Fives Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 :

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

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2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

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

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!

Secret Animals (Shanna Silien) There are animals on the loose, and it is our job to help find them! Is that a peacock hiding on the stairs? Or a zebra in the refrigerator? In this exploratory choice class, campers will follow clues and work together to discover where the animals are hiding, while also learning about different types of animals, what they are like, and where they come from.

OOOOOPS! (Cody Rae Knue) Let’s get experimenting! We’ll 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!

Soccer (TBA) GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! We’ll practice passing, shooting, and blocking, while learning about the different positions and even some game strategies. Sportsmanship and teamwork will be encouraged when we take the field in friendly competition.

Superheroes Only (Noah Furman) Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Now you can design your own superhero logo, costume, and accessories to become the hero of your dreams! Using paper and fabric, campers will get a chance to make bracelets and capes, headbands and helmets for their own invented characters. Creating a variety of wearable artworks, we will share our work and show off our own original hero personas.

 

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

Ya Build It, Ya Break It (Henry Rice) In Ya Build It, Ya Break It, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a unique art experience. Each project will be geared toward the ultimate goal of destroying the piece. Kids 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!

Beginner Chess (David Rigo) Welcome to the wonderful world of chess! Students will learn the rules of the game and develop an understanding of opening principles and strategies. This is a great class for someone who has never played before, so come try something new!

Tag You’re It! (TBA) 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!

Recycled Creations (Noah Furman) How can what we throw away be re-used, reclaimed and repurposed to make something new and unique? In this choice class we will take a second look at materials like cardboard, plastic, paper, and foil and try making collage, bricolage, and assemblage. Working from making relief sculptures and moving into three dimensions, we will find ways to bring these materials to life!

Paint the Feeling (Zoë Lintzeris) What color feels happy to you? What color feels sad? What colors feel excited or silly? In this class, campers will illustrate various feelings through different styles of painting and learn more about color association.

 

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

Whale of a Good Time (Dawn Brown) This class will focus on the ocean and all the animals that live in it. We will read stories about ocean creatures, sea adventures and more! We will create jellyfish sun catchers, seashell art projects, sand art and oceans in a bag. There will be a sand table and water play with sea creatures.

Creative Kitchen (Diandra Hansen) Put your chef hat on and join us in the kitchen! Campers will take part in cooking activities of all different kinds. They will participate by following step by step directions, mixing and measuring ingredients, and eating lots of yummy food. We will make smoothies, pancakes, cookies, snack bars, bread, muffins, and so much more!

Little Red Astronauts (Andy Hunter) In a galaxy far, far away… there were a group of campers who decided to set off on a journey to become the best space people they could be! In this class, campers will learn about the exciting universe we live in, as well as build their own planets, rocket ships, and space suits!

Painting WITHOUT A Brush (Vicky Sideropoulos) How can you paint without a paintbrush?! In this class you will explore many different types of painting. You will paint with bubbles, pompoms, cotton balls, tin foil, shaving cream, a spray bottle, your hands and feet… the possibilities are endless! At the end of the session we will create a museum for fellow campers to enjoy!

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

Fours Choice Classes: Session 3

Session 3:  

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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2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

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

Imagination Movers (Janine Bickoff) Have you ever swum 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.

Without a Paintbrush (Jaryn Stewart) Who says we need a paintbrush to paint? Using only our hands, 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!  

 

Fours Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2: July 9th – July 20th

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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2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

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

Circle Games (Janine Bickoff) 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, 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!

Food Art (Tara McLaughlin) Have you ever seen a grape snake or a bread bus? How about a bananasaur or cucumber dancing duck? In this class, we will make fine works of art with food! Campers will learn basic food preparation along with important safety tips all while using their creativity to make both fun and healthy art. Each class we will work on a different theme. During the session we will also create a photo journal because, well, we will eat our art!

Fours Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1

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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2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

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

Yoga Animal Adventure (Janine Bickoff) Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Yoga is headed to the jungle, ocean, country and city. Through vinyasa yoga poses, games, and creative play, we will make our journey around the world come true, Yoga style. This class also helps with imagination, breathing, and confidence.

Oobleck, Slime and Clean Mud (TBA) Let’s get out the test tubes and beakers, and mix together ingredients to create some new exciting textures! We will experiment with making Oobleck, clean mud from tissue paper and soap, and cloud dough from baby oil and flour. Get ready for a slimy, smooth, sticky, gloopy good time!

