Summer Camp Information

Spark! Summer Program

Camp Runs From JUNE 4th – AUGUST 3rd

We will have an action-packed line-up of engaging, hands-on, enrichment camps to suit everyone’s tastes.

Sign-up soon! Space is limited and classes will fill up fast!

Time and Cost  Enrichment Camps

9:00-1:00  $135.00 a week

2:00-5:00  $  95.00  week

Full days 8:30-5:30  $225.00 a week

$50.00 Non-refundable deposit to hold spot.  (will be used towards tuition balance)

$45.00 – full day

$25.00 – half day

Extended hours:  8:30-9:00am  and 5:30-6:30 $5.00 per 30 minutes

$5.00 lunch per day:  Daily choice

July 2-6 (closed July 4)

9:00-1:00- $110.00

2:00-5:00- $80.00

8:30-5:30-$185.00

 

Academic Workshops:

Reading/Writing Workshops:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday   10:00-1:00  $90.00 for 2 weeks (6 sessions)  Limit 10 kiddos per session.

K-2nd grade  and  3rd-5th grade

Session #1- June 4th- 15th

Session #2 -June 18th-29th

Session #3- July 9th -20th

Session #4- July 23rd-August 3rd

Reading and Writing Camp Grades K-2

Younger students will have fun as they work on their reading skills, comprehension, and writing. Using a variety of methods and sources including short stories, games, poetry and more, we will work on mastery and enhancement of the basic skills. We will look at answering comprehension questions properly as well as how to look back at the text for the clues. We will discuss envisioning the story as a “movie in the mind” as a means of remembering the details and the order of the events.  Depending upon their level, students will work on proper sentence and paragraph structure learning to find and create topic sentences, supporting details and summary sentences. For those more advanced, guidance will be given for a basic five paragraph essay. Children must be able to read and write independently.

Reading and Writing Camp 3rd- 5th grade

Not only is reading enjoyable, but it also has great benefits! Students in 3rd through 5thgrades will improve their reading fluency and comprehension skills in our six session workshop. Campers will be engaged in fun and exciting   literature circles to explore various genres of text, while learning how to think critically and more reflectively about what they read. Book selection will be based off the Sunshine State Young Readers Award books. At the end of every book, we will share what we have learned in a celebration of learning. Students will leave this camp with a renewed sense of confidence in their reading abilities and prepared to enter the next grade level.

Proficient writing skills are essential to academic success. Building that foundation at an early age can be valuable to students. Students in 3rd though 5th grades will spend six sessions learning new ways to improve their writing skills. They will investigate a new genre of writing every week: poetry, persuasive, informative, short fiction, creative, and drama. We will use the popular Six Traits of Writing method which aims to help students improve their overall ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, and conventions. They will also learn how to critique and revise their writing. They will leave with a portfolio of fantastic writing they can be proud of!

 

Summer Etiquette Workshops  $45.00  (includes lunch) limit 12 children

Your child will actually have fun learning to mind their manners. No child wants to learn the outdated method for etiquette that we learned growing up. Kids and parents are looking for new, fun,  and exciting ways to learn about good behavior and proper etiquette. Each session will end with a small meal as an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned.

Tweens (Grades 3-5) 10:00-1:00   July 14th

With warmth and humor, tweens will not only learn the basics of etiquette, but also get to talk about difficult situations and how to deal with them. We will look at such topics as embarrassment, social awkwardness, telephone and technology etiquette and we will touch on bullying and staying safe, not just proper, as they approach the world of social networking and technological communications.

Young Teens (Middle School) 10:00-1:00 July 28th

As with the younger children, we will have fun and use humor to work on all of the basics such as table manners, greeting others, social behavior, and technological awareness and its lasting results. We will also discuss the importance of respect of oneself and others, interviewing skills, and workplace etiquette as they will soon be looking into jobs, volunteering, and even college!

Enrichment Camps:

June 25th-29th

9:00-1:00- Science:  It’s a Bug’s Life: 

For children, the world of insects is a wondrous thing! In this camp, we will delve into the bugs’ world learning what makes an insect an insect, the difference in Arthropods and Arachnids and why they are often grouped together as well as classification (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, and Order). Creativity will be encouraged too as each child creates his or her own insect, including its habitat, movement, diet, predators, defense mechanisms, etc… This culminates with a presentation by the children of their insect and a day in its life from a bug’s eye view!

Additional elements of the program include: arts/crafts, games, teamwork, research, and oral presentation skills as well as living and non-living insect displays. Additionally, each child’s created insect must follow the scientific criteria that make it an insect.

Show and Tell is highly encouraged!

2:00-5:00- Architecture:  Build a Theme Park:

Exploring design in three dimensions- Architecture at Spark!

This summer we will bring back a design curriculum that was popular and loved by the kids: designing a theme park! The children will be encouraged to open their minds to the possibilities of creating a fun and fantastical place, and learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make it a reality! They will explore the design process from conception to design while working both independently and in a team setting. They will be under the tutelage of architectural designer Lisa Ikegami, who has a great deal of experience in theme park design herself! The students will gain an amazing feeling of confidence in being able to shape the world around them for all to enjoy!

July 2-6   (closed July 4th) 

9:00-1:00- $110.00

2:00-5:00- $80.00

9:00-5:00-$185.00

9:00-1:00– Art Sampler: 

Students will learn to combine art concepts, cultural diversity, and art history, and add his or her own unique creativity to the projects as well! Children will be introduced to basic skills and a mix of media. Typical projects and materials will include sketching in pencil, charcoal and ink, chalk and oil pastel work, watercolor and acrylic painting, scratch-board, printmaking, using textiles to create art, sculpture, and clay exploration.  Many projects will combine elements of different media to create unique artistic expression.  Every week is a different adventure! SPARK! was voted #1 Art Program in Orlando Nickelodeon’s Parents Choice award.

