8 to 10 Year-Olds

Analu Kewelar


Analu Kewelar has worked at SAS for 13 years and is a kindergarten teacher after having taught first grade for 12 years. She is excited to work with elementary schoolers and learn and practice social and emotional competencies through literature, role-playing, and art.

Literacy, Drama, and Art


Course Description

In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies. These competencies include cooperation, empathy, self-control, assertiveness, and responsibility. This course is based on the premise that great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. Your child will build these key social and emotional competencies through literature, role-playing, and art. Your child will feel a sense of belonging and develop a shared purpose as they learn how to be themselves, plan ahead, stay organized, find their strengths, work together, and value friendships. In our diverse, high-tech, and busy world, these social and emotional competencies are needed so that students can thrive both in and out of school.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. PE
9:35 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Morning Meeting
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Character Focus of the Day
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Explore Character Focus Through Drama, Art, and Literature
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Character Through Literature
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Mindfulness
1:55 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Literacy Block
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.

The aim of this course is to build confident, positivity, and problem-solving skills in your child. Your child will learn leadership skills to tackle real-life social situations and help them be the best they can be. Research supports the use of direct instruction of social emotional skills so that students are equipped to identify, understand, and apply the key skills of relationship building, responsible decision making, self awareness, self management, and social awareness. These skills are essential both at home and at school, and will serve as a foundation for life. This learning will be infused with fun and positivity! Come experience a week of community and character building with Dr. Farris.
 


 

Fernando De La Sierra


Fernando De La Sierra was born and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. In his previous life, he worked in the IT field but 10 years ago, after meeting his wife, he changed his career for education and started travelling around the world. He taught in Seoul for four years, and this is his fourth year at SAS.

Design Thinking


Course Description

Students in this course* will apply design thinking as they wear the hat of a designer. They will use visual communication that is effective and attractive in order to present their ideas. This session will allow students to use procedure in ways that do not usually follow with a traditional approach. Our priority is to take the ideas and make them real, in a way that they are tangible, and supporting the communication of ideas, sometimes complex and abstract and the creativity of the team.

*This course is only available in weeks three and four.
 

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. Explore Interests
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Investigation Time (Library)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Creation Stations
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Personal Project
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.

Design Thinking: It's not an analytical approach. It's action. In order to reach our objectives we will be using a variety of resources such as post-its, drawings, diagrams, play dough, Lego, among others. For example: A student identifies an issue. The problem: They are concerned about the environment. The cause: They investigate issues around recycling, plastic in the oceans, animal extinction, etc. How to solve his problem? This is where the real magic happens! They will use creativity to solve every day issues. For our students to solve the problem, they will need to go to the source of it, adopt a designer mindset, and find the solution.
 


 

Omar Rachid


Omar Rachid is passionate about making this an amazing summer. He is usually busy teaching French and Spanish at Singapore American School.

Augmented and Virtual Reality


Course Description

So your child wants to become an astronaut one day? Build the car of the future? Design the next tallest skyscraper? Sign them up to experience the world of Virtual Reality in order to create an Augmented Reality experience with the latest technology has to offer. In order to make this meaningful, students will connect with their area of interest and explore what already exists in the Virtual Reality world in order to easily create Augmented Reality experiences by the end of the session. AR and VR are the way of the future and the goal of this session is to equip students with the necessary tools for success in the areas of critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
 

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. Virtual Field Trip
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. CoSpaces EDU Investigation Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Peer Sharing and Learning
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Personal Project
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.

Students will be using Design Thinking through exploration in different fields to be exposed to Augmented and Virtual Reality and develop their own AR experience. Students will be offered daily glimpses into different fields. Project time will be focused and their product at the end of the session will be their own design on a Merge Cube VR. For students who are interested in signing up for this course for more than one week, it would be an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into their personal passions.


 

Kirsten Harvey


Over many years and in many countries, Kirsten Harvey has taught art, music, drama and photography, as well as class teaching but she's always found time for her love for photography. By pursuing her hobby, she has gained photographic qualifications, won international awards, and had her work exhibited and published. She enjoys taking tribal portraits and teaching photography to deprived children around Asia.

Click It!


Course Description

Note: This course is available for 9 to 14 year-olds.

Aspiring photographers will have great fun during this photography course. Students will learn to create funky photographic art using Canon cameras and master clever techniques for digital manipulation using iPad apps and Adobe Photoshop. As well as studying the basics of camera work, composition, viewpoints, cropping and framing they will have fabulous fun with colors, textures, lines and patterns, food, macro, botanics, light painting and much more, culminating in the Summer School Photography Exhibition.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

Time SESSION
9:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. PE
9:35 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intro to the unit for the day and featured photographer
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Main practical assignment: Food Fun
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Critique session of Food Fun photos
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn manipulation techniques with iPads/Photoshop
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Main manipulation session using iPads/Photoshop: Food Fun
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Critique session of Food Fun manipulations
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Snacks/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.

Refraction: How to bend light and patterns and create pop art in photography
Food fun with fruits, vegetables, and sweets—inspired by David Warner
Still life inspired by photographers Mark Nixon, Gabriele Galimberti, and Richard Unglik
Abstract montage inspired by David Hockney
Botanics: Taking artistic photographs in the school garden
Digital manipulation using Photoshop inspired by Erik Johansson
Mini figure photographs inspired by Minimiam and Slinkachu: Create our own food-based or tech-based mini figure compilation
Eyebombing: Using google eyes to take fun photos
Painting with light: Inspired by Darius Twin and Chris Bray using colored torches to create light art
Manipulation using a selection if iPad apps and Adobe Photoshop
Learners will also have fun participating in mini photographic assignments based on subject matter found around the school grounds—color, alphabets, lines, patterns, shapes, and textures.

 


 

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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