Sparkle Spot Learning Camps: Academic Learning Made Fun!

Sparkle Spot Summer Learning Camps are designed to provide elementary and middle school students with an opportunity for ongoing academic and social thinking during the summer.

The camps are focused on meeting kids at individual skill levels by providing academic re-teaching in a fun, active, and socially engaging manner. The carefully crafted weeks combine foundational academic skills with an approach to learning that encourages team building, positive thinking, and the growth of a confident academic self-identity.

While the activities reach intentional standards of the common core, they are presented in a way that allows the campers to learn by doing, interacting, and creating a positive learning environment. The camps empower kids to work hard, push through boring moments in learning, and celebrate their unique academic and social strengths.

We hope your child will join us for a week or the summer. Because of the individual attention given to campers, space is limited to 16 kids per week.

Review and Practice Skills; Build Confidence; Think and Learn!

2018 Camp Overview

  • June 4- July 3       Student and parent assessment and goals meetings
  • June 25-29            Math   Grades 1-6
  • July 9-13               Reading    Grades 1-6              
  • July 16-20              Reading   Grades 1-6          
  • July 23-27             Math   Grades 1-6       
  • July 30- August 3   Writing Composition   Grades 3-8   
  • August 6-10           Study Skills   Grades 4-8                     
  • August 13-17          Literacy Review  Grades 1-6  

 

Class Descriptions

Math Basics           Grades 1-6                    June 25-29 and July 23-27

Join us for one or two weeks of math basics and  just-right practice at your child’s math level. We will talk about the big ideas of base 10, patterns, algebra, multi-step problem solving, and word problems. For our older mathematicians, this camp will also focus on systematic, multi-sensory strategies for remembering those pesky multiplication facts to 10. Kids will work at their just-right level to increase their understanding, accuracy, confidence, and positive feelings towards math. Sign up for one week or both!

 Reading Foundations          Grades 1-6            July 9-13 and July 16-20 

This one or two week session will focus on the foundational understandings that help kids decode words and read fluently. Full group mini lessons, as well as small focus groups, will allow campers to practice sight words, English vowel sounds, and strategies for word attack and fluency. Students will have an opportunity to put lessons to application individually through activities, games, and projects.  Sign up for one week or both!

Writing Composition              Grades 3-8           July 30-August 3           

Spend a week focusing on the writing process; from ideas, organization, and sentence creation, to the act of writing and editing. We will explore three types of writing: narrative, informational, and opinion. Kids will have daily opportunity to practice writing using the tools learned in class. Campers will work together to plan and create a camp newspaper to share with families.

Study Skills                       Grades 4-8                     August 6-10                 

The Study Skills week will focus on creating confidence and skills in executive functioning and collaboration. We will touch on skills that help with organization, note taking, breaking apart big projects, research, pacing, and creating systems for getting things done. The week will allow campers to work in a small group on  a creative project, exposing them to important teamwork concepts including growth mindset and flexible thinking.

Literacy Review              Grades 1-6               August 13-17               

Review and re-engage in concepts of school: reading, writing, spelling, and the social savvy needed to be part of a group. This will be a positive review and warm-up to going back to the academic and social demands of being in school.

Camp Logistics

When:

Weekly Sessions- Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:00

Where:

Sparkle Spot Learning Center in North Seattle (5505 30th Ave NE, 98105)

Cost:

  • $300 per week for one summer session
  • $275 per week for two summer sessions
  • $250 per week for three or more summer sessions

There will be a $125 assessment and materials fee for the summer. Each student and parent will be invited for a 45 minute basic assessment and goals session beginning the week of June 4. Campers who are students at Sparkle Spot Learning will be charged only the $40 materials fee.

Who:

All Sparkle Spot Learning Camps will be led by Julie Hannan M.Ed, a certified K-8 teacher trained in several intervention strategies including Wired for Reading, Lindamood-Bell, Handwriting without Tears, and Social Thinking. She founded Sparkle Spot Learning in 2011 with the mission of helping kids build needed academic skills with a focus on their strengths and motivation for learning. Julie Gjording, MA, brings her experience and teaching skills, as well as a healthy dose of  enthusiasm for creative learning to our team. Also joining the camp staff is Claire Hannan, a certified K-8 teacher with a degree in special education and reading from Whitworth University, and Catherine Hannan, a graduate of Whitman College and Occupational Therapist Student at the University of Puget Sound. Each session will host a maximum of 16 students.
 
 

 How:

To register, click here to complete the registration form.

For more information please call or email Julie at 206-271-6808 or sparklespotlearning@gmail.com. Each camp will host a maximum of 16 students, so reserve your spot early!