Summer I.D.E.A.S. for Grades 1-4

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. Visit our registration page to sign up today!

Weekly Course Schedules

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Week 1: June 21 to 25

    Week 1Grades 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4Grades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.Explore GaloreJunior Coding (Codemoji)Escape RoomsArtful MathLittle Chefs
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.Artful MathGames Around the WorldExplore GaloreCodemoji CODE ITLittle Chefs
  • Week 2: June 28 to July 2

    Week 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4Grades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.Math RefresherMagic Carpet RideNational TreasureCODE IT - CodemojiHelping Hands
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.National TreasureJunior Coding (Codemoji)Games Around the WorldMagic Carpet RideHelping Hands
  • Week 3: July 6 to 9

    Week 3Grades 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4Grades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.NaturenautsComic Book CreatorTennisAdventures in STEAMLittle Chefs
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.Adventures in STEAMTennisEvery Day Math ReviewComic Book Creator
  • Week 4: July 12 to 16

    Week 4Grades 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.Be An AuthorShow Me The MoneyAmazing RaceOut of This World
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.Amazing RaceOut of This WorldBe An AuthorShow Me The Money
  • Week 5: July 19 to 23

    Week 5Grade 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4Grades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.Let's Get Buggy!Math RefresherComic Book CreatorGlobetrottingLittle Chefs
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.Pirate AdventuresMagic Carpet RideLet's Get Buggy!Math RefresherLittle Chefs
  • Week 6: July 26 to 30

    Week 6Grades 1 and 2Grades 1 and 2Grades 3 and 4Grades 3 and 4
    9 to 10:20 a.m.Out of This WorldScience and Sport of the OlympicsArtful AnticsCreative Writing
    10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.Book-a-DayArtful AnticsKitchen ScienceScience and Sport of the Olympics
  • Specialty Week 1: Aug. 2 to 6

    Specialty Week 1JK/K/1st GradeGrades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:15 a.m.Animals with David StokesMini Masters
    10:30 to 11:45 a.m.World of Eric CarleAnimals with David Stokes
    12:45 to 2 p.m.Games Around the WorldHelping Hands
    2:15 to 3:30 p.m.Helping HandsGames Around the World


    Specialty Week 1CampGrade
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.SailingGrades 5-12
    RC Airplane WorkshopGrades 5-12
    12:30 to 3:30 p.m.Musical Kids on StageGrade 5
  • Specialty Week 2: Aug. 9 to 13

    Specialty Week 2JK/K/1st GradeGrades 2 to 4
    9 to 10:15 a.m.First Stage: Story DramaMad Science: Robots, Beasts, and Energy
    10:30 to 11:45 a.m.Mad Science: Robots, Beasts, and EnergyFirst Stage: Play Makers
    12:45 to 2 p.m.Let's Build It: OzobotsLet's Play It
    2:15 to 3:30 p.m.Let's Play ItLet's Build It: LCI


    Specialty Week 2CampGrades
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.Fishing CampGrades 5-8
    12:30 to 3:30 p.m.Show-in-Two-WeeksGrades 5-8

Course Descriptions

List of 32 frequently asked questions.

  • Adventures in STEAM

    STEAM activities encourage problem-solving as a team, critical thinking, risk-taking and perseverance through project-based learning. Work with friends to take on exciting challenges rooted in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
  • Amazing Race

    Have fun learning about various countries, cultures and traditions. Work together as a team to solve puzzles and accomplish tasks as you zip around the globe!
  • Artful Antics

    Using your imagination as your guide, learn about quirky famous artists and explore a variety of art materials. We’ll get our inspiration from the masters as we try our hands at creating our own masterpieces!
  • Artful Math

    Art and math and art are more closely tied than you may think. Both require spatial reasoning, recognition of patterns and hard work. If your young learner needs a bit of creativity with their numbers, this class is for them.
  • Be An Author

    Let your creativity shine! We will spend some time listening to authorities on literature-poems by Shel Silverstein, stories by Judith Viorst, Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers, and many more. Then we will craft our own stories, poems and letters and use the app “Book Creator” to turn our work into masterpieces!
  • Book-A-Day

    Dive into a book-a-day! We will celebrate your love of literature by reading a favorite children’s book, learning about the author, and doing a craft each day. This class is for anyone who is learning to read or already loves reading independently. Come celebrate reading with us!
  • Code It

