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Course Description 
Week 1: 6/19-6/23

Blast into Outer Space (9:30 am-11:30 am)
5-4-3-2-1- Blast off! Let your little astronaut explore space with us this week. Fun books will be used to teach your child about planets, stars, the moon, and more! They will explore space play dough, “moon sand”, and make their own alien goo and space slime! Each day will be filled with fun games, crafts, and activities that help us explore space.

Junior Zoologists (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Become a Junior Zoologist as we explore all things animals! In this camp, you will be introduced to exciting animals from the world around us.  We’ll learn about their lives, their homes, the important roles they play in nature and how to figure out what animals might be living in our own backyard!  The program will include hands-on activities to complement what we learn, while arts and crafts time will provide fun and creative opportunities to make take-home projects.

 Week 2: 6/26-6/30

It is Elemental (9:30 am-11:30 am)
Get down to the basics exploring the elements! Your budding chemist may enjoy attending a chemistry camp through experiments; chemistry camps help kids connect real-world situations with science. Campers learn the fundamentals of chemistry and laboratory safety.  Learn what makes a volcano erupt, or make your own bottle rocket through knowledge of chemical reactions. Campers will create several other wacky, wild and crazy concoctions!

 Energy Story (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Energy is one of the most fundamental parts of our universe. Students will explore different forms and sources of energy and how they work.

Week 3: 7/03,05,06,07

Art Appreciation: The Joy of Music (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Music provides a powerful way for people to celebrate their humanity and connect with something larger than themselves. Art Appreciation: The Enjoyment of Music not only will provide a historical perspective on music but will also teach the students the essentials of how to listen and really hear (with a knowledgeable ear) the different music that’s all around you.

 I believe I can Fly! (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

If there’s no greater thrill for you than taking off a giant piece of metal that goes soaring through the sky, you’re not alone. Lots of people think flying is the greatest. Airplanes are undeniably awesome. You may also think about things that fly like kites, birds, hot air balloon, and helicopter. What makes the things fly? What are you waiting for? Come on and find out! Also, tell us what top 5 things you would do if you could fly!

Week 4: 7/10-7/14

Secret Spy school (9:30 am-11:30 am)

You are a spy and you have a mission! But the first you need training……Beat boredom this summer by doing a spy school summer camp! Explore forensic science, learn finger printing and join the CSI team!  At end of the week, the campers will receive the spy certificate and become a secret agent.

Cooking Academy (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

In this exciting camp, budding young chefs will have the chance to learn kitchen skills and the art of cooking.  Students will work in small groups. It is a true exploration of meal planning, preparation, and of course…tasting!

Week 5: 7/17-7/21

Reading the History: Jr. Paleontologists (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Digging for dinosaur bones is a dream of many little boys or girls. In this camp, students will learn how paleontologists work. They will learn about the appearance and behaviors of many different species of dinosaurs, read and write stories, and explore what is known about these amazing ancient creatures.

Unlock your Imagination-Poem a Day (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

“Poems are other people’s snapshots in which we see our own lives.” – Charles Simic. In this camp, we will lead kids see that poems are a snapshot of a time and place, an emotion, a state of being, then kids start to see the meaning of poetry and learn why poetry matters to them. We will invite the kids to read through the poems in this week and select the poem to illustrate. Unlocking the kids’ imagination by poems and unlocking poetry by art.

Week 6: 7/24-7/28

Reading Comprehension Strategies (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Students will be learning reading comprehension strategies using Reciprocal Teaching, which uses summarizing, predicting, clarifying and questioning strategies to help students comprehend the text.

 Med School: System of the Body (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Kids are fascinated by their stomach, lungs, and brain. In this camp, the campers will uncover how body parts function together. Each day we will explore a body system.

Week 7: 7/31-8/04

Little Builder’s Camp (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Our kids want to know how to build just about everything, so in this camp we tap the inventor in every child as we build the thing together.

Geography Bee (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Learn about the countries in the seven continents of the world with puzzles, games and activities. Identify types of landforms and bodies of water. Make their own atlas and learn map-reading techniques so that you can be the navigator on your next family vacation.

Week 8: 8/07-8/11

Adventures in Mathland (9:30 am-11:30 am)
Students will explore a multitude of mathematical concepts as they learn new games and puzzles and revisit old favorites. As students learn, explore, collaborate, and play they will test and improve their aptitude for computation, logic, and problem-solving as they maneuver through a variety of new, dynamic games curated by our Nueva Lower School educators. Learning has never been so much fun.

 Physics Science-Sound and Music (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Investigate the nature of sound.  Learn how sound waves travel, how you hear, and experiment with making instruments to produce musical sounds.

Week 9: 8/14-8/18

Musical Theater (9:00-3:00)

Act, sing, dance! Kids will rehearse and perform a showcase, featuring all elements of musical theater. Students will earn singing, dancing, understanding art forms, analyzing and constructing meanings, body awareness and much more.  Students will perform in a production at the end of the session for parents and other campers. Every kid is a Shining Star in our show.

Week 10: 8/21-8/25

Jr. Robotics (9:30 am-11:30 am)

This class takes Students on an introductory journey into the world of robotics. Students will be introduced to basic engineering and programming concepts as well as motors and sensors.

Students will learn through playing and creating different programs using motors, light sensors, distance sensors, power, and more. Students will also learn fundamental programming concepts using drag-and-drop visual programming tool: Algorithm Design, Command Sequences and Control Flow, Conditions, Loops, Sensors and Events through creative problem solving.

Chess (1:00 pm-3:00pm)

Chess is a great workout for mathematical muscles. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span while learning good judgment, reasoning power and self-confidence. International Master Larry Evans and staff teach chess in 33 schools throughout San Diego County. Larry Evans’ teaching technique, dubbed “THE EVANS METHOD” by the United States Chess Federation, includes instruction, formal and casual play and a team event on a giant, Harry Potter like chess set, cumulative merit system rewards camper participation. Campers earn prizes at the end of each day and a trophy at the end of each week. This Method featured on The Tonight Show and Inside Edition. The Evans Method makes chess fun for children of all ages and levels. Every camper gets prizes and a trophy!

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