Fives Choice Classes: Session 3

 

Session 3 :

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

Fives Choice Classes Fives Choice Classes

 

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

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

Super Smoothies (TBA)  Let’s have fun with fruit! We’ll learn how to select and prepare ingredient combinations to create delicious and refreshing smoothies. Campers will even experiment with wacky fruit flavor mash-ups!

Sensory Science (Shanna Silien) Shaving cream, oobleck, water play, baking soda volcanoes and more! This sensory class will encourage children to get messy while they create masterpieces and make discoveries through sensory experiences.

Treasure Hunters (Cody Rae Knue)  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!

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

Superheroes Only (Noah Furman) Ever wanted to be a hero? 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 

Horses, Ponies, and Donkeys! (Clara Campos) In this class we will learn all we can about horses, ponies and donkeys! We will do art projects, read stories, play games, and find out all there is to know about these wonderful animals.

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!

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 others. We will also explore less well-known varieties of tag, and even invent rules for our very own version!

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!

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

 

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

Don’t Touch The Floor  Caitlin Marz) Climbing is crucial! Swinging is essential! Jumping is unavoidable! This class combines imaginative play, skill building exercises, and obstacle courses galore for an adventurous approach to motor skill development. After a brisk warm up, we will scale mountains, leap over rivers of lava, crawl through caves, and swing through the trees. Campers will build confidence and coordination as they work together to navigate an ever-shifting landscape of tumbling mats, balance beams, climbing ropes, and more.  

Dino Day (Dawn Brown) This class is for campers who love everything about dinosaurs! We will read books, and do dino-themed art projects, such as making fossil dough, creating our own dino eggs, making dinosaur skeletons with q-tips for bones, as well as sand play with mini dinosaurs.

Builders Workshop (Diandra Hansen) Children will experience building and engineering projects by working with blocks, Legos, magna tiles, clothespins, gears, bristle blocks, popsicle sticks, toothpicks etc. The objective of the class is to encourage team building and for children to design and create models of their own.

Fort Making  (Andy Hunter) Ever build a fort in your house, but wished you had more friends to help you build and play? In this class we will brainstorm different types of forts and fort-making techniques, then decide on a few to build, using different materials and testing their strength as we go. We’ll explore our individual forts, then collaborate on a fort large enough for all of us to fit inside!

 

Fives Choice Classes: Session 2

Session 2 :

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

Fives Choice Classes Fives Choice Classes

2018 Choice Classes Examples (2019 TBA)

Fort Wonderland (Shanna Silien) Campers will use cardboard, fabric, and furniture to transform their surroundings into a fort wonderland – perhaps the fort is under the sea, or up in a tree! We will work together and use our imaginations to build creative spaces to play games, tell stories, and more.

Let’s go on an Adventure! (Annie Perales) Do you love exploring and discovering new things? Do you consider yourself an adventurer? In this interactive choice class, we will be creating our own imaginary world and going on various expeditions like safaris, scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, and more!

Tag Games Galore (TBA) Get active and have fun in Tag Games!! Campers will enjoy chasing one another in old classics such as All-Is-It and Fishy-Fishy, and Ship Shore. Tag Games will provide a perfect space for active kids to exercise while also giving more reserved children a space to get out of their comfort zone. Games will help garner skills in teamwork and trying new things, giving campers a unique fun and enlightening experience!

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!

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

 

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

Let’s Save the Day! (Denzel Johnson) Camp is such a big place, and we need some Super Friends to help others out! In this class, campers will come together and see what we can do to help our camp community. We will explore our creativity, work together and problem solve. C’mon…LREI needs your help!!

Everything Engineers (Norah Roderick) What is an engineer? What kinds of things do they build and create? We’ll work together to explore how trains operate and run on schedule, how to build different machines, and what goes into planning a city by creating imaginary cities of our own.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My! (Jaryn Stewart) After reading fantastical stories, campers will get to dress up and let their imaginations take over as they create their own mystical worlds. One day a tiger, the next a pirate—the possibilities are endless!

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

Intermediate Chess (David Rigo) Calling all chess masters! 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 and a chance to hone their skills.

 

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

Touchable Rainbows (Alyssa Keene) Did you know rainbows are not only beautiful to look at but fun to touch? We will get messy and colorful in this hands-on sensory color experience. From shaving cream art to rainbow slime, we combine science and sensory fun to look at colors in a whole new way.

Little Engineers (Dawn Brown)  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. Projects include building bridges with blocks, creating roller coasters out of straws, and making buildings using marshmallows and toothpicks. We will also use wikki sticks, legos and popsicle sticks and more!

Sensory Serenity (Diandra Hansen) Students will have different tactile messy play experiences each class. They will interact with sensory bins, water play, making their own playdough, slime, moon sand, calming jars, stress balls etc. The objective of the class is for children to use their imagination, support their social interactions, and build their fine and gross motor skills in new and fun ways.

Young Yogis (Danielle Staropoli) 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.

Tea-Rex (Caitlin Marz) Inspired by Smriti Prasadam Halls’ T-Veg, this reptilian function invites all dinosaurs to come as they are. After donning tails and scales, campers will work together to make and eat no-bake vegetarian treats and herbal iced teas. While we dine we will read dinosaur and tea party themed stories. Claws up!

Fives Choice Classes: Session 1

Session 1 :

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

Fives Choice Classes Fives Choice Classes

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.

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.

Fives Field Trips

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All Fives, including those registered for Half Day Fives Homegroups, and Half Day Fours/Fives mixed ages Homegroup, attend camp for a full day from 9:00am-400pm once a week for a field trip. Trips take place on Fridays, except for the last trip of the season, which is Wednesday, August 3rd.  Please note that the Half Day Fours/Fives mixed age Homegroup travels on field trips with the Fours.

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

 

Fives and Half Day Fives:

Field Trip Schedule 2018: 

Session One:
June 29th: Prospect Park Zoo & Carousel
July 6th: NY Hall of Science

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

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

Fives Choice Classes

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Choice Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for a two-week session. Classes are selected during registration.

Half Day Fives choose one class from Block B, Full Day Fives choose one class from Block A, one from B, and one from C.

2018 Choice Classes: