As we prepare to welcome back students and teachers to our classrooms, and excitement builds for the opening of our new 7th Street Lower School site, we’re happy to share with you a look at the sunny summer studies we enjoyed with our campers and Summer ITC students. From celebrating July 4th and our campers’ birthdays to field trips and skill-building play, we’re proud of the connections that we made with our students and the community this summer!
We offer a Camp Program to all families with children ages two to six years of age. We welcomed campers from our Northside community and the larger New York community. We also offer summer programming for our enrolled ITC students. Our Infant & Toddler Center is open year-round with students who are enrolled from September through August. Our mission was to make sure all of the children in our programs had an incredible summer here in Brooklyn.
Campers of all ages explored light and water this summer with age-specific activities, encouraging sensory exploration and creative thinking. Incorporating art, music and science into each day, along with fun imaginative play, the children enjoyed experiments like exploring the effects of sunlight on photographic paper and running through sprinklers. And everyone, of course, enjoyed the Luau Lunch and t-shirt tie dying!
Our campers explored various mediums in our Art Studio. Feeling finger paint and experimenting with different kinds of paper – such as transparent cellophane to experience different colors and reflective paper – were popular activities. Singing and sensory tables were also favorites.
Integrating the arts and sciences in our study of the themes for this summer, adventures in Music and Drama classes included an opportunity to learn more about light through shadow dancing! The campers loved watching their shadows move across a sheet as they danced between it and a spotlight. Incorporating objects such as scarves into the dance added to the effect of the dancing shadows.
With the literature campers particularly enjoyed hearing read aloud in class inspiring play, as well as participation in group brainstorming activities, the children built community with fellow campers and had fun doing it. A field trip to the NY Hall of Science was a huge hit with the kids. Here, they had a chance to build on concepts discussed in camp, as they examined optical illusions, light displays and water experiments.
Listening games with water-related sounds, building a water glass xylophone and watching drops of food coloring move in water while listening to Camille Saint-Saens’ Aquarium, were among some of the favorite activities exploring water. Water-inspired dances were created in Music and Drama and hands-on sensory experiences with water were met with great enthusiasm in the classrooms.
In addition to our campers’ adventures with light and water, the sunshine and clear seas of the summer turned our ITC students’ imagination to the fun of ocean exploration and boating. Children worked collaboratively on building a big ferry boat and their own small personal boats.
Working together to create a whole project, the children had fun team-building; and the individual boat projects encouraged their unique expression. The ferry project created opportunities to explore shapes and resulted in a structure that was large enough for the kids to “hop aboard” for imaginative play. The personal boats were tested for seaworthiness in fun water table play. Exploration in the classrooms also included sensory experiences at stations with ice, water and boats.
Trips to Bushwick Inlet Park offered a chance to enjoy the sunshine, help campers strengthen their gross motor growth, work on socialization skills and build community awareness. Running through sprinklers, swinging from the climbing structures and playing with friends is always fun and a great sensory experience.
Our ITC students who are transitioning to preschool this September also got a chance to visit their new classes. For many, it was a joyous reunion with friends from ITC who transitioned last summer.
We had an amazing summer building our camp community and working with our ITC students and are excited to be welcoming them and our entire Northside community to a new school year soon. A lot is happening this year, and we are very excited to launch this blog to share it with you!