Summer School Schedules

Grades 1-6

  • All the World is a Stage

    All the World is a Stage

    Students will bring stories to life onstage as they develop the fundamentals of acting, making props, improvisation and teambuilding drama games. As students learn to "show" rather than merely "tell" their stories, they will gain confidence and build self-esteem. The class will culminate in a drama production at the end of the session.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1

  • Amazing Race: Coast to Coast

    Amazing Race: Coast to Coast

    Take a virtual road trip across the 50 United States learning about American culture through geography, history, math, art, writing, and music too! Why is the Statue of Liberty green? Where are the highest and lowest points in the USA? Discover these answers and other fun facts as you travel across the USA.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2

  • Art Adventures

    Art Adventures

    Create masterpieces in painting, drawing and printmaking. Learn about famous artists' works and styles.

    Grades 2-3: Period 1, 2 or 3

  • Art for the Masters

    Art for the Masters

    Learn about master artists and how they express themselves through media and style. Create and develop personal expression through painting and drawing.

    Grades 4-6: Period 3

  • Band - Beginners

    Band - Beginners

    Calling all aspiring musicians! Introductory class designed for students with little or no experience in music. Learn the fundamentals of reading and understanding music as well as learn to play woodwind or brass instruments. Students provide their own instrument or may rent an instrument through ALF Summer School registration. Please indicate instrument on the registration form.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1

  • Band - Intermediate

    Band - Intermediate

    Musicians who play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) and have participated in ALF Instrumental Music for one year or more are welcome. Further the skills learned and have fun playing music of many different styles. Students provide their own instrument or may rent an instrument through ALF Summer School registration. Please indicate instrument on registration form.

    Grades 5-6: Period 2

  • Bugs, Buds & Botany

    Bugs, Buds & Botany

    Art meets Science in this hands-on class. Learn about flowers, seeds, leaves, and insects and their inter-relationships within our environment. Projects include growing edible plants. Students also learn to arrange fresh flowers and create artwork from dried flowers that they press themselves.

    Grades 2-3: Period 1 or 3

  • Cartooning

    Cartooning

    Do you love to doodle? Do you enjoy comic books? Explore the fine art of cartooning to match a creative written story to original, unique characters. You'll Marvel at the results!

    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 2

  • Coding

    Coding

    Want to learn how to code, but do not know where to start? We've got you covered! This course is an introduction to computer programming. It will help with your problem solving skills as you become familiar with Java Script and other programming languages.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2

  • Computer

    Computer

    Broaden computer skills through a wide range of educational software from Math and Language Arts to simulation activities and problem solving. Practice keyboarding and word processing, learn how to do internet searches, web design basics, computer graphics and drawing. Concepts of online safety will be reinforced.

    Grades 3-4: Period 3
    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 2

  • Cooking Around the World

    Cooking Around the World

    What's cookin'? Develop culinary talents and prepare international cuisine. Menus will include items used for everyday meals and for special celebrations. CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS CLASS.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2 or 3

  • Creative Writing

    Creative Writing

    Writing is a joy to some students and a dreaded activity for others. A variety of writing activities will encourage both types of students to develop needed thinking, comprehension, communication and creativity skills.

    Grades 5-6: Period 1

  • Creative Writing: Hot Topics

    Creative Writing: Hot Topics

    Take a Stand! Do you have something you would like to say? Learn how to research and organize your thoughts into persuasive arguments on a variety of current "Hot Topics". This class will challenge students to become more aware of their own and other's attitudes and opinions on a variety of subjects and will improve writing and critical thinking skills as controversial issues are researched and supporting arguments organized and discussed in class. Some of the editorials will be published in the Summer School newspaper.

    Grades 5-6: Period 3

  • Doodles to Drawing

    Doodles to Drawing

    Our young artists will have fun drawing cartoons, people, pets and nature using different methods and techniques. Using a variety of art media including ink, paint, pastels and pencil, students learn how to transform their doodles into art using clever drawing tips and tricks. By teaching the eye to break down images into basic shapes, there is no limit to a student's creative possibilities.

    Grades 2-3: Period 1 or 2
    Grades 3-4: Period 3

  • Exploration A

    Exploration A

    This 3-period class emphasizes academic and phonics instruction, physical education and fine arts. Through the use of stories, songs, and poetry, children will increase their literacy and creativity. Reading time and discussion help build children's oral language. Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are explored. ALL 3 PERIODS MUST BE TAKEN. Two recesses are included. Proof of completion of Kindergarten may be requested.

    Grade 1: Periods 1, 2 AND 3

  • Exploration B

    Exploration B

    This 2-period class emphasizes academic and phonics instruction, physical education and fine arts. Through the use of stories, songs, and poetry, children will increase their literacy and creativity. Reading time and discussion help build children's oral language. Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are explored. BOTH PERIODS MUST BE TAKEN. One recess is included. Proof of completion of Kindergarten may be requested.

