Giddens Summer K-1 Program

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K-1 Program

Register for a K-1 Program
Students entering Kindergarten and 1st grades can look forward to a fabulous summer of fun at Giddens Summer BLAST Camp!

Each week new friends, great programs, fascinating themes, and trips to Pratt Park and Judkins Park make Giddens a great place for children to explore all the fun that summer has to offer.

Our program is organized into two sessions: a MORNING program and an AFTERNOON program.

A FULL DAY registration includes both MORNING (your choice of academy or enrichment programming) and AFTERNOON programs:

  • Our MORNING program is made up of ACADEMY and ENRICHMENT classes. Families can customize their child's camp experience by choosing one of these exciting class offerings.
  • ACADEMY classes are led by Giddens teachers who offer content on a topic of their own interest and passion.
  • ENRICHMENT classes are specialized programs led by our very best enrichment partners.
  • Our AFTERNOON program is theme-based (with specific focuses on science and social studies) and led by highly capable and nurturing teachers.


A HALF DAY registration includes only MORNING academy programming.

CAMP OPTIONS

Half Day ACADEMY
8:30-12:30
$195 (per week)

Full Day
(includes ACADEMY or ENRICHMENT)
8:30-6:00
$390 (per week)


CAMP SCHEDULE

The MORNING PROGRAM includes:
8:30-12:30

  • academy or enrichment class programs
  • snack and outside recess
  • lunchtime

The AFTERNOON PROGRAM includes:
12:30-6:00

  • choice activities
  • themed activities and projects
  • outside recess
  • visit to local park (Fridays only)


Week 1 (June 24-28)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
LIL CHEFS: BAKING with Char
Join us for a week of measuring, mixing, folding, cutting, baking, and most of all eating! Campers will work with our own amateur pastry chef Char to follow recipes, improvise with ingredients, and taste amazing new foods.

Enrichment Class:
PARKOUR
Parkour and the Art of Movement is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this camp, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles, both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence. Accomplishing challenges that seemed impossible at one point will give your child the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind to.

Afternoon Session

ENGINEERING BLAST
From bridges to boats, this week will be filled with problem solving, decision making, and creativity as kids work against the laws of physics. Themes will explore balance, height, momentum, and gravity using straws, paper clips, paper, and other household engineering tools.

Week 2 (July 1-5) No Camp Wednesday, July 4

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
TINKER TOWN with Ally

Using recycled materials and sense of imagination, students will design and build a city for an alternate space and time. A city on Mars? An island made of trash? What will our city need to survive and thrive?

Enrichment Class:
ROOM TO BLOOM with Trendy Crafts
Let your creativity bloom this summer while you create new projects each day. Trendy Crafts is going all out with glass trinket trays, bejeweled birdhouses and pom pom canvases.

Afternoon Session

MYTHBUSTERS
In this exciting and question-filled week, kids will wrestle with common myths to discover the truth about human strength, reflexes, probability, and physics. Can a house really be lifted with balloons? Does sugar really make kids hyper? Is the sky really blue?

Week 3 (July 8-12)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE EMAIL SUMMERCAMP@GIDDENSSCHOOL.ORG TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST
GREEN TEAM: GARDENING with Steve
Join us for a gardening camp! We’ll work in the school garden, planting winter vegetables, harvesting, watering, weeding, and learning about plants and habitats for animals. We’ll learn about different types of plants and what they need to thrive. The students will work in journals to draw or write about their experiences and we’ll make plans to create a garden at our new campus!

Enrichment Class:
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE EMAIL SUMMERCAMP@GIDDENSSCHOOL.ORG TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST
Computational Thinking for All
Your child will explore the concepts of algorithms, sequences, and loops through unplugged hands on activities. At the end of the day, they will apply this knowledge to puzzles on code.org. They will have to work together with partners and de-Bug problems that arise. It will be challenging, fun, and collaborative!


Afternoon Session

ART AROUND THE WORLD
Grab your art passports and spend the week discovering art from global cultures by world-renowned artists. Join us on this creative journey as campers go back in time and across the globe to learn traditional art techniques and create a variety of projects inspired by timeless masterpieces.

Week 4 (July 15-19)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Class:
HELPFUL ANIMALS IN SCIENCE with Char

Discover how animals help humans in symbiotic relationships. Learn about worms, bees, and many more creatures that help our planet and help our communities! Campers will do experiments, look at natural phenomena, and be as busy as bees!

Enrichment Class:
Mine, Craft, Build Games with LEGO®
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® bricks! Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game; roll the dice to mine for resources, and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures! Build a Zoo, create a Medieval Castle, and design a Tree House Village! This experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game,Minecraft. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or the LEGO® building system.

Afternoon Session

SECRET FORMULAS
Campers will experience highly motivating real-life experiences with chemistry as they eagerly investigate the properties of substances as they concoct a plethora of products, including ice cream, bubbles, and food explosions!

