6 to 8 Year-Olds (Entering First Grade)

Rachel Gray


In her fifth year as a kindergarten teacher at SAS, Rachel Gray has been engaging students in exciting summer learning experiences for the last five years.

Literacy, Drama, and Art


Course Description

Interested in a literacy camp? This is an opportunity for your child to be lost in stories that excite and make them wonder and question about the world around them. They will be challenged to grow from a good reader and writer to a great reader and writer. Using digital platforms and SAS literacy resources learners will engage in book clubs and readers theatre, present book reviews, delve into author studies, collaborate with reading buddies and become publishers. Connecting literacy learning through the world of art will grow your child's passion for literacy further.

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Morning Meeting/Community Building/Read Aloud
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. PE
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Snack/Literacy Block
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Literacy Block
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Read Aloud/Independent Reading (with one-on-one small group teacher conferring)
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. PE
1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Literacy Block
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Snack
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Our days will be filled with literacy, drama and art. We will engage in shared reading, shared writing, read alouds, readers theatre, author studies, independent and partner reading. We will have the opportunity to also share our learning and thinking through art. We will use mentor texts and authors to guide us, using them to grow our literacy skills of reading, writing, listening and oral language, as well as enrich our vocabulary.
 


 

Chris Smith


Chris Smith is currently an educational technology coach in the elementary school and has been part of the school for the last eight years.

Digital Design


Course Description

Does your child enjoy designing and thinking creatively? Are they interested in seeing how they can help shape the future through design? Through the use of digital tools and the design thinking process, students will develop their creativity by empathizing, brainstorming, planning, rapid prototyping, and testing their ideas. They will also learn how the iPad can help push along design thinking. Learners will create content rather than consume content. Because creativity takes on many different forms, learners will only be limited by their imagination.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Community Building/Concept Introduction
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. PE
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concept Practice
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Personal Project
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Personal Project
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. PE
1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Coding
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily Reflection
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Coding experiences through the use of Dash and Dot robots for block coding and Swift programming language will be embedded weekly.
Week 1 Using iPad and drawing apps for sketchnoting, creating a portrait, landscape, infographics, and creating a logo
Week 2 Exploring photography and design on the iPad, making personified pictures, creating a moment in motion, personalized collage and a photo documentary
Week 3 Video production using the iPad—a silent movie, a movie pitch, a teaching show, documentary, or a short film
Week 4 Deep dive into previous topics

 


 

Suzanne Heathorn


An art teacher at SAS for 14 years now, Suzanne Heathorn believes art is not just about beautiful pictures but something that can help us understand why and how it connects to the world around us. Her special love of painting and printmaking has led her to investigate how she can make it interact with other parts of her daily life whether it being used for ceramics, interior design or in fashion.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)


Course Description

From little hands in creating Reggio Emilia-style art mobiles to exploring the creative world of crayon candles, rainbow ices, and salt pictures, or their very own baking soda rocket, students will get a chance to explore how other elements of the world around us can work and complement art. In addition to creating art that looks great, learners will also create art that can move or be functional. Our ceramics part of the program allows students to experience how they can make art that can be used everyday, from creating a dinner set, to designing their own toy, stitch craft and and even soft toys. Painting outside, drawing on the path, and learning from practicing artist will make for a creative interactive program full of imagination, building and learning.

 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Building a pendulum
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. PE
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. STEAM-style "Can we make art with the law of motion?" art and science, and Newton's theory
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Making a pendulum painting in the outdoors!
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Discover acrylic pouring art in action on canvas!
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. PE
1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Marble painting art in action, and the discussion of motion and abstract art
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Discussion and gallery walk
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Pendulum painting is a great beautiful way to make abstract art while discovering the understanding of how things move. Students will build their own pendulum and then use Tempera paint and their pendulum to create spirograph like images that are abstract artworks that are like images from the galaxy in outer space. Glow-in-the-dark paints and fluorescent paints can add to the wonder and mystery of this amazing experience. We will investigate and answer the question: Can we make art with the law of motion? This will head us directly to talk about Tom Shannon and his art. Students will discover other painting techniques using acrylic pouring on canvas and marble painting that will leave them in awe of how they can make art using creativity, color, and movement.
 