    Grade 1: Periods 2 AND 3

  • Here's the Scoop

    Here's the Scoop

    Writing is fun when you become a campus reporter. Write feature stories and create a newspaper using publishing software.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2

  • Historical Architecture

    Historical Architecture

    Explore the role and significance of architectural designs within various periods of world history. Work with a variety of materials including wood, foam, plaster, sand, clay and recycled products to construct replicas of historical buildings such as Pyramids, teepees or Greek Temples.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 2

  • Jump Rope - Basic

    Jump Rope - Basic

    Move to the music and learn great tricks with single ropes, Double Dutch, Chinese Wheel and long ropes. Proper stretching and conditioning techniques are emphasized, along with developmentally appropriate activities.

    Grades 2-4: Period 1
    Grades 2-6: Period 2

  • Jump Rope - Intermediate

    Jump Rope - Intermediate

    Once you have learned the basics of Jump Rope, continue to master new skills and combinations of skills as you jump your way into fitness and conditioning. More emphasis will be focused on partner/group interaction and synchronization.

    Grades 4-6: Period 3

  • Knit & Crochet

    Knit & Crochet

    Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting. Transform an ordinary skein of yarn into wonderful projects as you practice using knitting needles and crochet hooks. Knitting and crocheting develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and even math skills!

    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 2

  • Mathematics Exploration

    Mathematics Exploration

    Become a problem solver! Learn the math skills needed for problem solving and critical thinking. Manipulative materials will be used to expand math skills.

    Grade 2: Period 1 or 2
    Grade 3: Period 1 or 3
    Grade 4: Period 3
    Grade 5: Period 1
    Grade 6: Period 2

  • Music, Movement & Dramatics

    Music, Movement & Dramatics

    3, 2, 1 Action! This class is a great introduction to the fun of acting. Our young actors explore acting through songs and instruments, movement exercises, costumes, storytelling, and improvisation/pantomime activities. This is a wonderful class to build a student's self-esteem by helping them enjoy creative expression.

    Grades 2-3: Period 2 or 3

  • Reading Club

    Reading Club

    Read popular chapter books together for fun to enhance reading, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2

  • Reading Club with Phonics

    Reading Club with Phonics

    Read popular chapter books together for fun to enhance phonics, reading, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.

    Grades 2-3: Period 1 or 3

  • Real Life Engineering

    Real Life Engineering

    How do planes sail through the sky? Why do boats float? How does a bridge hold so much weight? Students will answer questions from real world problems and will find solutions using a technique called the design method. Through research and skill, students will create unique solutions with spectacular results!

    Grades 4-6: Period 3

  • Recycled Art

    Recycled Art

    One man's trash is another man's treasure! We will transform ordinary recycled objects into works of art. Students will be inspired to create mixed media sculptures, paintings, bird houses and wind chimes from treasures found in recycle bins. This class helps students understand and appreciate how repurposing materials and recycling come together to help preserve the Earth.

    Grades 4-6: Period 3

  • Robotics

    Robotics

    This course gives students the opportunity to design, build and program a small mobile robot using Lego kits, tiny onboard computers and a variety of sensors and actuators. The course will explore concepts from computer science using robots to accomplish defined tasks.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1

  • Science for the Curious

    Science for the Curious

    Discover the wonders of chemical reactions and other science experiments. Young scientists will experience the excitement of discovery as they safely conduct science experiments and write observations in a journal.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 3
    Grades 3-5: Period 2

  • Sensible Critters

    Sensible Critters

    What critter has ears on its legs? What critter can smell food 12 miles away? These questions and more are answered exploring the 5 senses we share with many of our animal friends. Learn about science and the unique traits of animals through critter crafts and stories.

    Grades 2-3: Period 2

  • Sign Language

    Sign Language

    Let your fingers do the talking! American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary sign language of deaf communities and is the 3rd most used language in the US, next to English and Spanish. This class will introduce students to the ASL method of non-verbal communication.

    Grades 4-6: Period 2

  • Sound It Out! Let's Read Together!

    Sound It Out! Let's Read Together!

    Designed for students on the brink of reading, this class presents a fun approach to phonics through center activities, whole group lessons and reading games.

    Grade 1: Period 1

  • Sports for a Lifetime

    Sports for a Lifetime

    Students participate in a variety of sporting games and team building activities.

    Grades 2-3: Period 2
    Grades 3-4: Period 1
    Grades 4-6: Period 3

  • Strategy Games

    Strategy Games

    Do you know how to play chess? Do you want to learn how to win at Chinese Checkers? Explore the rules and strategies of these games and a variety of other games such as Uno, Risk, Stratego and Connect Four.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1, 2 or 3

  • String Orchestra

    String Orchestra

    Further the skills learned and have fun playing music of many different styles. Musicians who play a string instrument and have either received at least 6 months of private instruction or participated in ALF Instrumental Music for one year or more are welcome. Students provide their own instrument or may rent an instrument through ALF Summer School registration. Please indicate instrument on registration form.

    Grades 5-6: Period 3

  • Super Sleuths

    Super Sleuths

    Who done it? Be an amateur "gumshoe" and explore Sherlock Holmes, crack codes, solve brain twisters and even write an original mystery thriller.

    Grades 4-6: Period 1 or 3

  • Writers Workshop

    Writers Workshop

    Students will draw on personal experiences to develop an understanding of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing

    Grades 2-3: Period 2 or 3
    Grade 3-4: Period 1
    Grade 4: Period 2
    Grades 5-6: Period 3

 
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