5/6 Grade Summer 2017 Classes

Beyond the Book: Discover, Analyze, Inspire

Dates: July 17 – July 21

Advanced reading comprehension and information management skills become more and more crucial as kids move into middle school. In this week long workshop, we use book reading and group discussion as the central activity to teach effective reading strategies, critical thinking and information management skills to young middle schoolers. All assigned reading materials will be discussed in a way that encourages students to share their ideas and suggestions to peers and they will also complete a final book project.

Open Your Mind: Investigate and Transform the World Around You

Dates: July 31 – August 4

This class introduces students to the 21st Century skills of communication, cooperation, and collaboration. Students will work through the design thinking process which entails brainstorming, planning, designing, and presenting a solution to real world problems that that they will address as part of this class. They will be guided through the process and learn how to use tools and resources to conduct research, plan and organize their approach, and present their findings to the class. This active and safe learning environment will allow students to engage at a deep level with the material and lead to a higher motivation to learn.

Public Speaking: Don’t Just Speak, Speak Up!

Dates: August 7 – August 11

Communication skills (in public, within groups and between colleagues) are essential in every professional field. But these skills and the necessary confidence do not develop overnight; they need regular, long term practice. This one week class is meant to be an early introduction to professional presentations for young middle schoolers. Within the framework of short and long speech presentations, they will learn about project planning, executive functioning skills, research tools, organizing information and polished self-presentation. This fun introduction to adult professional life will give your child the confidence to speak up.

Real Life, Real Problems, Real Math, Real Solutions

Dates: July 24 – July 28

Do your kids know that they can actually use Math to find the best birthday gift or the best vacation spot and convince you to go along with their idea? Well, if they haven’t caught on to it yet, they don’t know the power of Algebra. In this class, we will teach them how to use Algebra to be more analytical about their own choices and be taken more seriously by adults. They probably want that, right? If so, this class is ideal for them because they will learn real life application for several topics including Linear and Quadratic Equations, Exponential Functions and Arithmetic and Geometric sequencing.