 

James Toney


In his third year at SAS, James Toney is a natural storyteller and enjoys sharing his life experiences with his students to make their learning more real.

JTO Video


Course Description

Note: This course is available for 6 to 10 year-olds.

Has your child ever watched their favorite music video and thought to themselves, "I could do that!" Well, they can! In JTO video, we will work collaboratively to stage and film a music video to a song of our choosing. iMovie, special effects, acting, filming—your child will have the opportunity to learn so much while actually having FUN!

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. PE
9:35 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Community Building
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Research and Investigation
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Negotiation, Planning, and Practice of Today's Scene
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Filming Part 1
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Filming Part 2
1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. See-saw Daily Reflection
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PE
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Our goal will be to orchestrate and execute our very own music video by the end of the week. We will spend the first day mutually agreeing on a song to tackle. Then, we will decide roles, props necessary, locations, etc. Once the plan is determined we will journey around campus to create the scenes that we need. Towards the end of the week, once all scenes are filmed, students will be given an iMovie tutorial, as well as using some special effects software to create their own individual version of the music video based on our collective efforts.
 


 

Shuna Sun 

Ying Chu 


Shuna Sun has been teaching Chinese in the elementary school at SAS for the last 12 years. Ying Chu is teaching first graders as part of the Chinese Immersion program and is in her eighth year at SAS. Both of them are passionate to about sharing Chinese language and culture with young children.

Bilingual Chinese


Course Description

Note: This course is available for 6 to 14 year-olds.

What Chinese dish can your child cook? Have they tried Chinese calligraphy, acted in Chinese dramas, played traditional Chinese games? Students will have the opportunity to experience a week immersed in Chinese language and culture! This course will create opportunities for children to gain more Chinese proficiency via various fun activities. Students will learn to appreciate Chinese culture and have fun exploring Chinese projects while cultivating a love for the Chinese language and culture. Students will be grouped according to their oral proficiency level and led by different teachers.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Morning Meeting/Community Building
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Exploring Personal Interests
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Snack
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PE
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Personal Projects
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Cultural Activities, Creativity, Drama
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Personal Projects
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PE
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Reflections/Closing Circle
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Content Overview

Week 1 Traditional Chinese games, cooking dumplings, dragon boat making, and Chinese ink paintings
Week 2 Chinese calligraphy, cooking twisted dough, making Chinese bracelets, and Chinese drama
Week 3 Chinese etiquette, cooking rice balls, Chinese paper folding, and Chinese chess
Week 4 Traditional Chinese games, face painting, Chinese tea appreciation, painting fans, and ink blow painting


 

Kevin Donaghey


Kevin Donaghey has been on the Summer Semester team for four years. Every year students express how much fun the program is. Donaghey's passion is physical activity. Helping students grow and develop both physically and socially makes his job one of the best in the world.

Physical Education (3 to 10 Year-Olds)


Course Description

Note: This course is built into each student's schedule.

The Summer Semester elementary physical education (PE) program provides students double the fun. Current research shows that students perform better cognitively with physical movement. Students will engage in physical activities in a caring, supportive, and non-threatening atmosphere twice a day. Every student will be challenged and provided the opportunity to be successful. We aim to challenge every student with a wide variety of physical activities that will contribute to the development and maintenance of their physical, cognitive, and social wellbeing over summer.
 

Content Overview

Note: Course content will be different each week so students can sign up for multiple weeks.

Collaborative games
Ball skills
Hand-eye coordination
Psychomotor skills (gross and fine motor skills)
Social-emotional learning opportunities

 


 

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