Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Summer Academy for Lower School will run from July 6 - July 31 2020. 

Registration is closed, but there is still room in some of our programs. Email summeracademy@hamdenhall.org to inquire further.


The Lower School at Hamden Hall is committed to educating the whole child, through classes taught by specialists in art, music, physical education, science, technology, and world languages. Informed by Hamden Hall's core values of excellence, support, participation, accountability, and respect, each course provides a safe, nurturing environment in which children can explore and create. 

Summer Academy offers a variety of one week courses for students in grades K-6.  This allows each student the opportunity to schedule a variety of activities during the summer months and still have time to spend with their family on vacation. Each course runs from 9 AM -12 PM daily. Please choose only one course per week.  Students should bring snacks/drinks for break time.  Please register your child for the grade level they will be entering in September. 


For a full day option, check out our Academics and Adventures program.
 

Click on the Summer Academy Application to register.

Have a question? Contact Allison Ehrenreich at summeracademy@hamdenhall.org

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  • Summer Programs Open House

    In accordance with the directives regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Open House scheduled for Sunday, April 26th has been canceled.

    In this time of uncertainty, we are still accepting registrations for the upcoming summer season. If you have already registered and we are forced to cancel any of our scheduled weeks, full refunds will be given. Please continue to check our website for updated information and potential changes or additions to our schedule.

    Best wishes to each family - stay safe - stay healthy!
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Week of July 6-10 $335

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  • Let's Get Creative!

    An art class for your wildest creations! This is an arts and crafts class where we will explore multiple forms of artmaking. This week's class will have an additional focus on beading and frienship bracelet making. Let's have fun and get messy while making artwork.
  • Science Exploration

    Calling All Summer Scientists!
    Each day's 3 hour science session will include two science lessons with fun activity work, outside break time, and a fun short video. Learn and explore this summer with Hamden Hall's Mr. Jewett.

    Grades 3-6
  • Sounds, Letters, and More

    This program has been designed to foster literacy development through the use of fun and engaging resources, activities, and instructional routines that are based on scientifically-based reading research. Principles of the Haskins Literacy Initiative, which are an integral part of Hamden Hall’s reading program, will be included in this summer course. Explicit instruction in the word attack components of literacy such as phoneme awareness, code instruction, and fluency will be tailored to meet the specific needs of students who sign up for this course. Listening comprehension, vocabulary and oral language development will also be addressed. Time for snacks and outdoor play will be provided, so please send your child with a nut-free snack. Enrollment is limited to 15 children. This course fills quickly so sign up early!  It is highly recommended that students sign up for all three weeks in order to receive the most benefit from this course. The class material runs for 3 consecutive weeks. 
    Taught by Hamden Hall's Barbara DeNatale.
    Grade K-1
  • The Literacy Workshop

    This Literacy Workshop will engage students in the joys of reading, writing and phonics/word study. It is designed to recognize and build upon individual students’ strengths as well as areas for improvement in literacy. Through the implementation of the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model students will engage in direct instruction during whole group mini lessons, differentiated small group work and one-on-one conferences which will be tailored to meet the needs of each student. During small group and one-on- one conferring, the remainder of students will work independently on authentic reading andwriting activities to apply and strengthen strategies taught. Reading comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary as well as the writing process and an understanding of the skills and conventions of writing will be taught. Students will receive instruction on high frequency word recognition, phonics and strategies for analyzing and reading multisyllabic words during word study. The Literacy Workshop will meet the needs of each student in a respectful and nurturing environment.

    Grades 2-3
  • Stupendous Story Elements: Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies

    Stupendous Story Elements:
    Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies

    The goals of this course are to improve reading comprehension, enhance the reading experience through discussion and critical thinking, and motivate students to read more. Comprehension is conquered through a variety of techniques including response centered instruction, direct modeling of reading strategies, literature circles, and invested student discussions. IN addition, students will be taught the macrostructure of literature, an appropriate leveled nobel will be assigned and each student will complete activities to practice and demonstrate their skills. Suitable for English language learners who have a basic understanding of English. 
    Grades 4-6

Week 4 July 20 -24 $335

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  • Half Day Early Elementary

    In our Early Elementary classroom, rising kindergarteners and first graders will explore a variety of subjects and skills, from reading practice and story time to math work and lessons in social studies and science. If your child has a particular skill that needs extra attention, please let us know and we’ll incorporate it into our course work! 
  • Promising Poets Writers Club: Reading and Writing Strategies

    Promising Poets Writers Club:
    Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies

    This course is designed to introduce young students to the elements of creative writing. Poetry and story writing will be areas of emphasis. Children will learn the tools creative writers utilize to create interesting and imaginative pieces.

