WHAT HAPPENS AT SUMMERSET
Kids Enjoy Learning
We provide the best and most effective researched based teaching strategies that provide children with the tools needed for better understanding of what they read and write.
These strategies are taught in small groups with focused lessons using:
- Read Alouds
- Guided reading
- Shared reading
- Independent/interactive reading and writing and conferencing
- Word study and vocabulary development
- Creative activity projects that highlight reading and writing learning
We provide extensive time for purposeful reading and writing
Every day involves reading and writing time which can be inside, outside, by the stream or on a blanket. Shared reading, guided reading that revolves around a focused lesson and independent reading are all part of the morning, as well as individual or small group conferencing. Each day includes an assembly depending on the summer theme. The program also features field days, reading hunts, visiting artists. Snack and break is woven into each day with time to play or relax. Lunch and early pickup come way too soon.
On the first day of camp, we begin with an opening camp ceremony. Afterwards, each child is given a sunflower seed to plant in an individual pot. We begin by telling campers they are just like the sunflower seed that will grow into a beautiful flower. All the sunflower needs is water, sun and nutrients. Just like the sunflower seed, for the next three weeks, they will receive all they need to grow. Then they meet with their group and start on their journey. Under the guidance of master teachers, each group experiences a unique yet focused daily lesson based on state of the art teaching practices. This can involve a read to and book discussion with questions and analysis. The intent is to search for a creative interpretation rather than trying to identify the right answer. A visual or writing activity is a usual follow-up.
SPECIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Designed for grades 6-7-8th. It is taught in an atmosphere of team work, sharing, creativity and fun. Leadership skills for effective mentoring and peer tutoring, artistic and creative skills in creating a mural or peace pole, and school/selected summer reading to enhance deeper comprehension skills are part of the program. Qualifies for community service or honor society requirements.
Hours 9:30-12:15, cost is $400. Optional Enrichment until 3:00.
AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS:
Our afternoon programs revolve around STEM-STEAM Projects (Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math) with a full complement of opportunities that foster critical thinking skills. Kids love finding out how things work through fun, hands-on projects. Through the use of 3D materials, from easy to more challenging, campers will explore ART, NATURE, DESTINATION IMAGINATION and SPORTS through a creative, project-based experience. The youngest group will learn the foundation of STEM inquiry to solve simple problems while upper elementary work in small groups to solve problems in different ways.
All of our enrichment groups experience the 4Cs: Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. These skills cannot be automated, they are invaluable human skills developed through projects that challenges campers to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively and learn to communicate effectively. All of the enrichment projects are FUN, Stress-Free and enjoyable.
Campers will experience all four enrichments in a rotating manner.
“For every cloud, there is a Silver Lining” is intended to be a thought-provoking phrase; but what is a silver lining, what does it mean and where do we find it? During the past year, even amid great challenges, we found silver linings through our strength and resilience, and in the new ways we discovered to connect, learn, and grow.
This summer, we will ‘Look for the Silver Linings’ as they pertain to our lives and to the lives of those who persevere in the face of adversity. Join our reading/writing journey as we examine how the Silver Linings that emerge reveal the meaning and value of our experiences.