Sixes / Sevens Program Overview

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

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

Sixes/Sevens 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 three Homegroups of Sixes or Sevens (“Sixes A,” “Sixes B,” “Seven A,”…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:
(2017 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.

Fives Program Overview

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There are two options for children in the Fives programs.

  • Half Day Fives
  • Full Day Fives

Children in our 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.

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
  • Full Day Fours

The camp day for Nearly & Half Day Foursis 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. Registration is by two-week sessions. 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.

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 and Nearly Fours participate in Block A activities only.

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.

Location & Directions

Little Red Summer Camps:

Sixth Avenue Campus
Homegroups: ages 3.5-12 years
Specialty Camps: Story Makers, Robotics, Portfolio Development


LREI
272 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014

 



Subways:

A, C, E, D, F, or V to the West 4th Street Station or 1 to Houston Street

Charlton Street Campus
Specialty Camp:
Musical Theater Workshop: ages 9-13

LREI’s Elisabeth Irwin High School
40 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
Located between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street on Charlton Street.

Subways:
1 to Houston Street or C or E train to Spring Street

Thompson Street Campus

Specialty Camp: Basketball Intensive

Thompson Street Gym
145 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10014

Subways:

1 to Houston Street or C or E train to Spring Street

Our Facilities

Indoor activities are held in the classrooms, art rooms, reading room, woodworking shop, computer lab, and cafeteria of LREI. Indoor spaces are air-conditioned and brightly lit.

Physical arts activities take place in the Lower/Middle School Performing and Physical Arts Space, Lower/Middle School Auditorium, Music Room, LREI’s High School gymnasium, LREI’s High School Performing Arts Space, and the Thompson Street Gym.

For outdoor activities, we use our rubberized rooftop playground, Downing Street Playground, Houston Street Park, Veusvio Playground, and Carmine Street Playground.

Transportation on field trips is by private air-conditioned bus, equipped with a bathroom. For travel over 30 minutes, an age-appropriate video maybe shown, such as an episode of Winnie the Pooh or Arthur for ages four-six and Wallace and Grommit or Toy Story for ages seven and up.

Health Forms and Safety

Safety is our first priority, no matter what activity children are engaged in or where we are. In addition to having a certified Health Director on site, all of our Head and Associate Counselors are CPR and First Aid certified. We bring water, first aid supplies, an emergency contact list, cell phones and walkie talkies to all parks and field trips away from the LREI campus.

We strive to meet the needs of all children. If your child takes medication, is physically challenged, or has special health needs, please let us know when submitting registration and medical forms so that we can make plans to accommodate them in the most appropriate way possible.

Download the required forms here:

Camp Health Form

 Camp Medication Form (Optional): If you would like for our Health Director to be able to administer over the counter or prescribed medication to your child during the camp day, please fill out and sign this form and email to Ava at [email protected] by June 3rd*Please note that prescription medication requires a signature from your Health Care Provider.

Allergy Action Plan: If  your child has allergies that could require medication (EpiPen, or Benadryl, etc) please be sure to fill out the Allergy Action Plan form and email to Ava at [email protected] by June 3rd.

If your child requires a SEIT this summer, download the SEIT Form and email it to [email protected] no later than May 15th, 2019.  We cannot accommodate SEITs without prior notice and receipt of form.  Please note that we only allow one SEIT per Homegroup and we reserve the right to place your child in a different Homegroup based on availability.

Download our SEIT form here: SEIT Form (PDF)

Please email all forms to [email protected], fax to 212-677-9159 or mail to:

Summers at LREI 
Attention: Health Forms
272 Sixth Avenue 
New York, NY 10014

Who we are

Campers

Children in Summers at LREI come from public and independent schools across the New York City area, as well as from other states and countries.

Roughly 90% of the children in our programs attend schools other than LREI during the year. Our goal is to create a safe environment where children can form new friendships and feel themselves to be part of a camp community. We welcome a diverse population, including children who are visiting the United States and those who have specific needs that we are equipped to accommodate.

Faculty

All teachers on the camp staff have experience with and a genuine love for working with children. Some are full-time teachers at LREI or other independent schools. Some are Associate teachers or teachers from the Afterschool program at LREI. Others are professional visual artists, actors, musicians, and dancers who have years of experience sharing their creativity with children. Nearly 80% of the Head Counselors in Little Red Summer Camp are returning teachers.