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This summer From Wonder will explore the depths of each child's imagination through transformative, immersive themed sessions. 

Each week will have it's own unique theme and will include multi-sensory projects, costume creations, mixed media inventions, fine art, writing, storytelling, movement, open play and much more!  Sessions will run Monday-Friday,  for 5 weeks in July and August. 

Located at Giocare Play Spot at 655 6th Avenue in Park Slope. See below for details. 

wEEK 1 (July 9th-13th)

AQUATIC ADVENTURES

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“Is a sea cucumber a vegetable?” “What makes a blobfish blobby?” “Why do some things in the ocean glow?” “Are mermaids real or just pretend?” Aquatic Adventures will delve into children’s curiosities about ocean life by embarking on an imaginative underwater journey!

This week, we will cool off from the summer heat by “diving in” to explore each of the five zones in the ocean. We will begin by transforming ourselves into a team of divers, complete with scuba diving uniforms and handmade equipment (diving team emblems, air tanks, flippers, and more!). Day 1 will include ‘Scuba Diving Training Camp’, learning about the equipment, safety procedures, communication, and jobs/adventures you can have as a diver. Children will be paired with diving buddies for each dive, making discoveries as a team.

We will spend the week embarking on missions to the Sunlight, Twilight, Midnight, Abyss, and Trench zones. Each day will take us deeper - from just below the surface, filled with colorful characters, to the slimy, dark depths of the bottom of the sea. Together we discover the incredible inhabitants that live in each layer of the ocean through a combination of art, science, social, and sensory experiences. Children will also choose a creature of interest to create a wearable costume. Costume creations will blend each child’s creative vision with learned information about what makes each creature unique. These creations will celebrate the beauty and diversity of ocean life, and allow each child to feel totally immersed in the ocean experience.

Highlights include (but are not limited to): Diving Training Camp and obstacle course, designing scuba self-portraits, creating a coral reef, discovering the magic of bioluminescence, making slimy blobfish, squishing our way through the gooey trench, creating sea plant sculptures, exploring echolocation, searching for Megalodon fossils, transforming ourselves into ocean creatures, and much more!  In addition, we will create diving logs to record details from each of our diving missions.

Skills enhanced through this camp:

  • Social/Emotional (confidence, teamwork, connecting to others, problem-solving skills, flexibility, turn-taking, forming relationships to peers and adults, empathy, care for community and climate, conflict resolution, confidence, courage, bravery, sense of adventure, resilience, compassion, active participation, self-regulation, communication)

  • Language & Literacy (inventive storytelling, listening and responding, vocabulary development, performing, dictation, sign language, pretend play, question-asking, practicing social language, reading, writing)

  • Art and creative expression (dramatic play, costume design, mixed media art projects, large-scale three-dimensional group constructions, portraiture, singing, acting)

  • Math & science (multi-step experiments, sensory explorations, building and measuring, and problem-solving opportunities relating to "missions")

  • Motor skill development (fine/small motor improvement through manipulating small materials, writing, and art creation; whole-body motor skill development through movement exercises and theme-related games)

  • Logic & Reasoning Skills (problem solving, critical thinking, making connections between ideas)

...and much more!

Week 2 - (July 16th-20th)

AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE!

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Who needs the Hamptons when you can journey to a far-off galaxy?! An Adventure in Space will explore the dreamy, abstract concept of Outer Space with hands-on, immersive activities and creations. In our very own "Astronaut Training Camp," we will prepare together for our extraterrestrial journeys, learning about teamwork and the job of being an astronaut. We will make equipment, physically prepare through obstacle courses, and enjoy space snacks. From there, we will "blast off" on trips to the sun, moon, and each planet in the solar system with multi-sensory experiences and projects. By writing in our very own "space logs," we will document our discoveries from each new adventure. Highlights include(but are not limited to): Designing space suits and equipment from recycled materials, leaving our footprints on the moon, creating replicas of the planets, making our own astronaut portraits, constellation invention and storytelling, creating nebulae "star nurseries", tasting astronaut foods, and designing our own alien costumes. Each day will bring new, hands-on adventures as we explore the many traits of the amazing galaxy outside of our Earth. Together, we will immerse our senses and expand our minds!

