a campwide scavenger hunt to collect their materials and work together as a team to turn their vision into a waterproof vessel that floats on its own.

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Session 2

Block A: 9:30-10:30



Construction Engineers (Shanna Silien) This class will inspire young engineers to build and create new and exciting structures. We will read books and look at real life construction projects for inspiration. We’ll build bridges and roller coasters, skyscrapers, and anything else we can imagine, using a variety of materials and media.  Class will conclude with a museum walk of our creations and the chance to hear from each engineer about their engineered creation.

Little Red Post Office (Nora Woolley) Communication keeps this camp running!  Join us as we create our very own camp post office. Help us create a forever camp stamp, design stationery, write letters to friends, assemble care packages for our families who are away at work or home, and install mailboxes around camp for all campers to use.  Neither sleet nor snow nor summer will keep us from our important work!

Stuff it! (Laura Araman) Nothing compares to the comfort and warmth of a special stuffed animal, squishy toy, or lovie. Whether it’s a quick squeeze or a hug, they’re always there when we need them most.  Join us as we design, build, and sew our very own stuffed creation! You decide what you want to make, the shape it will be, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

Karate (Vinnie Barile) This class is an introduction to the basic moves and ideas of Karate. Activities will focus on building strength, flexibility, coordination, and spatial awareness.

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Session 2

Block B: 10:30-11:30



Let’s Go On An Adventure! (Annie Perales) Calling all curious campers! Do you love investigating and discovering? Do you consider yourself a adventurer? If so, come along and let’s go on an adventure! We will be creating our own world and going on various adventures like safaris, scavenger hunts, and we will even solve some mysteries! We will get the chance to explore our camp and our city with open eyes and curious hearts, what are you waiting for? Let’s go on an adventure!

Circus Circus! (Nora Woolley) Ever wonder what it would be like to join the circus?  Think of how many roles you could play! Everyone will have a chance to perform an incredible acrobatic act, invent a magic trick, discover their clown within, try on their ringleader hat, and even take turns training a lion!  The final class will conclude with a spectacular circus performance extravaganza…plus popcorn for our friends!

Painting Without a Brush (Laura Araman) Is it possible to paint without actually using a paintbrush?! In this class you will explore many different ways to paint. We’ll paint with bubbles, pompoms, cotton balls, tin foil, eye droppers, spray bottles, and maybe even your hands and feet… the possibilities are endless!

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Tag, You’re It! (Danny Tom) Tag is a classic game with many variations, each one posing a slightly different challenge! Campers will chase and be chased as they play favorites like blob tag, TV tag, freeze tag, stuck in the mud and more. We will also explore less well-known varieties of tag, and even invent rules for our very own version!

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Session 2

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Young Chefs! (Diandra Hansen) During Young Chef’s campers will learn how to cook and get to eat yummy snacks with new friends! While working together to make tasty treats, campers will practice teamwork, sharing, and taking responsibility. They will take turns measuring, counting, and sequencing the directions for the ingredients. Campers will have opportunities to make predictions and observe how food changes, and learn how and where food grows. There is a focus on art and creativity for young chefs to learn that presentation and use of colors can sometimes make a dish taste even better!

Dress Up Club (Nora Woolley) Say yes to your imagination as costume and guided improvisation take you places you only dreamed of visiting.  Underwater caves need expert scuba divers; restaurants need servers, chefs and customers; museums need great works of art (that come to life at night!); pirate ships need pirates.  Dress up-ers will create some of their own costume pieces and experiment with already-made costume pieces to discover how exciting life can be when you look (and feel) the part!

Sensory Sensation (Laura Araman) If you like getting your hands dirty this is the class for you. We’ll be exploring lots of different squishy, goopy, gloppy mixtures, like water beads, shaving cream, slime and goop. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get messy! Campers will work collaboratively, and take turns to follow recipes for these different experiments, testing out their hypotheses and having a great time in the process.

