Summer Fun at JWP is offered for children ages 3 years through rising grade 6. Week-long camp themes are enhanced with special activities and guest visits. Summer Fun is a great way for children to explore passions, develop life skills, and build character. Incoming students are encouraged to participate.
VIRTUAL SUMMER FUN 2020
The 8-week VIRTUAL Summer Fun program begins on Monday, June 22, 2020, and runs through Friday, August 14th, 2020. Families may choose to sign up by the week.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to start our Summer Fun program on campus but hope to transition to a modified on-site program at some point during the summer. However, we are excited to introduce to you, VIRTUAL Summer Fun and Academics 2020.
WHY ARE WE OFFERING A VIRTUAL PROGRAM AND DELAYING ON-SITE?
We desire to safely and responsibly run a modified summer program. The purpose of the virtual summer program is to provide children ages 3 through rising grade 6 with a sense of community, consistency, the ability to safely make new friends, and give the parents a needed break from educating/entertaining their children.
We are working in conjunction with state and local experts for an in-person program operation at some point this summer and will use that information to help guide our on-going decision making to safely offer a modified on-site program in conjunction with the virtual program. Although we have altered the fundamental structure of Summer Fun at JWP, delivering the same authentic, professional, and empowering experiences that you are used to receiving from our program is paramount.
WHAT IS THE PARENT’S ROLE?
Our staff is trained to guide the children through the daily program without parental assistance. However, this depends on the comfort of your child with technology and the ability to work independently. You are welcome to stay with your child during the class if you feel it is necessary. The program is offered to multiple age levels to provide daily LIVE engagement with a parent nearby, but not participating directly. The LIVE engagement portions are broken up throughout the day to allow off-screen breaks and completion of off-screen activities.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
For the time being, we will be using different platforms to communicate with families and children.
- Children are not required to share their videos.
- Teachers will moderate the rooms for any technological or issues that occur during a meeting and provide feedback as needed.
- We will ask parents for contact information- so that if there is something urgent, we will call during the meeting
SUMMER EXPLORATION BOX
Inside your Summer Exploration Box, you’ll find the materials you need to participate in our daily activities. Summer Exploration boxes can be picked up at the school the weekend before the start of each weekly session.
THEMES: Walnut Park Explorers (Ages 3-5)
Week 1: Gardening
Children will learn about the life cycle of a plant and what makes a plant grow and thrive. Hands-on learning and caring for the earth will be time well spent during Summer Fun.
Week 2: Stars and Stripes
June 29-July 2 (closed on 7/3)
We will celebrate the Fourth of July in 2020 style, with red, white, and blue hand-made decorations, songs, a virtual marching band, and of course, homemade, healthy popsicle recipes to go along with a hot summer day!
Week 3: Seasons and Water
Water plays a role in each season, with different forms and changes. From condensation to precipitation, from rivers to frozen ponds, the children will experiment with the water cycle as it takes shape during each season.
Week 4: Puppets
Puppets will come to life in the hands and minds of young children, who will combine artistic skills with the dramatic art of putting on an original puppet show.
Week 5: The Circus is Coming to Town
What could be more exciting than joining the circus? Our young children will be introduced to creative skills and entertaining acts that make up a circus.
Week 6: Super Science
Children will be given the opportunity to learn about how rainbows come to be, and other fun scientific questions that they can discover through curiosity and exploration. S.T.E.A.M. will be introduced and hands-on experiments and learning will be part of each day.
Week 7: Scrapbooking
This session is designed to give each child a sense of self as they create scrapbooks, “All About Me!” They will use buttons, paint, stickers, and other art supplies to tell the story of their home, family, and favorite things!
Week 8: The Harvest and Nutrition
The children will learn about the basic food groups, the food pyramid, and healthy eating habits, all through observation, discussion, food preparation, and making good choices!
THEMES: Jackson Adventurers (Rising Kindergarten- Grade 6)
Week 1: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales
Bring your imagination while we take a magical journey through the timeless myths, legends and fairy tales. While we become acquainted with stories from different countries and cultures, we will be introduced to famous and infamous characters within those traditions. Campers will create their own myth, legend, or fairy tale so share with their friends and family.
Week 2: Water World
June 29-July 2 (No camp on 7/3)
It’s time to cool off! Water week has everything you need for fun in the sun. Get ready for water games, challenges, and homemade popsicles to cool off!
Week 3: S.T.E.A.M.
