2017 Course Catalog

Abracadabra: It's Magic - Advanced 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Enhance your knowledge of magic. Learn how to make a card rise out of the deck without strings, plus many other sleight of hand techniques. Learn to use professional props. Students should take the beginning course. (Formerly known as "I am Houdini - Advanced)

Abracadabra: It's Magic!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Amaze your friends and family by learning the art of magic using cards, coins, ropes, and many other household items. Learn simple but impressive tricks. Make things appear and disappear. Create illusions.(Formerly known as "I am Houdini")

Adventures in STEAM
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Adventures in STEAM! Based on the Carleton Washburne course "Innovation Technology", students will be able to choose from a variety of different hands on projects, from game design to Makey Makey to minecraftEDU. They will be allowed to explore, plan, and create in the L(ab) at Washburne.

American Idol 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Do you like to sing? Come to American Idol and learn how to perform. Sing duets, sing in groups and there will even be opportunities for volunteer solo performances. Practice and sing some of your favorite pop and musical theater songs and learn some new songs as well! Don't be shy.....reach for the stars.

American Sign Language for Beginners
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

In this class, students will learn the basics to American Sign Language. The alphabet, numbers, and conversational phrases will be covered.

Archery 3-4
Grades Offered: 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,3

Practice skills needed for accuracy in target shooting. The Camp Archery Association system for recognizing achievement will be used. Beginners will receive instruction in fundamentals. Intermediate and advanced archers will use instinctive and point of aim shooting methods.

Archery 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2,4

Practice skills needed for accuracy in target shooting. The Camp Archery Association system for recognizing achievement will be used. Beginners will receive instruction in fundamentals. Intermediate and advanced archers will use instinctive and point of aim shooting methods.

Athletes' Club 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

For the athlete who doesnít want to specialize in just one sport at Adventures. Each day will focus on a different athletic activity, allowing students to experience and play a variety of different activities over the course of the Adventures program. Soccer, ultimate frisbee, football, kickball, sacket, blamball, team handball, lacrosse and many more will be offered. Students will usually have the choice between two activities each day. Special tournament days will be held as well.

Basket Weaving
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Basketry is fun to do on a hot summer day because you work with soaking wet reeds. You can learn this ancient craft by mastering just one weaving technique. New projects for repeating students.

Basketball 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Lace up your high tops and meet us on the court. Work on your basketball skills - dribbling, shooting, passing and defense. Practice running plays, playing fun games and scrimmaging. See you on the court! Tennis shoes required.

Basketball 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Lace up your high tops and meet us on the court. Work on your basketball skills - dribbling, shooting, passing and defense. Practice running plays, playing fun games and scrimmaging. See you on the court! Tennis shoes required.

Bead Work Art
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

Learn the art of making beaded magnets, picture frames, key chains, suncatchers and more. We'll learn loom bead weaving and create a beaded bookmarker.

Beginning Acoustic Guitar 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Learn and practice basic guitar skills such as tuning, hand position , 7 basic chords, basic strumming and rhythms, and beginner guitar songs. Students must provide their own instruments.

Boys Only Book Club 3-5
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 1

"Read really good books, and talk about them," says one student. "My favorite class!"

Brain Games 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 4

Exercise and entertain your brain with strategy games, math puzzles, thinking skills, problem-solving and computer problems designed for the child who enjoys and excels at math.

Build a Stuffed Animal Workshop 2-8
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

In this course, each of us will choose a soft and furry animal to stuff and keep forever! We'll learn to sew so we can make clothes and accessories for our animals. We'll make and decorate a home, too!

Calling All Authors 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1

Do you like to write your own stories? Create an original story and illustrate your work. We will use a variety of three-dimensional materials to make your pictures come alive. Create a fabric cover and turn your story into a real book.

Calling All Authors 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Do you like to write your own stories? Create an original story and illustrate your work. We will use a variety of three-dimensional materials to make your pictures come alive. Create a fabric cover and turn your story into a real book.

