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Bringing Books to Life  

From classic stories to contemporary chronicles, children's books are colorful and cheerful, and filled with fabulous details. In our morning programs, we'll read exciting stories, and then discover how to bring them to life through art, drama, games, cooking, and exploration. Each day will include story and snack time, group projects, and in-and-outdoor activities. Join Studio Arts, Crafts, and Cooking or Playful Performances for a full day option.
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Bringing Books to Life One-week programs in July
Ages 5 - 6
8:30 am - 12:30 pm • Lincoln School
Kelley Cabral, Director
$230 per week
Colorful Creatures
July 10-14
We will look closely at well-known and imaginative animals from children’s book illustrators like Eric Carle, Julia Donaldson, and Mo Willems. We’ll take their ideas and craft our own colorful creatures through 2D and 3D projects. Our imaginations will guide us as we work individually and in teams.
Brown Bear, What Do You See
July 10-14
Every action creates a reaction. After reading stories that emphasize discovery, we’ll get busy with activities that teach us what it feels like to be a scientist. We will use our five senses to observe and explore. Young naturalists will enjoy using their pocket microscopes to study insects, and budding chemists will love performing test tube experiments that involve mixing colors and bubbling concoctions.
Map It!
July 17-21
It's exciting to think about our place in the world. Where are we, where are our families, and where do our friends in the neighborhood fit in? We will make walking and subway maps of all shapes and sizes, and create where in the world collages, room plans, and maps about ourselves. We will learn how to read and follow a scavenger hunt map that ends with a fun treasure.
The Magic of Art
July 17-21
Practice seeing and thinking like an artist. We’ll look for inspiration from famous artworks to try out techniques using paints, pastels, pencils, and collage materials. We’ll discover new ways of looking at shapes, lines, colors, forms, and artistic concepts by copying works we love by artists such as Picasso, Seurat, Pollack, and Monet, and conclude by making our own masterpiece.
Building Basics
July 24- 28
Building a sturdy bridge, saving an egg, or floating a boat takes more than materials. You have to consider, the length, the weight, and the structure of you project. Creating challenges posed from storybooks like Yertle the Turtle, we will explore how budding engineers and architects research and plan. Then, using everyday materials we’ve thoughtfully chosen, we’ll build our own construction masterpieces.
Kids Around the World
July 24- 28
Travel to foreign lands through pictures, illustrations, and descriptions of children around the world playing, working, eating, and spending time with their families. While discussing our observations about people, places, and lifestyles, we'll make souvenirs, learn songs and dances, and stamp our passports with special seals. Using our imaginations and the power of books, we will travel together to far away lands!
Creative Design
July 31- August 4
The more you look, the more you see. Some illustrators really know how to stretch their imagination when it comes to choosing and using materials. After looking closely at popular inventive illustrations, we’ll use materials gathered from nature, the odds and ends drawer, and our art box to create our own works. Beginning illustrators will learn how to be masters of creativity.
Bugs Galore
July 31- August 4
After reading stories that emphasize the creepy crawlies in nature, we'll get busy with activities that encourage us take a closer look at the world of bugs. Young scientists will use magnifying lenses, dig through leaf piles, and listen for insect noises as we observe and explore bugs that crawl and fly. We will showcase our findings in science journals and through crafty projects.

Creating Puppet Plays
8:30 am - 12:30 pm • Lincoln School
Puppet Showplace Theater educator
$240 per week (no discounts or waivers apply)
August 7 - 11, August 14-18
Exercise your imagination with the magic of puppetry! We will explore a world of puppetry styles as we design and build colorful characters in many shapes and sizes. Together, we'll learn how to bring original stories and scenes to life on the puppet stage, and then put on a show for our friends to enjoy.


Classes will not be in session:

Wednesday and Thursday, September 20 & 21
(Rosh Hashanah, no evening classes)

Thursday, September 28
(Back to School Night, no evening classes at BHS, Tappan Gym, and UAB)

Monday, October 9
(Columbus Day, no classes)

Saturday, November 11
(Veteran's Day, no classes)

Wednesday, November 22
(Day before Thanksgiving, no evening classes)

Thursday-Saturday, November 23-25
(Thanksgiving break, no classes)


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