Dive into the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math during S.T.E.A.M. week. Campers have the chance to put their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the test. Each camper will have the opportunity to design, create, and build their own projects throughout the week that they can bring home.
Week 4: Around the World in 5 Days!
Pack your bags and passports as we embark on an adventure! Explore world cultures on our trip as we travel around the world in 5 days. Explore the culture, arts, cuisine, and traditions of near and far places.
Week 5: Fun and Fitness
Let’s get up and moving with fun fitness challenges and adventures. Campers will develop and practice fitness skills while playing fun games including relays and obstacle courses.
Week 6: Summer Olympics
Celebrate the Olympics by participating in the 2020 JWP Summer Olympics! Opening ceremonies will commence our week of games and fun. Throughout the week will play different Summer Olympic sports and learn the history of the game. Medals will be awarded during the closing ceremonies.
Week 7: Challenges and Adventure
Do you love challenges and adventures both physical and mental? Join us for group and individual games that you can share with your friends!
Week 8: Pay it Forward
This week is packed with practical acts of love and service. Students build meaningful connections as they serve people through our strong partnerships with local nonprofit organizations. Students will learn empathy and compassion for others as they meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of disadvantaged children, youth, and adults.
Week 1: June 22-26Week 2: June 29-July 2nd (closed 7/3)Week 3: July 6-10Week 4: July 13-17Week 5: July 20-24Week 6 July 27- 31Week 7: August 3-7Week 8: August 10-14
WALNUT PARK (AGES 3-5)
SUMMER FUN- SAMPLE SCHEDULE
9:00 am- 12:00 pm
9:00-9:30 am: MORNING MEETING/ INSTRUCTION: During this time children and teachers will be online together to talk about our program rules, the day’s schedule, thoughts for the day, and sharing exciting news and ideas. At this time, Activity 1 will be introduced.
9:30- 10:30 am: ACTIVITY 1: Time for children to work on their own. Children will be able to choose between the daily activity or coloring pages, provided in the weekly Summer Exploration Box.
10:30- 11:00 CHECK-IN/ INSTRUCTION: Children check back in to share the activities they worked on. Activity 2 will be introduced.
11:00-11:30 am: ACTIVITY 2: Time for children to work on their own. Activity which might include a customized pre-recorded adventure, physical fitness, or a LIVE interactive field-trip.
11:30-12:00: CAMPFIRE/ CLOSING: We will wrap up our day of Camp with a virtual campfire and a “see you soon!” between teachers and children.
JACKSON SCHOOL (KINDERGARTEN- GRADE 6)
SUMMER FUN- SAMPLE SCHEDULE
1:30 pm- 4:00 pm
1:30- 2:00 LIVE AFTERNOON MEETING. During this time children and teachers will be online together to talk about our camp rules, the afternoon schedule, thoughts for the day, and sharing exciting news and ideas.
2:00- 2:10 pm ACTIVITY 1: INSTRUCTION. Rotating between- arts and crafts, physical activity challenge, game, or a LIVE interactive field-trip.
2:10- 2:40 pm ACTIVITY 1: GROUP/INDIVIDUAL WORK. Time for children to work on their own and to connect with their peers. Children will complete hands-on activities, each with the supplies provided in the weekly Summer Exploration Box -or- a physical activity game or challenge.(see sample activities below)
2:40- 2:50 pm SNACK BREAK! children will be able to go offline and enjoy a quick snack.
2:50- 3:00 pm: ACTIVITY 2: INSTRUCTION. Rotating between- arts and crafts, physical activity challenge, game, or a LIVE interactive virtual field-trip.
3:00–3:30 pm: ACTIVITY 2: GROUP/INDIVIDUAL WORK. Time for children to work on their own and to connect with their peers. Children will complete hands-on activities, each with the supplies provided in the weekly Summer Exploration Box -or- a physical activity game or challenge (see sample activities below).
3:30- 3:45 pm: Rejoin group for 15 minutes and go over any exciting announcements, discussions about how activities went, and activity rewards.
3:45-4:00 pm: We will wrap up our day of Camp with a virtual campfire and a “see you soon!” between teachers and children.
SAMPLE ACTIVITIES/ VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS:
- Freeze Dance Competition
- Dance Party
- Arts and Crafts
- Talent Show
- Show and Tell
- Mindfulness practice
- Life Skill/ Practical Life Lesson
- Volunteer Project
- Group Challenge
- Nature Journal
- Field Trips examples:
- Foreign Country