Sixes/Sevens Choice Class

Sixes/Sevens Choice Class Season Overview

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

Session 1: June 24th- July 3rd
Block A:
Tiny Circus
World Art Extravaganza
Fancy Restaurant
Spy School
Power Animals
Balloon Tennis
Block B:
Print it!
Young Dancemakers
Tiny Worlds
Will it Waffle?
Beneath Our Feet
Little Red Secret Agents
Block C:
Chopped: Kid's Edition
Beginner Chess
Karaoke Party!
Indoor Camping
Minute to Win It!
Funderdome
Session 2: July 8th- July 19th
Block A:
On your Kart, Get Set, Go!
Gaga Galore!
Print it!
Kindness Counts
Karate
Watercolors in the City
Clayworks
Block B:
Puppet Pioneers!
Floor Hockey for Beginners
Print it!
Stuff It!
Camp Out!
Adventure Playground!
Block C:
Tag, You're it!
New York, New York!
Intermediate Chess
Game Makers
Cabinets of Curiosities
Balloon Games
Session 3: July 22- August 2nd
Block A:
Gaga Galore!
Broadway Moves
Spy School
Clayworks
Tag, You're It!
Open Studio Art
Block B:
Beginner Chess
It's a Cardboard World
Bake the Rainbow!
Woven Wall Art
Board Game Bonanza
Team Games
Block C:
Young Dancemakers
Mystery Science
Balloon Games
Monster Chefs
Cabinets of Curiosities
Adventure Playground

Session 1

Block A: 10:30-11:30



Tiny Circus (Andy Hunter) It’s time for a trip to the big top! Campers will learn amazing feats of acrobatics or be as silly as a red nose clown. They could even transform into some of our most favorite circus animals like lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my!

World Art Extravaganza (Matthew Mahler) Take an imaginary journey around the world to examine and explore various approaches to art making. From Japanese scroll drawing to African Masks, campers will take a closer look at different styles of art and get a chance to create a piece inspired by various cultures from across the globe.

Fancy Restaurant (Nora Woolley) Camp is buzzing with news that the fanciest restaurant in the city is set to open in a matter of days!  Join us as we design our very own mouth-watering restaurant from soup to soy nuts– menus, place-settings, custom tablecloths, advertisements, front and back of house training, not to mention outrageous new recipes and menu tastings.  There is so much to be done in time for our big, fancy soft opening on the final day of class. Rumor has it that we’ll even receive a visit from a restaurant reviewer! With you on board, we’re sure to have the absolute best restaurant in town.

Spy School (Alex Checkman) Do you have what it takes to become a spy? We will learn to create the perfect disguise, come up with secret agent names, write our own secret codes, break ciphers, and go on top secret missions…Shh!

Power Animals (Kevin Farrant) Sometimes when you look in the mirror, do you see a lion?  Ever wish you could be a cat or maybe a dolphin? Legend has it that we all have unique characteristics of our personalities that we share with animals.  These representations blend together to create power animals. In this choice class, we’ll discover what power animal best represents our innermost selves by taking a survey. From there we’ll practice a variety of clay techniques to build our very own hand-built power animal!

Balloon Tennis (Danny Tom) Who says tennis can only be played with rackets and tennis balls? Join us for this exciting, new twist on a classic game!

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Session 1

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Print it! (Matthew Mahler) Artists have long been stamping, printing and imprinting their mark on the natural world throughout history. Campers will explore various printing methods including monoprinting, relief and collograph printing in this exciting choice class. How many different ways can you leave your mark?  

Young Dancemakers (Danielle Staropoli) Through guided explorations and games, campers will create their own unique movement vocabulary, leading to an original piece of choreography. Campers will learn how to give and receive constructive feedback and make revisions to their work, which will be performed and shared with other campers.

Tiny Worlds (Clara Campos) In this construction/art class, we will create tiny worlds using our big imaginations. Projects will include hidden gnome homes, tiny underwater worlds 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!

Will it Waffle? (Norah Roderick) Have you ever put anything that wasn’t a waffle in the waffle iron? Let’s see what happens when we try putting different foods in the waffle iron! Gummy bears: will they waffle? What about potatoes? Or cheese?!? Brave campers can try anything we put in the waffle iron if they dare!

