Celebrating 110 Years of Excellence in Education
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Summer Academy for Lower School will run from June 27 - July 29 2022. 

6/27/22 update: Registration is closed online. We still have space in some of our classes. If you are interested, please email summeracademy@hamdenhall.org to inquire.
 
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. 
 

Extend your child's day with our Academics and Adventures program! Instead of going home at noon, stay until 3:30 for an afternoon of sports, games, art, and exploring nature. Our afternoon also includes weekly field trips and twice weekly visits to the pool at Beckerman Athletic Center.

Click on the Summer Academy Application to register.
Have a question? Contact Allison Ehrenreich at summeracademy@hamdenhall.org

Week One: June 27 - July 1

List of 8 items.

  • Designing Graphic Novels (1-4)

    In this class, students will explore the literary art form of the graphic novel and get a chance to either write and illustrate their own work or transform one of their favorite stories into a graphic novel.  Students will use the software program StoryBoard That and will be able to share their work at the end of the week.

    9a - noon
    Grades 1-4
    $340
  • Famous Artists of the 20th Century (4-6)

    Each day we will be studying a famous artist from the 20th century. We will explore these artists in their well known art form 2-D and 3-D. Young artists will create their own work inspired by these incredible icons!

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Fun with Spanish (1-4)

    Embark on a journey into Spanish language and culture! Learning a language is much easier for young children, and the sooner they start to learn, the easier it is. Summer is a great time to let your child try out a new language. A total immersion into the language will result in the immediate production of basic “sentences” through images projected on the SMARTBoard. Fun activities such as songs, games, and outdoors adventures make a fast-start of Spanish language learning in our school. Children will develop their skills, broaden their horizons, make new friends, and be exposed to Spanish!

    Grades 1-4
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Keep Sharp in the Summer: Reading and Math Concepts (K-1)

    Enhance beginning reading, writing, and math skills through hands-on activities and games with differentiated instruction. Children will learn at their own pace to acquire what they need whether it be letters/sounds, phonics instruction, journaling, math facts, or number sense. Bring your own snack (peanut/nut free) and engage in outdoor recess play mid-morning. 


    9a - noon
    K-1
    $340
  • Science Palooza (1-3)

    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 1-3
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Sounds, Letters, and More (K-1)

    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 in both Weeks 1 & 2 for this course is highly encouraged for the best result.

    Grades K,1
    9a - noon
    $340
  • The Literacy Workshop (2-3)

    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 and writing 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
    9a - noon
    $340

  • Upper Elementary Math (4-6)

    This summer math class will begin with a short skills assessment in order to meet the needs of its students. We will work on multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, to help students review math from the previous year and prepare for the new school year.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - 12p
    $340

Week Three: July 11 -15

List of 7 items.

  • Art Around the World (4-6)

    Take a trip around the world through art! We will explore different art forms from all the continents, creating projects that represent the different beauty and culture of each continent. 

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Keep Sharp in the Summer: Reading and Math Concepts (K-1)

    Enhance beginning reading, writing, and math skills through hands-on activities and games with differentiated instruction. Children will learn at their own pace to acquire what they need whether it be letters/sounds, phonics instruction, journaling, math facts, or number sense. Bring your own snack (peanut/nut free) and engage in outdoor recess play mid-morning. 


    9a - noon
    K-1
    $340
  • Learn to Code! (4-6)

    In this class, students will learn basic coding concepts, different debugging solutions and explore the creative side of coding by developing their own game, art and/or dance party.  They will be able to share some of their work at the end of the week.  No experience necessary.

    9a - noon
    Grades 4 -6
    $340
  • Math Facts and Skills Review (1-3)

    Summer is the perfect time to brush up on math skills, including word problems! With manipulatives, computer use, and fun games, this class is tailored to the needs of its students and will focus on letting young learners feel confident and prepared for the upcoming school year. 
     
    Grades 1-3
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Reader's Theater (4-6)

    Work on the basics while expressing yourself creatively this summer through a Reader's Theater! We will create our own shadow puppet theaters out of pizza boxes, and write scripts for our own puppet shows. Bring reading, writing, and artistry into the fore with this creative class.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • The Literacy Workshop (2-3)

    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 and writing 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
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Whiz Kids (1-3)

    Join us on a science discovery mission! We will explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments, and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEM education philosophies with a big punch of fun. Physics, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and zoology will all be covered in the camp.

    Grades 1-3
    9a - noon
    $340

Week Five: July 25 - 29

List of 8 items.

  • 3-D Art (1-3)

    Get ready to get messy… This class will focus on 3-D art projects using many different mediums. Paper mâché, clay and more.

    Grades 1-3
    $340
    9a - 12pm
  • Keep Sharp in the Summer: Reading and Math Concepts (K-1)

    Enhance beginning reading, writing, and math skills through hands-on activities and games with differentiated instruction. Children will learn at their own pace to acquire what they need whether it be letters/sounds, phonics instruction, journaling, math facts, or number sense. Bring your own snack (peanut/nut free) and engage in outdoor recess play mid-morning. 


    9a - noon
    K-1
    $340
  • Math Facts and Review (1-3)

    Session 1, Period 2

    Summer is the perfect time to brush up on math skills, including word problems! With manipulatives, computer use, and fun games, this class is tailored to the needs of its students and will focus on letting young learners feel confident and prepared for the upcoming school year. 
     
