Planet Protectors Summer Program 2018
Exploring Approaches to Clean Up Oil Spills
July 2-27, 2018
The Laurel School of Princeton
Planet Protectors, the Laurel School Summer Program, is in its 4th year and growing! The program emphasizes sustainability and environmental awareness through fun and educational activities.
Each summer, a unique learning experience is created to allow students to investigate a science topic that is of significance to our planet, while at the same time helping children with dyslexia excel. This summer, students will be environmental engineers while they learn to apply science and engineering practices, and principles of material science, chemistry, and ecology to remediate an oil spill.
The summer program includes:
- Individualized, small group reading and writing instruction
- Individualized, small group multisensory math instruction
- STEM exploration with an environmental focus
- Creative technology
Optional Full Day Program activities include:
- Creative Arts
- Sports/ Outdoor Activity
- Robotics/ Design/ Maker Activites
This unique program will take place at
The Laurel School of Princeton
75 Mapleton Road
Princeton, NJ 08540.
Our campus offers a wonderful environment that allows our students to use lovely fields and gardens for play and study. We have a fully equipped science and technology lab where campers will carry out a variety of experiments. Students also have full access to our Maker Space.
Planet Protectors, designed for students in grades 1-8, is not only for Laurel Students – students from surrounding public, private, and charter schools are welcome to experience and benefit from our approach to teaching dyslexic individuals. It is structured to reinforce critical skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics while at the same time enriching the knowledge of our students in the sciences.
Enroll Now – For additional information and registration forms call Alison Greenberg at Laurel School of Princeton, 609-566-6000
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8:45-9:45 am Science/ Engineering- Group 1, Reading- Group 2
9:45-10:45 am Science/ Engineering- Group 2, Reading- Group 1
10:45-11:30 am Language Arts and “working snack”
11:30 am -12:15 pm Math
12:15-1:00 pm Dismissal (Half Day students) Lunch/Recess (Full Day students)
1:00-2:00 pm Arts/ Outdoor Games/ Gardening (Activities rotate based on weather and student interest)
2:00-3:00 pm Technology-Robotics/ MakerSpace
3:00 pm Dismissal (Full Day students)
Science and Engineering: Students will be grouped by age/ skill level. The science curriculum is focused on the theme of environmental protection, particularly conservation and protection of water and aquatic habitats. This summer, students will explore properties of water, sources of pollution, and materials science as they become practicing environmental engineers. Their goal will be to devise cost effective, efficient ways to contain and clean up an oil spill and preserve a habitat. Additional “science fun” activities with an environmental theme will be sprinkled throughout the month.
Reading: Daily reading instruction in small, homogenous groups will be provided to reinforce and enhance each child’s skills to prevent “summer loss”. Students will be grouped according to skill level and will receive Orton-Gillingham/ Wilson Reading lessons by expertly trained teachers, who are certified to provide these multisensory programs.
Language Arts: LA classes will carry out the theme of the summer with relevant writing practice and reading selections. Lessons will include direct instruction and practice in reading comprehension and sentence, paragraph and essay writing as appropriate, using the summer themes as topics to practice these skills. Project Read: Framing Your Thoughts, Comprehension: Story Form and Report Form and Developing Metacognitive Skills techniques will be reviewed to increase comprehension and writing skills.
Math: Daily math instruction will be tailored to the needs of each student to practice skills and prevent “summer loss.” Students will focus on reinforcing and strengthening the content knowledge they acquired throughout the school year, while also extending their knowledge base. Students will receive content instruction using Math in Focus: Singapore Math, and receive instruction that builds fluency of math facts, using the Otter Creek Math Facts program and other multisensory techniques.
Technology and Robotics/ MakerSpace: Students will have an opportunity to build small robots from kits, program robots, and design circuits and components of homemade robots. Children will also have access to the Laurel School Makerspace, where they can pursue their creative interests in STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in our area dedicated to open exploration through circuitry, architecture/planning, drawing, “making” from found items, and construction with Legos, blocks, and other materials. Maker Challenges will be issued for the children to tackle!
Gardening: Our budding agriculture fans have an opportunity to plant, tend, and harvest organically grown produce and flowers in our Laurel School Garden plot. The children take great pride in making beautiful bouquets of flowers to beautify our school and eat fresh vegetables they picked by themselves, and they just love being outside in nature in our beautiful, tree filled campus setting.
Art: Students will have the opportunity to be creative through a variety of art projects that reflect an environmental theme.
Outdoor Play/ Gym/ Games: Students will enjoy camaraderie and physical activity through a variety of games and physical activities tailored to student interest and developmental level. The children will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in the context of fun activities which encourage proper techniques and safety.