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Schedule

Elementary Electives from  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
June 6-10 | Russia
  • Basketball – Girls

  • Olympic Games - Boys

  • Basketball – Boys

  • Indoor - Cheerleading – Girls

  • Volleyball – Girls and Boys

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

June 13 - 17 | Africa
  • Arts and Crafts

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

June 20 - 24 | Mexico
  • Music Appreciation

  • Spanish M-W-F/T-W Movies Spanish

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

June 27 – July 1 | Coral Sea Island
  • Tribal Competitions

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

July 4 – 8th | United States
  • Prevention

  • CPR/First Aid

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

July 11 – 15th | Holland​
  • Community Service Occupations/Guests

  • Dance 101

  • Community Service Occupations/Guests

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

July 18 – 22nd | France
  • Nutrition

  • Cooking For Kids

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

July 25 – 29th | China
  • Sewing

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

August 1 – 5th | Caribbean
  • The Mad Scientist

  • Spanish M-W-F/T-W Movies Spanish

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

August 8 – 12th | England
  •  Etiquette and Manners

  • Drama and Mime 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading Creative Writing

August 15 – 19th | Brazil -  Talent Show Friday
  • Spanish M-W-F/T-W Movies Spanish

  • Face Painting

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Indoor Board Games – Boys and Girls

  • And Remedial Math and Reading

  • Creative Writing

Summer Elective Class Descriptions

 

Arts and Crafts

Experience in art serves the whole child, assisting them to excel in other academic areas, particularly in reading and mathematics. Art classes also help to improve memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, and enhance communication and listening skills. In this class, children will be encouraged to express themselves creatively and through experimentation with age-appropriate projects, themes, and skills. A variety of materials and techniques will be explored, including watercolor, tempera, and mixed media. Each child will also make their own portfolio. Arts and Crafts will include the INDY/500, Fashion Design and Drawing For Boys.

 

Babysitting 101

This class will teach the child the information needed to be a safe and effective babysitter.  The class will include attributes of a good babysitter, home safety, stranger danger, basic growth and development of small children and games and activities for small children and much more.  CPR Course is required.

 

Cheerleading

Not only does this class offer the girls training in cheers, motions, and jumps, it also provides the girls with values to use for life. Becoming a part of a cheerleading team teaches the girls about teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, desire, leadership, time management and the importance of following directions. Because this program requires the girls to spend a lot of time together, to rely on each other, and work towards a common goal cheerleading also places a great emphasis on friendship, trust, and fun. 

 

Creative Writing

“Writing today is not a frill for the few, but an essential skill for the many.” Writing is a fundamental part of engaging in professional, social, community, and civic activity as children grow and are assimilated into functioning in the adult world. Children who develop writing skills at an early age acquire a valuable tool for learning, communication, and self-expression. Writing also develops children’s cognitive skills and fosters artistic expressions, stimulates imagination, and clarifies the thinking process as well as giving them an avenue to express feeling and emotions they are not able to express verbally. This elective will also improve the student’s handwriting, spelling and punctuation. Basic skills which are needed to write a story will be introduced such as the parts of a story, use of descriptors, organization, and the actual process need to develop and complete the story. Instruction and assignments will be given with consideration to each child’s age, level, abilities and understanding of the process. This course will open a whole new world for the children as they use their imagination, creativity and newly formed writing skills to explore new ideas, express their feelings and emotions and share them with others through their stories

 

Cooking for Kids

Cooking is a great opportunity for education. Recipes encourage reading, measurement, and the importance of following directions. This class will incorporate school subjects while cooking by including spelling words or basic math while following a recipe or planning a family meal. This elective will also promote healthy eating habits, allow the children to try new foods, and making right choices when planning or choosing their meals. This class will teach proper hygiene and hazards to watch out for in the kitchen, as well as implementation of food safety practices. The important life skills that will be developed will help the student to become successful cooks as adults. Each child will make their own cookbook to take home.

 

CPR/911 and Basic First Aid

This class is taught by an RN and will give children the basics skills to perform CPR in case of an emergency, basic skills to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, information on how to call 911, and how to give basic first aid.

 

Dance 

Dancing is a highly physical activity and kids who take dance regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health.  Regular dance practice can increase  flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, and improve overall cardiovascular health.  For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits. Dance helps children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, and make new friends.

