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Elementary Summer Camp 2017

 
Accompanied by our imaginary friends, Violetta and Leandro, children ages 6-8 will begin a journey through Italy and its culture every morning at Dogpatch campus. They will explore different elements of the Italian tradition such as culture, cooking, fables, photography, and music, while deepening their knowledge of Italian language. In the afternoon, Violetta and Leandro will help them explore the world of science and technology through various hands-on projects. Each week will be structured around a different theme: science experiments; robotics; circuits; and coding.
 
It is important for children to be exposed to different languages and cultures in an increasingly globalized society. Language immersion is a key component of La Scuola's philosophy and summer camp is no exception. Our entire summer camp will be led and taught by teachers with native or native-like Italian fluency, who will communicate with students exclusively in Italian in order to simulate an authentic Italian experience.
 

 
HOURS
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
 

 
AGE GROUP
K-3
 
We admit students who are in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade during the 2016-2017 school year.
 

 
TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO
1:12
 
All lead teachers have native or native-like Italian fluency. They are supported by experienced teaching assistants who may or may not have Italian fluency.
 

MEALS

A morning snack, hot lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided on-site by Mumsa. Children may also pack their own lunch.


Register

NOTE: Registration is opened to non-La Scuola families. However, La Scuola families are given priority for enrollment.

For more information, please contact summercamp@lascuolasf.org.

 
Week 1: July 10th - July 14th

Morning: One-way ticket to Italy

In the morning, students board an imaginary airplane and land in Italy to learn Italian and discover its culture. Violetta and Leandro will help us in the learning process. We will visit a different city every day, where children will tackle new Italian language challenges and fun tests.

Afternoon: Scientific Experiments

Based on observation and experimentation, the scientific method guides children in the process of formulating questions and hypotheses based on the world around them. During the week, children will experience different scientific experiments based on fundamental elements such as water, air, and electricity. They will collaborate with peers to answer the questions and hypotheses they make.

Week 2: July 17th - July 21st

Morning: Italian Storytelling

The Italian fables workshop is a space where the children can express themselves. Starting with reading, children will be able to create their own story. Various set-ups will be available to allow children to express with different techniques. Exploring silent books will be a great opportunity for the younger children to compose their own stories.

Afternoon: Introduction to Robotics

What is a robot? What are the main parts of a robot? How do you make a robot move? Students will be able to answer these questions by the end of the week.

Starting from the concept and history of robotics, children will create their own robot. They will learn the fundamental concepts that form a robot’s mechanism. During the week, children will play and control different robots through devices such as iPods, iPads, and smartphones. Students will develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination along with memory.

Week 3: July 24th - July 28th

Morning: Music

There is no better way to learn a new language than by listening to music! Our journey through Italian culture cannot be complete without exploring the musical tradition of “Bel Paese." While discovering famous Italian songs, children will create their own musical instrument.

Afternoon: Robot and Circuits

Children will have the opportunity to interact and control different robots using devices such as iPods, iPads, and smartphones. They will learn firsthand the essentials for making a robot work. Every child will build a small robot that will illuminate from electrical circuits, which they will design and create. Motors skills and movement coordination will be developed in this unit.

Week 4: July 31st - August 4th

Morning: Photography

Children will explore the world of photography and how it evolved through in the last two centuries. They will take photos with different devices using their creativity, experimenting, and playing with colors and images. Students will observe the world around them from different perspectives and choose a specific angle to visualize details and landscapes.

Afternoon: Coding and Scratch

Children are digital natives because they are accustomed to technology and they know how to “read” it. On the other hand, many do not know how to “write” technology. Teaching coding in a creative and fun way is important in enhancing awareness about digital technology. Children will be introduced to the concept of coding through computers. During the week, students will use Scratch, a key program that eases the process of writing interactive stories, games, and animation. With the support of mobile apps and software, children will create their own stories or music.