    Grades 1-3
  • Nature Makers (1-3)

    Ignite your passion for nature and wildlife as you learn about this magnificent planet that we call home! Build, discover, and explore with science experiments and hands-on creative art activities all in the name of nature!

    Grades 1-3 
    9a - noon
    $340
  • On Stage! (4-6)

    Get ready to move, act, dance, sing, write, and perform! Hamden Hall Theater teacher Lisa Daly offers this exciting specialty week for students who want a fun and focused week immersed in the performing arts. Join us for an accessible, imaginative week filled with games, storytelling, and purposeful play. The week will focus on the elements that make up a play- storytelling, character development, sets, costumes, movement, and lots of creativity! We will work together in an ensemble-based process to write and create an original work. Our week will culminate in a performance for our families and friends. 

    Lisa Daly is a Teaching Artist, Actor, and company member of A Broken Umbrella Theater, an ensemble theater company in New Haven. She has performed in many plays throughout the years including "Freewheelers", "Gilbert the Great", and "Seen Change!" She has a BA in Theater from Muhlenberg college, and also studied theater in Galway, Ireland. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Elm Shakespeare, Edgewood School, Cold Spring School, and Jasango Theater. She is also co-producer of Scripts: Ireland’s playwriting festival. Lisa enjoys teaching Theater at Hamden Hall Country Day School, as well as Video Production and Peer Leadership. Her biggest passion is sharing her love of theater and all that it has to offer!

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies (4-6)

    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 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Super Sleuths (4-6)

    Get out your magnifying glasses and detective hat as we have clues to decipher and crimes to solve. We’ll put our critical thinking skills and STEM knowledge to the test and get to the bottom of mysteries by learning the tricks real investigators use to solve cases. While experimenting with simple detection techniques, your reasoning skills will grow and your problem-solving skills will become better than CSI agents’.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • The Literacy Workshop (2-3)

    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 and writing 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
    9a - noon
    $340

Week Two: July 5 - 8

List of 7 items.

  • Keep Sharp in the Summer: Reading and Math Concepts (K-1)

    Enhance beginning reading, writing, and math skills through hands-on activities and games with differentiated instruction. Children will learn at their own pace to acquire what they need whether it be letters/sounds, phonics instruction, journaling, math facts, or number sense. Bring your own snack (peanut/nut free) and engage in outdoor recess play mid-morning. 


    9a - noon
    K-1
    $340
  • Learn to Code! (1-3)

    In this class, students will learn basic coding concepts, different debugging solutions and explore the creative side of coding by developing their own game, art and/or dance party.  They will be able to share some of their work at the end of the week.  No experience necessary.

    Grades 1 -3 
    9a - noon
    $300
  • Recycling Art (1-3)

    Creativity isn't limited to what you produce... let's get creative about the materials we use! This class will focus on art projects that are created from recycled materials.

    Grades 1-3
    9a - 12p
    $300
  • Sounds, Letters, and More (K-1)

    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 in both Weeks 1 & 2 for this course is highly encouraged for the best result.

    Grades K,1
    9a - noon
    $340
  • The Literacy Workshop (2-3)

    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 and writing 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
    9a - noon
    $300

  • Upper Elementary Math (4-6)

    This summer math class will begin with a short skills assessment in order to meet the needs of its students. We will work on multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, to help students review math from the previous year and prepare for the new school year.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - 12p
    $300
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies (4-6)

    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 4-6
    9a - 12pm
    $300

Week Four: July 18 - 22

List of 8 items.

  • Create Your Graphic Novel (4-6)

    In this class, students will explore the literary art form of the graphic novel and get a chance to either write and illustrate their own work or transform one of their favorite stories into a graphic novel.  Students will use the software program StoryBoard That and will be able to share their work at the end of the week.

    9a - noon
    Grades 4 - 6
    $340
  • Extreme Animals (4-6)

    Who is the most dangerous animal on earth? What is the weirdest animal adaptation? What creature is resistant to venom? We’ll find out all of this and more as we learn about the world’s most extreme animals. Students will build their science and language skills and they debate and conduct experiments regarding these crazy creatures.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Keep Sharp in the Summer: Reading and Math Concepts (K-1)

    Enhance beginning reading, writing, and math skills through hands-on activities and games with differentiated instruction. Children will learn at their own pace to acquire what they need whether it be letters/sounds, phonics instruction, journaling, math facts, or number sense. Bring your own snack (peanut/nut free) and engage in outdoor recess play mid-morning. 


    9a - noon
    K-1
    $340
  • Out of this World (1-3)

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1 blast off to a galaxy far, far away to learn about Earth and the amazing solar system. Discover all things galactic such as comets, planets, shooting stars, rockets and more. Learn about flight, the adventures of space travel, and participate in a rocket launch!

    Grades 1-3
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies (4-6)

    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 4-6
    9a - noon
    $340
  • The Literacy Workshop (2-3)

    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 and writing 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
    9a - noon
    $340

  • Traditional Arts & Crafts (1-3)

    In this class, we will be working on many fun Arts & craft projects. Get your hands into some traditional projects and build with Play- Dough, craft with beading, and create string bracelets for yourself and friends. We will work on our drawing and more!

    Grades 1-3
    9a - noon
    $340
  • Upper Elementary Math (4-6)

    This summer math class will begin with a short skills assessment in order to meet the needs of its students. We will work on multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, to help students review math from the previous year and prepare for the new school year.

    Grades 4-6
    9a - 12p
    $340

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