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Spring Camps (Held Online):

Dates: May 4th-14th, 2020 (Mon.-Thurs. Each Week)

Grades: K-8th

Registration Fees:
8 Morning Sessions (10:00-11:30)- $80
or
8 Afternoon Sessions (1:30-3:00)- $80

AM Sessions

PM Sessions 

 

Dates: May 18th-28th, 2020 (Mon.-Thurs. Each Week)

Grades: K-8th

Registration Fees:
8 Morning Sessions (10:00-11:30)- $80
or
8 Afternoon Sessions (1:30-3:00)- $80

AM Sessions

PM Sessions

AM Sessions for May 4th-14th

Directed Drawing (Grades K-2nd): Directed drawings give students an outlet to express themselves and discover their inner artist. They will learn how to turn a simple shape into a masterpiece they will want to display. The teacher will guide the students through step-by-step instructions to complete various pictures. Directed drawing encourages students to follow directions, pay attention to detail, and build confidence in their creative abilities. Grab some paper, crayons, markers, color pencils, or any medium of your choice and join us!

Pick a Pet (Grades 2nd-5th): What animals live in your home? What animal are you interested in as a pet? During the first week of class, we will explore pet needs by researching what type of food they eat, if they need to be groomed, how to prepare for vet visits, how much they cost, how to train them, etc. We will spend the second week of class with an Australian Labradoodle puppy! We will learn how to teach her her name, how to potty train her, how to do clicker training with her, and more! 

Jr. Dancing Dukes (Grades 3rd-5th): Come dance with the JMU Dancing Dukes! Classes will begin with a warm up and stretch along with learning the basics of dance technique. We will then learn the different styles of dance consisting of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and more. Students of all levels are welcome to join to learn more about the importance of expressing yourself, moving your body, and staying healthy in a fun way!

Photography for Elementary Students (Grades 3rd-5th): Students will learn how to operate a camera, explore elements of photo composition and lighting, and learn the basic tools of Photoshop in order to edit photos prior to publishing photo galleries. Participants will learn tips and tricks to get a great photo every time. *Students must have access to a camera or a cell phone camera.

Book Club (Grades 4th-7th): Calling all bookworms! Students currently in 4th-7th grade are invited to join a book club! During this course, we will read the classic tale "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame (accessible free online through https://www.gutenberg.org/), explore the book through guided discussion, and flex our creative muscles in extension activities completed outside of class with the option to share them with classmates the next day if desired (students will not need to purchase anything for the extension activities- we will use common household materials).

Affinity Photo Workshop (Grades 6th-8th): Are you interested in learning how to edit photos? Affinity Photo is making waves as a real alternative to Adobe Photoshop at a reasonable price. In this class, we’ll learn about composites, color correction, and effects with this powerful and inexpensive photo editor for Mac or Windows. The class will require a computer with Affinity Photo installed, which is available as a free trial from https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

 

PM Sessions for May 4th-14th

Tell Me a Fable (Grades 2nd-5th): Did you know animals can teach us lessons?  Who was Aesop? In this interactive class we will read familiar and not so familiar fables to see what lessons they share.  Do you like to write? We will create a new background for a familiar fable and rewrite it. These original fables will be acted out with props.  We will turn your fable into an illustrated book for you to keep. Author Rhonda McDonald will share her book, Fables from the North.  These fables are set in an Arctic habitat.

Let's Get Cooking! (Grades 3rd-8th): Based on her food history and cooking for kids podcast, Roots & Fruits, instructor Claudia Hanna will teach some favorite age old recipes. Learn the history of some of your favorite foods: from pizza to focaccia, from chicken fingers to chocolate mousse. Let's stir, bake, and saute together for a couple weeks! Kids will love getting their hands dirty in this delicious class. *Please note, adult supervision is also required while we are in the kitchen. 

Picture Book Study (Grades 5th-8th): Do you enjoy writing? Studying published works is an important thing for all writers to do! Let's have fun exploring stories from your younger days. Students currently in 5th-8th grade are invited to come explore picture books! Over the course of this class we will read and discuss 6-8 picture books taking a close look at each story. What elements did the author choose to use? What is the author trying to accomplish? What do we like about the story? Is there anything we don't like? Each day we will have a fun extension activity to work on outside of class related to the book we explored and the elements we discussed (students will not need to purchase anything for the extension activities- we will use common household materials).

Journalism for Middle School Students (Grades 6th-8th): Students will learn the different styles of writing, including news, feature, opinion, review, and sports. Classes will focus on using social media for reporting, videography, basic photography, and principles of layout and design.

