WHAT HAPPENS AT SUMMERSET
Kids Enjoy Learning
We provide the best and most effective teaching strategies that allow for deeper comprehension skills through the use of multiple strategies:
- Whole class mini-lessons
- Small group strategy lessons
- Small group guided reading
- Individual Conferencing
- Independent or small group reading
- Shared reading
- Read aloud
- 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 a full camp opening full 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.
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.
Each summer we create a thematic program. This year’s theme is: CURIOSITY
Curiosity is a “strong desire to know or learn something which ultimately helps us gain more knowledge.” Curiosity also enhances a willingness to take risks and which, in turn, builds confidence.
We will read about people, places and things that make us wonder why and how and spark that desire to learn more. We will also use hands-on exploration having fun as we become problem solving seekers.
Books are chosen based on their appeal and relatability of the story. They are well-written with rich language and a developed a story line that lends itself to analysis, exploration and creative questioning.