Photos/News: Pear Tree’s Spring Break Camps
Anyone following our Facebook posts will know that Pear Tree’s spring break camps got off to a tremendous start.
We have a large turn out, lovely kids, and a really upbeat environment.
The feedback from parents and child alike has been extremely positive.
Students, for example, have commented that Pear Tree’s hands-on approach has made science so much better than in their school classes; and most of these experiments are ones that they’ve never tried before. Other kids have said that they’re thrilled that they actually get to use cameras by themselves.
Parents have been pleasantly surprised that their kids don’t want to go home at the end of the day (and no we’re not sponsored by the parking meter attendants). They’ve also said Pear Tree’s learning centre is large yet cozy environment, which contrasts with the cold gymnasium-style camps that they’ve experienced in the past. With courses of around 10-15 kids, the classes are big enough for kids to make new friends, but are not ridiculously over-packed. Some parents have commented that they been to other camps where companies cram far too many kids into one camp.
So let’s take a closer look at what’s been going on in each of our courses!
Animation Film Studios
Students in our Animation Film Studio course have been hard at work making animations of their names, short animations using objects such as Lego and stuffed animals, and are now starting an animation using construction paper.
They’ve been working in teams and taking on different roles such as directors, set designers, and script writers!
This hands-on science-focused course has given our “Young Einsteins” students a chance to do things they’ve never tried before.
On Monday, their focus was on polymers – a matter with the properties of both a solid and a liquid. Students got to make “Oobleck”, as in Dr.Seuss’s book Bartholomew and the Ooblek. They also got to make slime and a bouncy ball.
Yesterday, they extracted the DNA from a banana!
These students have learned that science requires patience and accuracy, as some experiments needed to be attempted again after going wrong through lack of precision.
Check out some of their pictures, written observations, and even short videos!
These past two days, our graphic novelists have thoroughly enjoyed dressing our Mo Willem’s Naked Mole Rats, and writing their own versions of Elephant and Piggie! They’ve learned about different elements of graphic novels, including inferring from clues in a picture, speech bubbles and thinking bubbles. Today we are looking at Pigeon series, always a hit with everyone!
If you aren’t already registered, you’ll probably have realised by this point in this blog post that you’ve missed out on a fantastic opportunity for your child. Pear Tree offers a complete range of courses that cover science, math, language arts, social studies, technology, art, and performance arts. Why spend 2 weeks just doing one thing, such as art, when you could get a course that’s much more varied?! If you haven’t already done so, you really should check out our Summer Camp brochure ASAP. We’ve got some unbelievable offers for a limited time only.
As they say, the early bird catches the worm!