Summer I.D.E.A.S. for Grades 1-3

Rising first through third graders can enjoy a variety of weekly 45-minute classes to review or advance their math and literacy skills or develop new interests in our enrichment classes.

Click on a week below to see available courses and schedules. Course descriptions and other information can be found below.

Weekly Course Schedules

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Week 1 - June 22-26

    Tuition for week one courses is $50 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.Reading Gives You SuperpowersReading: Author StudyCompare and Contrast
    10 to 10:45 a.m.I Spy NumbersGeometry and PatternsAddition Adventures
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Art and the OutdoorsKid Fit Dance FusionKid Fit Dance Fusion
  • Week 2 - June 29-July 2

    Tuition for week two courses is $40 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.Celebrate the U.S.A.Reading - Our CountryPerfect Paragraph
    10 to 10:45 a.m.Surfin' MathFact PowerSubtraction Superheroes
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Let's Move!Super Powered ArtSuper Powered Art
  • Week 3 - July 6-10

    Tuition for week three courses is $50 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.Bug's Life for LiteracyFairy Tales, Fables, and FolktalesFact of Opinion?
    10 to 10:45 a.m.Number Story ManiaGraphing and DataShape Shifters
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Sculpture and CeramicsUkuleleUkulele
  • Week 4 - July 13-17

    Tuition for week four courses is $50 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.Winter in SummerReading - Rainforest AnimalsWhat's the Main Idea?
    10 to 10:45 a.m.Nutty for NumbersFact Power 2Math Fact Madness
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Magic Carpet RideMusic to My EarsSTEM at Home
  • Week 5 - July 20-24

    Tuition for week five courses is $50 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.I am an Author and an ArtistWho? What? Where? When and How?The Chicken of the Egg?
    10 to 10:45 a.m.Poppin' NumbersWhat time is it?Math, Riddles, and Puzzles
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Shark WeekUnder the SeaEndangered Species
  • Week 6 - July 27-31

    Tuition for week six courses is $50 per course, unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3
    9 to 9:45 a.m.Happy Camper5 Finger RetellPoetry Portfolio
    10 to 10:45 a.m.Math RefresherMoney! Money! Money! Money! Money!Fantastic Fractions
    11 to 11:45 a.m.Experiments GaloreMagic Carpet RideKitchen Science and Experiments

Course Descriptions

List of 50 frequently asked questions.

  • 5 Finger Retell

    This week we will use the 5 finger retell strategy to help students recall the five key elements of a story. This strategy can be used to help students summarize orally or to complete a written summary.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Addition Adventures

    Practice solving math problems using partial sum algorithms. Come on an addition adventure with us!

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Art and the Outdoors

    Create art with natural materials and get inspired by the great outdoors.

    Teacher: Mrs. Dresang
    Supplies Needed: iPad or computer
    Cost: $60
  • Bug's Life for Literacy

    Let's focus on bugs, bugs, bugs and all other outdoor squirmy things. This week we will focus on reading and learning about the critters all around us.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Celebrate the U.S.A.

    Let's read and create stories to celebrate the U.S.A. We will explore texts from all around the U.S.A. while building a new vocabulary and learning cool new facts.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
  • Compare and Contrast

    Using works of literature, we will work together compare and contrast the stories. Learn to use different graphic organizers to help organize our thoughts and ideas.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Endangered Species

    Take an in-depth look at a variety of endangered animals and species. Build and design a model of a habitat for an animal of your choice, by constructing a diorama and/or creating it digitally online!

    Teacher: Ms. Hill
  • Experiments Galore

    Messy and fun is the best way to learn! Join friends as you ask and answer a variety of questions using everday items to conduct science experiments.

    Teacher: Ms. Coleman
  • Fact or Opinion?

    Distinguishing between facts and optinions is an essential reading comprehension skill.  This Fand and Opinion workshop is designed to help students determine and identify facts and opinons in their reading.  Filled with many different activites, this class will help students develop strong reading skills.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Fact Power

    We will play games and learn some strategies to help you quickly figure out and remember your basic addition and subtraction facts.

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, deck of playing cards, 2 dice
  • Fact Power 2

    We will play games and learn some strategies to help you quickly figure out and remember your basic addition and subtraction facts. Build on all the things you already know!

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, deck of playing cards, 2 dice
  • Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folktales

    I bet you know the story of Cinderella and maybe even Jack and the Beanstalk, but do you know How Bear Lost His Tail or How Coyote Stole Fire? Find out this week as we read many different Fables, Folktales, and Fairy Tales together. We will work on word attack and comprehension strategies along the way.

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download Raz-kids and Padlet Apps
  • Fantastic Fractions

    Want to learn more about fractions? We will use fun games and number stories while learning all about fractions.

    Teacher: Ms. Wilis
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Geometry and Patterns

    We will review 2D and 3D shapes and lines. Look for patterns both in shapes and in numbers.

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Graphing and Data

    We will create various kinds of graphs and learn to read and answer questions about them.

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, deck of playing cards, 2 dice
  • Happy Camper

    Put on your hiking boots and pitch your tent. See you at the campfire ring as we learn how the great outdiirs and literature go hand-in-hand.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • I am an Author and an Artist

    Eric Carle has provided families with a diverse volume of stories that reach far beyond a well-known hungry caterpillar. Let's explore his art and literature!

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • I Spy Numbers

    Let's start the summer off right and celebrate all things numbers.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Kid Fit Dance Fusion

    It is never too soon to learn how to warm up and take care of their bodies. We will blend many fitness styles to better prepare your kids for team sports. Kids will increase strength, flexibility, and coordination while finding their own personal dance style.