Beneath Our Feet (Sara Janoff) Campers will become scientists and investigate the world beneath their feet! They will get to use scientific tools to explore grass, dirt, and the living creatures below us. Campers will be invited to construct their own worm composting bin, and we’ll use our scientific skills to observe the work of the worms throughout the camp season as they turn different materials into soil. Campers will also learn about an important decomposer, the mushroom, and explore different types using their five senses. Campers will develop investigative skills and an appreciation for the less-seen creatures in our environment.

Little Red Secret Agents (Isaiah Sullivan) Do you have what it takes to be a Little Red Secret Agent? We’ll come up with unique code names, develop “spy equipment” (like binoculars and communicators), and create “secret” codes that can only be cracked with deciphers. Using teamwork, we will collect clues and secret codes hidden around camp to complete an exciting scavenger hunt to solve the case!

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Session 1

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Chopped: Kid’s Edition (Rebecca Saltzman) In this class, campers will compete in a creative and silly cooking class.  Campers will work in teams to make three random ingredients into a delicious meal. First, campers divide into teams. Counselors will announce the ingredients and allow time for brainstorming, and then the cooking begins! At the end of each class, awards are presented for creativity, teamwork, presentation, and taste.

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this chess 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.

Karaoke Party! (Tara McLaughlin) If you like to sing along to your favorite songs, then join the “Karaoke Party.” In this class, we’ll start off by becoming more familiar with music, singing, and performing. Campers will create a list of their favorite songs and perform them with a real microphone to an audience of friends.  We’ll even dress up and use props as well! Our main goal is to have fun and create a safe space where campers can feel comfortable expressing themselves through music. Additional projects during the session will include a group effort to create new lyrics to some of our favorite songs. The final class will be a share for other campers to join our Karaoke experience!

Indoor Camping (Laura Araman) Have you ever dreamed of going on a camping adventure?  No need to leave the city to experience all the joys of camping! From stargazing to roasting s’mores and telling stories around the “campfire,” our indoor campers will use their imaginations to create brand new constellations and work together to set up a real campsite, including a tent!

Minute to Win It! (Jaryn Stewart) 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. Learning how to work together and problem solve, campers will gain skills that apply to all areas of life, all while having the time of their lives.

Funderdome (Eric Royo) What do you get when you mix tag, steal the bacon, capture the flag and dodgeball all in one game? You get some good ol’ fashion fun. Come learn some new games such as Pin Daddy and play some old school favorites like kick the can. You’ll play games with teams,  partners, and everyone for themselves. Ball games, rope games, running games and more. It’s not whether you win or lose but how sweaty you are when it’s done!

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Session 2

Block A: 10:30-11:30



On your Kart, Get Set, Go! (Denzel Johnson) Campers will be using cardboard and scooters to build go-karts from scratch! Campers will also have the opportunity to race them against each other and test them on different obstacle courses in fun and safe ways. Join this class if you enjoy building with your hands and are ready to get set, and go!

Gaga Galore! (Jake Tiner) Students will learn about one of the most fun games on the planet: Gaga! Also known as Israeli Dodgeball, Gaga is played by hitting a ball with your hands and trying to hit your opponents below the knees to eliminate them.Gaga has many variations, like poison-ga, super-ga, and double-poison-super-pin-ga, allowing for nearly endless fun. Gaga will focus on teamwork and strategy development, all while getting in some serious exercise!

Print it! (Matthew Mahler) Artists have long been stamping, printing and imprinting their mark on the natural world throughout history. Campers will explore various printing methods including monoprinting, relief and collograph printing in this exciting choice class. How many different ways can you leave your mark?

Kindness Counts (Danielle Staropoli) Through simple acts of kindness, campers will spread positive vibes throughout the Summers at LREI community. We’ll make friendship bracelets, design original positivity posters, and even host a lemonade stand. Kindness can take many forms, and we will explore as many as we can to become Kindness Superstars!

Karate (Vinny 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.