Without a Paintbrush (Jaryn Stewart) Who says we need a paintbrush to paint? Using only our hands and other household materials, we will paint with wild abandon, creating personal masterpieces along the way. It’s amazing what our fingers can accomplish—plus, paint feels really cool on our hands, too!

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Session 3

Block A: 9:30-10:30



Animal Hop and Jump Relay (Shanna Silien) There’s more than one way to run a race! Using our imaginations we’ll pretend to be grasshoppers and kangaroos, or maybe we’ll be crickets and frogs.  Thinking of as many bugs and animals who hop and jump as we can, we’ll learn how to move just like them as we participate in a variety of relays and obstacle courses.

Dragons & Fairies Scavenger Hunt (Rebecca Saltzman) Did you know that residents of Greenwich Village have reported a mysterious appearance of tiny mushroom forests and strange sparkly scales all over the neighborhood? They have asked the campers of Little Red to investigate. So, we will travel to nearby locations (playgrounds) and come back to camp to record what we found. We will create a story and draw it to tell the community what might be happening with these mysterious fairies and dragons.

Balloon Games (Danny Tom) Who doesn’t love balloons?! In this class, we’ll have fun using balloons to play our favorite games: tennis, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and other games we invent on the spot!

Read It and Eat It! (Laura Araman) In this class we will be making food that is inspired by children’s favorite stories. Ever wonder how Green Eggs and Ham taste? Or what about sushi from the book Yoko? We may have enjoy a cookie ourselves first before giving a mouse one from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and put some of those Blueberries for Sal in our own muffins. Campers will take turns and work collaboratively, strengthening early literacy skills following visual recipes while participating in our cooking projects.

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Session 3

Block B: 10:30-11:30



Ball Games (Denzel Johnson) Throwing, catching, bouncing, passing, hitting, kicking, running, and laughing! We will be playing games like soccer, basketball and a camp favorite Gaga. We will be playing all these classic ball games and more! Campers will even get a chance to come up with a brand new ball game as a group that we can all play and enjoy!

Beginner Chess (David Rigo)  In this class students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles. This is a great class for someone who has never played before.

Story Acting (Laura Araman) Ever love a story so much that you wish you could literally be a part of it? Campers bring some of their most favorite stories to life, becoming the characters, creating scenery, and even making props to make their storytelling complete!  Dramatic play, creative expression, and collaboration take center stage for our young storytellers.

Space Ryders (Tara McLaughlin) Put on your space helmet because we are going on a mission to outer space… in our life sized spaceship!  What in the world will we see? In this class, we will build a spaceship with cardboard, tinfoil, and other art materials. Campers or “Space Ryders”  will go on daily missions and explore space. We will also read books about outer space, play moonwalk games, and of course eat solar system snacks!! 10 seconds to liftoff for this imaginarium exploration!  

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Session 3

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Jewelry Jam Session! (Diandra Hansen) Campers will learn how to string, bead, lace, paint, knot, loop, and wrap different fabrics and materials to make various fashion accessories! They will experiment with open-ended materials, and be taught different design/decoration techniques like decoupage. The class is designed to inspire creativity within campers to use everyday materials to make beautiful designs of their choice for themselves and others while listening to music!

All Things Merpeople (Helen Maeng) Let’s explore the world of merpeople together! After an engaging discussion about merpeople and what we know about them, we’re going to take the first steps in building our mermaid/man tail. What materials will we need? How will we make it sparkle and shine? Together we’ll work to let our ideas come to life! We will use storytelling to bring our merpeople to life.

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

Stuff It! (Laura Araman) Nothing compares to the comfort and warmth of a special stuffed animal, squishy toy, or lovie. Whether it’s a quick squeeze or a hug, they’re always there when we need them most.  Join us as we design, build, and sew our very own stuffed creation! You decide what you want to make, the shape it will be, the color, the fabric, and just how much stuffing you’ll need to make it just right for you.

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