Camping Adventures and S'more Fun
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Every day is a campout! Our camping adventures will include shelter building, starting fires without matches, grilling snacks, playing games, telling ghost stories, finding treasures by geocaching, and other survival techniques.

Candle Making - Advanced 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Come back for more candle fun! We'll be making new and more advanced candles and candle holders. We'll use techniques you know, plus new skills you'll have fun learning.
**This is for students who have previously taken Candlemaking at Adventures in Learning.

Candle Making 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3

Make, melt, and mold candles! Create colorful, themed, scented candles and candle holders. Join us for a fun and enlightening experience.

Celebrations (Party Planning)
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Everyone loves a party! This class is packed with creative party ideas: treats to bake, bright ways to decorate, and games galore for fun throughout the year. Each week a different theme will be selected. Daily activities will revolve around that theme, with a culminating party on Friday. Come party with us!

Clay Animation Characters 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 3

Clay animation is a fascinating field that combines design and technology while stretching the limits of your imagination. This class will teach you all the ins and outs of designing characters with armatures, movable features, and textures and details to bring your ideas to life.

Clay Animation Characters 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Clay animation is a fascinating field that combines design and technology while stretching the limits of your imagination. This class will teach you all the ins and outs of designing characters with armatures, movable features, and textures and details to bring your ideas to life.

Clothing Decoration
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Let's get creative with fashion! Design your own outfits including shirts, shorts, skirts, bags, hats, and much more. We will tye dye, bling, fringe, and paint unique and original fashion items.

Coding for Kids
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,3

Join us as we utilize Code.org to perform guided coding tasks. We will spend our days coding a number of projects and programs that YOU choose!

Community Heroes and Helpers-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1

Do you love to think about what police, firemen and other community helpers do? Well, this is the class for you! Each week, we'll learn about a new community helper: police, firemen, postmen, librarians and nurses/doctors. We'll invite community helpers to join us and tell us about the work they do. Finally, we'll send our community helpers thank you notes, so they know how important they are to us. Come learn about our heroes: the community helpers!

Computer Animation 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2

Want to be the next great animator? Start here! Create stories, characters, games and more through different animation websites and software. Learn how computer animation started and how it is used today. Great class for beginners! Sign up today!

Computer Animation 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Want to be the next great animator? Start here! Create stories, characters, games and more through different animation websites and software. Learn how computer animation started and how it is used today. Great class for beginners! Sign up today!

Crazy Crafts
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

A variety of crafts will be explored. Beginner and advanced friendship bracelets. Kooky pencils. People and critters that will make us laugh. Have you seen Shrinky Dinks? Watch them shrink! We will end the summer with each student sewing his or her own beanie baby. Come get crazy with crafts!

Create Your Own Crazy Commercials 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 3

Invent your own wacky products and advertise them! We'll create props, write scripts, explore sound effects and then put them together as "magazine", "radio", and "TV" ads.

Create Your Own Crazy Commercials 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Invent your own wacky products and advertise them! We'll create props, write scripts, explore sound effects and then put them together as "magazine", "radio", and "TV" ads.

Creative Clay Crafts
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

Experiment with clay modeling, coil, slab construction, and sculpture. Make animals, buildings, pottery, tiles, planters, and more. Beautiful glazes.

Creative Clay Crafts-Advanced-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Already have experience hand building with clay? Well, this is the class for you! Projects will be decided on by the class and be as complex as your abilities.

Creative Writing
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6
Periods Offered: 3

Once upon a time, there was a class at Adventures where princesses danced at lavish balls, baseball players hit home runs in the bottom of the 9th, and aliens roamed a newly discovered planet right around the corner from Mars. Creative writing is an outlet to help us express our feelings, tell stories about our lives, and explore worlds we create for our readers. This class will give you an opportunity to free write and to publish several stories using the writing process. In addition to learning about the writing process, you will learn writer's craft strategies to pull readers into your stories and make the writing jump off the page. After we complete our stories, we will celebrate by sharing our writing with others so they can experience the characters, settings, and storylines we create!

D-I-Y Room Decorations 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Create fun and practical projects you can instantly use in your own room. Design a pillow or a DIY chalkboard. Decorate earring hangers, door signs, picture collages, frames, small decorated boxes and more!