 Skills enhanced through this camp:

  • Social and language skills (confidence, teamwork, connecting to others, problem solving skills, flexibility, turn-taking, listening and responding, question-asking, practicing social language, vocabulary development, inventive storytelling, forming relationships to peers and adults)

  • Literacy skills (sequential storytelling, writing, identifying sight words)

  • Art and creative expression (dramatic play, costume design, mixed media art projects, large-scale three-dimensional group constructions, portraiture)

  • Math & science (experiments, building and measuring, and problem-solving opportunities relating to "missions")

  • Motor skill development (fine/small motor improvement through handwriting practice and using hands to manipulate small materials, gross/large/whole body motor skill development through movement exercises via our "training camp" and theme-related games)

..and much more!

WEEK 3 (JULY 23RD-27TH)

THE ARTIST WITHIN

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Every artist has his or her own formative moment - one of wondrous delight in watching ideas leave the mind and come to life.

This camp will celebrate creative expression in various forms, highlighting different artists and techniques and allowing each child to access the innate creative spirit inside. Throughout the week, we will engage in different art practices including: printmaking, portraiture, photography, sculpture, mural art, still-life painting, and collage. Materials will include different types of paint, ink, printing tools, textured paper, recycled materials, and wood. Each day will involve the study of an individual artist’s journey to finding their own unique style. Highlighted artists will include Yayoi Kusama, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Vasily Kandinsky, and a very special instructional visit on wood artistry from local Park Slope artist Bernette Rudolph. You may see her wonderful work and learn more about her here.

Throughout this camp, children will connect with their creative and expressive talents, immersing themselves in the process of making. We will also foster a dialogue about the creative process through artist critiques where each child can share thoughts and feelings. This will help to provide concrete examples of how different people express the same thing in different ways, and help each child feel empowered in their own unique style. Artists of all skill levels are welcomed and nurtured. The final day of camp will be an artist exhibition.

Skills enhanced through this camp:

  • Social/Emotional  (expressing emotions through positive action, teamwork, problem solving, understanding of others, understanding diversity, confidence, courage, bravery, compassion, active participation, communication, experiencing success through open-ended processes, and articulation/awareness of feelings)

  • Language & Literacy (vocabulary development, expressive language, dictation, pretend play, storytelling, symbol-creation, writing)

  • Creative expression (mixed-media art projects, large-scale three-dimensional group constructions, imaginative thinking, exploring new materials)

  • Science/Sensory (watching materials change form through physical science, experimentation, exposure to new materials and textures)

  • Motor skill development (fine/small motor improvement through manipulating materials, strengthening eye-hand coordination, learning new techniques that require precision and control)

  • Logic & Reasoning Skills (perceptual skills, problem-solving, making choices, critical thinking, making connections between ideas, spatial understanding, basic mathematical concepts)

...and much more!

Week 4 (July 30th-August 3rd)

GLOBAL CITIZENS

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Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to take off on a trip around the world! During this week, we will ‘travel’ together, exploring places near and far. Each chosen place will reflect a child in the group’s cultural roots/family background. Together we will embrace different cultures within our camp community, broadening our understanding of each other and the big world beyond. Over the course of the week, we will explore other cultures in a hands-on way by learning and experiencing elements of the history, art, architecture, food, music, dress, geography, and language that make our New York City community so special.  Hands-on projects will spark curiosity about other cultures, allowing children to try new things and set the foundation for further exploration. Through immersive experiences, children will have opportunities to discover who they are and to recognize other perspectives.