    The mission of this class is simple: teach students to enjoy all things related to coding and the web while building problem solving and creative thinking skills. Students build, explore and create STEM-based projects in this new course.
  • Comic Book Creator

    Do you like drawing? Do you like to write? Learn about cartoons, characters, and more as you write your own silly comics.
  • Creative Writing

    Children who like to read often want to be able to tell their own stories on paper. This class will teach emerging writers how to organize ideas and support them with colorful language and creativity.
  • Escape Rooms Challenges

    Can you solve the crime? Crack the code and catch the thief! Make it out on time! Try your hand at various Escape Room games, and hone your skills of observation, logic, reasoning, and puzzle solving. Work in small groups to find clues, solve riddles, and crack codes, all while racing against the clock.

    Teacher: Amber Baker
  • Every Day Math Review

    Advance your multiplication and division fact skills through a variety of games and activities. Just for fun, we'll throw in some problem solving, as well!
  • Experiments Galore

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

    Teacher: Brittany Coleman
  • Fit Where You Live

    Join David Stokes for a week of animal encounters both in and outside. We will experience live frogs, turtles, snakes and a few surprises up close! Mr. Stokes's lessons extend to ecology and respect for animals, as well.
  • Games Around the World

    Checkers, Freeze Tag, and Ring around the Rosy are all American Classics but what about “Oonch Neech”, Skippyroo Kangaroo, and Mancala? There are so many games to be explored from different countries, why stick to the ones we know? Join us for an exploration of games beyond our borders.
  • Globetrotting

    There's a whole world out there, so let's learn some more about it! We'll take a virtual trip around the world and explore countries, cultures and people. This class will leave you ready to hop on a plane and GO!
  • Helping Hands

    Kindness Counts. In this class we will work together on projects designed to help those in need. Join the fun and put others first!
  • Junior Coding

    Participants will learn the basics of coding and computer science as they are immersed in STEM activities. Collaborating to build and program robots and working within the Codemoji platform are just a few exciting parts of this new course.
  • 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 phenomena.
  • Let's Get Buggy

    Explore a variety of insects up close and personal. Create habitats and observe the stages of metamorphosis.
  • Little Chefs

    For your budding sous-chef! This extended time class is an opportunity for participants to learn food prep techniques in the kitchen. Safety, cleanliness, and healthful choices will be the primary areas of focus as kids prepare delicious meals they can replicate at home.
  • 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.
  • Math Refresher

    Review important math concepts, practice facts, and play games to solidify number sense. This class promises to be fun and interactive.
  • Mini Masters

    Study a new artist every day and do a project inspired by their style. You will have the chance to use a variety of art materials and experiment!
  • Musical Kids on Stage

    Act, sing, and dance your way onto the stage with musical selections featuring young performers. Use your voice and shine in this fun-filled theatre experience.
  • National Treasure

    Unravel mysteries, crack clues, and decode cyphers to unlock the secrets to our nation’s history. Learn to solve a variety of puzzles as you explore landmarks and artifacts from U.S. history. Who will be the first to claim the treasure?
  • Naturenauts

    Let’s spend time in everyone’s favorite science lab--nature! We will explore our trails, wetlands and forest while stopping to observe, experiment, and build along the way. We will plan to wade in water, play in the dirt, and discover what the outdoors has to offer. Rain or shine, be prepared to explore the outdoors!
  • Out of This World

    3...2...1...blastoff! Hop aboard your rover bound for outer space. Investigate our solar system and its unique features, including planets, satellites and the milky way.
  • Pirate Adventures

    Set sail in search of fun! Build your own (marshmallow) catapult, pick your pirate name and design and create your own ship. Ahoy!
  • Play Makers

    Young performers will further develop beginning acting skills as they pull inspiration from stories and use improvisation techniques to create your own characters and adventures.
  • Show Me The Money

    Money sense isn't just for adults. Learn the basics of finance, including needs and wants, saving, and what those coins you save are all about!
  • Science and Sport of the Olympics

    Pole vault? High dives? Hammer throw? Students will collaborate to unravel the science, technology, engineering and math behind the Olympic games.
  • Tennis

    We welcome players of all levels to the courts. Learn or review basic strokes, practice footwork, and learn to increase control to a partner. Games and fun drills will be set-up to ensure all players can practice what they learn.
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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