Week 5 (July 22-26)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:

SEATTLE HISTORY CAMP with Colin
This class will be a celebration of our history and our diversity. Students will spend the week celebrating and learning about how the United States has grown over time with people who have immigrated from all over the world. We will learn about: the places immigrants have come from throughout US history (including indigenous peoples), where in the world those places are, reasons why different people have come, and some of the special cultures they have brought with them. As much as possible, we will consider the immigration stories of our own families and friends. Classroom time could include map activities, a US immigration history timeline, stories about immigrants, art projects, listening to music, and tasting foods from some of the places and cultures from which immigrants have come.

Enrichment Class:
Quantum Martial Arts
Join Quantum Martial Arts for a week of fun and fitness for children entering Kindergarten through entering 1st grade. Our martial arts camp gives kids challenging and fun activities that build fitness, flexibility and confidence. Each day will include stretching, calisthenics, martial arts instruction, and themed projects or crafts. Themed days include Ninja Day, Jedi Training, Kung Fu Animals Day, Flying Lessons and Bust-a-Move demonstration day. Family and friends are encouraged to come on the last day to see what the children have learned. Registration includes all craft materials. Students are encouraged to continue their learning with two free weeks of classes at the Quantum Martial Arts studio included with this camp.

Afternoon Session

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTIFACTS
Campers will be involved in hands-on activities related to anthropology and archaeology. They will replicate indigenous methods of creation, learn ancient stories explaining the world, and learn about how museums are created and run.

Week 6 (July 29-August 2)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:
KID'S KITCHEN: MARVELOUS MANGO with Brandon
What’s that wonderful smell?!? Well...you will find out when you sign-up for Kid’s Kitchen Week. You will take a culinary trip around the world in search of our star ingredient: The Mango. Each day you will travel to a different part of the world and learn about their culture, geography, and cuisine. Then, we will create an authentic dish from that country. Get your passport ready and book your Marvelous Mango Adventure.

Enrichment Class:
Seattle Kids Yoga
Join Seattle Kids Yoga for a week of yoga, games, art projects, mindfulness activities, sensory exploration, music and movement, time for relaxation and reflection, and much more! Seattle Kids Yoga Teachers design fun and educational classes based on children’s interests and abilities, with the intention of giving them tools to take yoga “off the mat” and into the world. A materials fee is built into the overall cost. For more information about this program, visit SeattleKids.yoga.

Afternoon Session

WORLD BUILDING
Campers will imagine, design, develop, and construct their very own worlds, complete with geography, history, and society. They will develop the skills to ask fundamental questions about their worlds, such as who inhabits it, and what the weather is like. The possibilities are endless!

Week 7 (August 5-9)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Academy Class:

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE EMAIL SUMMERCAMP@GIDDENSSCHOOL.ORG TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST
WATERCOLORS CAMP with Siri
During this creative and colorful week, campers will explore different watercolor techniques and how different mediums can be used with watercolors. Campers will learn how to use crayons with watercolors, create spatter paint bookmarks, a watercolor weave, and much more.

Enrichment Class:
CHESS WIZARDS
Join us this summer for tons of challenging chess lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. You'll improve your chess skills, meet new friends, and work out your most powerful muscle - your brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a T-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder. Unleash your brain power and spend part of your vacation with Chess Wizards!

Chess Wizards has been teaching the game of chess since 2002. Our interactive curriculum makes learning fun for new and seasoned players alike. Our camps are led by our most experienced instructors, and provides our students with a memorable camp experience while challenging their minds!


Afternoon Session

CSI: SEATTLE
Campers will engage in a chemistry-filled, time-sensitive week of mystery solving. Through highly scientific Crime Scene Investigation, they will check fingerprints, DNA markers, and a variety of other clues to solve important cases.

Week 8 (August 12-16)

Morning Session

Please note: Your child can only be enrolled in one of the following morning options:

Class:

THEATRE CAMP with Brandon
Lights, Camera, Action! We are having an “open call” for anyone interested in learning about the terrific world of theater. During the class, you will create, write, and perform an original work. During rehearsals, you will be taught the theater fundamentals of voice projection, improv, imagination, and creativity. It will be “Curtains Up” on a fun week!

Enrichment Class:

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE EMAIL SUMMERCAMP@GIDDENSSCHOOL.ORG TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST
CAPOEIRA
Children love learning capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines fitness, music, and acrobatics. Capoeira instills the values of responsibility, self-confidence all while awakening creativity through the development of self-expression. Through fun games, drills, and exercises, children learn to “play capoeira” with an understanding of limits and respect for each other. Classes will keep your child physically fit and mentally engaged. Students will learn the movements of capoeira along with the music and songs traditionally used in the sport.

Afternoon Session

CREATIVE CARNIVAL
Campers will develop their skills in business, performance, and marketing to produce a creative carnival, complete with games, exhibits, and performances. Friday morning the carnival will open to the community for all to enjoy!