Dance 101
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Have you ever watched MTV and tried to learn those moves? Come and learn the basics of dance and you'll be ready to challenge anyone out on the dance floor in no time. Learn dance routines to popular songs. Students will be able to perform in an optional dance recital for friends, family and fellow Adventures students.

Digital Photography 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Explore using a digital camera, learn how to download pictures and experiment with "digital development". During the class we will spend time outside and take a couple of walking field trips to find those interesting shots. Pictures of people, pets, architecture, nature, close-ups, we will try them all. You might get hooked and continue to take pictures over the weekend or on vacation. A photography show will be our goal. Each student will need to bring their own digitacamera daily to class.

Draw! Draw! Draw!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Love to draw? Enjoy exploring a variety of drawing methods. From illustrations to shading and some perspective, all ages can practice and learn new techniques using pencil, pen and charcoal!

Drone Flight School-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Ever wanted to fly a drone? Now is your chance! Drone technology has really taken off in the last two years, and it’s bound for great heights in the near future. Everyone is using drones now from photographers to farmers! Learn to fly, do tricks, and more in Drone Flight School.

Elementary Strings - Beginner Class
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 3

Come join a unique opportunity to learn a string instrument! In this 5 week introductory class, students will learn the basics of playing a string instrument. Students will gain self-confidence and a great sense of accomplishment. Parents will receive information regarding instrument rental prior to the first class.

Elementary Strings - Twinkle and Beyond
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 4

Take the worry out of reminding students to practice in the summer! This class will afford students the opportunity to play their instrument five days a week for forty minutes a day! Review of old songs as well as new songs will keep your student going all summer!

Fairyland
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

If you like fairies, this is the course for you! We will explore fairy folklore and legends through literature. We will enter the world of fairies by creating stories, poems and constructing the perfect fairy home.

Famous Disasters
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Pompeii, The Great Chicago Fire, The Titanic, and more. We'll be learning about these famous disasters and recreating them. We'll spend time building our own volcanoes, model ships and doing fun experiments.

Fashion Design
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Create fabulous clothes of your own imagination in this creative class which is great for beginning-advanced sewers and designers. If you can imagine it, you can wear it! Design clothing you'll wear home!

Film Making 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Learn how to make your own movie with a digital camera, and how to edit it on a computer like a real Hollywood moviemaker! We will learn about all aspects of movie making and will actually make a movie as a class

Fishing - DOUBLE
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,3

Fishing is a two period off campus class. We visit three local fishing holes including Skokie Lagoons, Tower Beach and The Glenn. All three areas are just a short bus trip from school. Students must bring a fishing rod with a closed reel and are scheduled to bring two dozen night crawlers. All other fishing equipment (bobbers, hooks, and fishing line) will be supplied. Last year we caught over a hundred fish and of course, a few ìbig ones that got away.î Donít let this class get away!

Flag Football I 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Enjoy this no contact version of America's other favorite pastime. Develop your skills on offense and defense, then test them on the gridiron. Future Bears apply here!

Flag Football II 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Grab your football and meet us at the 50-yard line. Learn all the techniques from throwing and catching to running and scoring TDs. Of course, the rules of the game will be enforced. Sign-up now if you want to be the next Barry Sanders.

Floor Hockey 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 3,4

Join us for a summer of fun with pucks and sticks. Teams are formed and games are played daily. The class is open to girls and boys.

Floor Hockey 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Join us for a summer of fun with pucks and sticks. Teams are formed and games are played daily. The class is open to girls and boys.

Four Square-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Have you heard of the recess game called Four Square? Whether you have played Four Square in the past or this fun game is completely new to you, Four Square at AIL will be the highlight of your day. Compete with your friends while enjoying the summer sun during Four Square!

French
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Parlons Francais II. Let's have fun conversing in French. We will celebrate Bastille Day and refine our skills with learning practical phrases and how to get along in France. Learn basic food vocabulary to order French food.