    Grades 3-6
  • Science Exploration

    Calling All Summer Scientists!
    Each day's 3 hour science session will include two science lessons with fun activity work, outside break time, and a fun short video. Learn and explore this summer with Hamden Hall's Mr. Jewett.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Art Around the Globe

    Pack your bag for a one week adventure traveling through different countries and cultures through the eyes of an artist!! Crawl inside a cave in France and Spain, explore their cave art and then learn to imitate primitive animal images that resemble those from years ago. Continue your travels to the colorful countries in Africa, where you will then paint a canvas of an African animal or design a personal hamsa reminiscent of those on houses in The Middle East. Discover an Aborigine form of art, or weave a Mexican Gods Eye with brightly colored yarn and sticks. Cultures come alive and the students will appreciate many different lands in a new "hands on" way. Join the trip, it is a once in a lifetime artistic adventure.
     
    Grades 1-6

Week 3 July 13-17 $335

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  • Builders

    Calling all inventors, creators, builders and designers! Come build some awesome creations with us! We will create our own designs and make structures using recyclable materials, building block and many other interesting items. Skills necessary... none! Skills gained: communication, problem solving, reasoning, developing creativity, and team work. 
     

    Grades 1-2
  • From Cave Art to Soup Cans

    This fun filled one week class will combine an art historical approach to learning with a "hands on" element making every unit exciting and relevant. Students will explore individual Masters, as well as study significant historical art movements in a unique way. Each academic topic will " come alive" with various complimentary hands on art activities.Enjoy the vigorous splattering of paint by becoming an Action Painter like Jackson Pollock, or paint outside "en plein air" style imitating Claude Monet and the Impressionists.Create a cubist self portrait in the style of Picasso or an abstract geometric shaped composition with black lines and primary colors in the non representational style created by Mondrian called Neoplasticism. Soup can paintings inspired by Andy Warhol might even Pop up too!! This studio art class will incorporate art historical figures and enlighten children to the world of art spans beyond the classroom. One visit to the Yale art Gallery will be incorporated into the class.  
     
    Grades 1-6
  • Sounds, Letter, and More

    This program has been designed to foster literacy development through the use of fun and engaging resources, activities, and instructional routines that are based on scientifically-based reading research. Principles of the Haskins Literacy Initiative, which are an integral part of Hamden Hall’s reading program, will be included in this summer course. Explicit instruction in the word attack components of literacy such as phoneme awareness, code instruction, and fluency will be tailored to meet the specific needs of students who sign up for this course. Listening comprehension, vocabulary and oral language development will also be addressed. Time for snacks and outdoor play will be provided, so please send your child with a nut-free snack. Enrollment is limited to 15 children. This course fills quickly so sign up early!  It is highly recommended that students sign up for all three weeks in order to receive the most benefit from this course. The class material runs for 3 consecutive weeks. 
    Taught by Hamden Hall's Barbara DeNatale.
    Grade K-1
  • Writers Club: Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies

    Fantastical Fiction Writers Club: Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies
    As students preview various writing styles, and write, revise, edit, and publish their own book, they will study the writing process to improve sentence structure, grammar, paragraph skills, and vocabulary. The use of graphic organizers, including Inspiration software on the computer, will be featured as part of the course. Suitable for English language learners who have a basic understanding of English.

    Grades 3-6

Week 5 July 27 - 31 $335

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  • Half Day Early Elementary

    In our Early Elementary classroom, rising kindergarteners and first graders will explore a variety of subjects and skills, from reading practice and story time to math work and lessons in social studies and science. If your child has a particular skill that needs extra attention, please let us know and we’ll incorporate it into our course work! 
  • Let's Get Creative!

    An art class for your wildest creations! This is an arts and crafts class where we will explore multiple forms of artmaking.

    This week's class will have an addition focus on Gooey Galaxy --  making slime, play dough, moon sand, and more! Learn to create kooky and sometimes spooky art this summer with Gooey Galaxy!

    Let's have fun and get messy while making artwork.
  • Science Palooza!

    Come discover, experiment, and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in this STEAM-based camp. We will create biomes from around the world, star gaze at constellations, master meteorology, investigate how things work and dabble in chemistry and physics. Put on your learning cap and grab the art supplies because this STEAM camp will rock your world. 
     
    Grades 1-2
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies

    One goal of this course is to improve reading comprehension, enhance the reading experience through discussion and critical thinking, and motivate students to read more. Comprehension is conquered through a variety of techniques including response centered instruction, direct modeling of reading strategies, literature circles, and invested student discussions.
    Another goal is for students to preview various writing styles, and write, revise, edit, and publish their own book.  The writing process will be studied to improve sentence structure, grammar, paragraph skills, and vocabulary. Suitable for English language learners who have a basic understanding of English. 

    Grades 3-6

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