Watercolors in the City (Alex Checkman) Do you like to to take inspiration from the world around you when you draw and paint? In this class, we will take our pencils, pens, and paints outside to find inspiration. We’ll observe our environment, looking at buildings, trees, playgrounds, and other city scenes for inspiration. Then we will find a comfortable and shady spot to sketch and paint what we see!

Clayworks (Kevin Farrant) In this creative, hands-on class, campers will use clay to create whimsical, fun pieces of art to take home.  For this class, campers will learn how to utilize the coiling technique to create pieces that are both functional and sculptural. Campers will also practice various other clay techniques including: scoring and slipping, coiling, smoothing, and how to properly store in-progress work.

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Session 2

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Puppet Pioneers! (Andy Hunter) Designers in this class will create their own puppets and bring them to life! Campers will learn how to build puppets using styrofoam balls, vegetables and fruit, pop-up paper, and found objects! Every puppeteer will create unique characters with their puppets before taking them home! The class culminates in a puppetry show or gallery for all to enjoy!

Floor Hockey for Beginners (Jake Tiner) Pass, shoot, score! If your camper is interested in gaining some experience playing the coolest game out there, then this is the perfect choice class! We will learn the basic skills of the game, like stickhandling and passing, before taking a look at the rules. Once everyone is warmed up and ready to play, campers will scrimmage one another in a fun, low stakes game. This class is a great opportunity to sharpen hand eye coordination while developing teamwork skills.

Print it! (Matthew Mahler) Artists have long been stamping, printing and imprinting their mark on the natural world throughout history. Campers will explore various printing methods including monoprinting, relief and collograph printing in this exciting choice class. How many different ways can you leave your mark?  

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.

Camp Out! (Sara Janoff) Campers are invited on a camping adventure! Using real-world camping tools AND our imaginations, we will explore the world of camping. Through dramatic play, campers will be introduced to aspects of traditional camping such as star-gazing, bird-watching, and cooking. We will practice pitching a tent and pretend to build a fire and cook delicious campfire meals! Campers will use flashlights to imagine they are on a night-time walk in the woods. I wonder what kind of animals we will meet!

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

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Session 2

Block C: 2:30-3:30



Tag, you’re it! (Helen Maeng) The classic game that everyone knows, with a twist. Each day will be a different kind of Tag! Each class will begin with a stretch to get our bodies warmed up and then we’re ready to go! With a focus on gross motor skills and body awareness, the goal will be good sportsmanship, and fun.

New York, New York! (Danielle Staropoli) Using our cityscape and architecture as inspiration, campers will stretch and bend to create tableaus of New York City’s most famous landmarks. Campers will roll, tumble, and jump as they explore the movement on the subways, taxis, and bikes. We’ll sway and balance as we design peaceful scenes of Central Park. Join us in dancing through the Big Apple!

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) In this class students will have a refresher on the rules and fundamentals of chess and be introduced to basic chess tactics and endgames. This is a great class for students who know how the pieces move, but might want a little review.

Game Makers  (Isaiah Sullivan) Do you love playing board games?  Do you have ideas about what makes a really fun game to play?  Game Makers gives campers the opportunity to examine different types of popular board games, focusing on what makes them so much fun and how the rules can make or break the game. Using their research and tapping into their creativity, campers will collaborate to create and develop their ideas and rules, culminating in their very own board game.

Cabinets of Curiosities (Victoria Vreeland) First seen as early as the 1500’s and popular throughout the Renaissance, Cabinets of Curiosities were widely used to display an individual’s collection of interesting objects. In this class, we’ll decide what special items we already have and maybe find some new ones that we want to display in our very own handmade cabinet. We’ll create our unique cabinets, using paint and glue to start. We’ll craft and install shelves, as well as hang hooks. On our final day of class, we’ll show off our cabinets for all to see, with wonder, our most curious treasures!

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!

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Session 3

Block A: 10:30-11:30



Gaga Galore! (Jake Tiner) Students will learn about one of the most fun games on the planet: Gaga! Also known as Israeli Dodgeball, Gaga is played by hitting a ball with your hands and trying to hit your opponents below the knees to eliminate them.Gaga has many variations, like poison-ga, super-ga, and double-poison-super-pin-ga, allowing for nearly endless fun. Gaga will focus on teamwork and strategy development, all while getting in some serious exercise!