Girls Only Book Club 3-5
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 4

Even if you are not a big fan of reading, book clubs are fun to be involved in-meet friends and enjoy good books!

Girls Only Running Club
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

With so many girls joining "Girls on the Run," we'd like to offer a girls only running club at Adventures in Learning. Come run with us through the great outdoors of Winnetka. The girls will set running goals and log their daily runs. The class is led by an experienced half and full marathoner, and she would love to encourage young girls to explore the joy of running!

Greeting Cards-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Do you know how exciting it is to receive a card in the mail from someone special? You can make someone's day by sending them a card you made especially for them! In this class, you will make unique cards for all occasions: birthdays, Father’s Day, 4th of July, thank you notes, Valentine’s Day, and more. By the end of Adventures, you will have a large selection of cards designed by you to send to your family and friends (or even to sell). Sign up for this class if you enjoy art, doodling, fancy lettering, and putting a smile on someone's face!

Gymnastics For Guys 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1

Boys will focus on tumbling, vaulting, and spring board. Coordination, strength, flexibility and balance training will also be included.

Gymnastics I 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2,3

Basic skill development on floor, vaulting box, balance beam, and spring board. Emphasizes fitness through warm up. Work with free exercise and rhythmic gymnastics. Build up strength through use of the equipment.

Gymnastics II 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Refinement of basic skills learned on the apparatus. Learn new skills at the intermediate and advanced levels. Fitness and warm up routines emphasized. Work in free exercise and rhythmic gymnastics.

Harry Potter Adventures 2-5
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 2,3,4

It all begins with the Sorting Hat; before you know it you'll be a member of your favorite house. Then on to wand making, spell books, fantastic beasts and where to find them. a horo crux scavenger hunt, and much more! Come join the fun!

High Ropes Challenge 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Come challenge your mental and physical strength on the high ropes course at Skokie. Learn safe climbing techniques. Build your strength in outdoor activities designed to develop the personal and group skills needed for successful climbing.

Jewelry Creations
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Design your own hugs and kisses necklace, daisy bracelet, pins and earrings. We will create these items using sculpey clay and beads.

Jumping Rope
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Perfect your rope jumping skills! Learn different rhythms, games, and styles for jumping rope. Who knows?! You might even be a Double Dutch expert by the end of the summer!

Karate
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Here is a chance to give karate a try! Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate taught by National Champion Sensei, Jeff Ladin. Belt Advancement is possible. Most of the training is outside in the shade and incorporates fun agility training, balance and obstacle courses.

Keyboarding 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

The use of digital tools becomes more amazing when you know the keyboard. Learn how to work with keyboards and increase your typing speed on a variety of devices by doing keyboard exercises, word processing and typing games.

Kitchen Magicians
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Pull back your hair (if it's long) and bring an apron! Get ready to make and eat something delicious every day! Reading recipes, measuring, kitchen safety and tasting are all a part of the Kitchen Magicians experience. Join Kitchen Magicians where you'll make Purple Cow Jumped Over the Moon, lasagna cupcakes and hot dog mummies (just to name a few).

Learning Round Up 2-3
Grades Offered: 2, 3
Periods Offered: 1

Continue learning where you left off! Round up your summer fun with a bit of reading, writing and math practice. Enjoy this small group setting and rehearse the skills you learned this past year.

Lego Construction 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

If you like building with Legos, then this course is for you! Individual as well as group and team projects stretch you imagination! Beginning and intermediate kits used.

Lego Mindstorms Robots - Advanced 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

For students who have already taken Lego Mindstorm Robots. Take it to the next level!!!

Lego Mindstorms Robots 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Have fun building Lego robots! Learn to program the computer and your robots then watch them run. Design your own robots or build from kits. We will have contests and challenges.

Life As An American Girl Doll
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2,3

Join the American Girl Dolls this summer as we travel through time experiencing history, creative crafts, and facny fun theme parties. All 18 Historical Character Dolls are studied beginning with Kaya in 1764 and going all the way through to Julie and Ivy in 1974. Have lots and lots of fun while learning about the dolls and thei special stories.