This camp aims to impart a lifelong love for exploration, acceptance of differences, curiosity for the unknown, and a sense of wonder, discovery, and open-mindedness. Each child will be given a passport to take with them on their journey, receiving stamps and documenting adventures throughout the week.

Skills enhanced through this camp:

  • Social/Emotional  (empathy, flexibility, problem solving, care for community, conflict resolution, confidence, sense of self, courage, bravery, sense of adventure, resilience, compassion, active participation, practicing mutual respect, cooperation, patience, self-regulation, valuing differences, communication, and articulation/awareness of feelings)

  • Language & Literacy (expanding global vocabulary, exposure to new languages, question asking, critical thinking, storytelling, listening and responding, pretend play, writing, singing)

  • Art and creative expression (dramatic play, costume design, mixed media art projects, large-scale three-dimensional group constructions, singing, acting)

  • Math & science (multi-step experiments, building and measuring, problem-solving opportunities, understanding of geography, study of natural wonders, sensory projects)

  • Motor skill development (fine/small motor improvement through handwriting practice and using hands to manipulate small materials, gross/large, whole body motor skill development through movement exercises and theme-related games)

  • Logic & Reasoning Skills (problem solving, critical thinking, making connections between ideas)     

 ...and much more!

WEEK 5 (AUGUST 6TH-10TH)

EVERYDAY HEROES

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Their capes may be small but their dreams are anything but!

Everyday Heroes explores the hero within all of us. During this camp, children will create their own superheroes, and will develop their individual senses of community, responsibility, and care for others. By examining the concept of heroes, this class aims to channel children's innate fascination with good and bad, and to empower them to express themselves through positive play. We will begin by discussing what a hero is and how each of us defines heroism. We will read stories about everyday heroes in our community and will brainstorm examples of people we think are heroes in each of our lives. From there, we will begin to imagine ourselves as superheroes, with original powers, origin stories, means of travel, and unique goals. Each child will complete a hero identity profile, listing desired traits and sketching out their ideas. As a group we will take part in a "Superhero Training Camp", strengthening our bodies inside and out through obstacle courses, yoga, and healthy cooking projects that teach the superpowers of nutritious foods. We will then begin to craft costumes, experimenting with materials to make wearable pieces that bring each child’s vision to life. Children will also create superhero insignias, symbolic of their imagined power. Additionally, we will explore the emotional component of this theme through talking about anger, fear, and excitement and how to understand these feelings and use them in a positive way. Together, we will apply these concepts through storytelling, acting performances, songwriting, book making, and pretend play using our new identities. Each child will discover that, though they are small, they can make a big difference!

Skills enhanced through this camp:

  • Social/Emotional  Prosocial play skills (flexibility, generosity, problem solving, empathy, care for community, conflict resolution, confidence, courage, bravery, sense of adventure, resilience, compassion, active participation, self-regulation, communication, and articulation/awareness of feelings)

  • Language & Literacy(Storytelling, performing, dictation, pretend play, book writing, song writing)

  • Art and creative expression (Dramatic play, costume design, mixed media art projects, large-scale three-dimensional group constructions, singing, acting)

  • Motor skill development (fine/small motor improvement through handwriting practice and using hands to manipulate small materials, gross/large, whole body motor skill development through movement exercises and theme-related games)

  • Logic & Reasoning Skills (problem solving, critical thinking, making connections between ideas)

...and much more!

Pricing & Packaging

Children may join for one or more of the above sessions. 

DETAILS:

  • Designed for ages 4-8

  • Camps currently take place at Giocare Play Spot, located at 655 6th Avenue, Brooklyn. 

  • Camp tuition includes the cost of all materials, take-away portfolio of work, in-depth newsletters with class recaps, healthy snacks, and professional 11x14 portraits of your child - wearing their creations - printed on archival photo paper)

**Early Bird Discount** Register by March 15th and receive 15% off. Sign up for multiple weeks and receive $15 additional off each week.

See below chart for pricing breakdown.

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**For those seeking full day summer programming, inquire here