    Teacher: Ms. Deveaux
  • Kitchen Science and Experiments

    Participate in a variety of hands on science experiments using many items found in your kitchen and around the house. Learn about the science behind many of these interesting and exciting phenomenons!

    Teacher: Ms. Hill
  • Let's Move

    Let’s move and shake to popular and Disney songs and learn various dance techniques from around the world. A great introduction to the Lower School Dance Program. We'll start with warming up and learn about our bodies, moving on to learning a dance from other countries. Ultimately, we will end with a big dance party.

    Teacher: Ms. Deveaux
  • Magic Carpet Ride

    Board a virtual flight to a new country every day and learn how kids your age live, learn, and play.  Food, landmarks, and language will be explored in this global adventure.

    Teacher: Ms. Frank
  • Math Fact Madness

    Advance your multiplication and division fact skills through a variety of games and activities.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Math, Riddles, and Puzzles

    Practice a variety of math skills while solving fun riddles and puzzling stories.  Boost your problem solving skills in a fun way!

    Teacher: Ms. Willis
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Math Refresher

    You know a lot about math already - we'll work together to review what you've learned in Kindergarten and add a whole lot more!

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Money! Money! Money! Money! Money!

    This week we will explore and use money to solve different kinds of math and word problems.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Music to My Ears

    Join Mrs. Huffman for a lively, movement-filled, and interactive music class. You'll sing, dance, and have a LOT of fun!

    Teacher: Mrs. Huffman
  • Number Story Mania

    By the end of this class we will all be math maniacs. Create, read, and explore math stories to better understand how numbers relate to the world around us.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Nutty for Numbers

    Let's go crazy for numbers. Counting, grouping, sequencing.  Joins us for all the fun things that you can do with numbers.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Perfect Paragraph

    Practice writing a great paragraph. Do you have a great first sentence to draw in your audience?

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Suplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Poetry Portfolio

    Each day we will focus on a different style of poetry to create wonderful works using descriptive words and rhythm

    Teacher: Ms. Wilis
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Poppin' Numbers

    We will all send math a poppin' this week as we study how numbers can change, jump, and bump!

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
  • Reading: Author Study

    Read hysterical stories by authors such as Jory John (The Cool Bean), Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Chopsticks), and Kevin Henkes (Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse). Work on word attack and comprehension strategies along the way. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite author this summer!

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download Raz-kids and Padlet Apps
  • Reading - Our Country

    Learn about some of our country’s symbols, monuments, and holidays during this 4th of July week. Learn to use non-fiction text features to help you understand the text. We will also work on word attack strategies along the way. I bet you’ll learn something new about our United States!

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download Raz-kids and Padlet Apps
  • Reading - Rainforest Animals

    Learn about creatures such as the Blue Morpho Butterfly, iguanas, sloths, and anacondas. Learn to use non-fiction text features to help you understand the text. We will also work on word attack strategies along the way. Look out for those jaguars and boa constrictors!!

    Teacher: Mrs. Ptak
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download Raz-kids and Padlet Apps
  • Reading Gives You Superpowers

    Celebrate your reading and writing superpowers! Let's practice all your reading an writing skills while exploring what it takes to be the best that we can be.

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer

  • Sculpture and Ceramics

    Explore a variety of ways to create 3-dimensional artwork and learn about surface design by glazing your own pottery.

    Teacher: Mrs. Dresang
    Supplies Needed: iPad or computer
    Cost: $60
  • Shape Shifters

    Practice finding the perimiter and area of a variety of different shapes. What happens to that data when the shape changes?

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Shark Week

    Did you now that some species of sharks can fit through the dars of a diver's shark cage? Or that the Great White shark can never stop swimming or they will drown? Sharks are fascinating animals, and we know so little.  Don't worry, your campers will be able to teach you all you need to know after they take a bite out of this class!

    Teacher: Ms. Coleman
  • STEM at Home

    Use everyday materials found in your home and participate in daily STEM challenges with your classmates virtually.

    Teacher: Ms. Hill
  • Subtraction Superheroes

    Work on your math skills and practice using trade first algorithm to solve subtraction problems. Are you up to the challenge?

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Super Powered Art

    Design your own superheroes, comics, and stop motion animations.

    Teacher: Mrs. Dresang
    Supplies Needed: TBD
    Cost: $48
  • Surfin' Math

    Surf into summer with fun and fabulous math.  Who knew numbers could be this cool?

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Spuulies Needed: ipad or computer
  • The Chicken or the Egg?

    Through reading, writing, and storytelling, focus on the ideas of cause and effect.

    Teacher: Ms. Willis
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Ukelele

    This class will teach you the basic chords that you will need to make beautiful music that will take you to a tropic place. No previous musical experience needed.

    Teacher: Mrs. Lee
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, ukulele (please make sure that it has real strings and is not a toy version)
  • Under the Sea

    Take a trip into the ocean deep in this underwater camp. Learn about the ocean habitat, marine animals and life under the sea!

    Teacher: Ms. Frank
  • What Time is it?

    This week we will explore the world of analog and digital clocks and practice telling time!

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • What's the Main Idea?

    This main idea and details class will help your student master the skill of finding these story elements through the use of engaging fiction and nonfiction passages.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Who? What? Where? When and How?

    Understanding the most important details of a text—its main purpose. In week 5 we will read different passages to find out the main idea of stories.

    Teacher: Ms. Woods
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer, download the seesaw app
  • Winter in Summer

    Let's cool off with some winter stories. Summer is hot, but you will certainly feel cool by exploring these texts and reading with us this week!

    Teacher: Mrs. Burlew
    Supplies Needed: ipad or computer
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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