Lip Sync Battles
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 3

"Sing" your heart out in this highly creative and fun-filled lip sync battle class! Just like the TV show, students work together in small groups to create hilarious performances to Top 40 songs. Groups "battle" each other in a friendly competition at the end of the week, just like the popular TV show! Wear clothes that you're ready to dance in!

Make 'em and Race 'em 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Start your engines! Each week you will design and build your own racing vehicle: air glider, balloon rocket racer, pasta car, clothespin car, edible car, mini sailboat and so much more! Friday is race day! Ribbons awarded to the fastest and best design!

Make Your Own Music Video 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Come learn all the newest dance moves and hear the hottest music. Create the story, dialog and dance as we film a music video! This is a high-energy class. You must wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes in which you can move freely.

Makers' Space 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

You will have the time, space, and materials to collaborate with others to create. Design and make things like mini robots, sculptures that light up, and small items to 3-D print.

Math Games 2-3
Grades Offered: 2, 3
Periods Offered: 4

Want to improve your math skills and have fun? Come play math games every day! Logical thinking, sportsmanship and math facts will be emphasized, but FUN is the name of the game!

Math Lab Grades 2-4 (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Start the year off right! Practice your computation and problem solving skills through activities and games, and have fun doing it! All summer we’ll work on strengthening essential number concepts and exploring other grade-specific mathematical concepts. (ESY Students Only)

Math Lab Grades 5-8 (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Start the year off right! Practice your computation, reasoning and problem solving skills through activities and games, and have fun doing it! All summer we’ll work on solidifying essential number concepts and exploring other mathematical concepts such as geometry, data, and probability. (ESY Students Only)

Mini Musicals-NEW 2017!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Dreaming of performing in a mini-musical originally written by YOU? Your favorite songs? Your own action and dialogue? Fun, simple props and designs? ... Look no further! Your dream has become true! In the class, Mini-Musicals by 'Original Productions Company', you and your classmates will write your own theme, title, action and dialogues. Songs within the musical will be a mixture of your favorite selections. You will also learn some key drama improvisation games that will help to build the entire mini-production. In class, you will create, plan, write, draw. You will practice singing, improvising, acting and rehearsing. We will record the final original mini-production for you to view and hear!

Minute to Win It!
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,3

Just like the game show, you will compete in 60 second challenges using household items. Play "Chocolate Unicorn" (stack 7 Ding Dongs on your forehead) or "Tortilla Head" (wear swim flippers, pick up a tortilla and put it on a plate balanced on your head). You have a MINUTE to WIN it!!!!

Movie Musical Mania
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Each week the group will vote on a favorite movie musical to watch. We will learn our favorite songs from the movie to perform at the end of the week at a karaoke party! Movie choices could include Oliver, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Peter Pan, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, High School Musical or other choices we will stir up together!

Oil Pastels
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Join us all as we discover how to create beautiful and colorful masterpieces of nature and life all around us. Working the style of famous French artists.

On the Road to Reading (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2,3,4

Reading can take you anywhere! In this class we’ll read together to strengthen our reading skills so we’re ready for anywhere a book wants to take us. While we read, we’ll be practicing the strategies of imagery, accessing prior knowledge, summarizing, asking questions, monitoring reading, and more. (ESY Students Only)

Ooey Gooey Science Magic
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

Learn recipes for creating gooey concoctions such as goop, silly putty, flubber, slime, homemade snow, and play-doh. In the process, explore relationships between liquids and solids, acids and bases, and color mixing. Be prepared to have fun and get gooey!

Outdoor Sports Smorgasbord 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2,3,4

For the boy or girl who doesnít want to specialize in just one sport at Adventures. Each day will focus on a different sport or athletic game, allowing students to experience and play a variety of different activities over the course of the summer. Soccer, kickball, capture the flag, team handball, steal the pins, whiffle ball and flag football are among the possible offerings. Students will usually have the choice between two offerings each day. All skill levels welcome!

Papier-Mache Creations
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

In Papier-Mache Creations, you will express your creativity by making a variety of Papier-Mache items; whimsical animals, boxes and bowls, etc. that you will then paint with tempera and decorate with a variety of materials.

