Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Summer Academy for Lower School will run from July 5 - July 30 2021. 

Registration is now open.

First Session: July 5 - July 16
Second Session: July 19 - July 30
 
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. 
 
The Academy runs from 9 AM - noon daily in two-week sessions. Students will enroll in a 90-minute grade level course focused on reading, writing, and math. The second period of the day will be a special such as science, art, or chess.

When you complete the registration process, select a first period and second period class for your child.

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.

Click on the Summer Academy Application to register.

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

Session 1: July 5 - 16 $675

List of 6 items.

  • Art (1-6)

    An art class for your wildest creations! This is an arts and crafts class where we will explore multiple forms of art-making. Let's have fun and get messy while making artwork. 

    Grades 1-6
    2nd Period
  • Builders in MakerSpace (4-6)

    Take advantage of our fantastic Makerspace this summer with Mr. Chiaramonte. Work to solve problems and build with unique materials this summer. This class is perfect for young innovators! 

    Grades 4-6
    2nd Period
  • Science Exploration (4-6)

    Calling All Summer Scientists!
    Each day's 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 4-6
    2nd Period
  • 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 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 2 consecutive weeks for the full three hours.

    Taught by Hamden Hall's Barbara DeNatale.

    Grade K-1
    1st & 2nd Period
  • 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
    1st Period
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies (4-6)

    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
    1st Period

Session 2: July 19 - 30 $675

List of 5 items.

  • Art (4-6)

    An art class for your wildest creations! This is an arts and crafts class where we will explore multiple forms of art-making. Let's have fun and get messy while making artwork!

    Grades 1-6
    2nd Period
  • 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!

    2nd Period
    Grades 1-4
  • Summer Science (1-3)

    Take advantage of the great outdoors as we explore science in the nature around us! This class features fun experiments, projects, and outdoor exploration.

    Grades 1-3
    2nd Period
  • The Literacy Workshop (1-3)

    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
    1st Period
  • 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
    1st Period

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