AM Sessions for May 18th-28th

Globe Trotters (Grades 1st-3rd): Ever wondered how to write your name in Korean, or been curious about the native birds of Guatemala? If so, then you should join us for a virtual trip around the world, in this class for kids who love to explore! Each day we will visit a different country and learn about its geography, culture and history. You will explore what daily life is like for kids in other places and discover what makes each region special through a variety of games, arts and crafts, music and more! *In partnership with Explore More Discovery Museum

Whoo's Coming to Dinner? (Grades 2nd-4th): We will explore the adventures of Warton the toad and George the Owl in the story “A Toad for Tuesday.” Come find out about their unlikely friendship and how you, too, can be a good friend!

Word Detective (Grades 3rd-5th): What do you do when you come to a word in a story that you don't know?  This class will be about strategies that you can use to become a more accurate reader.  These skills should also help you to become a better speller. You will be using interactive tools to do this!  We will learn about phonemes (sounds) in words. We will also learn how to break apart multisyllabic words so that you can understand them by learning different types of syllables.

Jr. Dancing Dukes (Grades 3rd-5th): Come dance with the JMU Dancing Dukes! Classes will begin with a warm up and stretch along with learning the basics of dance technique. We will then learn the different styles of dance consisting of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and more. Students of all levels are welcome to join to learn more about the importance of expressing yourself, moving your body, and staying healthy in a fun way!

Book Club (Grades 4th-7th): Calling all bookworms! Students currently in 4th-7th grade are invited to join a book club! During this course, we will read the classic tale "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame (accessible free online through https://www.gutenberg.org/), explore the book through guided discussion, and flex our creative muscles in extension activities completed outside of class with the option to share them with classmates the next day if desired (students will not need to purchase anything for the extension activities- we will use common household materials).

Photography for Middle School Students (Grades 6th-8th): Students will learn how to operate a camera, explore elements of photo composition and lighting, and learn the basic tools of Photoshop in order to edit photos prior to publishing photo galleries. Participants will learn tips and tricks to get a great photo every time. *Students must have access to a camera or a cell phone camera.

Affinity Photo Workshop (Grades 6th-8th): Are you interested in learning how to edit photos? Affinity Photo is making waves as a real alternative to Adobe Photoshop at a reasonable price. In this class, we’ll learn about composites, color correction, and effects with this powerful and inexpensive photo editor for Mac or Windows. The class will require a computer with Affinity Photo installed, which is available as a free trial from https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

 

PM Sessions for May 18th-28th

Amazing Animal Adventures (Grades K-2nd): Do you LOVE animals? In Amazing Animal Adventures we will learn about 2 different animals each day through read alouds, videos, virtual field trips and more. We will learn wild, crazy and fun facts along the way and will end each day with a silly "animal" activity!

Stories and STEM (Grades 1st-3rd): Can you help Jack figure out a way to safely get down the bean stalk? What about decoding the secret message by Red Riding Hood's grandmother? If you think you are up for these challenges and more, then this is the class for you! Each day we will read some classic tales and some new stories too! Then we will use our science, design and math skills to solve challenges based on the books we've read. *In partnership with Explore More Discovery Museum

Tell Me a Fable (Grades 2nd-5th): Did you know animals can teach us lessons?  Who was Aesop? In this interactive class we will read familiar and not so familiar fables to see what lessons they share.  Do you like to write? We will create a new background for a familiar fable and rewrite it. These original fables will be acted out with props.  We will turn your fable into an illustrated book for you to keep. Author Rhonda McDonald will share her book, Fables from the North.  These fables are set in an Arctic habitat.

Journalism for Elementary Students (Grades 3rd-5th): Students will learn the basic elements of news and feature reporting, using social media for journalistic purposes, and how to tell stories with video, photography, layout, and design. The course will include hands on reporting and production.

Picture Book Study (Grades 5th-8th): Do you enjoy writing? Studying published works is an important thing for all writers to do! Let's have fun exploring stories from your younger days. Students currently in 5th-8th grade are invited to come explore picture books! Over the course of this class we will read and discuss 6-8 picture books taking a close look at each story. What elements did the author choose to use? What is the author trying to accomplish? What do we like about the story? Is there anything we don't like? Each day we will have a fun extension activity to work on outside of class related to the book we explored and the elements we discussed (students will not need to purchase anything for the extension activities- we will use common household materials).

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