Pom/Cheerleading
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Pom / Cheerleading will integrate dancing with basic stunting. The group would learn different routines that included multiple eight counts along with stunting. This would be a great class for those with or without Pom or Cheerleading experience.

Public Speaking
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Students will be engaged in a variety of public speaking platforms designed to help them organize thoughts, plan a speech and execute a speech with confidence and conviction. It will be both informative and fun.

Reading Club Grades 5-8 (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3

Do you enjoy listening to read-alouds and losing yourself in a story? Could you use some strategies to help you get more involved in a book and feel like you are in the story? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then Reading Club is the class for you! At the beginning of the summer, we will decide on a book we are interested in reading. Throughout the book, we will learn ways to "step into the story" so we feel like we are there. This is a great chance for you to continue to use and build upon the reading skills you are learning in school over the summer! (ESY Students Only)

Rocket Engineering 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Want to build rockets and launch them into space? Now is your chance! In this class, we will design and build virtual rockets. Then we will launch and pilot them into space!

Scratch Programming for Beginners
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

This course is designed for students in grades 2-8 who have no previous experience with Scratch. We will be designing and animating characters and creating video games which we will showcase at the end of the course. Scratch is a programming platform designed by MIT which is a great introduction to the language and mechanics of computer programming.

Sculpting Your Dreams Away
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

We sculpt out of anything you can imagine, from wood to clay to papier-m‚chÈ. Make a mobile, papier-m‚chÈ an animal mask, invent your own machine, create your first abstract piece of art, and construct a coliseum. No hard hats necessary.

Second Grade Reading Club
Grades Offered: 2
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

A hands-on, playful reading club for incoming second graders! Prevent summer reading loss, motivate young kids to practice, and connect incoming second graders with just right books during the summer. Work on a combination of word work and interactive reading in a playful, gentle environment. Play sight word bingo, sing songs about letter sounds, play heads-up with CVC words, and write and perform puppet shows. Other possibilities would include reader's theater and a poetry slam. This will be a great way for beginning readers to keep their skills fresh during the summer.

Sidewalk Games
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3

Has your mom ever told you, “Get outside and play” but you didn’t know what to do? Well, in Sidewalk Games you’ll learn many games that will help you enjoy your outdoor time even more. Sidewalk chalk, hopscotch, marble bounce, penny pitching, jump rope rhyming… The list goes on and on! We’ll see you on the sidewalk!

Slumber Party Fun
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Come experience all the games, giggling, and fun of a sleepover without feeling tired and cranky afterwards! The class will feature lots of crafts, snacks, and activities that you can share with your friends. No sleeping bag required.

Soccer 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 3

Learn the fundamentals of soccer. Play games to develop coordination. Improve your skills and have a great game every day.

Soccer 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Learn the fundamentals of soccer. Play games to develop coordination. Improve your skills and have a great game every day.

Softball/Teeball/Kickball/Blamball/Sackett 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 4

Participate in learning some of the baseball and softball skills and techniques that will enable you to know the rules and be able to play an actual game.

Spa-licious
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Make and take your own health and beauty products using natural ingredients. Also incorporate healthy living practices into your life such as: yoga, meditation and art. Possible personal care products we will formulate as a class for take home use: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, lip scrub, lip balm, facial masks, nail polish, body glitter, hair chalk, bath bombs, lavender sleep pillows, sleeping masks, warm soothing-oatmeal pillows.

Sports Math 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Take an in depth look at the mathematics in sports. Graph player and team statistics, look at contracts across sports and examine trends in all sports.

Sports On The Radio 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1

Learn how to be a sports reporter on the radio! Ever want to be like Bob Costas? Here is your chance. Learn how to assemble stories, cover games, make a radio demo tape. How about hosting a sports talk show? Learn how to do it! Future Mark Giangreco's apply here!

Star Wars Adventures 3-8
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2,3,4

Lights! Camera! Action! Kids will write and star in their own Star Wars movie while learning the history of Star Wars, the special effects involved in making the films and how the mythology was created. Every student gets to play a Star Wars character and act on camera.

