My name is Matt Crane, Director of Lower School Summer Camp, and I’m pleased to share a little more about my background and our summer camp program with you today. I joined the WNS family last year, and am currently the Student & Faculty Support Teacher at the Lower School. This means you might see me teaching a math lesson, supervising open gym, working with Nicole to organize an event or helping teachers to plan an upcoming field trip. Basically, I do a little of everything and get to work with everyone!
Before joining WNS, I taught math and physics at a boarding school in Maryland, and also coached baseball and basketball while serving as a dorm parent and advisor. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and will graduate with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from NYU in May.
As a child, I can distinctly remember being significantly more excited for summer camp than regular school. Is this due to the warmer weather? Probably, but looking through my educational lens I see things differently. Summer camp is a combination of an engaging curriculum, exploratory activities, and a higher degree of independence that is all the more enjoyable when you can get outside. A global curriculum paired with ample time to explore one’s own interests is the formula for success here at Williamsburg Northside Summer Camp.
Each week, camp will have a different “destination” – a city or famous landmark around the world. Each week, we will introduce travelers to a new city or landmark, with a focus on local culture, customs and traditions. Students will learn to play the local sport, act in a traditional play, and learn about flavor profiles and local dishes.
The weekly themes are as follows:
Week 1: Push Off to Peru (Machu Picchu)
Week 2: Fly to France (Eiffel Tower)
Week 3: Adventure to Agra (Taj Mahal)
Week 4: Sail to Sydney (Sydney Opera House)
Week 5: Roam to Rome (Colosseum)
Week 6: Escape to Egypt (Pyramids)
Week 7: Pasaporte a la Aventura
Week 7 will be slightly different from the previous weeks. The 7th week will be a Spanish immersion curriculum and will give students the unique opportunity to experience a different language and culture.
For our younger students, we continue to offer summer programing at our Preschool campus, which boasts an outdoor classroom and 5,000 square foot rooftop play space, allowing ample opportunity for fun outside the walls of school.
Our preschool camp includes a transition class for incoming 2-year-old children that focuses on the process of separating from a parent or caregiver into the classroom environment. This summer, preschool campers will explore the earth under the umbrella of three themes:
Weeks 1 & 2: Creatures
Weeks 3 & 4: Soil
Weeks 5 & 6: Sky
Both Williamsburg Northside Summer Camps welcome children from our greater Brooklyn community as well as children currently enrolled in our school program.
Want more information? Pick up a brochure at any of our campuses, visit our camp page, or email Matt Crane at email@example.com (Lower School Summer Camp) or Leigh Augustine firstname.lastname@example.org (Preschool Summer Camp).
Hope to see you this summer,
Director of Lower School Summer Camp