Sixes/Sevens Program Description
The camp day for the Sixes/Sevens is 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Children in our Sixes/Sevens program are divided into Homegroups. Children in the Sixes are going into First grade next fall and Sevens into Second grade.
Each Sixes/Sevens Homegroup is a consistent place, team of teachers, and group of children that meet over the course of camp. When registering, parents choose a Homegroup with a specific “Focus” that best suits their child’s interests. Focuses range from movement, to table-top games, to crafting. While all Homegroups will experience a variety of activities throughout each session, the focus represents a period of time each day when campers engage in activities that align with the Homegroup focus.
The camp program for children in the Sixes/Sevens includes Homegroup Time, Choice Classes, Outdoor Play, and Theme Wednesdays.
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. The camp day starts with a Morning Meeting shortly after 9:00am. Since campers come from many different schools, these meetings are focused on activities that help them get to know one another and to build a sense of community. Meeting time may include games, a chance to share thoughts and ideas, and a discussion of the camp day.
Homegroups enjoy a healthy lunch together, Monday through Friday. 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. This may include physical activities that take place at Houston Ballfield, Downing Street Park, in our Physical and Performing Arts Space, or in Homegroup rooms.
Both before and after lunch, Homegroup time is allotted for campers to spend time creating, playing, and experiencing activities that are unique to one’s Homegroup Focus.
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.
Prior to each session, campers select a Choice Class Bundle featuring two classes (choice class A and choice class B) that meet for an hour each on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for the two-week session. These classes, taught by Specialists and Head Counselors, are open to all children in Sixes/Sevens Homegroups.
Different classes are offered each session.
The following is a sample of classes offered to Sixes and Sevens:
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!
Camp-Wide Wednesday Activities
Every Wednesday camp adopts a specific theme. On one Theme Wednesday per session, campers will find themselves transported into a whole new environment, such as “The Shrinking Machine,” “Little Red Rocket Ship” or “Beach Day.” Theme Wednesdays provide Homegroups a great opportunity to work together and use their “Focuses” to share and participate in a larger shared experience. Wednesday afternoons are set aside for extended Homegroup projects, remote collaborations between groups, and activities related to the theme day.