Stop Motion Animated Films 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 4

Students will create a stop-motion character to animate along side other objects. Students can team up to create skits that they animate. We will edit with some sound effects and music a final movie the students can bring home.

Super Sleuths 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2

Calling all secret agents! Usse logic and imagination to solve summer mysteries. If you enjoy mystery stories, scavenger hunts, puzzles, riddles and secret codes, join us. Emphasis on encouraging creativity and critical thinking.

Tennis I 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Learn skills to develop coordination in preparing to play tennis. Tennis racquet and tennis shoes required. No previous tennis experience necessary. Games that enhance tennis skills utilized.

The Learning Express Grades 2-4 (Extended School Year Only) DOUBLE PERIOD
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Get on Board the "Learning Express"! Want to stay on track this summer? Come join us for fun and review of 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade reading and math skills. Learning stations, games and guided instruction will keep you on the right track as you move on to 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade. (ESY Students Only)

The Learning Express Grades 5-8 (Extended School Year Only) DOUBLE PERIOD
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Get on Board the "Learning Express"! Want to stay on track this summer? Come join us for fun and review of 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th grade reading and math skills. Learning stations, games and guided instruction will keep you on track as you move on to intermediate and middle school. (ESY Students Only)

Volleyball 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 2

Learn the rules of the game. Bump, set, spike and serve. Learn how to work together as a team. Long lasting fun! (No Flip Flops please.)

Volleyball 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1

Learn the rules of the game. Bump, set, spike and serve. Learn how to work together as a team. Long lasting fun! (No Flip Flops please.)

Water Games
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Periods Offered: 4

Cool off with water games! We will be playing a variety of games that involve water. This class will include things such as water relay races, balloon toss, squirt gun tag and much, much more. Water shoes required.

Watercolor Painting
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 2

Join our multi-level watercolor painting class and learn how to create your own masterpieces. We will use our imaginations and study nature during this exciting hands-on watercolor class!

Wee World
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Create your own miniature world using boxes, fabric, wallpaper and recyclables. Make rooms, dollhouses, furniture, accessories, people, stores and more! Come join the fun.

Whiffleball Home Run Derby
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 3

What a great way to work on your homerun swing! Try to hit as many home runs as possible in the Whiffleball Home Run Derby (Similar to the MLB ALL Star game challenge.)

Wilderness Survival 4-8
Grades Offered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Always be prepared, since you never know when disaster may strike! Train for basic survival in all different environments: at sea, in the woods, the desert or even in a tropical jungle!

Woodworking Workshop 2-4
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4
Periods Offered: 1,2

Come explore the World of Woodworking! If you are into tools or want to lean more about them, then this is the class for you. We will design, create and build all kinds of projects including a real CO2 Powered Dragster!

Woodworking Workshop 5-8
Grades Offered: 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 3,4

Come explore the World of Woodworking! If you are into tools or want to lean more about them, then this is the class for you. We will design, create and build all kinds of projects including a real CO2 Powered Dragster!

Writing Club Grades 3-5 (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 3, 4, 5
Periods Offered: 1,2

Do you love to tell a good story? Do you get excited when you are asked to argue your point? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then Writing Club is the class for you! All summer long, we will work together to write narratives, informational texts and arguments. You will practice the writing process as we hold writer’s workshop each day. Join us to continue to use and build upon the writing skills you are learning in school over the summer! (ESY Students Only)

Writing Club Grades 6-8 (Extended School Year Only)
Grades Offered: 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,4

Do you love to tell a good story? Do you get excited when you are asked to argue your point? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then Writing Club is the class for you! All summer long, we will work together to write narratives, informational texts and arguments. You will practice the writing process as we hold writer’s workshop each day. Join us to continue to use and build upon the writing skills you are learning in school over the summer! (ESY Students Only)

Yoga For Kids
Grades Offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Periods Offered: 1,2

We are all Yogis! Come practice lots of fun poses as well as calming ones. Develop flexibility and strength, too. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.