2:00-5:00-  Fun Science:

This is the Classic Spark! Science Camp experience! We will delve into the various aspects of science such as Life Science, Earth Science, Space Science, Physical Science, and Chemistry.  We’ll do long-term and short-term projects, learn and follow the Scientific Method, have fun with experiments, and even do a few scientific crafts. Everyone will agree that science is definitely fun!!

2:00-5:00- Cultural Crafts:

Travel around the world and experience different Cultures through hands-on crafts.

July 9th-13th

9:00-1:00 Anthropology and the Environment:  Peoples of the World (Biomes):

Using photographs on Power Point, we will journey to different biomes around the world, including the Artic (the Inuit and other Northern groups), Central Mexico (the Aztecs), Papua New Guinea (different highland tribes), and Southwestern United States (Pueblo peoples, including the Zuni, Navajo and Hopi) and observe how people lived in these regions in the past and present.  We will also examine ourselves, contemporary Americans, and how we live, and the impact we have on the environment.  Class projects will include growing plants, especially food crops, eating delicious local cuisine, finding and coloring these places on maps, making clay pottery and painting it, and making an igloo in which Northern peoples used to live.

Dr. Gay Biery-Hamilton has taught classes in cultural anthropology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida for the past 18 years.  Before that she received all of her degrees at the University of Florida, including her Bachelor’s in Journalism, and Master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology.  She has conducted anthropological research in the Brazilian Amazon, along the Texas-Mexico border in Laredo, TX and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and in Orlando, Florida.

2:00-5:00- Rockets and Space: 

The world of airplanes and spaceships has long captured our imagination, and never more so than in the minds of children. “Adventures in Air & Space” is a five-day camp for youngsters age nine and younger, designed to expose them to the magical world of flight, how airplanes and rockets work, as well as the amazing realms among the clouds and beyond the stars. Campers will enjoy several hands-on projects and activities that will help them to not only imagine these aerospace wonders, but be able to see and touch them first hand. Each day is truly filled with new adventures – in air and space!

2:00-5:00-  Medieval Art:

Castle Building, Family Shield

July 16th-20th 

9:00-1:00  Drama:  “Friendship” week #1

Creative drama is an encompassing learning medium, emerging from the spontaneous play of young children and utilizing the art of theater to build and enhance the participants’ artistic sensitivity, awareness of self, others, and the world and develop each child’s dramatic imagination.

Acting, improvisation games, storytelling, and more help us learn the basic skills for any young actor. We focus on being comfortable performing as part of a group and also performing along for an audience. This is a great class for kids to find confidence and comfort in group situations. The session ends with a performance day so each student can feel what it’s like to be a star!

2:00-5:00-  Set Design:

This camp will correspond directly with the Drama Camp as we create and build the set and costumes. Children will get to be the creative force in the entire design, artistry, and building of the set. They will also help create and make costumes, accessories, and props for the big show!

2:00-5:00-  Journalism:

Spark is turning into a news room!  Reporters, Critics, Art Department, Advertising…We are going for our 3rd edition of “The Spark! Times!”

Come enjoy the fast and creative pace of the Spark! Times!!

July 23th-27th

9:00-1:00- Drama week #2

Creative drama is an encompassing learning medium, emerging from the spontaneous play of young children and utilizing the art of theater to build and enhance the participants’ artistic sensitivity, awareness of self, others, and the world and develop each child’s dramatic imagination.

Acting, improvisation games, storytelling, and more help us learn the basic skills for any young actor. We focus on being comfortable performing as part of a group and also performing along for an audience. This is a great class for kids to find confidence and comfort in group situations. The session ends with a performance day so each student can feel what its like to be a star!

2:00-5:00-  Set Design:

Art Sewing and Creativity is what this camp is full of!  This camp will correspond directly with the Drama Camp as we create and build the set and costumes. Children will get to be the creative force in the entire design, artistry, and building of the set. They will also help create and make costumes, accessories, and props for the big show!

2:00-5:00- Young Chemist:

H2O, CO2, solids, liquids, gases, solutions, suspensions and reactions! Join us as we use safe, everyday household products for some hands-on experimenting, data-gathering, and dynamite results!

July 30th- August 3rd

9:00-1:00- Mixed Art Sampler:

Students will learn to combine art concepts, cultural diversity, and art history, and add his or her own unique creativity to the projects as well! Children will be introduced to basic skills and a mix of media. Typical projects and materials will include sketching in pencil, charcoal and ink, chalk and oil pastel work, watercolor and acrylic painting, scratch-board, printmaking, using textiles to create art, sculpture, and clay exploration.  Many projects will combine elements of different media to create unique artistic expression.  Every week is a different adventure! SPARK! was voted #1 Art Program in Orlando Nickelodeon’s Parents Choice award.

2:00-5:00-  Claymation Movie: 

This camp will be almost completely hands-on while we learn how to make a Claymation movie through making our own. All actors and props will be molded here at camp. By the end of the week, we will all have a copy of the best Claymation movie produced by Spark! Campers ever!

2:00-5:00- Fun Science Lab  (different activities from first science camp)

This is the Classic Spark! Science Camp experience! We will delve into the various aspects of science such as Life Science, Earth Science, Space Science, Physical Science, and Chemistry.  We’ll do long-term and short-term projects, learn and follow the Scientific Method, have fun with experiments, and even do a few scientific crafts. Everyone will agree that science is definitely fun!!

August 6th-10th -Closed for Clean up and curriculum development

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