Broadway Moves  (Danielle Staropoli) In this exciting class, campers will explore stylized Jazz movements, body isolations, and complex rhythms to the most popular tunes on Broadway! Emphasis will be placed on performance skills, such as conveying a story through movement, facial expressions, and connecting with the audience. Campers will work together to stage, choreograph, and perform their own scenes!

Spy School (Alex Checkman) Do you have what it takes to become a spy? We will learn to create the perfect disguise, come up with secret agent names, write our own secret codes, break ciphers, and go on top secret missions…Shh!

Clayworks (Kevin Farrant) In this creative, hands-on class, campers will use clay to create whimsical, fun pieces of art to take home.  For this class, campers will learn how to utilize the coiling technique to create pieces that are both functional and sculptural. Campers will also practice various other clay techniques including: scoring and slipping, coiling, smoothing, and how to properly store in-progress work.  

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!

Open Studio Art (TBA) Looking for a little extra time in the art studio? Have project in mind that you’d like to develop into a work of art? Campers will create amazing craft projects from an assortment of fun materials like cardboard, paint, yarn, glue, pipe cleaners and more! We’ll work on our own projects and even collaborate with friends!

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Session 3

Block B: 1:30-2:30



Beginner Chess (David Rigo) In this beginners chess 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.

It’s a Cardboard World  (Clara Campos) There are so many things you can make with a bunch of recycled cardboard, some glue, and a ton of imagination. In this open-ended construction/art class we will explore cardboard as a material, and make whatever we can think of to make. Sculptures, buildings, animals, technology, robots, and more!

Bake the Rainbow! (Annie Perales) Who doesn’t love making colorful treats? In this class, campers will gain a sense

of responsibility, collaboration, and creativity by creating and cooking a variety of rainbow colored goods. We will be making recipes such as strawberry shortcake, lemon bars, and some new recipes of our own!

Woven Wall Art (Laura Araman) Do you love weaving? Enjoy putting together colors and textures? Well now’s your chance to create your very own woven wall hanging that you’ll get to take home to put up on your wall. Campers will make their own unique design choices, sharpen their fine motor skills, and develop problem solving strategies throughout their creative process.

Board Game Bonanza (TBA) Campers will discover all the forms board games can take. There are so many different types of games to choose from, whether they are based on resources (Catan, Monopoly), cards (Uno, Dominion), conquering (Risk) or even legacy (games that change each time you play!). The possibilities are endless!

Team Games (Jake Tiner) In team games, students will be exposed to a variety of games that all have a common theme: teammates! Students will develop their group work skills by working with their teammates to accomplish a common goal. Games will range from trivia style variety shows to capture the flag.

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Session 3

Block C: 2:30-3:30

Young Dancemakers (Danielle Staropoli) Through guided explorations and games, students will create their own unique movement vocabulary, thus leading to an original piece of choreography. Students will learn how to give and receive constructive feedback and make revisions to their work to be performed and shared with other campers.

Mystery Science (Isaiah Sullivan) Meet us in the science lab where we will conduct a variety of fun and interesting science experiments out of everyday materials! We will grow our own crystals, make portable lava lamps, and build our own volcanoes before making them erupt!

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!

Monster Chefs  (Avery Kutis) Uh oh!  There are monsters in the kitchen!! Using their creativity and expert baking skills, our chefs will create edible monsters of all shapes and sizes! Imagine enjoying tasty Frankenstein popsicles made out of marshmallows and chocolate or scrumptious monster s’mores.  Campers will collaborate throughout this choice class to turn their imaginary monsters into delicious treats!

Cabinets of Curiosities (Victoria Vreeland) First seen as early as the 1500’s and popular throughout the Renaissance, Cabinets of Curiosities were widely used to display an individual’s collection of interesting objects. In this class, we’ll decide what special items we already have and maybe find some new ones that we want to display in our very own handmade cabinet. We’ll create our unique cabinets, using paint and glue to start. We’ll craft and install shelves, as well as hang hooks. On our final day of class, we’ll show off our cabinets for all to see, with wonder, our most curious treasures!

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

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