Dance also:

  • brings art and music to life

  • helps develop appreciation of the body, concern for sound health practices, and effective stress management approaches

  • develops patience, self-motivation, and leadership skills

  • encourages children to experiment and find different paths to solving problems

  • allows children to explore and express themselves freely

Drama and Mime

Drama teaches children to express themselves through language and effectively articulate their personal feelings and thoughts to others.  Mime allows the children to express themselves through facial expression and bodily movements, as well as learning to use their mind and body simultaneously to express their thoughts.  Studies have proven that the performing arts have a primary function in cognitive, social, motor, emotional, and language development in children. This class will also teach problem solving skills by presenting situations where students have to think critically and practically when creating and producing small plays or skits.  The children will learn the importance of cooperation as they work with other students to solve the problems presented.  As they learn to think “outside the box” when working together or when problem solving their imagination and creativity will begin to soar to a new level. During the Drama Classes as the children learn to place themselves in another person’s shoes in order to solve a conflict or make decisions they will begin to understand how different people can feel and think in a given situation. This will help them become more considerate to the thoughts and feelings of other people.

 

Girl Talk/It’s a Guy Thing - Etiquette-Manners and Character Building Course

Education tends to focus on the core subjects needed for a child to graduate. This leaves the most important aspects of a child’s development neglected, mainly due to time constraints. When strong foundations of etiquette, manners, and a Godly character are instilled into a child during their formative years, the child is more likely to become an emotionally balanced, socially compassionate, and caring individual with a solid value system. This elective will begin the process of allowing the child to express their feelings and emotions, make right choices and become self-confident and better equipped to handle peer-pressure.

 

Face Painting

Face Painting will help develop a child's creativity, imagination, cognitive skills, problem-solving abilities, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.  Children will have fun in this class as they learn the techniques of face painting, learn to draw their own designs, and eventually paint faces.  

Music Appreciation

Music classes are extremely beneficial to your child as they engage the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence such as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics. Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory and listening skills. Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another. Your child is sure to have fun in this class!

 

Reading 101 - Read-A-Thon

According to John Hopkins University, all students experience learning losses during the summer when they do not take part in any educational activities. Our summer reading and tutoring program will boost your child's comprehension levels and help them become more successful in the ensuing year.  Many children cannot read because they are unable to sound out words as they have been taught sight reading and not phonics.  This class will teach phonics and the child will be able to sound out any word. We hope that they will come to love reading. You will see a significant increase in your child’s vocabulary, socializing, and even self-disciplined learning skills during this time.

Beginners Sewing

In today’s world, sewing is no longer a necessity as it was in our mothers’ and grandmothers’ day. Most women of that era knew how to sew and could clothe their families by using their sewing skills. Now sewing can be expensive, so why should children be taught to sew? Sewing is much more than just making a garment or a bag, it is a vehicle to teach self-confidence through skill building.  

Sewing teaches children

  • self-confidence as they learn a new skill

  • the value of patience

  • the skills of listening and following directions

  • thinking skills

  • creativity

Sewing also

  • develops finger dexterity

  • development of fine motor skills

  • hand and eye coordination  

Science – “The Mad Scientist”

Children absolutely love science and they are naturally curious about the world and want to find out as much as they can. They want to know what makes the wind blow, how trees grow, and why fish have fins. They want to be the discoverers, experimenters, and theory builders. They want to be scientists, not just consumers of science. They want to ask their own questions, collect their own data, and arrive at new and wonderful ideas. These “wants” will be the basis for our science class. Children they will discuss their predictions, share what they observe, and together they will find answers and new and exciting worlds will be opened to them.

Spanish 101

Children learn language from those around them.  Children hear the spoken language from the time they're born, even before they are able to respond. This is how we all learn to communicate–by listening and then repeating what we hear. This is the same way your child will learn to speak and understand the Spanish language.

Bilingual Kids Perform Better in School

  • Most children who speak more than one language perform better on literacy tests

  • Children who are bilingual can develop  superior problem-solving skills – the proverbial ability to "think outside the box."

  • When kids study Spanish – or any other language – at an early age, they tend to perform better in all classes, especially those that require problem-solving skills, like math

  • Studying Spanish increases children’s understanding of the English language and how different languages evolve, which can help with learning vocabulary.

Sports

Participation in sports has an impact on the growth and development in children in many areas.  Sports develop a child’s large and small muscles, dexterity, and stamina.  More than 30 percent of kids in the U.S. are overweight, according to Emory Healthcare. Children who are overweight now are more likely to be obese when they are adults. Playing a team sport can help keep a child fit, which can prevent him from struggling with weight issues throughout his life. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids who participate in sports are less likely to be depressed, have anxiety and exhibit bad behavior. It also teaches them the importance of key values, such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and other, and adherence to rules.  These learning aspects highlight the impact of sport on a child’s social and moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities. While the physical benefits of participation in sport are well known and supported by large volumes of empirical evidence, sport and physical activity can also have positive benefits on education. Sport-based programs have been shown to improve the learning performance of children and young people, encouraging school attendance and a desire to succeed academically.